Youth: Camp Kee Tov

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About Us

Camp Kee Tov is...
an overnight summer camp experience for boys and girls entering 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades.  Established in 1978, Camp Kee Tov is located one hour from St. Louis at the Edison Retreat Center in Troy, Missouri on 111 acres of forest with hiking trails, fields, and a creek. Facilities include a main lodge with fan-cooled dormitory sleeping and indoor plumbing, an air-conditioned dining hall, an outdoor chapel, an athletic field, and a beautiful swimming pool.

Camp Kee Tov

A place to belong...
Camp Kee Tov offers an ideal first camping experience in a close, intimate setting.  We can offer a special one-to-five relationship between campers and counselors because of our small numbers -- 40 campers per session.  Counselors are selected on the basis of their educational background, maturity, camping experience and ability to work with children.  Michelle Brooks is the Director and Shelley Dean is the Co-Director. 

Every summer, two counselors from Israel bring alive the Jewish homeland through creative programming for the entire camp.  In addition, a registered nurse is on site full time to administer all medications and tend to first aid needs.  All camp staff is trained and certified in American Red Cross First Aid and CPR.  Camp Kee Tov is a family -- a place to love and be loved -- and a community to which every camper belongs.  As children play, study, pray, sing, and eat together, they develop deep and lasting Jewish friendships and feel a sense of belonging as never before.

A place to nurture the body...
Part of the excitement of summer is being outdoors using our bodies and feeling good about them.  Activities include swimming, Maccabiah games, team sports, archery, and more!  Campers are encouraged to develop their personal skills, to try new activities and to work cooperatively with others on the playing fields and in the pool.  Everyone loves the food at camp.  Menus are planned to consider both their nutritional value and the favorite foods of campers, including vegetarians.

At Camp Kee Tov, we know that you want to choose your own special interest activities.  We offer a wide variety of elective activities every day.  There chugim change every week, so you have an opportunity to take advantage of many new experiences.

A place to live and love Judaism...
Camp Kee Tov offers an opportunity for Reform Jewish living 24 hours a day.  Arts and crafts, Jewish music as well as general camp songs, Israeli dance, drama, Hebrew, prayer services, and special campfires are all integrated into the total camp program.  In addition, Jewish values are practiced in all aspects of daily living.  Each week has its own unique theme with special guests.  It is a place where we build self-esteem and where Jewish pride is always in the air!

Camp Kee Tov is a program of the Commission on Reform Jewish Education of the Central Agency for Jewish Education.  Both Camp Kee Tov and the Edison Retreat Center are accredited by the American Camping Association.  Camp Kee Tov is partially funded by the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.

A limited number of scholarships are available at member congregations.

For more information, contact Camp Kee Tov at (314) 442-3751, fax (314) 432-6150 or email our registrar, Laura Daigh, at

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Recruitment Presentation Schedule

Meet Shelley Dean, Camp Kee Tov Co-Director and learn about an exciting camp experience at the following recruitment presentations:

January 9     Temple Israel
January 16   Shaare Emeth
January 30   Kol Am
February 13 Temple Emanuel

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A Typical Day at Camp Kee Tov

7:00   Boker Tov (Good Morning) 1:00 Menucha (Rest Hour)
7:20  Flag Raising 2:00 Chug 3 (Elective)
7:45  Breakfast 3:00 Chug 4 (Elective)
8:30  Nikayon (Cabin Clean Up) 4:00 Cabin Activity/Hebrew
9:00  Shiur (Education Program) 4:30 Free Swim
10:00 Chug 1 (Elective) 6:00 Dinner
11:00 Chug 2 (Elective) 6:45 Tefillah (Service)
12:15 Lunch 7:30 Evening Program
  9:00 In Cabin
  9:30 Lights Out


A quick view of the camp facilities:

Clarence Hirsch kitchen/dining hall
Edison Meeting Room
Edison Lodge Dormitory
Swimming Pool

Directions to Camp

Click here to download directions to camp.

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2005 Camp Program

Session 1:  July 17-24          Session 2:  July 24 - July 31
$650 for 1 Week  or  $1100 for 2 Weeks
Choose one or two "ONE-WEEK" sessions.

A $150 DEPOSIT must accompany the application form in order to reserve a space.  Campers will be accepted in the following order:

  1. Applications received by February 1, 2005 from families who are affiliated with St. Louis Reform congregations.
  2. Applications received from campers who are not affiliated with St. Louis Reform congregations will be held until after February 1, 2005 and processed in the order received.
  3. All applications received after February 1, 2005 will be processed in the order received.

The full deposit will be refunded if your child withdraws before March 1, 2005.    If your child withdraws between March 1 and May 15, $75 will be refunded.      No refunds will be made after May 15, 2005.

All fees must be paid in full two weeks prior to the start of camp.

Don't hesitate! Space is limited to 40 campers per session.

Click here to download the 2005 Camp Kee Tov Application.















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Staff Application

Click here to download a Staff Application Form in PDF format.

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Picture Gallery

2004 Camp Kee Tov Picture Yearbook on CD is available. Call Laura Daigh at (314) 442-3751 or e-mail to inquire.

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