I. Tznius Policy
We expect parents to supervise shopping and packing closely so that ALL packed clothing items meet our tznius requirements.
- Shirts must cover the collar bones, elbows (long sleeve or long three-quarter) and midriff at all times. The girls will be doing rigorous movement. Please test the shirts by having your daughter raise her arms over her head and move around. (We recommend the Linda Leal or Kiki Riki brands of shells, as they provide proper coverage.)
- Skirts must cover the knees when sitting and no slits.
- Legs must be completely covered at all times. The girls must wear knee socks/knee highs or tights, or bobby socks worn with long leggings only. No ankle socks. No leggings are allowed off campus.
- Pajamas must be in tznius as well. (No sleeveless tops or shorts.)
- Only one-piece bathing suits are allowed. Bikinis are absolutely not allowed, even for visits to family friends off campus.
Girls with tznius violations will be required to use the tznius deposit money to buy appropriate clothing approved by madricha. There are many aspects of the program to focus on — we do not want tznius to be an issue. The Kol Neshama experience is a unique opportunity and we will not allow anyone to compromise our hard earned reputation.
II. Laundry Policy
There is a laundromat near campus. Girls should bring their own detergent for laundry. If parents already paid laundry money as part of tuition, we will provide quarters for those girls. Laundry fees ($40) should be paid together with tuition before camp, but if girls are bringing cash for laundry, it should be in quarters. Pack enough clothing to last for 10 days.
Important: Be sure that all articles of clothing and supplies have name tapes sewn on to them. Please make a list of every article you put into your suitcase, paste it on the inside of the suitcase along with camper’s complete name, address and telephone number.
The management cannot assume responsibility for loss or theft of any valuable you bring to camp.
III. Electronics Policy
With regard to electronics, we want our Kol Neshama summer to be as “unplugged” as possible.
- Cellphones: Cellphones will be kept by administration for campers to use once a week for a set amount of time. The campus does NOT have its own phone line, and since we cannot guarantee that girls who do not bring their own phones will get to borrow someone else’s for an hour, we recommend that you purchase a temporary cellphone that comes with prepaid minutes.
- Music: Girls may only bring Jewish music to camp. No ipods or video-enabled devices allowed; only music-only electronics like CD players, “walkman” or mp3 players.
- Internet: There will be no internet access on campus for the girls.
IV. Lice Check
VERY IMPORTANT! Please make sure that your daughter is checked for LICE before coming to the program with a signed note. Any girl found with lice or nits will not be allowed to come back until she’s clean.
V. Dancewear & Costume Requirements
We require every participant to bring a pair of ballet slippers and a dance skirt in any bright color (purchased at a dance store or from one of the online stores listed below) for dance class and filming. (Note: girls must wear tights or leggings underneath):
- This is the skirt Hadas bought for Kol Neshama back in 2001… it’s still in great shape! The non-fray fabric allows you to simply cut the skirt with scissors, no need to hem. http://www.riversedgedancewear.com/eurlyrskir.html
- Another brand: http://www.riversedgedancewear.com/pollitskir.html
- If you’re looking elsewhere, try looking for a “lyrical” or “praise dance” skirt.
Ballet slippers: Even though you can find ballet slippers online, sizing tends to vary from brand to brand, and often may not match regular shoe size. It’s best to find a dance store (they even sell inexpensive leather-soled ballet slippers at Payless!) and try them on before buying. If you have any other dance shoes (ex. we’ve had girls in the past bring tap shoes or even ballet toe shoes), feel free to bring them!
Most importantly, since the film we are producing this summer takes place at a girls’ boarding school, all campers must bring their own navy blue and/or grey pleated skirt and light blue uniform blouse, as well as a backpack/school bag (any color or design).
VI. Packing List
Make sure that everyday clothing is lightweight and easy to move in (i.e. you won’t want to do a movement-heavy class in a straight pencil skirt or a long, heavy denim skirt). We do a lot of movement in EVERY class, including acting and voice, and you really should be able to move freely (and b’tznius) at all times.
As per laundry section above, girls should pack approximately 10 days’ worth of clothing and underwear.
- Weekday outfits
- Shabbos outfits
- Underwear and tights/socks
- Weekday shoes
- Shabbos shoes
- Heavy sweater/sweatshirt/light jacket
- 1 Robe
- 2 Tznius night gowns/pajamas
- Sturdy sneakers for hiking & sports
- Cap / sun hat
- Bathing suit, one-piece only
- Flip-flops or bathing slippers
- Lightweight, full cover-up clothing for trip to water park/beach
- 1 dance skirt (see “dancewear requirements” section above)
- 1 pair ballet slippers
- Leggings to wear under dance skirt
- Navy blue and/or grey pleated uniform skirt (see “costume requirements” above)
- light blue uniform blouse
- backpack/messenger bag/school bag
- 1 Pillow
- 1 Blanket
- 1 twin-size sheet set
- 2 Pillow cases
- 2 bath towels, 2 hand towels, 2 washcloths
- 1 laundry bag
- laundry detergent
- Wire hangers
- Toiletries (including soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush)
- Nail polish remover (nail polish is not allowed off campgrounds)
- Large refillable water bottle
- A three-ring binder and spiral notebook for scripts and note-taking in rehearsals and workshops
- Pens, pencils, highlighter
- Stationery, envelopes and stamps for writing home
- During rehearsal and filming, there may be downtime if it’s not your scene or the crew is working on technical aspects like lighting or sound; bring games like kugalach or cards, books, etc. Some girls have brought knitting or even jewelry-making kits.
- If you play a musical instrument, feel free to bring it! In the past, we’ve had lovely kumsitzes with guitars, clarinets and other instruments campers played.
- Spending money for additional outings, souvenirs, snacks, etc.
- MANDATORY: Signed lice check note (see “lice check” section above)