Frequently AskedQuestions

General Questions

Discover U is open to you - whoever you are, and whatever stream of Judaism you affiliate with (or even if you don’t affiliate at all).
While it is situated on a summer camp location, Discover U is far from being a camp. Established in 2006, Discover U is a Jewish leadership program aimed at helping you achieve your goals.
In order to maximize the Discover U experience, we try to keep our sessions as small as possible to enable us to provide a more personal experience to our participants.

Therefore we max each session at 30 participants.
Discover U promises an inclusive environment with many of our participants coming to TheZone campus for their first time.

Our staff and participants all come from diverse backgrounds but we all strive to combine our unique abilities and perspectives to learn and grow from one another.
There are several scholarships available for eligible participants. To apply for a scholarship please contact us.

Program

Due to the fact that our session is extremely concentrated to just under two weeks, it is very difficult to fully benefit from the program when coming for less than a full session.

While exceptions can be made in extenuating circumstances, in general we require all participants to stay for a complete session.
Everyone in Discover U is assigned a league team at the beginning of the session. Each team has a chance to play one of the many sports TheZone has to offer.

These include but are not limited to: basketball, baseball, soccer, football, hockey, volleyball, capture the flag, and human foosball.
While there is a sports on the schedule every day there are plenty of activities throughout the day that do not include playing sports.

At the same time, we do encourage everyone to get involved in sports - even if you aren’t the star of the team. The more you participate in activities, the better of an experience you will have.

Accomodations

Gorgeous! Our camp/resort has accommodations like no other! Tempurpedic mattresses, full air conditioning, ample cupboard space, full onsuite bathrooms as well as extra communal bathrooms, lakeside views, outdoor lounge area, and so much more!
Requests are taken into consideration when room assignments are made. However, due to several factors including limited space and availability, we cannot guarantee any requests in advance.

The rooms are close together and most of the downtime is actually spent in our enormous lounge with pool tables, a flat screen, and tons of comfortable couches.
The service at camp can sometimes be spotty due to our location in the mountains. The provider which has the best reception in camp is Verizon. AT&T also has service in certain locations, with T Mobile having very difficult connectivity issues.

But don’t worry, exclusively to Discover U participants we provide complimentary WiFi to help you stay connected.
Our head Chef and baker serve delicious meals with the highest kosher standards.

The entire kitchen is peanut free and there are some whole wheat options. Every meal has a protein, carbohydrate, and vegetable or fruit as an option. If you have specific allergies or concerns please feel free to reach out to us.
Discover U offers transportation for our program to and from many locations on the East Coast. Every year we have participants coming from varying cities in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts and Canada.

Contingent upon demand, we can also coordinate transportation from other locations. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.
There is public transportation to TheZone Campus from many locations. We recommend searching for Stamford, New York as a destination city and we can pick you up from there.

Alternatively you are welcome to drive to our campus at 123 Scotch Valley Road, Stamford, NY 12167. Visit our directions page.
Albany International Airport is the closest airport to TheZone campus.

We do however recommend flying to John F. Kennedy International Airport from which we provide nearby transportation.

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