Madatz Program


Dear Families of Prospective 2018 Madatznikim,

Shalom!  Are you missing camp?  Thinking about what you are going to do next summer?  We, at Miriam, are getting ready for another tremendous Madatz year and hope that you will be applying to participate.  For more details, read through this package and let us know if you have any questions.  We hope to receive your application form very soon.

Madatz – Habonim Dror’s Leadership Training Program – is specifically geared towards those people entering their last year of high school.  This unique 7 week program is designed to prepare young adults to become future Jewish role models.  As part of a close knit team, living among their peers, the Madatz will acquire skills and develop techniques to help them better interact with both younger campers and staff members.  The program is designed to enhance communication skills, develop programming ideas, learn about age appropriate development and tap into the unique strengths of each participant. The program will allow time for creativity, an overnight hike, sports, personal growth and development as well as creating friendships to last a lifetime.

Studies have shown that young people who complete programs of this type are more likely to assume leadership roles as adults.

What is the structure of the Madatz program?  The participants arrive at camp before the other campers so that they have the opportunity to meet the staff and get settled in.  During first session they will receive leadership training in the theoretical, help the staff run camp-wide activities, such as evening programs, and will each be part of the staff of a certain age group.  They will run activities specifically for that age group at different times during the week, with the regular staff and on their own.  Also, on every regular day, there will be Z’man Madatz (Madatz time) when each Madatz will offer an activity like sports or arts & crafts, and the chanichim (campers) will choose what they want to attend that day.  Z’man Madatz is often a highlight of the day for the younger campers.

During second session the Madatz will do all of the above and have an increased role in the age group they have been assigned.  They will sleep with the chanichim, go on the overnight with their assigned age group, and will be part of planning the educational program with the regular staff.

At the end of the summer, the Madatz will stay one day after the campers leave in order to debrief with the staff and as a group.

Two experienced Madrichim (counselors) plan the program and support the Madatznikim as they develop their kvutza (group) and practice their leadership skills on themselves and their assigned chanichim (campers).

Dates and Fees for MADATZ 2018:
Friday, June 29 – Monday, August 20             $2300 CDN
Suggested Kupa for Madatz                          $120 (to be brought to camp) 

The fees include return transportation from Vancouver to the camp on Gabriola Island on the above dates, food and lodging expenses, laundry, membership in Habonim Dror, Camp T-shirt,  camp picture and GST.

Please note the application process outlined below.

We hope that you will decide to participate in Machaneh Miriam Madatz 2018!  We are looking forward to a wonderful summer.


Leah Levi, Registrar

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Register online here



  1. The Madatz program is a seven week program. Applications for partial participation will not be accepted.
  2. Requirements for application to Madatz:
    • Applying for Madatz  has two parts.  Part One is an online application and Part Two is a paper form which you will download from the Forms and Documents section in your registration account.  Both parts need to be completed and Part Two scanned and uploaded online into your registration account (or submitted to the office), with a $500 deposit sent to the office by February 1, 2018.  
      We would prefer receiving your application in December or January.
    • Please note: $100 of the $500 deposit is non-refundable .
      *If you require financial assistance, indicate when completing Part One of the application..
    • All applications will be referred to the Madatz Acceptance Committee. Applicants will be interviewed by representatives of the committee and the applicant will be notified by letter of his/her acceptance to the program..
  3. No Madatz will be permitted to attend Camp Miriam without fully completed "Medical Form", "Immunization, Insurance and Waiver Form" and "Code of Conduct Form". Madatz who will be taking medications or supplements on regular and scheduled basis, or prescribed medications on an "as needed basis", need to see a doctor to have the "Camper Medication Form" completed. If a Madatz will not take medications, there is no need for a doctor to complete a medication form.
    The forms will be available through your account online. The medical must include a health insurance policy number. (Non-Canadians must get travel insurance if your regular insurance does not have travel coverage.)
  4. Cancellation of registration after May 30 will result in a forfeiture of the $500 deposit. However, any payments made towards fees beyond the deposit before May 30 are 100% refundable if registration is cancelled.
  5. There will be no refund of fees for a Madatz who is withdrawn or sent home for any reason after the camp session has started.
  6. Applications from any camper previously sent home from camp or from a national program will be considered on a case by case basis.
  7. Parents are financially responsible for all medical and extraordinary dietary expenses during the camp season.
  8. A $30.00 service fee will be applied to NSF cheques.
  9. A portion of the fee is tax deductible and a receipt will be issued before the end of the legal year.

An Open House (in May 2018 - Date TBA)  will be held at camp for families to see the camp and meet some staff.  Camp will be open from 11:00 – 2:30 pm and lunch will be served.  If you have never seen the camp, this is a great opportunity to see it.

Madatz stay at camp during inter-session as they will be planning second session with the staff.  Visitors’ Day for Madatz during intersession will be July 28, 2018, from 11 am - 4 pm..





Recommend Camp Miriam to a family and if they register you will save $50 on fees!