Goldman Union Camp Institute

Goldman Union Camp Institute

Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI) is a Reform Jewish Movement summer camp serving the Midwest since 1958. Our campers and staff create and live in an atmosphere where it is cool to be Jewish and celebrated. Goldman Union Camp Institute is where children grow and mature into responsible, knowledgeable Jewish young adults. What they take from camp never leaves them…the friends…the music…the campfires…the education…the memories that only GUCI can provide.

GUCI Nature Rain Women Summer Camp

While at GUCI, campers participate in various activities including athletics, adventure, arts, swimming, and more. Our activities focus on skill development, cabin bonding, and personal enjoyment. We are constantly working to make our programs fit the wants and needs of our campers and fulfill GUCI’s values-based mission.

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Activities at GUCI

  • Drama
  • Climbing Tower
  • Swimming
  • Dance
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Basketball
  • Music
  • Tennis
  • Glass Blowing
  • Softball/Baseball
  • Camping Out
  • Volleyball
  • Singing
  • Gaga
  • Archery
  • Farming
  • Soccer
  • Fitness
  • Song leading
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Science
  • Dodgeball
  • Special Trips
  • Ceramics
  • Skills-building

Goldman Union Nature Nature Hike


Local campers ages 4-entering grade 3
June 12-August 4, weekly sessions

Camp K’ton is our day camp and is the first opportunity for your child to experience the “magic” of Goldman Union Camp. Camp K’ton combines all of the creative and innovative programming of GUCI’s overnight camp in a day camp setting.

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Goldman Union Simming Kid


First-time campers entering grades 3-6
Taste of Garin Aleph, June 13-25
Taste of Shoresh Aleph, June 13-25
Taste of Garin Bet, July 11-23 
Taste of Shoresh Bet* 5-6 July 11-23

We offer a two-week session in both Kallah Aleph and Kallah Bet. It is a great option for campers to test the water of overnight camp before joining us for a full session. Campers in the “Taste” are fully integrated into the Garin (3rd and 4th grade) or Shoresh (5th and 6th grade) programs.

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Goldman Union Art Painting


Campers entering grades 3-10
Kallah Aleph, June 13-July 9
Kallah Bet, July 11 August 6

GUCI’s full, 27-day program of activities, arts, sports, study, and fun for campers entering grades 3-10. Each session includes special programs, trips out of camp, Tikkun Olam, amazing Shabbat celebrations, and creative Jewish educational programs and experiences. Campers are assigned to cabins and units according to grade and age. Each cabin houses 10-16 campers along with 2-4 counselors.

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Goldman Union Tent Camping


Our oldest campers, entering grade 12
June 7-August 6

An intensive, co-ed, nine-week program of work, study, and social experience for entering 12th graders. Acceptance into the Avodah program is limited and selective. The Avodah Program is designed to teach leadership skills, responsibility, self-confidence, and community building. It promotes and encourages connection to Judaism and the exploration of one’s Jewish identity.

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