Welcome to Camp Joekaaru! Celebrating 63 years of camping excellence, our program is focused on providing the best possible camping experience for every single camper.
At the core Camp Joekaaru's philosophy is the value we place on building community. Every summer we bring together a unique group of campers and staff to form a community where everyone is welcome. We are committed to creating an environment where it is safe to explore new boundaries and grow as an individual. The strength of our caring community allows us to protect the emotional and physical well being of all campers as they try new things, take risks and challenge themselves. We are committed to helping children grow in self-reliance and self-confidence. We encourage all campers to take their time at camp as an opportunity to disconnect from their highly tuned in lives at home, and focus on the friendships and relationships here at camp. Joekaaru works to foster lifelong connections with and appreciation for their Estonian Heritage.
At the foundation of this philosophy is undoubtedly the staff team. Our staff team, consisting of individuals from around the globe, all come to Joekaaru for the unique experience we provide. Many staff return to camp summer after summer because they truly believe in the power that being at camp can have on the life of every camper. They are young adults passionate about working with children and youth, passionate about providing quality care, and passionate about being a key component of every campers experience. These are individuals who believe their jobs are amongst the most important out there.
Coming to Joekaaru can be the start of a wonderful experience and a new chapter in every camper’s life. The friendships, challenges and discoveries made at camp are life changing and serve to truly help individual campers discover in themselves the person that they have always wanted to be. We have returned ourselves to feel that same sense of belonging and cultural identity that we value and promote here at Joekaaru.
Kersti-Li Fischer and Andres Kivi
Our Philosophy - A note from this year's camp directors Estonian Life (1)