Today's Campers...
Tomorrow's Leaders

Since 1969, Camp Achva has engaged Northern Virginia's children in Jewish themes of Connection and Peoplehood through music, crafts, storytelling, dance, and more. By infusing every camp day with unbridled ruach (spirit), campers form lifelong bonds to Judaism and to the friendships forged. Held at Gesher Jewish Day School in Fairfax, VA, the beautifully wooded campus offers a plethora of outdoor spaces and indoor spaces.

Camp Achva turns 55!

To celebrate the founding of Camp Achva, this summer's theme, “Camp is More Than a Bagel,” was inspired by the album "Jewish Is More Than a Bagel, Songs for Jewish Children," by Shirley Grossman. Each summer for many years, she wrote beloved songs about Jewish experiences and traditions that were sung from the heart by the campers. Shirley, along with our founders Adele Greenspon, Shirley Waxman, and Judy Frank, created a recipe for our camp that combined the best of camping with pride in Judaism to an awesome result. In honor of Shirley, our founders, alumni, current campers, families, staff, and the wider Pozez JCC community, we are proud to say that Camp Achva is more than a bagel!

New Experiences Every Day

Camp Achva provides a fun, safe, experience where children grow and learn. Programming weaves informal Jewish education to strengthen identity, instill values, and build community. We offer a wide range of engaging sports, arts, aquatics, and outdoor adventures.


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June 24-August 2
Fun. Friends. Family.

Since 1969, Camp Achva is Northern Virginia's premiere Jewish day camp. For a summer of awesome experiences, belly laughs, friendship, and summer activities, sign-up now to ensure your space!

Camp Contacts

Main Office:

If you have questions, please contact our camp management staff:


School-Age Services Director
Greg Feitel (He/Him) 703.537.3061
  School-Age Services Assistant Director
Erica Milgram (She/Her) 703.537.3041
School-Age Services Inclusion & Belonging Coordinator
Lauren Panozzo (She/Her) 703.537.3043
  School-Age Services Program Coordinator
Jeremy Nowell 703.537.3063
Camp Achva Operations Coordinator
Eila Nash 703.537.3092
Rachel Dannick 703.537.3021