Welcome to Camp Max Straus

Established in 1938 by Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles, Camp Max Straus has been providing memorable experiences to youth-in-need for the past 75 years. Camp Max Straus is a non-sectarian, summer residential camp located on 112 acres in the spectacular Verdugo Mountains of Glendale, California.

From June to August, Camp Max Straus offers seven sessions, each session is five days long. Camp Max Straus features sports, art and recreation activities that include: archery, swimming, dance, music, drama, arts & crafts, photography, hikes, horseback riding, animal care, nature, games, cooking and gardening – to name a few.

Throughout the year, Team Max Straus, generously funded by the Amy Phillips Foundation, is an opportunity for youth, ages 7-12 to experience in-depth sports and arts activities during one weekend in the fall and one weekend in the spring. Additionally, campers ages 13-15 come to camp on the weekend and participate in a program designed just for teens!

And during Spring, Summer and Winter, Kibbutz Max Straus weave Jewish values, culture, and traditions into the fabric of camp, helping campers to connect to their own identity and the larger Jewish community. Spirited and dynamic staff members will use experiential learning to reveal what makes Jewish religion and culture so unique in today’s world. At camp, Jewish and Israeli culture is celebrated through song, food, art, and dance.