Porter Creek Adventure FAQ

What’s the Porter Creek Adventure?!

It’s our day-long outdoor adventure program at our Porter Creek home in Santa Rosa – team building at Adventure Mountain, art making, hiking to our Star – and so much more!


What does the Porter Creek Adventure include? What activities will my child engage in?

Hike to the Star – spring 2019

The Porter Creek Adventure is a day-long excursion that allows all of our Newman by the Bay campers to immerse themselves in the great outdoors at our beloved Santa Rosa home. Among the redwoods on our 500-acre site, campers enjoy all-time favorite adventures and activities, such as:

  • climbing the Tower and/or conquering the high ropes course at Adventure Mountain!
  • hiking to the Star – the ultimate Camp Newman rite of passage – and to other favorite camp spots
  • teambuilding activities and skill challenges
  • playing field games, and other fun group activities
  • creating art to beautify camp (like art murals, mosaics, painting, etc.) and to take home

Why do we visit our Porter Creek home?

Avo Creek Site and campfire circle – spring 2019

We’re thrilled to give all of our Newman by the Bay campers access to beautiful hikes, campfire circles, space to be surrounded by trees, and opportunities to enjoy being in nature at our Porter Creek home in Santa Rosa. Our Porter Creek home gives campers that chance – to immerse themselves in the quiet, serene, beauty of nature.


We also believe that for many of our campers and staff, especially those who have spent time at our Porter Creek home, having the opportunity to be at camp is a powerful and healing experience – and an incredibly important way to move forward together in our journey of rebuilding camp.


What does this mean for camp’s rebuilding process?

Betty the Bear can’t wait to hike to

We are excited to announce that Camp Newman’s first building – a community center – will be breaking ground on November 20, 2019, and will be up and running by the beginning of 2021! We are grateful to the state of California for the $5M grant enabling the construction of the community center, and for an additional $5M grant awarded to us just recently (how the funds will be alloted is TBD).

We owe a BIG todah rabah – thank you – to Michelle Tandowsky, Advisory Board Chair, URJ Camp Newman, and Rabbi Doug Kahn, Executive Director Emeritus of the Jewish Community Relations Council, San Francisco, for leading the Master Planning Task Force (made up of experts, lay leaders and community stakeholders) that created the vision and master plan principles for the rebuilding of the year-round community center and summer camp at Camp Newman.

With tremendous thanks to all those who have helped support and strengthen us, we will continue to provide updates as the process continues. Our driving force is to take the best of our past 71 years and make it even better for the next seventy+!


If you have any further questions, please contact ayoakum@urj.org.