The Junior Pioneers bunk is a specially designed program for our youngest campers.   Learning the basic skills of wilderness survival, plant and animal identification, fire building, archery, animal husbandry, and our exciting trips will allow these boys to not only build confidence, but come away from the summer as expert pioneers!​


 The Pioneers program advances skills learned in Junior Pioneers such as fire building, advanced shelter building, survival rescue, climbing, fishing (brook, river, and pond/lake), trapping and more.  First time camper? No worries! The program also works for first time campers as activities are taught in a manner that start of as a review for veteran campers while at the same time introducing new skill sets to new campers.

Ages: 13 -14

The aim of this program is to foster leadership skills, teamwork, self reliance with an overarching theme of training to be a Pioneers counselor and excel in survival skills and activities.  As a member of Maglan boys have the ability to enjoy the summer as campers, but are also delegated added responsibility and leadership positions throughout the summer.  

Ages: 15 -16
Pioneers Camp has 3 divisions to better cater to a
wide variety of campers:
Junior Pioneers
Ages: 10-12


Pioneers Camp Provides a unique, action-packed camp experience where your son will acquire life skills. We are geared to help campers gain a sense of responsibility, leadership skills and most importantly simchat chaim -- a joy of life itself! Surrounded by a new environment and interaction with great teachers, each boy will develop confidence and glean skills to be used the rest of his life. Most importantly, campers will have a fun-filled summer! Experiential Educational camping designed to build skill sets which will grow with your son’s development.​

Camp Fires



Pioneers Camp is located in the green mountains of Vermont. With 100+ acres of forestland, meadows, mountain brooks, and a waterfall on the property, it offers a beautiful and refreshing environment in which to learn the many skills and knowledge that's taught at Pioneers Camp.



June 30 - July 28 




  • 4 week session: $3,850

  • Transportation Fee $100                         (This option is for campers who take the   bus to and from camp) 

  • A $500 non refundable deposit is due at registration                                     (credited towards tuition)

  • Limited Scholarships available upon request 


All prices are in USD,

and all payments are non-refundable.

Sample Schedule:

  • Wake up (optional river dip)​

  • Chasiddus Shiur​

  • Shacharis

  • Breakfast

  • Learning

  • Activity 1​

  • Lunch / break​

  • Mincha​

  • Activity 2​

  • Dinner​

  • Prep campfire / light campfire​

  • Maariv​

  • Reflection & Projection

  • Lights out (based on age group)​

Packing List:

  • Tefillin, Siddur, Chitas 

  • Spare Yarmulkas

  • Shabbos Clothes 

  • Water shoes

  • Hiking boots/outdoor shoes

  • Sleeping bag

  • Sleeping pad

  • Bath towels (a pack towel is a better option)

  • Pillow and pillowcases

  • Flashlight and/or headlamp & batteries

  • Laundry bag

  • Baseball cap

  • Sunglasses (w/croakies - optional)

  • Bandanas

  • 2 liter water bottle 

  • Wool sweater or fleece jacket

  • Rain gear

  • Bathing suit

  • Wind breaker

  • Socks  / underwear (at least 1 pr. wool socks recommended) 

  • T-shirts

  • Exercise shorts 

  • Long pants

  •  and 1 fleshig2 Mess kits one Milchig

  • 2 sets of utensils

  • 2 mugs

  • Toiletries (comb, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, sunscreen) - ONLY Biodegradable Soap

  • Insect repellant

  • Day pack 

  • Spending money for snacks while traveling and souvenirs

  • Any prescription medicine


(Please label everything!)

Items that will make camp more enjoyable:


  • 15 postcards or  Envelopes with stamps

  • Baseball glove, ball

  • Compass

  • Swiss Army Type Knife

  • Whistle

  • Chap stick

  • Bug spray-non aerosol

  • Journal (if you enjoy writing)

  • Book (if you enjoy reading)

  • Games

  • Camera


Director, Founder

 My passion as an educator is helping to create learning environments in which creative talent can flourish.  I have been a curriculum consultant on many different projects including the Jewish Gardening Project in Burlington, Vermont. Some of my favorite camp memories have been storytelling, dancing the koala shuffle, early-morning fishing trips and

apache-relays. I am excited for another amazing summer to come.  

Head Counselor 

Originally from San Francisco, CA.  Aharon is back for his 5th summer at Pioneers.  His high energy creative talents, love for Torah and Mitzvos, and powerful for Ruach sets to tone for summer.  A fearless leader and quarterback of the camp helps create a summer experience not to be forgetten.  Aharon spends his free time teaching Torah, completing his Smicha studies, and practicing his mean hookshot on the basketball court.  

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Wilderness, survival &
Mr. Lev Talyansky
Self Defense Director

Mr. Talyansky Started judo training in Kiev, Ukraine at age of thirteen and continued training in judo for fourteen years. He Served in the Soviet Military from '77-'79. In 1989 he immigrated to the United States and began studying karate in 1990. He trained under the direction of Grand Master Tadashi Yamashita for seventeen years reaching the level of fourth Dan Grandmaster.  Tadashi Yamashita incorporated elements of Akido, Ju-Jitsu and other styles into his training. Mr. Talyansky also holds second Dan in weapons training.  Mr. Talyansky currently lives in Chicago with his wife, Chana, and three sons.

Director of Operations

I grew up in the backwoods Monsey NY, and for the past year I was studying in Yeshiva in L.A. I've spent the past few summers in Pioneers Camp, both as a camper and a staff member. I really have an appreciation for what goes on at Pioneers Camp and have had so many amazing experiences both as a camper and a staff member. In my time as a camper I've mastered the survival skills that are going to be taught during the summer such as: fire, shelter, trapping, etc. I am also experienced in giving a successful learning group where campers feel individualized attention while working as a group to learn some precious Torah.

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Shimon Meshchaninov
Resident Survivalist

This is my 5th year in a survival style camp. Ever since I was a small kid I have had an extreme interest in the outdoors. I am an experienced backpacker and a survival expert. I look forward to teaching others the same skills that I place such a high value on.



Rabbi A & Rebbitizen L,


This past summer has been Mendel’s 7th year in camp and he always had a wonderful experience, but this summer under your guidance, was truly a transforming one from him. In your unbelievable and magical ways, you have instilled in him a love for Yiddishkeit and  taught him priceless values. As Mendel puts it “they don’t threaten you if you don’t davven -  they explain to you the importance of it, so you come to actually love davvening.” You have connected with him, awakening his flame for yiddishkeit. We hope this relationship continues.


With much Hatzolocho, yours gratefully

MK, Parent

Moshe has only positive things to say about his experience. His best comment was that he truly felt that youand Binyomin care. The right situation can bring out the best in people. He was so used to having the left eye judge him.It made me happy, when he said some of the boys called him the" mother" , because he took interest and cared for someone other than himself.

It's always been important to me to try to raise children that are sensitive to others and can put their own selves aside.

May we continue the see growth from "our" children....to be a chosid of the Rebbe.


Thank you,

C.F., Parent

Thank you to  all the team members for a wonderful summer for my son schneur zalman. He grew so much from this experience,and is already looking forward to coming again

all the best

ksiva vchasima tova!