EVENT Questions and Answers

What is the Mosaic International Event?
In short, summer camp for adults. The Mosaic International Event is held every year on Labor Day Weekend. It gives Mosaic members from all over the world the opportunity to spend time with each other, enjoy the outdoors and explore Judaism in a natural setting. We stay at a summer camp and do all kinds of outdoor activities. The activities change every year depending on the locale. This year, the event will include hiking, biking, nature walks, horseback riding, canoeing, river tubing, rock climbing, grass skiing, caving, and visits to local historical sites, wineries, caverns, art galleries and more! Thursday night we have icebreaker games, a nature slideshow and a night hike. Friday Night we have a creative Shabbat Service (and a smaller tradtional minyan) and a Shabbat Coffeehouse; Saturday night we'll have a huge concert in the amphitheatre, and Sunday night we'll break into a variety of workshops. Campfires are part of the event each night, as well.

What are the details for this year?
This year, the event runs from Thursday September 1st through Monday September 5th, 2005. We'll be staying at the Outdoor Learning Center at Camp Horizons in Harrisonburg, Virginia. We'll be providing bus service from Washington Dulles Airport (IAD), which is two hours from camp, at a nominal fee.

How much does it cost?
Regular pricing of $355M/$415NM will be in effect through July 28th [extended deadline]. A late fee will be assessed to registrants through 8/19 (price $395M/$445NM), and NO REGISTRATIONS WILL BE PROCESSED AFTER 8/19 and there will be no on-site registrations this year.

Early registration is recommended. Based on the response to previous International Events and due to space limitations for several of the activities, the event will likely sell out. Your payment includes many activities, evening programs, food and lodging in summer camp cabins with bathrooms, and a cool t-shirt! Bus transportation from IAD will be available for an additional $40.

As long as I'm in the area, can I see Washington, DC?
Absolutely! The Maryland club is planning a wonderful day in DC before the event (mid-Wednesday through mid-Thursday.) See the Pre-Tour page of this website for details and registration. Space is limited, so sign up early!

Is there a Post-Tour this year?
Yes! Since we won't be rafting as part of the Event, we've added on a special Post-Tour Raft Trip where we'll head to Hico, WV to raft the New River as it travels through the "Grand Canyon of the East," the New River Gorge. Details are posted on the Post-Tour page of this website.

How do I get there?
Mosaic will be coordinating bus transportation to Camp Horizons from Washington's Dulles Airport (IAD). The cost is $40. If you plan to attend the pre-Tour, please make your arrival time no later than 11:00 a.m. on 8/31. If you plan to attend the International Event but not the pre-tour, please plan to arrive at IAD no later than 1:00 p.m. on 9/1.
Mosaic does reserve the right to make appropriate changes to these schedules and to assign people to buses based on efficient and reasonable capacity loadings.

When should I plan to fly home?
Please make your flight home for 1:30 p.m. or later on Monday, September 5th if you are not planning to attend the Post-Tour Raft Trip. If you plan to go rafting, make your flight home for 3:30 p.m. or later (later is better) on Wednesday, September 7th.

How do I register?
Online registration is open. Just click on the link at the bottom of the "Registration" page.

Do you need my flight information?
Yes. If you are using our transportation, please make sure the online system accurately lists your flight information. No need to hold up registration though! As soon as you get your flight info, please either edit your information online, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it with your information.

What is the Cancellation Policy?
Cancellations prior to July 22, 2005 are subject to a $20 processing fee and all credit card fees. Cancellations prior to August 19, 2005 are subject to a 25% cancellation fee. NO refunds on registrations cancelled on or after August 19, 2005. Cancellations will only be refunded after the event. MOCA limits the refund to the actual reservation payment.

Who goes to the event?
People that want to have fun!: Jewish adults of all ages from all religious backgrounds, some more observant than others. Previous participants have come from all over the US, Canada, and even Israel.

What are the accommodations like?
Summer camp cabins! We recommend you bring a sleeping bag and pillow. Some will bring sheets and blankets. If you'd like, you can bring your tent. There is a single bathroom in each cabin. Shower facilities are either in the cabins or in separate buildings. This year we do not have any single or double cabins at camp and we urge privacy seekers to bring or rent tents (yep, Maryland Mosaic has new tents you can rent for $15!). We'll also have an offsite hotel option at the Quality Inn, just 15 minutes up the road. Double rooms will be an additional $125 and singles are $250. We'll provide once-a-day van service from and to the hotel.

What's the food like?
The camp assures us that none of their campers have starved in the past. We will be reviewing the menu with Camp Horizons officials to make sure we can accommodate, and more importantly, satisfy vegetarians. For those who keep Kosher, We will be bringing in Kosher food from Baltimore for those who request it (be sure to note your dietary preferences on the registration form). For full day events, we make brown bag lunches; plenty of snacks will be provided.

What does the schedule look like?
Click on the Daytime Activity pages of this website to see for yourself! Lots of great activities are planned.

What if I can't make it in on Thursday, or need to leave early?
That's ok with us; we'll leave the light on for ya . Unfortunately, you'll have to make your own travel arrangements. But, please let us know the details. Please note also that there is no discount for late arrival or early departure this year.

What if there is a family emergency?
We certainly hope this isn't necessary, but, in case of an emergency, the phone number to call is: 1-888-MOSAICS. Please also be aware that cell phones may or may not work in the area.

What should I bring?
A great attitude!

Ok, what kind of clothes?
The weather this time of year can be quite variable. We suggest you come prepared for both warm and chilly weather. It can be shorts and T-shirts weather during the day and fleece at night, or the other way around. Dressing in layers is a great way to be prepared. Bring hiking boots**, water shoes like Tevas. Bathing suit. Don't forget a raincoat -- if we have enough of them at camp, we are guaranteed dry weather.

** Appropriate gear is required for all activities. Activity leaders may exclude participants from an activity if they determine the individual is improperly attired. Example: Hiking boots or shoes are required on all full day and/or moderate-difficult rated hikes. Please make sure you 'break in' new footwear before the event.

What other stuff?
Highly suggested items: a daypack or fanny pack that can hold a sweater and lunch, water bottle or hydration pack (we'll provide the water). Flashlight and extra batteries. Bug spray and sunscreen. Sleeping bag and pillow. Extra towel. Additionally, you may want to bring Frisbees, compass, stargazing guides, campfire chair, songbooks, trekking poles, hat, folding shovel (for full-day hikes), binoculars, field guides (bird / plant / mushroom / mineral), camera, deck of cards, toiletries, required medicines, etc.

What should I bring my stuff in?
Guess where those cute little suitcases with wheels don't work very well? Yep, you got it, a summer camp. The suitcase works fine, just don't expect the wheels to be too effective. Many people will pack their stuff in soft-sided duffle bags or backpacks. This also makes loading the buses easier. Also, we'll try to get the buses close to the cabins, but you may have to carry your bags a little bit.

What are the Liability Waiver and Photo Image Forms?
All participants must sign the waiver form before attending the event as part of the registration process. This clarifies everyone's roles and responsibilities. Signing the form (or agreeing to its terms electronically) is a requirement for participation in the event. Mosaic also wants to be able to use pictures taken at the event on our website, in printed material and in general publicity. Your signature on the form (or agreeing to its terms electronically) indicates your understanding that some pictures may be used in this manner.

What is MOCA?
Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America (MOCA) is a non-profit organization focused on bring Jewish Adults together where they can experience and explore the outdoors and the Jewish experience, history and background in environments that promote Jewish learning, continuity and community. Mosaic has more than 20 clubs in the United States, Canada and Israel.

What if I have more questions?
Email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 1-888-MOSAICS for more info.

Bring your spirit of adventure. Expect a great weekend of foot-stompin' fun outdoors. Take home some new friends and great stories.

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