Dear Families,

We are delighted to share that just two months after the destruction of Shalom Institute, home of Camp JCA Shalom, by the Woolsey Fire, we have secured a location for Camp JCA Shalom Summer 2019! 

We will create our Camp JCA magic in the beautiful Angeles National Forest at Gold Creek Center! 

Camp staff has been thorough and tenacious in search of the best location and Gold Creek Center is ideal for us. The beautiful, natural setting has the camp vibe we are used to. We will be able to maintain our cabin-centered approach to the camp experience with cabin-like housing units (that are air-conditioned and have attached bathrooms and showers!). Campers will experience the same Camp JCA Shalom culture and community that leads to making great friendships and experiencing life-changing moments. Camp remains a safe place for your child to grow and learn and have fun. The campus is secure on a private mountain road and we will not be sharing the site with another group as in most of the other locations that were considered. We will have security on site as we did in Malibu. 

Gold Creek Center is beautifully tucked away at the foot of the magnificent mountains of the Angeles National Forest, just 20-30 minutes from the heart of the San Fernando Valley, Simi Valley, and Santa Clarita and less than 45 minutes from the Conejo Valley and West Los Angeles. The 270+ acres include a pool, ball fields, basketball courts (indoor and outdoor), air-conditioned indoor program spaces, and the activities and fun you are used to from camp in Malibu.

The site allows us to do the activities our campers love – gaga, ropes course, arts and crafts (tie dye!), “Jamba Jews” bike blenders, archery, gardening, water activities, pioneer living, outdoor cooking, nature walks, beach trips, overnights, mountain biking, horse and animal experiences, Israeli dance and Israel programming, song sessions, Shabbat services, and so much more! Our chef Jorge and his kitchen staff will be with us all summer, along with Robbo and our top-notch counselors and specialists.

Camp dates and fees will stay the same (click here for dates and fees). Registration is open, and early bird discount is running through January 31st. We will offer need-based scholarships and One Happy Camper grants for first time campers as always. Click here to enroll!

Some of our summer staff recently went with me to visit Gold Creek. The excitement for the summer is starting to overflow! See below for some photos. 

We will host open houses on the following Sundays from 1-4 PM and invite you to come for a tour and see the site:

  • January 27 
  • February 24
  • March 17
  • April 7
  • May 5

Please click here to RSVP

Click here for some additional FAQs about Camp JCA Shalom Gold Creek. As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. 

We are so thankful to you, our camp community, for your patience and support as we worked to find the best possible site to run camp this summer. We can’t wait to make amazing memories.

Looking forward to being with you at camp this summer!

Joel Charnick, Camp JCA Shalom Director