FAQ

Where is Camp JCA Shalom Day Camp located?
What are the camp hours?
Do you offer an extended care program?
I’ve already registered for camp can I add an additional week? Can I add extended care?
What makes Camp JCA Shalom Day Camp special? How is it different from other camps?
How is Judaism expressed at camp?
How many campers are in a group? What is your staff-to-camper ratio?
Can I request my camper to be with his/her friends?
Can we see the camp?
What do you do on very hot days?
What should my camper wear each day?
What should my camper bring each day?
How do you handle homesickness?
My child’s birthday occurs during camp. What does the camp do for birthdays?
What if I need to pick up my child early or drop them off late?
What if my plans change and I need to cancel a session of camp?
Can my child bring toys or electronics to camp with them?
My Child has an ongoing prescription during camp. How is that handled?
How will I be notified of injury or illness?
Do you offer financial assistance?
Is tipping allowed?


Where is Camp JCA Shalom Day Camp located?
Camp JCA Shalom Day Camp is conveniently located in the West Valley at Kadima Day School.  The address is 7011 Shoup Avenue, West Hills 91307.


What are the camp hours?
Our regular camp program begins at 9:00 AM and ends at 3:30 PM.  Your camper may be dropped off as early as 8:30 AM and must be picked up by 4:00 PM.  EXCEPT ON SHABBAT – All campers must be picked up by 3:00 PM on Fridays.


Do you offer an extended care program?
Camp JCA Shalom Day Camp does offer an extended care program.

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM & 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM  – Extended care must be registered for in advance and is for the same number of days that your child is attending camp.  There is no afternoon extended care on Fridays.


I’ve already registered for camp can I add an additional week? Can I add extended care?
If you’ve already registered for camp you can add additional weeks, at the regular tuition rates, provided there is still space available in the session.  You should log into your CampInTouch account here and add the week or weeks you would like your camper to come.   Sessions close the Wednesday before the week, if they are not already full.  Be sure to register early for the weeks that you want.

If you would like to add extended care to a week you are already registered for please email info@shalominstitute.com with your camper’s name and what week you would like to add extended care to. Our registrar will add the extended care and charge the credit card on file.  Extended care closes the Wednesday before the week.


What makes Camp JCA Shalom Day Camp special? How is it different from other camps?
Camp JCA Shalom Day Camp is special because of our connection to our overnight camp, Camp JCA Shalom, in Malibu.  Day camp days are intentionally run like a day of overnight camp where Jewish values, tradition, spirit and Israeli culture are woven into camp days through songs, art, stories, sports, drama, games and celebrations. We believe in teaching campers responsibility (achreiyut), cooperation (shalom bayit) and repairing our world (tikkun olam) in a way that goes hand-in-hand with splashing in the pool, enjoying the perfect popsicle and shouting a camp cheer.

Camp JCA Shalom Day Camp is different from other quality day camps in it’s size.  We limit the numbers of campers that can participate in camp each week so that we are able to make meaningful connections with each camper and give them the attention we feel they deserve.


How is Judaism expressed at camp?
Our Jewish program is fabulous!  It is designed to be fun, interesting, child-friendly, and has multiple entry points for campers with little or no Jewish background.  We recite short blessings before and after each meal.  Shabbat is celebrated all day on Friday with Challah making, Shabbat arts & crafts, Shabbat-o-grams and a short camp-style service with singing and the blessings over the Challah & grape juice. Each group has age-appropriate Jewish cultural programs: activities, games, songs, skits, etc.  Camper’s have a great opportunity to connect with their Judaism in a way that has meaning for them.


How many campers are in a group? What is your staff-to-camper ratio?
Campers are grouped by grade; Kindergarten – 1st; 2nd – 3rd and 4th – 5th. All groups are co-ed and have a minimum of two staff. Staff ratios are based on American Camp Association Standards. The K-1st grade groups have up to 16 campers with 2 staff and one CIT (counselor-in-training). The 2nd-3rd grade groups have up to 20 campers with 2 staff and one CIT, and 4th-5th grade groups have up to 20 campers with 2 staff per group. In addition to the group counselors and CIT’s there are activity specialists, lifeguards, and our Leadership Team.


Can I request my camper to be with his/her friends?
At Camp JCA Shalom Day Camp we want to make sure that campers get a chance to reconnect with old friends and also make new ones. Elisa & the leadership team personally place campers into their individual groups. This helps ensure that each group is balanced on each day. Having your camper grouped with a friend is a great way for them to feel comfortable at camp, but it also gives them an opportunity to make new friends and grow through these new experiences. When you complete your online application there is a space to indicate any campers that your camper would like be grouped with. We will do our best to honor requests as long as the campers are in the same grade.


Can we see the camp?
The Kadima campus is a closed campus. Camp JCA Shalom Day Camp does not set-up on the campus until one week prior to camp starting.  Tours must be set up with Camp JCA Shalom in advance. If you are interested in a camp tour please click here.  When we have several people that are interested we will contact you with a date and time for a tour.


What do you do on very hot days?
It can be very hot at camp during the summer months. On most days we try to keep the campers cool by reminding them to drink water and wear their hats. On some days it becomes necessary to move the campers indoors. At Camp JCA Shalom Day Camp we have the luxury of having plenty of air conditioned indoor spaces. We will spend as much time outdoors, in the morning, as possible and then do all activities indoors. Additionally each group goes to the pool Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


What should my camper wear each day?
Footwear: Shoes suitable for walking and/playing sports on grass and in the gym are required. Appropriate closed-toe and closed –heel shoes include sturdy tennis shoes or some other type of sport shoe. Sandals will only be allowed for wearing to and from the pool.

Campers should be dressed comfortably each day. We will be both inside and outside throughout the day and campers should be dressed appropriately for the weather. Please only send your child to camp in clothes that you are okay with getting dirty. All campers should have some sort of hat that they can keep at camp for the summer. Hats will help prevent sunburns when we are outside and on our field trip.


What should my camper bring each day?
Campers should have a bathing suit, towel and flip flops for swim days (Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays) if they plan on swimming. They will be given time to change into and out of their swimsuits. Campers who forget their swimsuit or do not want to swim will have an optional activity.

Camper should also bring a water bottle (we are eco friendly and do not provide cups), hat, sunscreen and their lunch each day.

PLEASE CLEARLY MARK EVERYTHING YOUR CHILD BRINGS OR WEARS TO CAMP WITH FIRST AND LAST NAME! Names are easiest to spot if they are marked on neckbands, waistbands or towel corners. Every attempt will be made to return LABELED clothing to your camper. If an item has been lost at camp and your child needs assistance finding it, please send an email to daycamp@shalominstitute.com. If your item is not returned promptly you may want to stop by and check out our Lost and Found.

Campers must come with their lunches every day except trip day. Due to strict Kashrut regulations all meals should be vegetarian. Please remember campers are not allowed to bring peanut products in their lunches. There is a wide array of peanut butter substitutes at health food stores and Trader Joe’s. Additionally we do not have the ability to heat lunches. Please click here for a list of suggested lunch items: LUNCH SUGGESTIONS


How do you handle homesickness?
While the fun and positivity of camp typically far outweigh any sadness and anxiety about missing home, homesickness is a normal, natural feeling for many campers. Our staff is focused on helping each and every camper make new friends and have a positive experience at Camp JCA Shalom Day Camp. From the beginning of the day our counselors facilitate new friendships between campers, lead group activities, and provide comfort and individual attention to any camper who may be nervous or upset. The staff lead activities that are designed to help campers work as a team and to make new friends in their group.
Camp is an amazing opportunity for children to develop confidence, make new friends, and grow as people. If you make a promise to your child that they will always be grouped with a friend from school, or that you will pick them up if they’re feeling sad or nervous, you are making it difficult for our staff to help your child grow and work through their feelings, and showing a lack of confidence in their ability to be successful at camp.
If your child says he/she is feeling sad about camp, please send an email to the directors at daycamp@shalominstitute.com and one of them will give you a call to discuss a plan to help improve their experience at Camp JCA Shalom Day Camp.


My child’s birthday occurs during camp.  What does the camp do for birthdays?
Birthdays at camp are fantastic.  Imagine celebrating your birthday with 80 of your closest friends.  That’s what it feels like at camp.  Parents can bring a kosher treat for their child to share with their group or the entire camp.  We call a camper up at the end of the day and sing “Happy birthday” to them. We have them make three wishes.  One wish for yourself, one wish for camp and one wish for the WHOLE world.  (This is actually a Jewish teachable moment as Rabbi Hillel once said, “Wish for yourself but also for the whole world too.”)  Afterwards, we have them skip around the auditorium with their counselors, and eventually we put them up in a chair.  Most campers wouldn’t want to be anywhere else on their birthday!

You can make arrangements for bringing a special treat by contacting our Day Camp Director, Elisa Becker at daycamp@shalominstitute.com


What if I need to pick up my child early or drop them off late?
We understand that things happen and sometimes you will need to pick your child up early or bring them to camp late.  Please email or text Elisa with as much advanced notice as possible.  Once the day is in progress you will need to come into the school to pick up or drop off your child.  You can come through the South gate of the yard (the same gate we do carpool through each day) which will be closed but not locked.  Please find a staff person either on the yard, in the auditorium or right inside a classroom next to the pool and they will be able to direct you where to go.  Campers MUST always be signed in and out of camp by an adult.


What if my plans change and I need to cancel a session of camp?
All cancellations must be made in writing. A service fee of $50 per registration will be deducted for cancellations prior to April 1, 2017. After April 1, 2017, your deposit will be forfeited. After June 1, 2017 no refunds will be issued.

There are no fee reductions for late arrivals or voluntary early departures from camp. If it is the discretion of the camp director to send my child home because of behavioral problems, the bringing or use of alcohol, drugs and/or cigarettes to camp, there will be no refund. If a child is sent home by the camp director for medical reasons, a credit will be issued for the unused time on a pro-rated basis that may be used towards a future program.


Can my child bring toys or electronics to camp with them?
We provide everything needed for each day of camp. We ask that kids don’t bring: personal toys, animals, or sports equipment. Actually, we can’t even allow them at camp. We want to make sure that your child does not lose something precious to them and camp is a way to introduce them to a new experience.

CAMP JCA SHALOM DAY CAMP IS AN “UNPLUGGED” CAMP. The time campers and staff spend here is focused on learning, interacting, building relationships and making friends. Taking a break from mp3 players, cell phones, gaming devices and computers allows campers to focus on these important face to face interactions. We ask that all electronics are left at home. Any electronics that are brought to camp will be held in the director’s office until the end of the day.


My child has an ongoing prescription during camp. How is that handled?
If your child requires medicine to be administered during the camp day, please bring the medicine to camp in the original labeled prescription container along with specific directions. Both the prescription bottle and the note must contain your child’s full name, the prescribing doctor’s name and phone number, and directions for daily usage. In order to insure the medication is delivered to the camp office, please give it to the one of the directors. Do not give the medication to your camper or a counselor. If you send medication to camp, please take responsibility for refilling the prescription yourself. Camp will not be responsible for notifying you if your prescription runs out or expires.
If your child has any special need, please notify camp as early as possible. Early notification opens up the lines of communication and allows our staff to prepare for situations or modifications, if necessary.


How will I be notified of injury or illness?
If your child sustains an injury that requires more than basic first aid you will be notified via phone by one of the directors. Minor injuries are treated in the first aid center.
If your child has a fever, runny nose, or sore throat, please keep him/her at home for the day to recover. Sick children can pass illnesses on to their fellow campers and may have a hard time enjoying the active camp day. If the camper becomes ill while at camp a parent will be notified to come pick up the camper.


Do you offer financial assistance?
Yes. Financial assistance is available. At the end of the online application, you will find a request for financial assistance application. Once your completed camper application and deposit are received, we will send you the necessary financial assistance forms. All financial assistance applications are treated confidentially and reviewed thoroughly by our scholarship committee. Financial assistance is determined by the “full picture.” Camp JCA Shalom partners with congregations in giving fee assistance and recommends talking with the Jewish Federation in your area. For more information, please call the camp office. Click here for more scholarship and financial assistance info.


Is tipping allowed?
It is the long established policy of Camp JCA Shalom and the American Camp Association to prohibit tipping or gift giving to members of the staff. However, gifts to the Camp JCA Shalom Scholarship Fund are most appreciated and are of great benefit not only to the recipient children, but also to the total camp program. These donations are tax-deductible.

Questions?

Want to speak to a live person?  Please call 818-889-5500 and we will be happy to help you!

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