Tell me about Camp JCA Shalom Gold Creek
We are thrilled to share that less than 2 months after Camp JCA Shalom was devastated by the Woolsey fire, we have found a home for Summer 2019 at Gold Creek Center in the beautiful Angeles National Forest. After an exhaustive search for a temporary home for camp this summer, we feel that Gold Creek Center is the best fit for our community.
We will have exclusive use of the site which will allow us to create the safe, intimate camp community that allows campers to grow and thrive.
At Gold Creek Center, we will be able to offer the same programs and activities that we had at our Malibu site: 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! There are beautiful outdoor spaces as well as indoor air-conditioned program spaces.
Campers will be housed in cabin-groups in air-conditioned housing units (with bathrooms and showers attached) that will allow us to keep our cabin-centered camping approach that fosters close-knit friendships and community.
How was Gold Creek Center selected as the Summer 2019 site?
Led by Joel Charnick, Camp JCA Shalom Director, the summer team conducted a very thorough search for a summer 2019 site, taking into account many different factors such as location, availability, activities, distance, cost and whether the site would be shared with other groups. After considering more than 100 camps, retreat centers and campuses, Gold Creek Center emerged as the number one choice. Due to its camp-like feel, beautiful and convenient location, and our ability to have exclusive use of the site, we are thrilled to have it as our summer location.
Where is Gold Creek Center located?
Gold Creek Center is located in the Angeles National Forest, near the 210 freeway in Sylmar. It is a 20-30 minute drive from most places in the San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita and Burbank airport, and about 45 minutes from West LA or Agoura Hills. Though very nearby, it is tucked away in the mountains in the beautiful Angeles National Forest, giving it a secluded, scenic, camp-like feel.
What is Gold Creek Center when we are not there?
Gold Creek Retreat and Convention Center was established in California in 2010 as a supporting facility of Non-profit religious corporation, Hallelujah Prayer Center USA, which is an arm of the Korean Presbyterian Church. The property runs as camp, retreat, recreation and for worship services.
The property’s history includes being the former residence of legendary filmmaker, Cecil B. DeMille and the facility is dotted with artifacts from his celebrated career, such as the main gate and the Stone House, the gates were used in DeMille’s masterpiece “The Ten Commandments.”
Is Gold Creek Center a safe and secure place?
Yes. The campus is secure, we have exclusive use of the site and we will have security on site as we did in Malibu. We will have 24 hour medical staff on site as we had in Malibu, and EMS are nearby.
When is camp happening and how much does it cost?
The summer 2019 dates and fees will remain the same. Click here for the schedule and fees.
The early bird discount will be extended until January 31, 2019.
One Happy Camper grants are available for first time campers and need-based scholarships are available as well. Click here for info about scholarships, grants and discounts.
How will this summer be different than previous summers?
Other than our location, much of what makes Camp JCA Shalom special remains the same. Since 1951, thousands of campers and staff have experienced the magic of Camp JCA Shalom. In our warm and supportive environment in a natural setting, campers will continue to experience living, learning and playing in a positive group setting that encourages personal growth and self-discovery.
As we have done each summer, campers will participate in a variety of programs and activities daily, make new and lasting friendships, and develop a wealth of new skills and interests. They will go home with a lifetime of cherished memories, new skills, and a positive self-image.
Though we will miss the buildings and beautiful spaces of our beloved home in Malibu, our unique and strong community will create new memories this summer, just like we have every summer for more than 65 years.
Can I come see the site?
Yes! We will host open houses at Gold Creek Center on the following Sundays from 1- 4PM:
● January 27
● February 24
● March 17
● April 7
● May 5
Please click here to RSVP. We welcome you to come see the site, take a tour and get excited for Summer 2019!