Camp Shalom Summer & Winter Camp


At Camp Shalom, we provide quality programs with low camper/staff ratios that are age-appropriate, fun, and safe.  Our camp is infused with a sense of simcha (joy), kehillah (community), ruach (spirit), and kef (fun).  Throughout all of our programs, we encourage growth and self-expression.

Interested in Camp Shalom?

Tell us what you’re looking for and we’ll help you create the best camp experience for your child.

K’tan (preschool)

Looking for an exciting summer camp experience for your preschool-aged child? Preschool Camp Shalom features weekly themes and fun-filled learning activities to include: new songs, arts and crafts, water activities, cooking, games, experimenting with science, and more. Sessions are available in two, three, or five day options. Half-days and extended care options are available to fit your busy schedule.

Children who are enrolled in the Malachim Room, or are signed up for Extended Care, are automatically enrolled in Preschool Camp Shalom. If your child is enrolled during regular Preschool hours only, you will have the option to sign your child up for Preschool Camp Shalom If your Child is not already enrolled with our center, you will need to fill out the early childhood forms.

What to bring

Daily: Sunscreen (no aerosols please), bathing suit, towel, Scene 75 Swim Bag.
MITZVAH / MISHPACHA: Wear your Shumsky camp t-shirt for every field trip!
NEROT / BRACHOT / SABRA: Wear your Shumsky camp t-shirt every Friday!

Please download and fill out these forms for your child(ren) to attend Camp Shalom K’tan

from the desk of MISS AUDREY

Another Dayton-area summertime tradition is just around the corner! Let me be the first to welcome you and your family to Camp Shalom K’tan. My name is Audrey MacKenzie, and I am the director of Early Childhood Care and Education at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Dayton.

Following in the footsteps of a camping tradition that has existed since the 1940s, we are offering eight weeks of summer camp for children ages 18 months-entering Kindergarten. I have had the pleasure of working with Dayton JCC families and children for the past 16 years and look forward to another fun-filled summer of discovery, growth, and community building. Whether joining us just for the summer, or continuing care, we welcome all to a camp experience designed with weekly themes encompassing learning activities, water activities, cooking, science, and more! Sessions are available in 2, 3, or 5 day options, along with half days and extended care to accommodate any schedule.

Summer camp is my second favorite thing here at Early Childhood, the children are first, of course! I have been very fortunate to work my passion for 30 plus years, since graduating from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelors’ Degree in Early Childhood. After years in the for-profit childcare sector, I found my calling at the JCC. Just as I have found my home here, it is my hope that all of our families find a home with Camp Shalom K’tan and that we will become part of your family’s summertime plans for years to come.

AUDREY MACKENZIE
DIRECTOR, JCC EARLY CHILDHOOD

Gadol (1st – 7th grade)

At Camp Shalom, we pride ourselves on tradition, values, friendship and fun. We continue to have the same solid foundation that has existed in the Dayton community since the early 1930s. Our goal is to provide children with meaningful experiences rich in Judaic spirit. We welcome all members of the general community to attend.

Campers will work together to build their Camp Shalom family through leadership, community service, social networking, and being active in the community. Activities include: swimming, arts and crafts, cooking, drama, sports, games, nature, community service and field trips all in a safe and nurturing environment.

What to bring

Daily: closed-toe sneakers, hat, swimsuit, Scene 75 water bottle, sunscreen, and a packed lunch (except on Fridays, when we will serve lunch at camp)
Field trips: Shumsky camp t-shirt

Please download and fill out these forms for your child(ren) to attend Camp Shalom Gadol

from the desk of MISS MERYL

We are stronger as a community than we are as individuals! This summer Camp Shalom will be celebrating the heroes among us and how we ourselves can be heroes in our kehillah (community).

For those who haven’t met me yet, this will be my third year directing the JCC’s Camp Shalom. I come from a strong background of Jewish camping. I grew up with the JCC summer camps: first in the day camp at the Cincinnati JCC and then at Camp Livingston as a camper and then a counselor. Jewish camping has been one of the strongest influences for me personally and as a professional, and still is! How could I not love my job when I get to play “alligator” with your children at the pool on summer afternoons?

Last spring I attended the JCC Association Professional Conference and participated in the camp director’s track. I was amazed to learn that there is a wealth of research-based evidence showing the value and positive outcomes of a camp experience. There is also a tremendous quantity of resources available for building a program of excellence. Although we can’t adopt all of these changes at once, we are committed to making improvements each year in how we train our staff, plan activities and partner with parents to make the summer an exceptional one for campers. Among the programmatic changes and additions to Camp Shalom, your campers can look forward to more “nature” field trips such as fishing and a creek walk. We are purchasing archery equipment and have two experienced and qualified counselors who will teach this activity. We are adding a slack line to our outdoor play area where campers can work on their balance in a fun, safe environment. And we are offering more age-based activities such as a night at the Dragons for the Trees (entering 5–7) and CIT’s.

In closing, Judaism provides us a rich backdrop to explore the concept of CAMP SHALOM STRONG and becoming a hero in our own community. As the only summer-long Jewish day camp in our region, we look to Judaism for guidance in how to share these values with our children. Kehillah is the foundation of camp. Throughout the summer we will offer campers many opportunities to contribute to their kehillah both within and outside of camp. The behavior of contributing to kehillah will be reinforced by recognizing and awarding campers.

Come along with us as we meet heroes in our community and learn to be our own superheroes! There’s no better place than Camp Shalom to discover who you are!

Kindly,

MERYL HATTENBACH
JCC CAMP SHALOM DIRECTOR

Counselor In Training (CIT)

Camp Shalom offers a unique opportunity for 8–10 graders to get hands-on leadership experience. CITs will be assigned to a group of campers for the week. They will assist counselors in supervising campers, develop and lead their own activity at least once a week, and participate in leadership training with the Assistant Director. CIT’s qualify for a small stipend based on weekly attendance.

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Upcoming Events

Sun 21

JCC & PJ Library Night @ the Drive In: Coco

October 21 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dixie Twin Drive-In
6201 N Dixie Dr
Dayton OH
Mon 22

CABF: Anschel’s Story with author Renate Frydman

October 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Beth Jacob
7020 N. Main Street
Dayton OH
Tue 23

Big & Little Yoga Class

October 23 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Boonshoft CJCE
525 Versailles Dr
Centerville OH
Tue 23

Tuesdays @ the J: Israeli Dancing with instructor Janifer Tsou

October 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Boonshoft CJCE
525 Versailles Dr
Centerville OH
Wed 24

CABF: Anschel’s Story with author Renate Frydman

October 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wright Memorial Public Library
1776 Far Hills Ave.
Oakwood OH

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