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.

Register today for 2019 Summer Camp Shalom!

Click the button below to fill out the registration form. If you have any questions call Meryl Hattenbach at 937-401-1550 or email

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.


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

Click here to download the Camp Shalom Gadol brochure.

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

from the desk of MISS MERYL

Welcome to Camp Shalom 2019: The Summer of Possibilities! We will embark on an exploration of different careers in a fun and organic way. In addition to our traditional camp activities, we will go on field trips to exciting destinations and invite professionals working in different fields to visit camp and share their stories with us. Our goal is to let the campers’ imaginations soar and to open up new possibilities to inspire them!

For those of you who haven’t met me yet, this will be my fourth summer directing the JCC’s Camp Shalom. I come from a robust 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 counselor. Jewish camping has been one of the strongest influences for me personally and as a professional. I make sure to spend much of my time with the campers- exploring, playing and growing. There is no other feeling like watching a camper overcome an obstacle (physical, figurative, or imagined). Summer camp is a setting where amazing things happen every day!

As the only summer-long Jewish day camp in our region, we are uniquely positioned to share Jewish values with our campers. Although we promote all Jewish values, this year we will focus on Ometz Lev (courage.) Judaism believes each of us is innately endowed with courage. Our camp culture regularly provides opportunities for campers to find and demonstrate courage.

We are also very excited to reintroduce the summer shlichim (emissaries) program to Camp Shalom! We have carefully vetted and hired a young post-army Israeli to serve as a counselor and Israel specialist. This shlicha (female emissary) will bring a personal connection to Israel as a member of the Camp Shalom staff and family. Welcome Orin Golan!



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

Tue 26

Tuesdays @ the J: Krav Maga

March 26 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
Boonshoft CJCE
525 Versailles Dr.
Centerville OH
Fri 29

Early Childhood CLOSED; K-Club OPEN until 4:30PM

March 29
Boonshoft CJCE
525 Versailles Dr.
Centerville OH
Sun 31

J-Serve 2019

March 31 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
the Dayton Metro Library, Main Branch
215 E. Third St.
Dayton OH
Apr 02

Picture Day (Malachim, Shabbat, Brachot)

April 2
Boonshoft CJCE
525 Versailles Dr.
Centerville OH
Apr 02

Tuesdays @ the J: Krav Maga

April 2 @ 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
Boonshoft CJCE
525 Versailles Dr.
Centerville OH

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