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 Winter 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 mhattenbach@jfgd.net.

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!

Click here to download the Camp Shalom K’tan brochure.

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 (for children entering 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 complete this form if your child has a special need, health condition or diagnosis requiring specific care.

Please complete this form if your child may need medication administered during camp hours. (sunscreen, lip balm and bug spray are exempt)

New this summer: Specialty Camps!

We are excited to announce a range of one-week specialty camps in addition to our traditional camp offering for our Leaves and Trees. These camps are designed for children who are passionate about a certain topic and have a desire to learn more. The specialties will take place in the mornings. The campers will then join the traditional camp for lunch and the remainder of the afternoon. So if your child can’t get enough art, soccer, theatre, or science, we’re saving a spot for them in one of our specialty camps!

Campers explore several art mediums, both 2D and 3D, and learn how the arts are used in various careers. We will explore graphic design, illustration, jewelry making, and even conduct scientific investigations to create artworks. Students will closely observe elements of nature to create their very own nature-inspired jewelry, batik paintings, prints, and clay sculptures.
Our art specialty camp is led by Matthew Burgy, a sculptor, painter, and art educator. Matthew received both a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master’s of Education from Wright State University. Currently Matthew works at the Dayton Art Institute as a Museum Instructor where he teaches art workshops and leads tours.

Campers will be exposed to guided-discovery games allowing them to fall in love with the game while learning the basics. We promote a creative environment where campers explore new skills and strategies in a fun and fluid way. Our soccer specialty camp is led by Andy Szucs, a nationally licensed coach, and the Technical Director of the Dayton Players Academy. Andy has coached soccer at the college and youth levels of the game.

Theatre specialty camp will teach campers the fundamentals of acting, where it started, how it has evolved over the years, as well as the basics of blocking, movement and stage directions. They will create their own individual piece of theatre from inception to final curtain call, including creating a story-line, writing a script and studying character development.
Theatre camp will be led by Richard Lee Waldeck, current director of the JCC Children’s Theatre program. Richard has directed children’s theatre in and around the tri state area for the last 20 years. His life goal is to open a theatre troupe for children with severe handicaps and disabilities.

Put a Spark in it! Campers will explore static electricity, basic current, and electricity concepts such as voltage, resistance, and open/closed circuits through hands-on activities. Campers will collaborate while they explore, build and learn how electricity works. Campers will also have the opportunity to practice their communication skills by presenting their project to the group. No prior knowledge is required! Debbie Madison teaches computer science and practical arts at Oakwood High School and Junior High. She has experience working with kids of all ages and inspiring children’s innate curiosity in STEM subjects.
Click here to view the STEM Camp flyer

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!



Chalutzim Leaders in Training (entering grades 7–9)

Chalutzim should enjoy spending time with younger kids and be willing to help them with minor tasks like cleaning up a game or helping with an activity. They are prepared to take on some responsibilities for supervising campers and planning and leading activities, under the guidance of counselors. They are also expected to assist their counselors as needed.

Hadracha Counselors in Training (entering grades 10–11)

Our Hadrachas (leaders) are teens who genuinely enjoy working with kids and would like to work as counselors in the next year or two. The Hadrachas will be asked to help supervise and engage with campers. They will also be expected to plan and lead activities that fall within their areas of interest (e.g. art, music, sports). Hadrachas should be able to effectively manage a small (5–7) group of campers, under the supervision of their counselors.

Both Chalutzim and Hadrachas will be guided and supervised by the camp director. They will engage with campers only while under staff supervision. Both groups will receive a stipend of $5/day for working at camp. They will be paid each Friday for the current week.
There will be special programming for these groups including leadership-building activities and field trips.

For more information, contact Meryl Hattenbach at mhattenbach@jfgd.net or (937) 401-1550.

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Upcoming Events

Sat 25

Dayton Junior Youth Group Ice Skating

January 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
RiverScape Metropark
237 E Monument Ave
Dayton Ohio
Wed 29

CABS Lev Golinkin – Views on Discrimination: Past & Present

January 29 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
One Lincoln Park
590 Isaac Prugh Way
Dayton OH
Wed 29

CABS – Lev Golinkin

January 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Dayton Art Institute
456 Belmonte Park N
Dayton OH
Feb 15

JCC Youth Theatre performance

February 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dayton Playhouse
1301 E Siebenthaler Ave
Dayton OH
Feb 16

JCC Youth Theatre performance

February 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Dayton Playhouse
1301 E Siebenthaler Ave
Dayton OH

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