Camp Shalom

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 arts and crafts, cooking and baking, drama, sports, games, nature, STEM and swimming all in a safe and nurturing environment.

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Camp Announcements

From the Desk of Miss Meryl

I’m Meryl Hattenbach, the director of Camp Shalom at the JCC of Greater Dayton. This will be my sixth summer as the camp director. 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 for five years and then a counselor for another four.

Safety & Health

Camp Shalom is committed to following all recommendations for Youth Camps from the ODH and CDC. As these guidelines for summer 2021 become available, we will share them with you. Please feel free to contact Meryl Hattenbach, Camp Director, with any questions. mhattenbach@jfgd.net.

Age Groups

SEEDS (grades 1-2)

We offer a supportive and nurturing environment for our young campers who are gaining more independence but still sometimes need assistance. Our counselors are always on hand to help – whether it’s applying sunscreen, playing tetherball together or helping to sort out a misunderstanding with a friend.

LEAVES (grades 3-4)

These campers are ready for action! Our counselors recognize the need for this age group to be challenged physically and socially. This is the age when huge leaps in confidence are made. We are ready to help these kids grow!

TREES (grades 5-7)

Our Trees are ready for their own space, activities and independence. Our counselors will lead age-appropriate activities for this group and provide opportunities for the Trees to take leadership roles themselves.

CHALUTZIM (Counselors In Training; entering grades 8-10)

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 expected to assist their counselors as needed. Chalutzim who are ready for a bigger leadership role will have the opportunity to plan and lead some activities. Chalutzim will always be under the supervision of Camp Shalom staff. 

Chalutzim will be guided and supervised by a Unit Leader. This group will have special programming each week such as leadership-building activities. They will receive a stipend of $5/day for working at camp and will be paid each Friday for the current week.


The staff members at Camp Shalom are highly qualified, bright young adults who love children and work as a cohesive team. Our counselors are fantastic leaders and role models and are committed to instilling Jewish values in our campers and making sure they have a safe, memorable summer. We will spend three full days of staff training preparing for your campers. In addition, our counselors are all certified by the American Red Cross in First Aid and CPR.

Contact Us

Meryl Hattenbach, Camp Director

Marc Jacob, Senior Director, JCC of Greater Dayton

Camp Shalom
Temple Beth Or
5275 Marshall Rd.
Dayton, OH 45429

Dates and Hours

Camp Shalom will operate for seven weeks in June and July, 2021.

Week 1: June 7-11
Week 2: June 14-18
Week 3: June 21-25
Week 4: June 28-July 2
Week 5: July 6-9 (closed Monday, July 5)
Week 6: July 12-16
Week 7: July 19-23

Camp hours are 9AM-4:30PM
Drop off is 8-9AM
Pick up is 4:30-5:30PM


A $100 deposit is due at registration.

Registration fee

Camp Shalom charges a non-refundable registration fee.
Through April 1 – registration fee is waived
April 2-30 – $25 registration fee
May 1 and later – $50 registration fee

We offer a $15/week discount for the second and additional siblings for families with more than one child enrolled in our program. This discount also applies for families with campers in both Camp Shalom k’tan (JCC Early Childhood) and Camp Shalom gadol.


Swim Lessons
Campers have the option to take swim lessons at Five Seasons Sports Club. The club provides certified instructors who teach group lessons grouped by swimmer ability.
Two half-hour lessons/week: $22

Tennis Lessons
Campers have the option to take tennis lessons at Kettering Tennis Center/Quail Run. A qualified tennis pro will teach one-hour group lessons twice a week.
Two one-hour lessons/week: $32

*Unlike past summers, campers may be registered for BOTH swim and tennis lessons in the same week. They will be scheduled on different days.

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