Camp Shalom


At Camp Shalom, we provide the framework for campers to grow into their best selves. We aim to impart campers with confidence, build resilience, develop their social skills, learn through experience, learn to accept and celebrate differences in others, and to have fun. Our groups are intentionally created to support campers where they are developmentally. 

We believe that children from all backgrounds can thrive within the cultural treasures that Judaism offers. Camp Shalom promotes the Jewish values of Kindness, Persistence, Community, Creativity, Friendship, and Courage. Our staff is trained to nurture and challenge our campers, and ensure they have a safe and memorable summer. 

Camp Announcements

Meryl Hattenbach, JCC Program Manager

Letter from the Director: Experience Israel @ 75!

As I enter my eighth year of directing Camp Shalom, I never cease to get excited while making plans for the upcoming summer! So, I’m happy to take this opportunity to share my excitement with you! What could be better than a summer-long birthday party? Israel turns 75...

Safety & Health

Camp Shalom is committed to following all recommendations for Youth Camps from the ODH and CDC.  Please feel free to contact Meryl Hattenbach, Camp Director, with any questions.

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 enjoy spending time with younger kids and are prepared to help them with tasks like cleaning up a game or helping with an activity. They are ready to take responsibility for supervising campers and expected to assist their counselors as needed. Older Chalutzim, and those who show they 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 under the guidance a Unit Leader. This group will have special programming including leadership-building activities and field trips. 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 eight weeks in June and July, 2023.

Week 1:  June 5 – 9
Week 2:  June 12 – 16
Week 3:  June 19 – 23
Week 4:  June 26 – 30
Week 5:  July 3 – 7 (closed Tuesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day)
Week 6:  July 10 – 14
Week 7:  July 17 – 21
Week 8:  July 24 – 28 BONUS WEEK!

Camp hours are 9AM-4:00PM
Drop off is 8-9AM
Pick up is 4:00-5:30PM

Please note Chabad’s Camp Gan Izzy also begins the week of July 24. For more information visit


Through February 15, the one time registration fee is waived. After February 15, the registration fee is $75.

Optional Add-Ons

  • Rise & Shine, 8-9AM $20/week
  • Stay & Play, 4-5:30PM $30/week
  • Swim Lessons, 2 days per week, ½ hour group lessons $30/week


Specialty Camps

Specialty camps are scheduled in the morning. Campers will spend their lunchtime and afternoon with the rest of Camp Shalom participating in traditional camp activities, swimming and field trips.

Theatre Camp (5 weeks) Week 2 – 6 Grades 2 – 7 $1,200
WAITLIST – American Ninja Warrior Camp Week 2  Grades 1 – 7 $265
DIY Mini House Camp Week 3  Grades 1 – 5 $265
Tennis Camp Weeks 3 Grades 2 – 7 $265
WAITLIST – Lego Camp Week 4  Grades 1 – 3 $265
Golf Camp Week 4 Grades 2 – 7 $265
Babysitting Camp Week 5 Grades 5 – 7 $210
Magic Camp Week 6 Grades 2 – 7 $265
Camp Livingston mini session Week 6 – 7 Grades 2 – 9  see



Has your child ever dreamed of performing on stage? This is their chance to shine! Theatre campers will perform the musical, Willy Wonka Jr. This five-week experience will take them from auditions to performances while exposing your
young actor to a variety of acting skills and exercises. They will be trained in the basics of theatre, performance, character development, and ensemble building. They will learn the music, choreography, and blocking for Willy Wonka Jr. They
will also help create the set and make props. The campers will perform their show for an audience of family and friends the evening of July 13.

Channel your inner ninja at this high-energy camp for high-energy kids! We will bring the campers to Ninjobstacles in Kettering, where campers will be coached by a competitor from the American Ninja Warriors TV show. While having fun
working through the obstacles, campers will improve their balance, build upper body strength, core strength, and work on cardio and agility. Participants will also learn discipline, respect, confidence and self-worth.

Hannah Levinson, leads campers in designing and creating their very own mini house. Campers will make blueprints, mix their own wall paint colors, use printmaking techniques to create wallpaper, and take advantage of loose parts
to create everything from furniture to people to miniature art to hang on the walls! Each child will be working with their own mini house frame which they will take home. DIY Mini House Camp is endlessly creative and a ton of fun for
boys and girls!

Your future tennis ace will learn from the kid-friendly pros at Kettering Tennis Center/Quail Run Tennis Club. Campers will learn the basic tennis shots including forehand, backhand, volley, overhead, and serve. The campers will also play plenty
of fun games to develop their tennis skills and footwork. Tennis racquets will be provided. This camp filled up last year. Don’t delay in registering your camper!

Calling all creative campers! Stretch your imagination to the limit with Legos! This camp is for kids who can’t get enough building and rebuilding. Campers will build custom kits and complete Lego challenges, all while learning Lego terminology and build techniques, critical thinking skills, storytelling, and foundational STEM skills. But all they’ll know is how much fun they are having with Legos!

Jim Rue, PGA professional, will teach this introductory golf camp at Pipestone Golf Club. Jim has played on the PGA tour for 20 years and has taught all levels of golf for 40 years. Campers will learn the fundamentals of golf including the correct grip,
posture, ball position, and aim. These skills will set the stage for enjoying the game of golf for a lifetime! Equipment will be provided.

Be the best babysitter on the block! Boost your babysitting business and impress parents by earning a child and babysitting safety certification from the American Health and Safety Institute. The camp will cover topics such as supervising
children, caring for infants, performing basic childcare tasks, handling bedtime and challenging behavior, and finding and interviewing for babysitting jobs. This camp will set you up for a successful babysitting career!

So… you want to be a magician? You’ve come to the right place! Dave of Davis Magic Academy leads our campers in learning magic tricks through the Discover Magic curriculum designed for kids. All course materials,
including props and a secret file folder for each magic trick, will be provided. Campers will learn the traits of a true magician as well as gain life skills including self-confidence, hand-eye coordination, multi-task thinking, and communication. At the end of Magic Camp, the campers will perform a show for their camp friends!

Camp Livingston Mini Session

Camp Shalom and Camp Livingston are excited to announce a new visionary partnership! Camp Shalom campers entering grades 2-9 have the opportunity to spend Weeks 6 and 7 (July 12-23) at Camp Livingston’s second mini
session to experience overnight camping life.

Camp Livingston is a residential Jewish camp located on 680 acres of beautiful wooded rolling hills in southeastern Indiana. Camp Livingston features a waterfront with water skiing and tubing, a low and high ropes course, zipline, and climbing
wall, a swimming pool, endless hiking trails, a baseball field, tennis courts, a volleyball court, basketball courts, archery, and soccer field, a state-of-the-arttheater, and an arts-and-crafts center. Through these experiences, campers build
their self-confidence, make new friends, and thrive.

The Camp Livingston community welcomes campers from all backgrounds to form the diverse Livingston family with each member experiencing camp in positive, inclusive and fun ways. Each day at Camp Livingston, campers form lifelong
friendships and develop new skills as they cultivate identity, independence, and expand their comfort zones.

Special discounts and scholarships are available to campers who are new to Camp Livingston. To see more information about Camp Livingston and to find out how to make camp affordable for your family please email our Assistant Director, Blake
Canowitz at and visit

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