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.

Camp Announcements

From the Desk of Miss Meryl

Summer 2022 is all about exploring! Exploration is how children learn about the world around them and themselves.

This summer we will explore the beautiful Miami Valley through field trips to exciting destinations. All campers will participate in one field trip a week. Our oldest campers (Trees- entering grades 6 and 7) will have an additional field trip each week.

We’ll also explore our interests! As you look through our 2022 summer camp brochure, you’ll notice that we’re offering a variety of specialty camps that will appeal to campers of all ages. …

Safety & Health

Camp Shalom is committed to following all recommendations for Youth Camps from the ODH and CDC. As these guidelines for summer 2022 become available, we will share them with you. 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 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, 2022.

Week 1: June 7-10 (closed June 6 in observance of the Jewish holiday of Shavuot)
Week 2: June 13-17
Week 3: June 20-24
Week 4: June 27-July 1
Week 5: July 5-8 (closed July 4 in observance of Independence Day)
Week 6: July 11-15
Week 7: July 18-22

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


A $100 deposit is due at registration.

Optional Add-Ons

  • Rise & Shine, 8-9AM $15/week
  • Stay & Play, 4-5:30PM $20/week
  • Swim Lessons, 2 days per week, ½ hour group lessons $30/week


Registration fee

Camp Shalom charges a $50 fee for registrations after April 15, 2022

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.

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.

Lego Week 2 (June 13-17 Grades 1-3 $225
Woodworking Week 2 (June 13-17) Grades 4-7 $275
Biking Week 3 (June 20-24) Grades 3-7 $225
Theatre Weeks 3-6 (June 20-July 15) Grades 1-7 $875
Tennis Week 4 (June 27-July 1) Grades 1-7 $225
Art Week 5 (July 5-8) Grades 1-3 $185

Week 2 (June 13-17)
Grades: 1-3
Cost: $225
Calling all creative campers! Stretch your imagination to the limit with Legos! This specialty camp is for kids who can’t get enough of building and rebuilding. Campers will be guided by a Lego coach with years of experience working with children. Lego Camp is the perfect opportunity for children to learn 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.

Week 2 (June 13-17)
Grades 4-7
Cost: $275
Campers will work in an actual woodshop guided by an experienced specialist. They will learn woodworking safety and be supervised every step of the way while creating incredible projects they will be proud of. Woodworking is the perfect activity to engage campers in learning life skills such as social-emotional learning, interpersonal skills and perseverance.

Weeks 3-6 (June 20-July 15)
Grades 1-7
Cost: $875
Finally, a creative outlet for your drama queen/king! In this four-week specialty camp, your camper will participate in a junior musical from start to finish. Guided by a director, they will learn a variety of acting skills and exercises. They will be trained in the basics of theatre, performance, character development and ensemble building. As part of the camp, they will also spend time creating the set and making props. Must attend all four weeks.

Week 3 (June 20-24)
Grades 3-7
Cost: $225
Explore our beautiful Miami Valley by bike! Campers will start the week with a class on basic bike maintenance by the manager and mechanic from K&G Bike Center. They will learn how to read a trail map and trail etiquette. Then we’ll hit the trails! Campers must supply their own bicycle (in good condition) as well as a bike helmet.

Week 4 (June 27-July 1)
Grades 1-7
Cost: $225/camper, max. 12 campers
Open to players of all skill levels. Participants will be divided into groups by ability. They will spend their mornings on the court, guided by tennis pros working on basic skills such as ground strokes, volleys, overheads, serve and footwork.

Week 5 (July 5-8)
Grades 1-3
Cost: $185
Making Imaginary Lands is a uniquely fantastical camp that introduces the art of cartography, or mapmaking. Each day we will work on a different aspect of our map such as coastline, mountains, rivers and oceans, compass rose and lettering. We even figure out who lives in our land and illustrate our characters!


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: $30

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