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JCAMPS FAQS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Finances

 

Is there financial aid available?

We believe everyone should have access to participate in our community, regardless of financial need. Awards of financial assistance are made possible for community members by generous contributions to the Shalom Austin Annual Campaign. Financial aid is distributed based on the availability of funds and the eligibility of your household. If you would like to learn more about financial aid, please reach out to us at financialaid@shalomaustin.org.

The following camp programs are eligible to receive financial aid:

    • Chamudim
    • Noar
    • Kochavim
    • Giborim
    • Soccer (Session A)
    • Basketball
    • Maccabi
    • Madatzim
    • Tennis
    • Keep Austin Weird
    • Austin Adventurers
What fees are due at registration?

Camp Fees Include: 
$50  JCamps Registration Fee: per family, non-refundable/non-transferable 

Partial  JCamps Tuition: $200 initial payment per camper if registering before February 15 OR equivalent to the previous monthly installment (more information outlined in camper application) 
Any added donations 

**If paying by credit card, a 3%credit card processing fee (non-refundable/non-transferable) will be added to your total and processed per transaction. 

All fees will be charged in full when the camper application is reviewed and processed by the JCamps Office (including a 3% credit card processing fee (non-refundable/non-transferable) per transaction, if applicable).  

Remainder tuition payments  (including 3% credit card processing fee (non-refundable/non-transferable) per transaction, if applicable) will be collected on the following dates:  February 15, March 15, April 15, and May 15. 

What are the payment dates?

Payment dates are February 15, March 15, April 15, and May 15. All camp fees must be paid in full by May 15, 2024. 

Registration/Changes/Cancellations

 

How do I register for camp?

JCamps registration is fully online! Visit shalomaustin.org/camp and click the registration button at the top of the page.

What is the change/refund/cancellation policy?

A Change is when a camper’s number of weeks remains the same, but their schedule changes.

  • Changes/additions are not guaranteed and are subject to availability in the program. 
  • Changes/cancellations made by May 14 are subject to a $30 Administrative Fee per camper per session request 
  • Changes/cancellations made May 15 or later are subject to a $50 Administrative Fee per camper per session request. 

A Cancellation is when a camper’s number of weeks or sessions decreases.

  • Cancellations per camper for any reason will be processed as follows:
    • BEFORE March 15 
      • Any money paid less initial payment is refundable.
    • AFTER March 15, but before the following dates:
      • 50% tuition per session and FULL lunch/pizza/snack fees refund
        • Pre-Camp & Session A: April 29
        • Session B: May 20
        • Session C: June 3
        • Session D: June 17
        • Last Blast 1 & 2: July 1
      • AFTER above dates (by session) and before the first day of the session:
        • 15% tuition refund
      • AFTER the session has begun
        • No refunds will be distributed

      Please click here for the Summer 2024 Change Request Form.

A CAMP I WANT IS ON A WAITLIST. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Please check the camp programs or the dates & rates page for information on which camps are on a waitlist. The JCamps Team regularly evaluates our registrations and program capacities to see where we can enroll additional campers. If you register for a camp on a waitlist you will receive a follow-up email from the JCamps team regarding your waitlisted camp/session. In the event your camper remains on the waitlist and there is capacity in the session, we will be able to enroll you in an alternate program while keeping your spot on the waitlist.

Does it cost anything to change my camp registration?

Changes made by May 14 are subject to a $30 administrative fee per camper per session. Changes made May 15 or later are subject to a $50 administrative fee per camper per session. Changes/additions are not guaranteed and are subject to program availability.

What does “grade” mean when registering for the summer?

At JCamps, we talk about the grade your camper is entering for the upcoming school year. If a program is listed for 2nd & 3rd graders, it means that camp is available to campers who will be going into a 2nd or 3rd grade class in the next school year.

Food At Camp

 

Do you provide lunch or snack?

While JCamps does not provide daily food for campers, parents have the option to purchase: 

  • Snack package (two snacks daily) 
  • Friday pizza package (includes pizza, fruit cup, and juice box) 
  • Lunch package (Daily catered lunch plus Friday pizza package) 
What should i pack my child for lunch?

In accordance with Shalom Austin’s Kosher policy, lunches and snacks may NOT contain meat. We recommend placing an ice pack in your child’s lunch box as they will not have access to a refrigerator. Lunches will be kept inside in an air-conditioned space. Campers will not have access to a microwave.

Lunch Suggestions:

  • PB&J sandwich
  • Bagels and cheese
  • Baked Tofu/Tofu salad
  • Tortillas with cheese
  • Vegetarian nuggets
  • Rice cakes with spread
  • Grilled cheese
  • Tuna Fish
  • Fish sticks
  • Cheese w/ vegetables
  • Yogurt and granola
  • Rice
  • Couscous
  • Pastas
  • Veggie quiche
  • Egg salad/hard-boiled eggs

Options for Sides:

  • Carrot sticks
  • Celery sticks
  • Red pepper strips
  • Broccoli
  • Fruit
  • Dried fruit
  • Apple sauce
  • Cole slaw
  • Pickles
  • Potatoes
  • Pasta
  • Chips
  • Granola bars
  • Trail mix
  • Pudding
  • Jell-O snacks
  • Popcorn
  • Granola

Program

 

What are the camp hours?

Early Childhood Camp
Half Day: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Core Day: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

School-Aged Camp
Core Day: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
PM Care Pick-Up: 4:30 p.m, 5 p.m. or 5:30 p.m.

WHAT is pm care?

PM Care is the place to be after a day at JCamps! Campers in PM care get to extend their day with a nutritious snack and a variety of free-play activities to engage and relax. PM Care is split up by age group, and campers from different bunks and camp programs can come together for a fun end to their camp day!

PM Care offers pick-up times at 4:30, 5:00, and 5:30PM.

How can I get access to the jcamps app?

As we get closer to the first day of camp, all families who are enrolled will receive an email with instructions and the code to register.

Will families be able to participate in some camp fun over the summer?

Yes! There are opportunities for parents and family members to join us throughout the summer for special moments, like Song Session and Shabbat! Families will receive information specific to their camper’s registration closer to the summer. 

what should my child wear at camp?

Campers should come dressed in clothes that enable them to participate in all camp activities, such as a cotton shirt with shorts and close-toed shoes with socks and a hat. Campers should also bring a filled water bottle. Please label all items with your child’s full name. Closed-toed shoes are REQUIRED at camp (no flip-flops, crocs, or open-toed shoes). All campers will need to have at least 1 full change of clean clothes on hand at all times. 

Are there any days JCamps is closed?

JCamps will be closed on Thursday, July 4.

JCamps will be open for Shavuot on June 12 and 13 with enhanced programming.

Paperwork & More

 

What forms are required?

All campers must have an up-to-date Health and Immunization Form signed and stamped by their pediatrician. A copy of the physician’s most recent immunization record for this child must accompany this statement.

PER LICENSING REQUIREMENTS: ALL IMMUNIZATION RECORDS MUST HAVE A DOCTOR’S STAMP (INCLUDING ADDRESS) AND AUTHORIZING SIGNATURE. Note: “My Chart” records without the aforementioned are not acceptable.

A list of vaccine requirements can be found HERE. Shalom Austin does not accept immunization waivers.

Other forms are included in your CampInTouch account and must be returned prior to your camper’s first day of camp. These forms are important, and some are required by Texas Health and Human Services, our licensing organization.

Prior to the start of your first camp session, JCamps requires:

  • Signed and stamped physician examination forms
  • Signed and stamped vaccination/immunization shot records
  • Parent handbook acknowledgment
  • Signed Code of Honor (for school-aged campers)

Additional forms for campers attending any Kim’s Gym program:

  • Kim’s Gym liability waiver
  • Kim’s Gym photo wavier
Can my camper be given medication at JCamps?

If your camper has medication that needs to be administered during JCamps hours, it should be sent with a Medical Authorization Form to the JCamps office. This form can be found HERE.

Medications must be sent in the original bottles with the prescribed dosage and the child’s name indicated on the label. All medications are administered by the JCamps Team. Medications will not be administered unless a form has been completed. A log is kept recording the time and dosage of medication administered. Medication and special needs must be indicated on the child’s profile and medical forms.

Ethan Lane-Miller

Ethan Lane-Miller

JCamps Director

O (512) 735-8058
jcamps@shalomaustin.org

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