Camp Resources | Shalom Austin

CAMP RESOURCES

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

HEALTH & SAFETY

The safety and health of our participants, families and staff is our number 1 priority. Shalom Austin will continue to follow our current high health and safety standards and protocols, which includes mask wearing (for both staff & children), until advised by local and regional experts that is safe to relax them. We have been open since July 2020 and have proven our ability to provide a safe and fun place for our children. Our facility has been and will continuously be cleaned, disinfected and sanitized. Our staff has undergone extensive training on best practices in preventing the spread of COVID-19. We thank you in advance for your part in helping us keep our community as safe as possible.

WHAT IS THE COVID-19 VACCINATION POLICY?

COVID Vaccine Policy for Children Ages 5 and older 

In order to comply with state requirements, we are updating our Covid vaccine policy.

COVID vaccines for children ages 5 and older are strongly recommended.  As camp approaches, based on recommendations from medical experts and conditions in the Austin area, we will be taking additional precautions to ensure a safe experience for all participants.

Immunization records must adhere to Texas state standards, JCamps does not accept immunization waivers. COVID vaccines for children ages 5 and older are strongly recommended.

This policy may be updated as more information becomes available .

ARE MASKS REQUIRED?

Currently, masks are optional for children and adults.

We follow CDC guidance in encouraging all people who are high-risk or who are in regular contact with someone who is high-risk to wear a mask. We will support all families who request that their child continue to wear a mask at all times. Please note that there will be mask requirements as part of our COVID exposure procedures.

If you are wearing a mask, we require a 3-ply surgical mask or KN95 mask. This will provide an extra layer of protection. Fabric masks may be worn on top of the surgical mask but may not be used alone. Fabric masks on their own are no longer be acceptable. We are not making exceptions for fabric masks with filters. This will make sure all are following the same guidance, be easier for our staff to monitor, and surgical/KN95 masks are made to fit over nose and mouth well and provide extra protection.

Shalom Austin will continue to follow our current protocols until advised by local and regional experts that it is safe to relax them.

WHAT FORMS NEED TO BE SUBMITTED?

The following forms must be completed, signed and uploaded to complete your camper’s registration:

Per licensing requirements: Immunization records and the Physician’s Form must have a doctor’s stamp (including address) and authoring signature. Note: “My Chart” records without the aforementioned are not acceptable.

IS THERE A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL ON STAFF?
Yes! There will be a medical professional on campus during the camp day this summer.

PARENT RESOURCES

Please be sure to read through the handbook to learn about all our camp protocols, health and safety measures, along with everything else you need to be fully ready for your first day of camp!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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 availability of funds and eligibility of your household. If you would like to learn more about financial aid, please reach out to us at financialaid@shalomaustin.org. 

Do you provide lunch or snack?

While we do not provide daily food for campers, you have the option to purchase:

  • Daily catered lunch
  • Friday pizza package
  • Snack package (2 snacks daily)
Since lunches and snacks may not contain meat, do you have any suggestions on what to send?

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

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
What are the payment dates?

Registrations that occur after April 15, 2022 may be subject to a $30 administration fee. All camp fees and tuition must be paid in full at time of registration.

What is the change/refund/cancellation policy?

Click here to read the change/refund/cancellation policy.

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’s new on campus?

We can’t wait to introduce you to the new facilities that will be available for our campers. From our new, state of the art Aquatics center to the brand new tennis courts, we know camp is going to be next level. 

Click here to learn more!

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?

We are currently working on a plan to safely invite parents and family members to join us for some awesome camp programs, like Song Session and Shabbat! We will be sure to keep everyone updated! 

What is your Inclusion Program?

Our Inclusion Program is created so that campers with special needs can receive individualized support to have an incredible summer at JCamps! This program is for children with learning, developmental, social, emotional, and/or physical disabilities. Depending on the need, campers will be paired 1:1 or 2:1 with an Inclusion Counselor and will join their bunk in all camp activities.

Inclusion is only available for Sessions A-D for Chamudim, Noar, Kochavim, and Giborim. Please indicate your interest in the Inclusion Program on your application!

NEW AMENITIES

Generations Kids Activity Pool
Generations Pool New

Our new facilities are now available for our campers! From our new, state of the art Aquatics center to the brand new tennis courts, we know camp is going to be next level. 

THE JCAMPS APP

Stay Connected!

We are so excited to introduce our mobile app for JCamps Austin Camps Login to view camp news, photos, announcements, contact info and more. Everything you need is easily and readily accessible in one single place, right at your fingertips. This app is only available for families who have registered for camp.

SAMPLE SCHEDULE

A JCamps staff member wearing a purple shirt plays the guitar for kids during Song Session.

Example of a Regular Camp Day!

8:30-9 AM | Drop-Off
9-9:15 AM | Flag Pole
9:20-10:10 AM | Unit Time with Mr. Matt!
10:15-11 AM | Kashtoot
11-11:50 AM | Omanut
3:30 – 4 PM | Lunch
12:30-12:50 PM | Change/Chofesh
12:50 – 1:30 PM | Water Wonderland
1:30-1:50 PM | Change
2:00-2:35 PM | Musica / Teva / Israeli Kef / CYOA / Tallit Decoration
2:40-2:50 PM | End of Day Prep
3-3:30 PM | Song Session
3:30 – 4 PM | Pick Up

CANCELLATION / REFUND POLICY

Change Request Form

Please fill out the JCamps 2022 Change Request Form

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

  • Changes are not guaranteed and are subject to availability in the program.
  • You must submit the “JCamps Change Request Form”
  • Changes may be subject to a $30 Administrative Fee, dependent on the date of request.

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

  • Changes to programs, schedules, or additional options made after April 15, 2022 are subject to a $30 administration fee per change per camper.
  • Cancellations for any reason will be processed as follows:
    • BEFORE April 15
      • $250 deposit and any money already paid is fully refundable
    • AFTER April 15, but before the following dates:
      • Full tuition and PPE & lunch/pizza/snack/goggles fees refund LESS the $250 deposit
        • Pre-Camp: Sunday May 15
        • Session A: Sunday May 22
        • Session B: Sunday June 5
        • Session C: Sunday June 19
        • Session D: Sunday July 4
        • Last Blast 1 and 2: Sunday July 18
        • Last Blast 3: Sunday August 7
    • AFTER above dates (by session) and before the first day of the session:
      • 50% tuition refund LESS the deposit AND PPE and lunch/pizza/snack/goggles fees
    • AFTER the session has begun
      • No refunds will be distributed

VIEW MY STATEMENT

JCamps Spirit Stick Boy

Need your statement? Click here to learn how to find it!

JCAMPS SONGBOOK

Four school-age girls smile with Mr. Max as he holds his guitar outside at JCamps

Review the JCamps songbook so your camper can be fully prepared to sing all the classic Song Session hits!

HEAR FROM OUR FAMILIES!

JCamps is quite simply an extension of joyful activities Shalom Austin offers from the rest of the calendar year into the summer months. We know our kiddos are creating life-long friendships and wonderful memories while connecting to the community. It’s a healthy, safe and FUN summer – and we are even MORE excited to see all of the upgrades made this past year! We are thrilled our friends from all over the city – both Jewish and not! – join us at JCamps. Thank you to Jessica and the entire team for continuing to make magic happen. The Franklin Family

I love my friends at camp and singing songs. I like playing soccer and eating lunch. And I love Robyn [Burch] saying hi to me. JJ Frankin | Camper, 5 years old

Last summer I thought it would be fun for our girls to have some variety for camp so I signed them up for a gymnastics camp by my house every other session. BIG MISTAKE! Every morning that I dropped the girls off at gymnastics, they told me that they only wanted to go to JCamps next summer.
Ashley King | Parent

Jessica Ochs

Jessica Ochs

Youth & Teen Director

O (512) 735-8050
jcamps@shalomaustin.org

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