Camp Shalom was established in 1968 with the goal of bringing together Jewish kids in central Kentucky for two weeks of summer fun through an enriching and nurturing experience. Our non-denominational program provides a comfortable setting for children from all streams of Judaism to come together and learn about Jewish culture, history, and identity regardless of their individual background or level of observance. Camp Shalom is open to youth ages 4 through 14.
Activities are geared to encourage unity, fun, and learning. Each day is filled with arts and crafts, sports, music, water play, storytelling, games, teva (nature), and other special projects. Woven throughout the day, universal values are incorporated into activities through the lens of Jewish traditions, ethics, and learning by focusing on three main Jewish principles: Torah (Jewish text); Avodah (work); and Gemilut Chasidim (acts of loving kindness).
Most importantly, Camp Shalom offers our children an opportunity to be with other Jewish children, creating memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.
Additional activities aside from the daily routine often vary at camp. Each year we try to add something fun and different for the campers. Some of our special activities have included guest storytellers, reptile shows, astronomy shows, community personalities visiting, local and national children's singers and musicians, and all-camp Maccabiah (color wars).
Extended Day is an option for the camper to stay until 5:45 pm rather than leaving at the regular dismissal time of 3:00 pm, Monday thru Thursday. Extra water games and craft projects as well as other supervised activities are offered. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, extended day campers are bussed to the Tates Creek Public Pool for swim time. Pick up is at the pools on these days. The fee for the week is an additional $45 and requires pre-registration.
We will again be offering bus transportation for $20 per week per camper. Busses will pick up from Ohavay Zion Synagogue Monday thru Friday by 8:15 a.m., and return campers to OZS by 3:45 p.m. daily.
Note: There is no bus service for extended day campers. Please call the office for additional information. We can assist with coordinating carpools if needed.