What's New With Camp Shalom This Year?

By Tamara Ohayon

Camp Shalom is going into its 49th season with a healthy shake up! This year we will experiment with a new-ish location and new schedule, field trips to enhance the day camp program, a new database, UltraCamp, and the addition of an overnight session for children entering 2nd through 8th grade!

Our day camp will be held for our usual two weeks, but this year from June 19 to June 30 at Temple Adath Israel. Yes, that’s soon! We plan to take advantage of the slightly cooler and sunnier weather and be outside as much as possible. We’ll take all of camp to the Woodland Park pool three days a week, and travel to nearby nature centers and parks two days a week as educational and fun field trips. But this doesn’t mean our core programming will change. We will still have a Jewish theme throughout (this year relating to nature and our relationship with the world around us), and focus our every day camp activities on that theme as much as possible.

We’ll have Arts and Crafts, Archery, Sports, Ga-ga, Drama, Nature and Cooking. This year we will offer some new and some old favorites as options for the chugim (elective activities) for each group, as well. And of course, we’ll definitely have a Maccabiah (Colors War). Everyone will get at least a taste of both new and favorite activities. 

As our numbers for 6th through 8th grade has been very small in recent years, we are not offering day camp for that age range. Instead, in addition to the 2nd through 5th grade group, our oldest campers will be able to enjoy a mini sleep-away camp at the beautiful Girl Scout camp we have used these past few years. This will mean a slightly slower pace to the schedule, as is typical at overnight camps, campfires, hikes, at least one big field trip in the area, and many more opportunities for truly in-depth programming that is geared specifically for these more mature campers. We will also have a special day with the Israel Scouts Caravan. This overnight program is scheduled for July 24 to July 27 for the 2nd through 5th graders, with an extra night and day (through the 28th) for the 6th through 8th graders.

And rest assured, we are securing our best and brightest to be with your kids and grandkids. Returning as Assistant Director is Dani Rosenkrantz, and the beloved Chaz Foster as our new Program Coordinator and Sports Specialist. Jorge Masson will return as Camp Nurse and Rabbi Sharon Cohen will continue as our Jewish Programming Specialist. To date, returning staff includes Hanna Martin, Maya Creamer, Holly Mattox, Hinzee Smith, Andres Gedaly, David Vulakh, and new to Camp Shalom, Ella Helmuth.

To learn more about the schedule and rates for Camp Shalom this year visit us online at https://jewishlexington.org/camp-shalom/camp-shalom-quick-facts. To go directly to registration, click here. Early enrollment discounts will be automatically applied through May 15. Additional questions can be directed to me at camp@jewishlexington.org.