Every member of our fun, friendly and engaging staff is CPR and first-aid certified, has completed a fingerprint scan and LiveScan, and has completed a camp orientation and training session.

Our counselor to camper ratio is 1:8, except in Camp Katan (preschool) cabins where the ratio varies (starting at 1:4 for the youngest campers), following state licensing regulations for the different age groups.


We teach our staff to be heroes who inspire campers!

Emphasis is placed on:

  • Orientation and on-going training
  • Communication

Many of our staff members have been with Camp Shalom for multiple years, either as campers, counselors, or both.

And camper safety is always our staff’s first priority.

  • All staff are certified in CPR and First Aid.
  • Campers are constantly supervised.
  • Security and emergency procedures are in place and practiced.
  • COVID safety protocols are observed.
  • Lifeguards are always on duty at the pool, and staff are in the water with campers.


Meet Our Camp Directors

Alix Davidson, Camp Shalom Director

Alix is a native New Yorker who fell in love with camp as she grew up attending and working at residential camps in Maine and Vermont. Alix received her master’s degree in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo with a focus on team building and adventure education. She then served as a Recreation Supervisor for the Town of Pittsford (Rochester, NY) where she supervised Teen Adventure Camp, Child Care/Kindergarten wrap around, and Adventure and Nature programs. She also served as the town’s event planner organizing large scale festivals. She then worked at Mouse_California, an educational non-profit bringing STEAM education to underserved schools in Northern California. She became Camp Shalom Director in 2018. In addition to serving as Camp Shalom’s Director, Alix also coaches high school softball at Santa Cruz High School. Alix’s favorite camp activities are singing, swimming, and ice breaker games!

Annie Hurst, Camp Katan Director

Annie has been involved with the APJCC’s Camp Shalom since she was a 5-year-old camper! She attended camp for nearly a decade and loved the experience so much that she continued on as a Camp Shalom counselor. Annie has since worn many hats at the APJCC, including Camp Coordinator, Special Needs Director, Preschool Teacher, and is currently the Associate Early Childhood Director at the APJCC Preschool in addition to overseeing Camp Katan. Annie received her National Director Credential from the McCormick Institute for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University. Annie’s favorite camp activities are Shabbat, cooking, and art!

Camp Katan is Camp Shalom’s program for preschool-age children.

Christine "Willis" Williams, Camp Coordinator

Christine is originally from Minnesota. She spent many summers travelling to California each year for summer camp and outdoor education before finally making the move to Northern California in 2013. Christine has worked with various youth development programs, camps and after school programs for the past 17 years. Her favorite parts of camp are Shabbat and GAGA. When not helping to enrich the lives of youth, she can usually be found at various sporting events around the San Jose area, especially baseball and hockey games.

Countdown to Summer Camp 2021