FRIENDLY and FUN
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 our preschool camps where the ratio in Camp Pashoshim is 1:4 and the ratio in Camp Katan and Kitat Ha’ashara cabins varies, following state licensing regulations for the different age groups (2, 3, and 4 year olds).
We teach our staff to be heroes who inspire campers!
Emphasis is placed on:
- Orientation and on-going training
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.
- 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. 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!
Chafer Cox, Camp Shalom Assistant Director
A Midwest native with California roots, Chafer is an expert camp director with over 15 years of experience writing curriculum, training leadership staff, and leading 200+ campers per week through transformational, outdoor, activity-based weekend and summer programs. He’s been a high school and junior high English teacher, camp director, and youth worker. Chafer is a father of four: two 12th graders, one 10th grader, and one 5th grader.
David McCullough, Director for Pashoshim and Katan (preschool programs)
David has been at the JCC since September 1991. He has worn a variety of hats for the JCC. He has worked with the Preschool, School age programs, summer camps, and sports and enrichment programs. He is currently a teacher in a 3yr old class at our APJCC Preschool. Outside of work, he enjoys going on “doggie” road trips with his wife Beth, 15-year-old daughter Samara, and their dog Logan. Samara has enjoyed Camp Shalom since she was 2 years old.