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
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 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!
Daniel Bernstein, Camp Shalom Assistant Director
Daniel is thrilled to be a part of the JCC Camp and Youth Team and is ready to help make camp magical! Originally from Los Angeles, Daniel discovered the camp magic at Gindling Hilltop Camp. Since 2008, Daniel has not missed a summer of camp, working as a counselor, head songleader, and unit head throughout that time. Daniel received his Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Policy from UC Santa Cruz, with a double minor in Jewish Studies/Education. Daniel served as a collegiate senator for the UCSC Associated Student Government. Daniel also served as the Senior Engagement Intern for Santa Cruz Hillel. During his time living in Santa Cruz, he hiked every trail he could find and spent many a day learning how to surf. In his free time, Daniel loves playing guitar, trying new recipes, and exploring hiking trails all around the Bay Area! Daniel’s favorite camp activities are song leading, color wars, and messy games!
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 spending time with his wife Beth and 12 year old daughter Samara. Samara has enjoyed Camp Shalom since she was 2 years old.