SPECIALTY CAMPS

Camp Shalom would not be complete without its circus stars, theater performers, and future engineers. Our specialty programs allow your camper to focus on a favorite activity. Some specialty campers also get to go swimming (circus, Hebrew, and sports campers only) and all specialty campers participate in all-camp traditions such as Camp Shalom’s morning song session. Campers grades 6-8 (Sababa) in the Hebrew Immersion and Sports & Swimming specialties will also get to attend on-site special events each week.

COVID safety protocols are observed.

Please note: Currently we plan to offer 1-week camp sessions for most of our specialty camps (state and county regulations permitting). We realize that circumstances are rapidly changing due to the COVID pandemic, and for that reason we are offering a very flexible refund policy for summer 2021. If we change dates or cancel sessions, you will receive a full refund, including your deposit.

Summer Camp: Grades 1-8

Click below to register by grade:
Camps for 1st Graders
Camps for 2nd-3rd Graders
Camps for 4th-5th Graders
Camps for 6th-8th Graders

For more information, contact the camp office at camp@jvalley.org or 408.357.7416.

Each STEAM specialty camp is one week long. Fee per week is $440 for campers who are JCC members, $525 for non-members. Camp hours are 9:00am-4:00pm. Extended Care is available 4:00-6:00pm.

WEEK 1 (June 7-11): Ninjaneering with LEGO® Materials
Enter the world of Ninjago and become an apprentice Ninjaneer with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Learn the way of Spinjitzu, ride your Elemental Dragon, and face the Great Devourer! Imagine and build unique and fun projects with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor while exploring the fantasy world of Ninjago.

WEEK 2 (June 14-18): Amazing Animals Robotics & Brick City, Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Learn how to build robot creatures — from dogs to dinos, gorillas, dolphins, and more — and program them to come to life using coding. Campers will learn how these bots move as they assemble and code each one. Build environments for the animals, have robotic races, and take part in more cool games and activities all week. We’ll also explore the world of transportation and city building structures using tons of LEGO® bricks. We’ll build models of our favorite forms of transportation as they learn about energy, wheels and axles, air resistance, and more. Materials included.

WEEK 3 (June 21-25): Jedi Engineering with LEGO® Materials (grades 1-5)
The Force Awakens in this introductory engineering course for young Jedi! Explore engineering principles with LEGO® materials as we construct the Ewok Village on Endor, fly through space on our X-Wings, and defend the Echo Base on Hoth. Create motorized and architectural projects with imagination and engineering to defeat the Empire!

WEEK 4 (June 28-July 2): Super Scientists: Slime, Sports, & Space
Are you a super scientist? Join us and cultivate a love of science and experience different domains of science and nature through this interactive, hands-on Camp. Campers will learn about various aspects of science while participating in projects based on space, chemistry, animals, earth science, and even sports! LEGO® building, slime making, and challenging activities to get kids up and moving around will be a must.

WEEK 5 (July 5-9): Pokémon Engineering with LEGO® Materials
Join Ash and Pikachu as you build, capture, train, and explore the vast world of Pokemon with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts. Design your own Poke Balls, explore the Kanto region, and fly with Charizard. Explore engineering through the fun world of Pokemon with the guidance of a Play-Well instructor.

WEEK 6 (July 12-16): LEGO® Engineering: Cool Contraptions & LEGO® Jedi Adventures (Star Wars)
Learn about LEGO® engineering through this interactive Machines and Cool Contraptions Camp! Campers will get the tools to truly understand mechanical movement through building machines like race cars, spin art devices, windmills, catapults, and more. Campers will also bring the world of Star Wars to life with their master builder skills and our structured curriculum using tons of LEGO® bricks.

WEEK 7 (July 19-23): Minecraft Engineering using LEGO® Materials
Bring Minecraft to life using tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as a Creeper, a Lava Trap, and a Minecart. Create your favorite Minecraft mobs, tools, and objects with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor.

WEEK 8 (July 26-30): STEAM Survivor Challenge and LEGO® Character Creation
Are you ready for a challenge? Snapology’s S.T.E.M. Survivor program will put campers’ design, building, and critical thinking skills to the test! They will be given daily challenges to design functional solutions with their teammates using LEGO® parts! Campers will be encouraged to carefully work through the engineering design process to see how often they can design with a purpose. Campers will have fun spending the week with their favorite characters: Superheros, Minecraft, Among Us, Pokemon, Angry Birds, and more will be brought to life using tons of LEGO® bricks!

Each STEAM specialty camp is one week long. Fee per week is $440 for campers who are JCC members, $525 for non-members. Camp hours are 9:00am-4:00pm. Extended Care is available 4:00-6:00pm.

WEEK 1 (June 7-11): Bash’em Bots using LEGO® Materials
Traverse challenging obstacles, battle against fellow bots, and take on Play-Well instructor’s colossal creations in the Battle Arena. Customize your chassis to become a Minerbot, a Juggernaut, or an Iron Elephant using tens of thousands of LEGO® parts. Apply real-world engineering and physics concepts to help you bash and crash your way to victory.

WEEK 2 (June 14-18): Animation: Movie Making & Amazing LEGO® Race
Campers will produce their own stop-motion animated movies using LEGO® bricks and minifigures. Young filmmakers will write scripts, build sets, film scenes, edit, add dialogue, and select music and sound effects to make the perfect movie. Self-confidence is heightened as campers watch their ideas come to life when camp concludes with a big Snapology movie premiere viewing party! And get ready for an Amazing LEGO® Race around the world! Campers will learn about countries and cultures while never leaving camp. Architecture, traditions, language, and weather are some of the topics we cover in a hands-on way through LEGO® building, engineering, and creativity. Campers will explore a new country each day in an exciting trip around the globe to make this the best summer ever!

WEEK 3 (June 21-25): Jedi Engineering with LEGO® Materials (grades 1-5 only)
The Force Awakens in this introductory engineering course for young Jedi! Explore engineering principles with LEGO® materials as we construct the Ewok Village on Endor, fly through space on our X-Wings, and defend the Echo Base on Hoth. Create motorized and architectural projects with imagination and engineering to defeat the Empire! Please note: This STEAM specialty camp is for rising 1st-5th graders only. There is no STEAM specialty camp for rising 6th-8th graders in Week 3.

WEEK 4 (June 28-July 2): Amusement Park Adventure Engineering & STEM Challenges
Go on an adventure in engineering as you learn to construct an amusement park with LEGO® technic bricks, motors, and more STEM materials. From roller coasters to go karts, pirate ship rides, and bumper cars, this is an awesome camp of building and fun! Campers will be given daily challenges to design functional solutions with their teammates using tons of LEGO® bricks!

WEEK 5 (July 5-9): Pokémon Engineering with LEGO® Materials
Start your training in Pallet Town and expand your Pokedex as you collect your favorite Pokemon with LEGO materials. Surf with Blastoise, challenge Team Rocket, and earn badges from gym leaders on your way to the Pokemon League. Design and build as never before and explore your craziest ideas while learning about STEM concepts.

WEEK 6 (July 12-16): Robotics: Real World & Incredible Invention
Campers interested in technology will create robotic models inspired by real life robotic technologies using LEGO® WeDo Robotic kit. Campers will learn about gear ratio, sensors, simple machines, and programming as they build alarm devices, earthquake detectors, robotic arms, and much more. They will also learn about the process real inventors go through to create new inventions while they design, build, and program robotic machines to solve problems. Campers will have a blast exploring the world of robotic technologies as they build, learn, and play

WEEK 7 (July 19-23): Minecraft Engineering using LEGO® Materials
Bring Minecraft to life using LEGO® parts! Build an Iron Golem, the Nether Portal, and the Ender Dragon. Campers will explore real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture while building their favorite Minecraft objects.

WEEK 8 (July 26-30): Robot Olympics and Fun Games
Can you build the strongest robot to win a head-to-head combat mission? Let’s find out in Snapology’s Robot Olympics Camp! You’ll learn engineering strategies for building sturdy structures using LEGO® bricks, motors, and remotes. Then battle your bots in friendly competitions. Campers will have a blast playing robot football, having robot races, taking part in obstacle courses, and completing the hoop challenge in this fun robotics camp!

Each Circus specialty camp is one week long. Dates offered include:

  • 6/7-11
  • 6/14-18
  • 6/21-25
  • 6/28-7/2

Fee per week is $440 for campers who are JCC members, $525 for non-members. Camp hours are 9:00am-4:00pm. Extended Care is available 4:00-6:00pm.

Circus campers will polish their skills in a variety of circus arts! In one-week intensive sessions, campers will experience ball walking, plate spinning, acrobatics, aerial skills, juggling, tightrope walking, and more! Your camper can sign up for multiple weeks, building on their skills each week and learning new skills too.

Each session of Musical Theater specialty camp is two weeks long. Fee for each two-week session is $880 for campers who are JCC members, $1050 for non-members. Camp hours are 9:00am-4:00pm. Extended Care is available 4:00-6:00pm.

In just two weeks, campers will become cast members, set designers, and dancers! Campers will form an ensemble as they take on the challenge of producing the original musical, NAME. Show off your creative talents and sing, dance, and act your way to stardom with a final performance for friends, family and fellow campers on Friday 7/16 and Friday 7/30.

Session 1 (July 5-16)
Musical: “Press Start”
Welcome to the bright, pixelated world of video games. When the famous characters we know and love run out of lives, they decide to put on a musical fundraiser that will help them raise gold rings and play on!

Session 2 (July 19-30)
Musical: “Space Pirates”
Pirates! Aliens! Space Travel! This is a story about Gabby, a kid who gets picked on for being smart. It’s only after going on a whirlwind space adventure with her classmates that she truly becomes comfortable in her own skin.

Musical Theater campers will swim in the JCC’s heated outdoor pool once per week, supervised by certified lifeguards and camp staff.

Dagesh campers will experience the best of Camp Shalom, partaking in art, science, sports, cooking, and more, all while practicing speaking Hebrew! Whether your child already speaks Hebrew or is just starting out, this group will be fun-filled with plenty of time to practice! Campers will swim twice per week supervised by certified lifeguards and camp staff.

Each Dagesh specialty camp session is one week long. Sessions run every week from June 7-July 30. Camp hours are 9:00am-4:00pm. Extended Care is available 4:00-6:00pm.

Fee per week is $405 for campers who are JCC members, $485 for non-members.

Campers will experience a variety of their favorite traditional sports like basketball and soccer and will also enjoy new and invented games and activities. Practice teamwork and collaboration through fun and healthy competition on the field, at the courts, and poolside in the JCC’s heated outdoor swimming pool! We will swim at least 4 days per week. This group will receive swim lessons and will also have plenty of time for recreational swimming and lots of wet and wild fun.

Each Sports & Swimming specialty camp session is one week long. Sessions run every week from June 7-July 30. Camp hours are 9:00am-4:00pm. Extended Care is available 4:00-6:00pm.

Fee per week is $440 for campers who are JCC members, $525 for non-members.

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