How can I speak with someone about what to expect before camp starts?
You can always call our camp office, 408.357.7416, to speak with our knowledgeable camp staff. Campers in kindergarten and older will also receive a phone call from our camp staff the Friday before your child’s session begins. During the call, we will give you an overview of what to expect on your first day and information for the camp session. All camp families will also receive a packet of camp information in the mail before camp starts.
How much supervision will Camp Shalom provide for my camper?
Our staff are put through an intensive, 1-week/40 hour, professional training before they begin working at camp. In addition, all staff are CPR and First Aid Certified and have been fingerprinted and passed a background check/ LiveScan. Our staff ratios are in accordance with American Camping Association guidelines.
What should my child bring/wear to camp?
This will all be included in our parent packet sent out prior to camp, and also in email blasts leading up to camp. The basics include lunch, water bottle, sunscreen, swim suit and towel. Camp Shalom only provides snack for ages 18 months-kindergarten. Campers should wear closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothes that can get dirty.
What is Camp Shalom’s food policy?
All food provided by Camp Shalom (snack, cooking time, etc.) will be kosher-style, vegetarian, and peanut-free. All food that campers bring from home must be vegetarian as well (fish is okay, with the exception of shellfish). Please do not send your camper with meat, shellfish, or peanut butter in their lunches. For a list of yummy lunch ideas see the Camp Shalom Parent Packet.
Is there an alternative to me packing lunch each day?
For just $6.25 per day, campers can enjoy a delicious, nutritious lunch provided by the House of Bagels Cafe. For more information and to sign up, please see our Lunches web page.
How can I find out more about what my camper does at camp each day?
We will send out a weekly newsletter via email that summarizes the highlights of the week. Also, you can follow us on Facebook, to see pictures of what’s happening at camp each day. Campers in preschool-age camps (Pashoshim and Katan), and children without a signed photo waiver, will not be included on our Facebook page.
What if my camper has allergies or needs to take medication during camp?
Camp Shalom is proud to have a licensed Camp Medic on staff. If your child has any allergies or medical needs, please indicate this when completing your camp forms, on the Heath Form page. In addition, you can contact our camp medic who can work directly with you with regard to your child’s specific needs. A doctor’s note may be required in order to dispense medication.
Those interested in Culinary Camps should contact the Camp Office regarding any dietary restrictions.
How do I ensure that my camper is in the same group as his/her friend?
An important part of the camp experience is developing new relationships and trying new things. We encourage you to allow your camper to be placed at random instead of in a requested group. However, if you still prefer campers to be in the same group, you may provide these requests during registration, in the Additional Notes area. We will do our best to accommodate your request; however we cannot guarantee your camper’s placement in the same group as another camper.
How will campers be transported to and from field trips?
Camp Shalom transports campers on chartered buses that are routinely inspected by the California Highway Patrol. The bus drivers have completed background checks. Camp Shalom, in accordance with ACA guidelines, has also developed policies and protocol that address emergency preparedness procedures. Your child’s safety is our number one goal. Campers in kindergarten and younger, and campers in specialty programs, will not participate in field trips.