(This information does not pertain to the Preschool Camps)
How can I speak with someone about what to expect before camp starts?
On the Thursday prior to each camp week, you will be emailed a highlight sheet
with the camp schedule, express drop-off information and more. We truly appreciate
discussing your questions, comments and concerns and there are many
opportunities to do so. Please drop into the Camp office (Room M-115) between
the hours of 9:00 AM–4:00 PM Monday through Friday, or contact the Camp office
via email or phone at firstname.lastname@example.org or (650)
223-8622. You may also contact the Camp Director, Rebecca Labate, by emailing email@example.com or
calling (650) 223-8673.
How many staff members will be watching my camper?
We operate within the following staff/camper ratio guidelines, which are
recommended by the American Camp Association.
- 1:6 for campers entering kindergarten
- 1:8 for campers entering grades 1–3
- 1:10 for campers entering grades 4–6
- 1:12 for campers entering grades 7–12
What should my children bring/wear to J-Camp?
It is recommended that campers bring the following items daily, labeled with their
name: sunscreen, a non-perishable lunch, a light morning snack, a
refillable water bottle and a backpack to house everything. On water or swim
days, campers should bring their swimsuit, towel and change of clothes. Campers
should wear closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothes that can get dirty. It is recommended that items
of value be left at home as J-Camp is not responsible for
lost or stolen items. Example items include electronics, toys, trading cards,
cell phones and money.
What is J-Camp's food policy?
Campers must bring a non-perishable, nut-free morning snack and lunch daily as
we are not able to refrigerate or heat food items. The OFJCC is a kosher-style
campus, so please send your camper without pork or shellfish in their food
items. If for any reason your camper is missing their lunch, parents will be
contacted to bring a lunch. Children will never go without a lunch offering, so
fees may be assessed in situations where parents have not made arrangements and
are unable to be contacted. A healthy afternoon snack will be provided daily by
J-Camp during sign out. On Fridays, we will provide a kosher-style BBQ that
consists of a kosher Hebrew National or vegetarian hot dog and seasonal fruits
and veggies. For sleepovers at the OFJCC and off-site campouts, J-Camp will
provide kosher-style meals for dinner and breakfast.
Is there an alternative to me packing lunch for my child every day?
Nourish Cafe is happy to provide lunch service for all campers and families
on the go! Please visit the cafe to view lunch menus and order. All lunches will
be delivered during the Havurah morning rally. Please note there is a deadline
by which to submit your orders so your camper can receive their lunch for the
What if my camper needs to take medication during camp?
In order for J-Camp staff to administer medication during the day, you must
complete a separate Medication Disbursement Form. Any over-the-counter or
doctor-prescribed medication must be checked in during drop-off on the first day
of camp. For one-week camps, parents must pick up all medication at the end of
camp on Friday as J-Camp is not responsible for holding medication. You can get
this form from your parent account in Camp Minder, the camp office or by
How will my camper be transported to and from field trips?
J-Camp transports our campers on chartered school buses and coach buses that are
routinely inspected by the California Highway Patrol, as well as in OFJCC-owned
vans. Bus and van drivers have completed background checks and training and are
all qualified to drive per insurance safety standards.
Can I sign up my child for a camp if he/she is not entering the grade specified?
Your camper is eligible to enroll in camps according to the grade they are
entering in the fall of the 2018/2019 school year. Any special circumstances
should be brought to the Camp Director's attention for consideration. J-Camp
will do its best to accommodate the needs of each camper. Campers entering a
pre-kindergarten program should enroll in Preschool Camp.
How do I ensure my camper is in the same group as his/her friend?
When you are registering your camper, you will have the opportunity to enter up
to three buddy requests. J-Camp will do its best to honor requests made to
campers who are enrolled in the same camp.
The literature refers to a J-Camp closing and Shabbat celebration. What is that?
J-Camp wants your child to be able to share their experiences with you. Many
camps perform or create a parent show as part of our J-Camp closing and Shabbat
celebration or a private show at another time. We invite parents and friends to
come see what the campers have been up to all week. We understand that parents
might not be able to attend at the specific time of the show and encourage you
to contact your Head Counselor to set up an alternative time to visit.
Will my camper receive swim lessons at J-Camp?
Our classic two-week camps for campers entering kindergarten through 5th grade
will receive beginner group lessons for a portion of their swim time, followed
by recreational swim time. If you are looking for advanced swim lessons, please
contact the Aquatics Department. Most classic camps will swim two to three
times a week. Many special focus camps and Kohavim will participate in
recreational swim once or twice a week. Some special focus camps will not
participate in any swim time, due to their busy schedules. If your camper is
swimming, it will be indicated on the highlight sheet for each camp, which is
sent the Thursday prior to the start of camp. *Please note that occasionally
there may be pool closures that are out of our control. On the rare occasion
this happens, other activities will be provided and parents will be notified by
the end of the day.
What is J-Camp's cell phone usage policy?
Cell phones can be a huge distraction for campers. We want all campers to be
involved in the activities and enjoy their time building relationships,
experiencing new things and being actively engaged. While we understand that
many campers have cell phones for their own personal use and contact with their
parents, we ask that campers leave their cell phones at home. If your camper
must bring their cell phone to camp, we ask that it remains in their backpack at
all times for safe keeping.