JCC South – FAQ

NEW Immunization Policy:
The JCC prioritizes the health, safety and well being of children above all else. To that end, the JCC has decided, as most public and private schools already have, to strictly enforce the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s immunization standards. This is designed to better protect the health and safety of all members of our Camp Shai community. Beginning immediately, Camp Shai will no longer accept children who have not completed the immunizations that are set out in the attached table(s). Medical professionals advise that immunizations protect our children and staff, allowing socialization in an environment that is of the highest standards of health and safety. When our children and staff are healthy and safe, we are able to offer the highest quality programs.

We realize that for some, this may not be in sync with your personal beliefs and we understand that you may consider alternate camp arrangements. If the cost of obtaining the required immunizations poses a problem for you, you can learn where to obtain immunizations at a lower cost or free by calling the Family Health Line at (303) 692-2229 or (800) 688-7777 or the Colorado Helpline at (877) 467-2911.

Please read the attached letter from the State of Colorado and the immunization table for more information. We appreciate your cooperation with this important policy decision. Before camp begins we will audit our immunization records. Please make sure your child’s record is up to date by providing the required information to your account online.

Download a PDF Immunization Charts:
Immunization 5 & under
Immunization K-12th grade


What are JCC South Denver’s summer hours?

Monday – Friday*, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
*Please note, JCC South Denver is closed on Friday, July 4, 2014.

Where is JCC South Denver located?

JCC South Denver is located at 9625 E. Arapahoe Rd. Greenwood Village, CO, 80112 at the corner of Arapahoe and Dayton.

Transportation Options?

In order to unite the South Denver population with the Denver Metro Area, we will offer transportation from areas such as Highlands Ranch and Greenwood Village (exact locations pending) pending participation numbers. Transportation from South Denver is a new addition this year to increase accessibility to Camp Shai at Denver Jewish Day School.

Who is JCC South Denver’s Administrative Staff?

Melissa Hoch is the Director of JCC South Denver Programs, and Dani Wynn is the South Denver Family Programs Coordinator. We are so excited for the second year of day camps at the new JCC South Denver site. It is our goal to ensure that your child has a safe, fun, and memorable camp experience. We are available to talk with you at any time. Please feel free to call us at the office, 303-799-6975 or e-mail us, mhoch@jccdenver.org or dwynn@jccdenver.org.

What is the registration process?

All registrations are completed online. Please click here to register or click here to learn more about the programs at JCC South. If you have any questions about registration please contact JCC South Denver at 303-799-6975.

How long are the sessions?

Specialty camps are one week.

Are meals, snacks, and drinks provided?

Meals, snacks, and drinks are not provided. JCC South Denver is a kosher facility. This means that we must ensure that “food that is served to others is strictly kosher.” We request that all packed snacks be either dairy or vegetarian. Additionally, if your child is registered for Play-Well TEKnologies camps, they need to bring nut-free snacks. The reason for this request is that children use their hands to build with Legos® and peanut oils can get into the Lego® pieces, which could cause an allergic reaction for children with nut allergies.

Snack ideas:

jelly and cream cheese sandwich • bagel and cream cheese • tuna fish • string cheese • cheese and crackers • cookies • egg salad • soups • cold veggies • cheese or veggie pizza • hard boiled eggs • fruit • cheese sandwich • pasta salad • blintzes •meatless tacos • hummus • pretzels • cheese and bean burrito • macaroni and cheese • yogurt

Do you provide supervised lunch?

No. JCC South Denver does not offer supervised lunch.

Do I have to be a JCC member to attend JCC South Denver day camps?

A JCC membership is not required to attend JCC South Denver day camps.

Does my child have to be Jewish to attend JCC South Denver day camps?

No. JCC South Denver welcomes all children, regardless of religious affiliation, to participate.

Is financial assistance available?

JCC South Denver strives to make its programs accessible to individuals and families from all backgrounds. Applications for financial assistance can be submitted online at: www.FACTSTuitionAid.com

How do you ensure safety at camp?

Safety is the primary concern at JCC South Denver. All partner specialty camps set the highest standards for safety, quality practices, and management. Per each specialty camp’s requirements, all staff undergoes an extensive application process to determine their suitability to work that includes background checks. In addition, there is a mandatory training period for each specialty camp run by that organization prior to the beginning of camp that their staff must attend.

What if my child gets hurt or sick at camp? What if my child has allergies or takes medication during the camp day?

JCC South Denver administrative staff is trained in CPR/First Aid and medication administration. If your child is hurt or sick we will administer the medical care that we are trained for and contact the parents. If it is an emergency or serious injury we will call 911.

If your child has allergies or takes any medication during the camp day you will be asked to come into the administrative office on the first day of your session to log the medicine or Epi-pen in with JCC South Denver administrative staff. All JCC South Denver administrative staff is trained in administering medication and Epi-pens.

*Note: Your child will not be allowed to participate in camp if their medical forms are not complete on the first day and/or if your child takes medication during the camp day and it is not checked in with JCC South Denver administrative staff on the first day. This policy is to ensure the safety and well being of your child.

What should my child bring to camp?

All campers should wear comfortable clothes; closed-toe shoes are recommended. All clothing and additional items should be clearly labeled with camper’s first and last name.

JCC South Denver

  • Non-perishable dairy or vegetarian snack. (Please read our meals/drinks/snacks section.) We recommend including an ice pack.

Please do not send iPods, cell phones, electronic games/toys, trading cards or money to camp with your child. Also, please discourage your child from bringing items that he/she does not want lost or damaged.

Do you offer early and after care?

JCC South Denver does not offer early- and after-care.

How do you communicate with parents, and how do we communicate with you?

You may call or email JCC South Denver, 303-799-6975, at any time with questions or concerns. Your camper’s safety and happiness is our number one priority, so any information that you can provide for us is much appreciated.

Please note that during the day Melissa and Dani are overseeing specialty camps and may not return calls or e-mails until the camp day ends at 4 p.m. (depending on the camp week). They will, of course, be notified of and respond to any emergencies immediately.

You can expect to be contacted by either Melissa or Dani after you enroll for camp. They will call you to introduce themselves, ask if you have any questions and learn a little bit more about your child. You will receive an email prior to your first day of camp with reminders and any other pertinent information.

You can also check out the JCC South Denver Facebook page for pictures and updates throughout the week. If you do not wish to have your child’s picture posted online, please take note and complete the Media Waiver in the forms section of registration. Should any concerns arise that we need to inform you of, we will of course call.

Melissa and Dani are available for one-on-one conversations during drop-off and pick-up times, as well as scheduled appointments throughout the week. If you would like to have a one-on-one conversation with specialty camp instructors, please schedule with them in advance.

What is the drop-off and pick-up procedure?

JCC South Denver: Located at 9625 E. Arapahoe Rd., Greenwood Village, 80112. Sign your camper in and out with the specialty camp instructor.

What should I do if I am going to be late when picking up my child?

Please be on time. However, we understand that things happen. If you know that you are going to be late, please call JCC South Denver at 303-799-6975 so that we can let your child and the instructor know. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late without notifying the JCC South Denver administrative staff, there will be a charge of $1 per minute, per child, that will be automatically charged to your account.

How does camp celebrate birthdays?

We know that birthdays are important to you and your child. If you like, you may drop off treats in the morning for your child and his/her respective camp. Please keep in mind JCC South Denver’s policies and make sure that the treats are Kosher. We also ask that you inform your child’s specialty camp instructor of the time/day that you will be bringing treats so that we can ensure any children with food allergies will also have an appropriate treat to enjoy.

If you have any other questions that were not addressed here, please contact Melissa or Dani at JCC South Denver at 303-799-6975 or southdenver@jccdenver.org.