Camp Shai – FAQ

NEW Immunization Policy:
Camp Shai 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 Camp Shai’s Hours?

Monday – Friday*, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
*Please note, Camp Shai is closed on Friday, July 4, 2014.

Early and after care is available at both Denver Jewish Day School and the JCC.

DJDS hours: Early Care 8 am- 9 am, After Care 4 pm -5pm
JCC hours: Early Care 8 am- 9 am, After Care 4 pm – 6 pm

What is the registration process?

All registrations are completed online. Please click here to register. If you have any questions about registration please contact the camp office at 303-316-6418.

How long are the sessions? Can a child attend for one week only?

Our camp sessions are two weeks long. We will have four two-week sessions for summer 2014. You can also register for one-week of the two-week session. We also have two one-week Post Camp sessions available. Please click here to learn more about Post Camp.

Can we “extend” during the summer for another session?

Of course! You may always extend your child’s stay at camp, provided we have space in your child’s group for the subsequent session.

Are meals, snacks, and drinks provided?

All campers will receive a Kosher snack (dairy) each afternoon. Typical afternoon snack is fruit and something to munch on such as pretzels, cereal, or animal crackers. We try to be mindful of providing healthy snacks. On occasion we will also provide ice cream or popsicles as a special treat. Campers must bring their own Kosher (dairy) lunch, a morning snack if they wish and a water bottle to camp every day.

We request that all incoming food be either dairy or vegetarian. All food provided by camp has the approved kosher symbols.
Lunch ideas:
peanut butter & jelly • 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 I have to be a JCC member to attend Camp Shai?

A JCC membership is not required to attend Camp Shai. However, we do offer special pricing for our members. For more information on memberships please click here.

Does my child have to be Jewish to attend Camp Shai?

No. Camp Shai welcomes all children, regardless of religious affiliation, to participate in our camp experience.

Is there a discount for registering for multiple weeks?

Yes, register for all eight weeks of regular camp and receive a 20% discount on weeks 7 & 8! This does not apply to Post Camp.

Is there Financial Assistance available?

Camp Shai strives to make its programs accessible to individuals and families from all backgrounds. Applications for financial assistance can be submitted online at

How do you ensure safety at camp?

Safety is the primary concern at Camp Shai. Our camps set the highest standards for safety, quality practices, and management. All staff undergo an extensive application process to determine their suitability to work at camp that includes background checks. In addition, there is a mandatory training period prior at the beginning of camp that ALL 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?

All of our camp staff are CPR/First Aid trained. In addition, our administrative staff, Directors and Unit Heads, are further trained in 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 camp office on the first day of your session to log the medicine or Epi-pen in with camp staff. All administrative staff are trained in administering medication and Epi-pens.

What to bring to camp?

All campers should wear comfortable clothes including sneakers. All clothing and additional items should be clearly labeled with camper’s first and last name. Unless otherwise specified your child will need the following daily:

    • Sunscreen – Please send your child to camp with sunscreen already applied and a bottle of sunscreen. The camp staff will make sure that sunscreen is reapplied throughout the day.
    • Non-perishable dairy or vegetarian lunch. We recommend including an ice pack.
    • Sneakers – Please no open toed shoes, flip-flops, or Crocs
    • Swimsuit and towel
    • Water Bottle

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.

What does your swim program entail?

All K-5th grade campers will have swim three times a week. Camp Shai campers who would like to swim in the deep end of the pool are required to take a deep end swim test. Swim tests are given each Monday for new campers (and those campers who would like to retest). Campers who successfully pass the deep end swim test are given a swim band to wear on their wrist each day. Campers who do not pass the swim test are required to stay in the shallow end of the pool.

How do you communicate with us as parents and how do we communicate with you?

You may call or email the camp office 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.
There is always someone in the office to take phone calls. Please note that during the day Rachel and Dylan are out amongst the campers and may not return calls or emails until the camp day ends at 4 pm. They will, of course, be notified of and respond to any emergencies immediately.

You can expect to be contacted by either Rachel or Dylan 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 expect to receive a phone call from your child’s counselors before the start of the camp session.

Throughout a camp session, you will receive emails from your camper’s Unit Head with updates on the exciting things they have done at camp that week. You will also receive a Friday Shabbat Message from the directors with a recap of the week and photos. We will also have a section in our weekly Shabbat Message dedicated to our campers who received Honorable Mensch-ens (pronounced mentions) that week. You can also check out our Facebook page for pictures and updates throughout the day. Should any concerns arise that we need to inform you of, we will of course call.

Rachel, Dylan, and all of the camp staff are available for one-on-one conversations during drop-off and pick-up times. If your child takes the bus we will periodically call you to check in with you.

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

If your child will be using our transportation, you will sign them in and out at Central Park in Stapleton or at the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center. If you are dropping your campers off directly at the Denver Jewish Day School, we will have signs posted with each cabin’s name. You will sign your camper in and out with the counselor posted at the cabin sign.

How does camp celebrate birthdays?

We know that birthdays are important to you and your child. At morning circle the entire camp sing to your child and then he or she will skip around the circle “high-fiving” everyone! If you like, you may drop off cupcakes or the like in the morning for your child and his/her respective group. Please keep in mind our camp’s policies and make sure that the treats are Kosher. We also ask that you inform us ahead of time 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 the Camp Office at 303-316-6418 or