Unlike other summer camp programs, our Camp Shai Directors are year-round, full-time employees of the JCC. Also, many of our counselors and specialists return year after year. These well trained professionals have a passion for working with children and have expertise in creating quality programming so that your child will have fun experiencing new things all summer long! No other day camp can match the caring, experience, dedication and expertise of our talented and hard-working camp personnel. We pride ourselves on hiring, training and retaining top-rate counselors who have a true love for the camp experience. The entire staff, including our professional and spirited Camp Directors, unit heads, and counselors, is trained to provide the highest level of care.
Dylan Fierberg, Camp Shai Assistant Director
You may know her as Dylan Beales but she recently married Jeff, a former counselor (and camper!) at Camp Shai. Dylan began working at Camp Shai in 2007 and has held almost every role at camp- Cabin Counselor, One-on-One, Science Specialist, Unit Head and now Assistant Director. Dylan is a firm believer in “camp magic” and lives for summer camp- You can usually find her singing Tarzan in the middle of morning circle or leading a cabin on an impromptu scavenger hunt! She is looking forward to bringing that enthusiasm to vacation camps, Saturday Night Outs and all other year round programming she is working on with Rachel.
Dylan is a Colorado transplant but having lived here for 15 years considers it home. She grew up in Aurora and is a proud graduate of Smoky Hill High School. Dylan studied Elementary Education and Behavioral Sciences at Arizona State University and Metropolitan State University and will be pursuing her Masters in Family Counseling once camp wraps up for the summer. She spends her free time with her husband and their two dogs, Daisy Buchanan and Shiva, going on walks around City Park, grilling in the backyard and listening to NPR.
Shlichim (Israeli Emissaries)
In addition to our unit heads, counselors and specialists we are also very proud to host two Shlichim (Israeli Emissaries) at Camp Shai. We believe that it is an important goal for both our campers and staff to learn, teach and identify with Judaism and the State of Israel. We are constantly trying to build bridges between our community and the Jewish community in Israel. As a result, we find the contribution of the Shlichim to be an invaluable step on the way to achieving that goal.
The Shlichim bring with them many prepared activities that they will incorporate into the overall camp program. By simply being at camp and integrating into our community, they provide us with the unique opportunity to learn about Israel and its culture, while we teach them about our own culture and connect in different ways. It is up to us to utilize this wealth of knowledge about Israel and Judaism as much as possible.
We are seeking warm, welcoming families to house our shlichim and be there “home away from home” for this summer. Host families are asked to house shlichim for approximately two weeks. They are responsible for rooming, meals, and transportation to and from camp (although shlichim usually make friends quickly and organize rides with our other staff). This can be a fun experience for you and your family; just think… another smiling face sitting at your dinner table, sharing stories about life in Israel, teaching your children new songs and games and teaching you how to prepare new and delicious Israeli dishes. Your kids will learn to explore differences, discover surprising cultural similarities and gain knowledge of Jewish values through first-hand experiences. You will see our community through the eyes of an Israeli citizen and rediscover the simple things we often take for granted.
Don’t miss your chance to be part of something really special. If you are interested, or have any questions, please contact Dylan Fierberg, Camp Shai Assistant Director. 303-316-6383 or firstname.lastname@example.org