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A place where EVERYONE belongs:  

At JCC Camp Shai, we aim to create a community that welcomes diversity. We invite all those who wish to participate, including but not limited to: people of any race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, family structure, ability, marital status, culture, and spirituality.

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Where Kids Find Their Journeys Through Fun!

Thank you for your interest in Camp Shai Summer Programs!  

JCC Camp Shai is Denver’s premier Jewish Day Camp serving children entering grades K – 6. Individuals of all backgrounds, faiths, and families are welcome. At Camp Shai, we offer a little something for everyone with a variety of engaging and fun activities; from sports to art to science, our campers are building their skill sets while enjoying everything that makes camp so special.  

 It’s our mission to create just the right environment for campers to build their confidence, challenge themselves to try new things, and make meaningful connections with peers and staff.  At Camp Shai, we frame everything we do through the universal Jewish values (or Middot) of kindness (chesed), respect (kavod), community (kehillah), and good sportsmanship & attitude (ruach).

 

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At Camp Shai, there is intention behind every program and activity we organize – we work to ensure that all campers leave feeling engaged, confident, and standing a little taller. Studies by the American Camping Association report day camp campers learn and grow in ways that impact them for the rest of their lives. These areas of growth include:  

  • Demonstrating increased self-esteem and a higher emotional intelligence  
  • Learning new skills and sharpening existing ones  
  • Developing social skills that help campers make friends and lasting connections with others  
  • Becoming more adventurous and willing to try new things outside of their comfort zones  

What Sets Us Apart:

  • We are Inclusive – we welcome campers of all faiths, backgrounds, and abilities to join our community!

  • We are a state licensed childcare provider and an accredited camp through the American Camp Association.

  • Our Counselors are the BEST because we only hire the BEST!

  • We offer small ratios of counselors to staff!

  • We focus on social-emotional growth.

  • For Shai Sports and Full-Day Specialty Camps, we partner with the best vendors in town to make sure our programs are top-notch and focused around skill development.

  • We are anchored in universal Jewish values, or middot – kindness, respect, community, and good sportsmanship are the foundation of everything we do!

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Licensing & Accreditation  

We hold ourselves to incredibly high standards around safety as well as operations and programming. In addition to being in excellent standing with the State of Colorado Child Care Licensing, Camp Shai is accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA) as of 2019. The ACA accreditation process was a deep dive into all programs and operations of Camp Shai to ensure that we continue to meet the extensive standards laid out by the ACA and the State of Colorado. After turning over every stone, we are proud to say that we are an ACA Accredited Camp. 

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