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Camp Shai is not your average day camp…In fact, we have a number of things that make us us:

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At JCC Camp Shai, we strive to create a community that welcomes diversity. We invite all those who wish to participate including but not limited to people of any…

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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 theater to STEM, our campers are building their skillsets while enjoying the traditional summer camp experience. 

We believe that summer camp is the perfect environment for children to develop their skills outside of the classroom and build their confidence. Studies by the American Camping Association report that day camp campers display an improved ability to make and maintain friendships, increased confidence to try new activities, and greater skill development to hone the skills they are working so hard at. At Camp Shai, we place an emphasis in our programming on the universal values of kindness (chesed), respect (kavod), community (kehillah), and good sportsmanship & attitude (ruach).   

 

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At Camp Shai, we put a lot of intention into our programming so that all campers leave feeling confident and stand 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 zone

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!

Camp Shai 2022 Weekly Themes

Week One

June 6 – 10 | Time Travelers

Week Two

June 13 – 17 | Survivor

Week Three

June 20 – 24 | Intergalactic

Week Four

June 27 – July 1 | Spirit Week 

Week Five

Camp Shai Theme Week Icon Small Party July 5 – 8 | Party in the USA

Week Six

July 11 – 15 | Under the Sea

Week Seven

July 18 – 22 | County Fair

Week Eight

July 25 – 29 | Shai’s Got Talent

Week Nine

August 1 – 5 | Be a Mensch

Week Ten

August 8 – 12 | Planet Protectors

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Camp Shai 2022 Theme Weeks 1 – 5

Week One

June 6 – 10
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Time Travelers

Week Two

June 13 – 17
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Survivor

Week Three

June 20 – 24
Intergalactic
Intergalactic

Week Four

June 27 – July 1
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Spirit Week

Week Five

July 5 – 8
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Party in the USA

Camp Shai 2022 Theme Weeks 6 – 10

Week Six

July 11 – 15
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Under the Sea

Week Seven

July 18 – 22
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County Fair

Week Eight

July 25 – 29
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Shai’s Got Talent

Week Nine

August 1 – 5
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Be a Mensch

Week Ten

August 8 – 12
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Planet Protectors
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“The counselors and all the Shai staff this summer have embraced my camper (rising Kindergartener) 100% as he is, and allowed him to flourish. At Camp Shai, he has made friends, has been articulate with his words to communicate how he’s feeling, and has even passed the swim test and conquered monkey bars. Thank you!”

Camp Shai Parent, 2021

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What Camp Shai campers are saying about their time with us: 

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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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