Camp Shai Inclusion Statement
Inclusion is a crucial element of our mission and program. It is our priority that every camper, staff member, and family feels like they belong in and are supported by our community. We know that when each person in our community feels like they belong, it gives them an opportunity to explore their personal identity, to try new things, to reach outside of their comfort zone, and to act with compassion, kindness, and respect toward themselves and others.
Families are strongly encouraged to contact the Camp Director in advance of camp to discuss their campers’ strengths and goals for the summer as well as any potential needs. We offer an inclusion program for campers with special needs that is fully integrated into camp. Through this program, we offer one-on-one support with our professionally-trained inclusion counselors. Similarly, Camp Shai works with an Inclusion Specialist for intake, counselor training, and support for campers throughout the summer. Our ultimate goal is to set our campers up to have the most successful and fun summer possible.
Gender Support Plan Gender Transition Plan
Camp Shai Values
Our camp values are the foundation of the Camp Shai experience–they are woven into every aspect of camp from morning circle to activity to chuggim (free choice activities) and Shabbat. Our goal is for all members of our community to feel valued for who they are and what they do to enrich each other’s lives and our camp community as a whole.
We treat one another with kindness and compassion. We appreciate each member of our community for who they are.
We appreciate and celebrate the unique identity of each individual in our camp community. We honor and value ourselves and others by being compassionate and considerate of our feelings and the feelings of others. We treat others as we would like to be treated.
We are accountable for our actions, words, and attitude. We are responsible for ourselves, for one another and for the well-being of the Camp Shai community.
Shituf Peulah (Cooperation)
We listen, communicate, participate and ask for help when needed. By communicating honestly and calmly, following directions, and by being willing to try new things, we are creating a fun, welcoming, and safe camp community.
We play sports and games with respect, fairness, honesty, and accountability. By cooperating with teammates and opponents and playing with a sense of compassion and integrity, we create an environment of friendly competition.