In Hebrew, it translates to ‘spirit’. Ruach permeates every aspect of camp. It’s not only our energy with which we lead activities, but our creativity, positivity, and love of the kids and community.
The day begins at 9:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm. We have extended care both in the morning and afternoon to stretch the camp day from 8:00 am–6:00 pm.
- Who should I turn to with questions about my child?
The most important person for you to speak with regarding your child at camp is the head counselor. The head counselor should be notified if your child has special needs (i.e. health requirements, or to dispense medicine). The head counselors, together with the counselors, as well as the leadership staff, will review the forms you turn in and are always here to speak with you or your child about your child’s camp experiences.
- What is the Pizza Potluck?
These fun-filled evenings give you a chance to socialize with campers, families, and counselors. The events feature songs, skits, and a slide show. Details will follow closer to the time of these events. The Potlucks are open to all Shai families regardless of whether they are attending during that session.
- Can I come visit my child at camp?
Parents are welcome to join us for Shabbat on Fridays 2:45–3:30 pm. At all other times, prior permission from the camp director is necessary.
- What’s your policy on cell phones and electronics?
We strongly discourage campers from bringing cell phones or electronics to camp. Cell phones may not be used during the day unless approved by a counselor. Electronics are only allowed at very specific times.
Camp Shai focuses on the Jewish values of community and identity and embraces Jewish culture. We have campers and staff from various Jewish and non-Jewish backgrounds who all come together for a wonderful summer experience.
- We aren’t Jewish. Can we still attend Camp Shai?
Absolutely! While Camp Shai is the premier Jewish day camp in Denver, we cater towards campers of all backgrounds. If you like games, being outdoors, and having the best summer ever, Camp Shai is the place for you.
- We don’t live close to the JCC Denver or Graland. Is there something to help the commute?
Yes! We have feeder buses in two strategic locations that pick campers up in the morning and drop them off in the afternoon. We have a northbound bus that picks up at Stapleton and a southbound bus that picks up at Cherry Creek High School and continues on to Temple Sinai then camp.
- My child has never been to Camp Shai and doesn’t know anyone. Will your counselors help make a positive experience?
OF COURSE! We have a nice mix of new and returning campers each summer. Our staff goes through a week-long training on how to handle common and unique situations, and how to help new campers adjust.