Camp Shalom

Established in 1968 with the goal of bringing together Jewish kids in central Kentucky for two weeks of fun through an enriching experience.

For more information contact Susan@jewishlexington.org
Activities

Activities are geared to encourage unity, fun, and learning. Each day is filled with arts and crafts, sports, music, water play, storytelling, games, teva (nature), and other special projects. Woven throughout the day, universal values are incorporated into activities through the lens of Jewish traditions, ethics, and learning by focusing on three main Jewish principles: Torah (Jewish text); Avodah (work); and Gemilut Chasidim (acts of loving kindness).

Most importantly, Camp Shalom offers our children an opportunity to be with other Jewish children, creating memories and friendships that will last a lifetime

Special Activities

Additional activities aside from the daily routine often vary at camp. Each year we try to add something fun and different for the campers. Some of our special activities have included guest storytellers, reptile shows, astronomy shows, community personalities visiting, local and national children’s singers and musicians, and all-camp Maccabiah (color wars).

Extended Day

TBD

Staff

We are always looking for dedicated, nurturing, and creative youth and adults ages 14 and up. Entering 9th graders can apply to join our Counselor-in-Training program.

Groups by Grade

At Camp Shalom, units are divided by camper entering grade levels. Here is a brief description of the types of activities that each group might participate in.

OFARIM (DEER) AND SOUSSIM (PONIES)

This group is for children entering Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st grade. Ofarim participate in special age appropriate activities that are similar to the older groups but are tailored to fit their needs. We balance sports, nature, water games, music, arts & crafts and Jewish learning. Special consideration is given to these campers and their unique needs since most of our Ofarim campers are at camp for the first time. We have a high staff to camper ratio for this group.

TSOFIM (THE SCOUTS)

Our campers entering 2nd and 3rd grades have the full range of Camp Shalom activities available to them. Tsofim participate in water games, nature, sports, art, games and chugim (daily electives that each camper will choose often including nature or science, cooking, art, sports, dance, drama and more).

CHALUTZIM (THE PIONEERS)

Chalutzim campers, entering grades 4 and 5, are given opportunities to explore, hike, play water games, play group games, choose chugim (daily elective activities) music, art, and more. Chalutzim have more challenging activities suitable for their age and are given lots of positive reinforcement through the success of personal achievement within the camp programs.

GESHER (BRIDGE)

Established in 2005, Gesher is for campers entering 6th and 7th grade. At this age, campers need to express their individuality while learning trust and group interaction. This program works to build a sense of mutual responsibility and cooperation and strengthen their Jewish identity. Gesher activities support these goals through unique art projects, chugim (daily elective activities including art, photography, cooking and more), sports, fun team building exercises, nature hikes, water games, discussions and more. Gesher provides a challenging and activity filled experience.

Quick Facts 2022 Coming Soon

Program Fees

Registration for Summer 2022 will open in early February 2022

For Preschool – 1st Graders For 2nd – 6th Graders
Early Registration (2/1/2022 – 3/31/2022) TBA TBA
Regular Registration ( Begins 4/1/2022) TBA TBA
Extended Day TBA TBA

Camp scholarship’s are available once registration opens! See below or contact jfs@jewishlexington.org for more information.

Location:

South Lexington, KY • Phone: 859-268-0672 • For youth ages 4-12

The only Jewish summer day camp in central Kentucky
Non-denominational • Open to children of all backgrounds.

2022 Dates

TBA

Day Camp Hours

TBA

Contact Us

Youth Engagement Manager – Susan Voglesong
susan@jewishlexington.org

Frequently Asked Questions About Camp Shalom

Q: Does Camp Shalom provide snacks?
A: Yes. Camp will provide one snack mid-morning and one snack for extended day campers. If your child has a food allergy, please be sure to list this in our medical forms. In the case of severe food allergies, please send your child with a snack that he/she can eat safely.

Q: Does Camp Shalom provide campers with lunch?
A: No. All campers must bring their own lunch to camp each day. We ask that you pack foods which do not need refrigeration, or provide an insulated lunch bag/box. Please label your child’s lunch with their first and last name or initial.

Q: Does Camp Shalom have a pool?
A: Sadly, no.

Q: Does Camp Shalom offer any discounts?
A: More information coming soon