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.


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

Extended Day is an option for the camper to stay until 5:30 pm rather than leaving at the regular pick up time of 3:45 pm, Monday thru Friday. This year Extended Day will only be offered if we are able to meet the minimum number of campers. The fee for the week is an additional $50 and requires pre-registration.


Camp is returning to the Girl Scout site and daily bussing to the campsite will resume. We will also be taking the children to a local pool twice per week, weather permitting. All transportation fees are included in the tuition. Contact Amy or Tamara for more information.


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.

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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.


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.


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 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.


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.

SPECIAL OVERNIGHT  – Children entering grades 2nd thru 6th may join us Tuesday night of each week of camp for an overnight experience at our Girl Scout site. Special programming will create a unique introduction to the overnight camp experience, great in particular for children who have never attended overnight camp, and equally fun for veteran sleep-away campers. All food and lodging has been included automatically in your tuition for each session. We encourage all campers in this age group to consider this incredible experience. Contact Tamara Ohayon for more information at (859) 420-3925 or

Quick Facts 2020

Program Fees

Early Registration – By April 1*

For Preschool – 1st Graders For 2nd – 6th Graders
Early Registration (2/1/2020 – 3/31/2020) $259/week $279/week
Regular Registration (4/1/2020 – 7/17/2020) $279/week $299/week
Extended Day $50/week $50/week

*Additional discounts available for UK employees and siblings for all sessions.
Camperships are available! See below or contact for more information.


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.

2020 Dates

Day Camp Session 1: July 20-24
Day Camp Session 2: July 27-31
Overnight (2nd-6th grade): July 21 & 28

Day Camp Hours

9:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. Monday thru Friday
Extended day until 5:30 p.m. M-F (Subject to change based on enrollment)

Contact Us

Youth Engagement Manager – Susan Voglesong

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. We are currently renting the facility at Camp Shawano, a property owned and maintained by the Girl Scout Wilderness Council of Kentucky. This is not their main property. However, we have compensated for the lack of a pool with additional water games, small wading pools for the smaller children, and taking the all of the kids to a local pool at least twice per week, weather permitting.

Q: Does Camp Shalom offer any discounts?
A: Yes. We offer an early registration discount thru April 1, a 15% discount for UK employees, and a $10 sibling discount per session, per sibling. Discounts per child, per session are not to exceed $30. Contact Tamara with any additional questions.