Summer J Camp FAQ

Get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Summer J Camp.

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Registration

Do I have to be a member of the Stroum Jewish Community Center to attend J Camp?
You don’t have to be a J member to attend J Camp. However, membership does have its benefits, including discounted prices on all camps, programs, and more. Learn more >>

How do I find the right camp?
Summer J Camp offers a variety of camps for kids ages. Here are your first steps to find the best camp options for your family:

  1. Look for your child’s grade for fall 2021.
  2. Schedule your summer in the best way for your family: sign up for a single week or a three-week session. Join us all summer or whenever fits your schedule.
  3. Feel free to ask for more information on camps, dates times and overall J Camp experience. We are always happy to answer questions. Email us >> 

What are the registration fees?
J Camp core camp costs $360 per week for members and $400 per week for guests. Specialty camp costs $390 per week for members and $430 per week for guests.

We are taking enhanced and additional measures to ensure that our camp areas remain clean, sanitized throughout the day, and deep-cleaned during the evening. A $25 cleaning fee will be added to all J Camp registrations to defray some of the additional costs of these safety measures.

What is your refund and cancellation policy?
If you cancel before May 1, 2021, you will receive a full refund minus a $50 administrative fee. If you cancel between May 1 and June 1, 2021, you will receive a 50% refund minus a $50 administrative fee. From June 1, 2021, until the end of camp (August 27, 2021), camp fees are not refundable.  

If the SJCC cancels a camp for any reason, you will receive a credit or a full refund.  

How do I pay for J Camp?
To reserve a place for your child at camp, payment must be received in full or through a three-month payment plan. Monthly payments will be processed by credit card/e-check in equal amounts on March 1, April 1, and May 1.

Do you offer financial assistance?
Need-based scholarships for camp tuition are available, based on a family’s ability to pay. Scholarship funds have been expanded; applications due May 1, 2021. Everyone who qualifies will receive scholarship assistance. For more information and eligibility, contact us. You’ll find more details here >>

What is the first-time family discount?
Families new to the J are eligible for a $100 discount (per family) with a minimum of three weeks. Funds are limited; register early. For more information, contact Account Services Manager Beth Rosen or call 206-388-1995.

I still have registration questions, who do I contact?
Contact Account Services Manager Beth Rosen or call 206-388-1995 if you have questions directly related to registration.

Can I request that my child be grouped with a friend?
If you would like your child grouped with a friend, please email us at least 7 days before the start of the session or make the request in the application on CampMinder. Requests cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our best to honor mutual requests.

What do we need to do before coming to J Camp?
Before J Camp begins, you are required to upload the necessary forms and ensure that your information is correct and up to date in your CampMinder account.

If you have any specific concerns about starting J Camp, anxieties, particular behaviors, recent medical conditions or allergies not already listed on your child’s medical forms, special instructions, or social dynamics we should be aware of, please contact Camp and Youth Program Manager Joel Jacobs. We want to be proactive with you to address any issues or concerns beforehand to create the best experience for your child.

I still have registration questions, who do I contact?
Contact Account Services Manager Beth Rosen or call 206-388-1995 if you have questions directly related to registration.


What to Expect at J Camp

What is the daily schedule for J Camp?
J Camp hours are 9:30 am – 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Morning drop-off is from 9:00-9:30 am and afternoon pick-up is from 3:30 to 4:00 pm. More on that below.

What do we need to bring to J Camp every day?

  • Lunch and snacks (vegetarian and nut-free)
  • Two masks or appropriate face coverings (read about exceptions here)
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen (preferably in a zipped bag)
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Extra snack
  • Goggles
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Hat
  • Change of clothes

Please label everything with your child’s name in permanent marker.

Is there anything that we shouldn’t bring to J Camp?
Please do not bring toys, electronics, or anything else from home. We do not want children sharing anything with each other that is not provided by and regularly sanitized by the SJCC. Items that are deemed not appropriate for camp will be put in the camp office and sent home at the end of the day. The JCC is not responsible for any lost or damaged items that come to camp.

What are J Camp’s dietary restrictions?
All camp lunches and snacks must be vegetarian, dairy, or fish-based. No meat is allowed at camp (pork, beef, chicken, turkey, etc.). Egg products are allowed. In addition, all lunches and snacks must be nut-free. Please note, we do not offer refrigeration for lunches.

Will my child get to swim?
Yes, but not every day. Only two camp groups will be allowed in the pool at the same time, and the groups will be separated by lane ropes. All children will be given a swim test at the beginning of their first session. Once a child passes the swim test, they will not need to retake it. If a child does not pass, they will be required to wear a life jacket but will be able to retest at various points throughout the summer.

Even if children don’t plan to swim, we still recommend bringing a bathing suit every day as sometimes there is other fun water play.

Can my kids take swim lessons before or after camp?
Absolutely! Group, private, and semi-private swimming lessons are available before and after camp in the SJCC indoor pool. Learn more >>

Will children go boating?
Boating is permitted on our waterfront provided we have a signed parental waiver on file. Children must wear a life jacket at all times and adhere to lifeguard instructions.

Who are your camp counselors?
The heart of J Camp is our dedicated and caring staff. Staff members are carefully selected for their experience, skills, and sensitivity with children. All staff members are required to participate in a training program. Our low camper-to-staff ratio ensures each camper receives personal attention and guidance during their camp experience.

The majority of our staff members spent their summers attending J Camp before becoming counselors.

Do you offer extended care or bus transportation?
This year, we are unable to offer extended care or bus transportation.


Morning Drop-Off/Afternoon Pick-Up Procedures

What are the procedures for morning drop-off?
Morning curbside drop-off will run daily from 9:00-9:30 am. Due to the limited size of our parking lot, we ask that you arrive within the following time windows according to the first letter of your last name.

  • A-I: 9:00-9:10 am
  • J-R: 9:10-9:20 am
  • S-Z: 9:20-9:30 am

Upon arrival, parents will pull up to one of a number of unloading stations. At the stations, SJCC staff will check your child’s temperature and do a health assessment. If there are no COVID-19-related health concerns after the assessment, the staff member will escort the child into our facility to wash their hands and join their group. We ask that all parents and campers wait until arriving at the unloading station and remain in their cars until greeted by SJCC staff.

Please note that based on the results of a visual assessment, health assessment, or temperature check, your child might be denied entry into camp on a given day. The camp manager will follow up with you if that is the case. It is better to remain overly cautious and vigilant as opposed to taking any chances.

What are the procedures for afternoon pick-up?
Afternoon curbside pick-up will run daily from 3:30-4:00 pm. Due to the limited size of our parking lots, we ask that you arrive within the following time windows according to the first letter of your last name.

  • A-I: 3:30-3:40 pm
  • J-R: 3:40-3:50 pm
  • S-Z: 3:50-4:00 pm

As you pull near the building, an SJCC staff member will ask who you are picking up and radio to the child’s camp group. You will proceed to a loading station. Once parked, our staff will check your identification (to ensure you are on the child’s approved pick-up list), and sign the child out of camp. During this process, SJCC staff will bring the child to your car, and help them (as needed) get into the vehicle and fasten their seatbelts. We ask that you stay in the car during this time.


Camp Contacts

What do I do if I have questions during the camp day?
Our counselors and supervisory staff members focus on the growth and learning of each child. In the months leading up to camp and during non-camp hours, the camp manager is available to answer questions as well as to discuss your child’s personal growth at the end of the camp session.

If you have questions during the camp day, please contact J Camp Administrator at 206-388-1991 or email them at CampAdmin@sjcc.org.

You can also contact J Camp and Youth Program Manager Joel Jacobs. Please note, the camp manager is generally away from their desks during the camp day; please allow at least 24 hours for a response. If it is an urgent or time-sensitive matter, please contact the J Camp Administrator to receive a prompt response.

How will I receive information about J Camp?
By the end of every week, families will receive an update about their upcoming week of camp with reminders and other important information. If you don’t receive an email, please contact us.

You can also stay up-to-date by joining our J Camp + J Kids Facebook group.

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