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 and other SJCC programs. Learn about membership here or contact Denise Ipock, Membership Coordinator, by email or at 206-829-2594.

How do I find the right camp?
Summer J Camp offers a variety of camps for kids of all ages. Visit the Find Your Summer J Camp page, where you can view camps based on type, grade, and week. All grades listed are for the 2022-2023 school year. Still have questions? Email us!

How old does my child need to be to attend J Camp?
Campers must be rising pre-K and age four or turning four in the month that they are enrolled. Campers must be potty trained.

Who can attend J Camp?
The SJCC is open to everyone—regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, and basis of disability. Everyone is welcome.

Kids must meet the age requirements above and those who are eligible must be fully vaccinated to attend J Camp.

When does registration close?
Registration will close one week before the start of each camp. Please email us after that date to find out if space is available.

Are there any prerequisites for the specialty camps?
Specialty camps are open to campers with a range of experience and skills! Whether it’s your first time on the soccer field, stage, or yoga studio, or you’re a professional, our camps will be a good fit for you! Camp is a great place to explore something new! Swim Camp campers must be able to swim 25 yards freestyle and tread water for 30 seconds.  

Can I sign up for just one week of Art of Giving, Wizard of Oz, or Counselor in Training?
These three unique camps offer programming that builds throughout the weeks. As a result, campers must sign up for the entire program.

Will campers of all ages be grouped together?
Campers are broken into groups based on their age or grade.

Can I request that my child be grouped with a friend?
If you would like your child grouped with a friend, please complete the Friend Request form on CampMinder at least two weeks before the start of the session. Requests cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our best to honor one mutual request per session.

How can I work at camp?
We think camp is the best summer job! Check out our job descriptions here and fill out an online applicationEmail us for more information.


Paying for J Camp

What are the costs for J Camp?

CampRates
Core Camps - at SJCC
Camp Katan + Camp Kef
M: $370
G: $410
Core Camps - at SJCC
X Camp
M: $430
G: $470
Core Camps - at Luther Burbank Park
J Camp Minis, J Camp at Luther Burbank + Sports Camp
M: $370
G: $410
Specialty CampsM: $400
G: $440
Counselor in Training
(two-week sessions)
M: $370
G: $410
Art of Giving
(two-week session)
M: $800
G: $880
Wizard of Oz
(three-week session)
M: $1,200
G: $1,320
Extended Care
Mornings OR Afternoons
M: $85
G: $92
Extended Care
Mornings + Afternoons
M: $155
G: $170
Bus TransportationM: $150
G: $165
Luther Burbank Shuttle$20
M = SJCC members; G = guests (Rates are weekly unless otherwise noted.)
Get member rates! Learn more >>
Weeks 1 + 3 will be prorated; no camp on Monday, June 20 (Juneteenth) or Monday, July 4 (Independence Day)

We are taking enhanced measures to ensure that our camp areas remain clean, sanitized throughout the day, and deep-cleaned during the evening. A $25 per week 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 2, 2022, you will receive a full refund minus a $50 administrative fee per week. If you cancel between May 2 and June 1, 2022, you will receive a 50% refund minus a $50 administrative fee. From June 1, 2022, until the end of camp (August 26, 2022), camp fees are not refundable.

If the J cancels a camp for any reason, you will receive a credit or a full refund. We are unable to offer refunds if campers are ill or quarantining and unable to attend camp.

How do I pay for J Camp?
To reserve a place for your child at camp, payment must be received in full upon registration or through a monthly payment plan. Monthly payments will be processed by credit card/e-check in equal amounts, based on when you register, on March 1, April 1, May 2, and June 1. Registrations received after June 1 must be paid in full upon registration.

Do you offer financial assistance?
Need-based scholarships for camp tuition are available, based on a family’s ability to pay. Everyone who qualifies will receive scholarship assistance. Applications were due May 2, 2022; if you are still in need of assistance, please email us to discuss options. 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 Beth Rosen, Account Services Manager, by email or at 206-388-1995.

What is the early registration discount?
Campers registered by March 11, 2022, will receive a 10% discount on all camps. Discounts do not apply to extended day, busing, or the COVID cleaning fee.

What is the multi-week discount?
Campers registered for four or more weeks of Camp Katan, Camp Kef, Sports Camp, J Camp at Luther Burbank, or J Camp Minis at Luther Burbank receive a 10% discount on those weeks.

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 or would like to share information with our team to help make your camper’s summer successful, please contact Aliza Glatter, Camp Director, by email or at 206-829-2668. The more we know about the medical and social-emotional wellness of your camper in advance, the better we will be able to support them during the summer.

I still have registration questions, who do I contact?
Contact Beth Rosen, Account Services Manager, by email or at 206-388-0836 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 – 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
Morning drop-off is from 9-9:30 am and afternoon pick-up is from 3:30-4 pm. More on that below.

What should my camper wear to J Camp every day?
Campers should come prepared each day for outdoor fun and mess! We recommend shorts and a t-shirt that are easy to move around in. Campers must wear closed-toe and closed-heel shoes to participate safely in all camp activities. Masks are currently optional in most spaces at the J; please note, this is subject to change.

Please label everything with your child’s first and last name in a permanent marker.

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

  • Lunch and snacks (vegetarian and nut-free; fish is ok, but other meat is not – suggestions below!)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sunscreen in a zipped bag
  • Swimsuit, towel, goggles for swim and waterfront days
  • Hat
  • Change of clothes
  • Facemask — although masks are currently optional in most spaces at the SJCC, we encourage you to pack them

Please label everything with your child’s first and last name in a permanent marker.

Is there anything that we shouldn’t bring to J Camp?
Please do not bring toys, trading cards, electronics (including phones and smartwatches), 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 J. Items that are deemed inappropriate for camp will be put in the camp office and sent home at the end of the day. The SJCC is not responsible for any lost or damaged items that come to camp.

My child lost something at camp! Where can they find it?
Items found labeled with a first and last name will be returned to their owner. All other found items will be kept at the designated lost and found location, which campers can visit to look for lost items.

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. All lunches and snacks must be nut-free. Please note, we do not offer refrigeration for lunches or snacks. Not sure what to pack? Check out this list of suggestions >>

Will my child get to swim?
J campers get to swim or visit the waterfront two to three times each week.

All children will be given a swim test at the beginning of their first session. Campers must swim 25 yards freestyle and tread water for 30 seconds. Once a child passes the swim test, they will not need to retake it for the duration of summer. Children who do not pass must wear life jackets in the pool and remain in the shallow end (five feet and less) to ensure it is a safe environment. Our counselors are excited to spend time swimming with campers and will encourage them to practice to retake the swim test if desired.

Even if children don’t plan to swim, we recommend bringing a bathing suit on swim days as sometimes there are other fun water-based activities.

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

Will children go boating?
Campers can experience Lake Washington through our exciting boating activities. Please complete the Boating Waiver on CampMinder. Children must wear life jackets at all times and adhere to lifeguard instructions.

Who are your camp counselors?
At the heart of J Camp is our dedicated and caring staff members, who are are carefully selected for their experience, skills, and sensitivity with children. All staff members are required to participate in our pre-camp training and must pass a background check. 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?
Extended care is offered for camp families in both the hours before and after our 9-3:30 pm schedule at the SJCC campus. Morning care starts at 7:30 am and afternoon care runs until 6 pm. Full details and registration here >>

Does Luther Burbank offer extended care?
All extended care is held at the J. Campers attending camp at Luther Burbank can participate in morning and afternoon care at the J and take a bus between the J and Luther Burbank. Full details and registration here >>

Do you offer bus transportation?
Yes! We are excited to offer bus transportation during weeks 1-9 (June 21-Aug.19). Buses will pick kids up in the morning and drop them off in the afternoon, with stops at both the J and Luther Burbank Park. If you have children attending camps at both locations, we also offer a shuttle so you only have to make one stop. Times and routes are subject to change; find full details and registration here >>

Can I register for one-way transportation?
Registering for camp transportation ensures your child has a spot saved on the bus. As a result, we are unable to offer prorated one-way transportation. Please email camp@sjcc.org if you are registering for bus transportation but your child will not require transportation every morning and afternoon.


Morning Drop-Off/Afternoon Pick-Up Procedures

What are the procedures for morning drop-off?
Morning drop-off will run daily from 9-9:30 am.

As you arrive, staff members will be outside waiting by the curb, ready to greet campers and deliver them to their respective camps. Our counselors will sign your camper in and make sure they get to their camp group. Please have your child ready to exit the car (with their backpack, lunches, etc.) when a staff member greets you. For safety, please have your child remain in the car until a staff member is present and exit on the passenger side of the car. We ask that parents remain in the car.

What are the procedures for afternoon pick-up?
Afternoon pick-up will run daily from 3:30-4 pm.

As you pull near the building, an SJCC staff member will ask who you are picking up and call 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) to get into the vehicle and fasten their seatbelts. We ask that you stay in the car during this time.

The approved pick-up list can be completed and updated on CampMinder.

What is your late pick-up policy?
Campers who have not been picked up by 4 pm will be taken to Afternoon Care. Families will be charged $20 for campers picked up before 4:15 and $45 if picked up between 4:15 and 6 pm.

What do I do if I have children at Luther Burbank and at the SJCC?
If you are dropping campers off at both locations, we recommend getting to your first location as close to 9 am as possible and then heading to your second drop-off spot. Alternatively, you can sign your child up for busing between the SJCC and Luther Burbank for a nominal fee and do drop-off and pickup at the J. Learn more about busing here >>

What do I do if I need to drop off a camper late or pick a camper up early?
Please complete this form if your camper will be arriving late, leaving early, absent, or has a change in arrival or dismissal.

Are there any other options for drop-off and pick-up?
Learn more about our busing and extended care options here >>


Camp Communication

How will I receive information about J Camp?
Families will receive an update about their upcoming week of camp, including reminders and other important information, by the Friday before their camp week. 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.

What do I do if I have questions during the camp day?
If you have questions during the camp day, please contact the J Camp Team by email or at 206-604-8529.

You can also contact Aliza Glatter, Camp Director, by email or at 206-829-2668. Please note, the Camp Director and most of our camp team are generally away from their desks during the camp day; allow at least 24 hours for a response.

Who can I contact with more questions?

NameEmailPhoneWhen to Contact
J Camp TeamCamp@sjcc.org206-604-8529
  • general inquiries
  • forms
  • time-sensitive requests during the camp day
Aliza Glatter
Camp Director
AlizaG@sjcc.org206-829-2668
  • general inquiries
  • forms
  • working at J Camp
Beth Rosen
Account Services Manager
BethR@sjcc.org206-388-1995
  • registration
  • payment
Jackie Kleinstein
Camp Inclusion Coordinator
JackieK@sjcc.org206-388-1991
  • helping campers have a successful summer
  • accommodations needed at camp
Denise Ipock
Membership Coordinator
DeniseI@sjcc.org206-829-2594Joining the J - get member prices on camp + more!
SJCC AquaticsAquatics@sjcc.orgprivate + group swim lessons

 


Health + Safety

What health and safety protocols are in place?
All children must be signed in every morning and signed out every afternoon.

All of our staff is first-aid certified. Counselors make sure campers reapply sunscreen and stay hydrated throughout the day. Please have campers apply sunscreen before coming to camp in the morning and send them with sunscreen and a reusable water bottle.

Do you require health forms for my camper?
All campers must submit the following forms on CampMinder before attending camp:

  • health history form
  • physician’s exam
  • immunization form
  • copy of Covid-19 vaccination card
  • copy of health insurance card

We ask that forms be submitted by May 2, or within 10 days of registering if after May 2, so our staff has time to review the forms before the start of camp. Please email us if you need extra time.

What do I do if my child needs to take medication during the camp day?
A medication administration form must be completed on CampMinder for campers taking medicine during the camp day. Please email us to set up a time to drop off medication.

All medication will be stored and locked in the camp office. A counselor will bring your camper to the office at a designated time each day to help them take their medication.

What is your COVID-19 vaccination policy?
Everyone ages 5 and above (SJCC members, staff, and campers) are required to show proof of vaccination to enter the J. Full vaccination is defined as two weeks past the final shot in the regimen; that being a second Pfizer or Moderna shot or two weeks following the single J&J shot. Should this definition change with evolving guidance, we’ll update our policy accordingly. All staff members are required to be boosted.

J Camp children and staff are asked to upload their vaccination cards on CampMinder by May 2, 2022, or within 10 days of registering if after May 2. If your child will be vaccinated between May 2 and their first day at J Camp, please email us with your child’s name and the vaccination dates to request an extension.

What other COVID-19 mitigation will be in place?
Throughout the pandemic, SJCC has relied on guidance from an advisory panel that includes an epidemiologist, an infectious disease specialist, our consulting child care nurse, and local pediatricians. You can see current guidelines here; expect updates before the start of camp.

What happens in the case of inclement weather?
In the case of extreme heat, extreme smoke, or thunder and lightning, campers will be brought indoors to designated locations. In rare instances when it is unsafe for staff and/or campers, we may determine to cancel camp for the day.

How do I know my camper will stay safe during field trips?
All field trip locations have been pre-screened by our staff to ensure locations are safe and age-appropriate. Campers will explore locations in groups with a small camper-to-counselor ratio, and all campers and staff are required to wear a bracelet during trips with the J Camp name and phone number listed. Upon arrival at all sites, campers review location-specific safety information and are shown a meeting spot.

Can I visit camp?
For the safety of our J Camp community, we do not allow visitors at camp.


Get all the information you need for Summer J Camp. Check out the links for more, including a full listing of all our camp offerings.

Find Your Camp

From our classic camps like Katan and Kef, to specialty camps thanks to our many partners, there is a camp for everyone! Find your camp >>


Registration

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