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Camp Kef

K-5th grade

“Kef” means fun in Hebrew, and that’s exactly the kind of summer you’ll have with us. Camp Kef is our signature camp, and it’s the best way for campers to try everything SJCC Summer Camp has to offer. From active group games and energetic song circles to messy science experiments and creative art projects, Camp Kef does it all. Campers can also choose from specialized elective chuggim (activities) such as Hebrew, fine arts and cooking. In addition to chuggim, all kids get to participate in sports, arts and crafts, science, and nature activities.

Kids are grouped according to grades, so all activities are age-appropriate.

  • Shemesh Or (sunshine): K-1st grade
  • Ofarim (trailblazers): 2nd-3rd grade
  • Chalutzim (pioneers): 4th-5th grade


Everyone in Camp Kef comes together throughout the week for activities and field trips to places such as Family Fun Center, Seattle Symphony, Woodland Park Zoo, Experience Music Project, IMAX and the Pacific Science Center, local parks, and much more!

Red Cross-certified swim instructors supervise free swim in our indoor pool; lessons are also available before and after each camp day.

Our professionally trained counselors facilitate daily activities, while promoting and modeling the values of a healthy lifestyle. Each year, we host young adults and university and high school students from Israel, who join us as counselors for a portion of the summer. These counselors work exclusively with Camp Kef, giving our campers a glimpse into Jewish life and Israeli culture, and creating relationships that last a lifetime. 

Come enjoy all Camp Kef has to offer and experience a summer of fun!

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Spend the Summer in Camp Kef!

Typical Camp Kef Daily Schedule

9:30 a.m. Opening circle: songs and skits
10 a.m. Swimming in the SJCC pool
11 a.m. Tzrif (village) time – gaga, games, stories, etc.
Noon Lunch
12:30 p.m. Shira (singing)
1 p.m. Chugim
2 p.m. Afternoon activity – tie dye, make your own ice cream, canoeing, water Olympics
3 p.m. Chofesh (free time): kickball, group games
3:30 p.m. Snack time and announcements
4 p.m. Closing circle and pick up


Every day, campers participate in a chug (area of special interest), intended to engage them in a wide variety of subjects, including arts and crafts, science, and cooking. Chugim (the plural of chug) focus on a specific project each week and examine different aspects of the selected topic. Campers are encouraged to explore and create their own passions and ideas, so that each picture becomes a masterpiece and every project is an invention!


Campers take to the water three to four times a week for free swim. Our Red Cross-certified instructors stress safety when in and around the water.

Still have questions?

Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about camp or would like help creating a personalized camp schedule for your child.

Karli Schiller
Youth & Family Program Coordinator

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