No Better Place to be a Kid This Summer
Camp Shalom is so much more than just something to do in the summer. The Camp Shalom experience lasts far longer due to the lessons we teach, the friendships that are created and the confidence that is instilled.
So, after three long months of following the stay-at-home guidelines, the news that Camp Shalom was reopening was greeted with overwhelming enthusiasm.
Under the guidance from the American Camp Association (ACA), a detailed expansion of the guidance issued by the CDC and direction from the State, we were confident we could provide both a safe and fun environment for our children.
“When I really weighed the risk of whether I should send my kids to camp, I felt the biggest risk was the lack of social and emotional support my kids were missing from their peers,” says Melissa Geller whose daughter Scarlett and son Cameron attend Camp Shalom. “If there was ever a time that my children needed summer camp, this summer was it. I trust the JCC and I trust Camp Shalom Director Karen Wyckoff to provide a fun and safe summer during this trying time.”
“The health and safety of our campers and counselors and directors is paramount,” says Karen. “We have a process for arrivals and pick-ups, with some being staggered, as well as staggered meals at Camp Shalom, smaller group activities, regular hand-washing, and sanitizing.”
“As we pulled up to Camp Shalom for the first day drop off, the excitement that the staff and Karen exuded was amazing,” adds Geller. “It was organized, exciting and made me feel so comfortable sending my kiddos off for a summer of camp during this time.”
Another parent, whose children are attending Camp Shalom, echoes Geller. “We are so grateful to the JCC for providing our children with a summer camp experience. During these challenging times, the JCC has gone above and beyond to make this summer as normal as possible for our children. It was awesome to hear our children enthusiastically describing their first day at camp – from meeting new kids to engaging in fun activities – camp at the JCC has renewed their spirit -- thank you!”
“I cannot thank the Camp Shalom staff enough,” says Geller. “I picked up my kids from camp that first day, and it was the happiest I have seen them in a very long time. You are truly giving our kids a gift this summer.”
It was important that the JCC found a way for Camp Shalom to reopen. Camp builds character, strengthens values and makes treasured memories for thousands of children. There is simply no better place to be a kid in the summer.
Scarlett & Cameron Geller at Camp Shalom.