Frequently Asked Questions
What is the age range of the campers?
Campers range in age from Kindergarten to 10th grade. Our CIT program is for campers who are entering 10th grade.
What are the camp hours?
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Is there ‘before’ or ‘after’ care?
Yes, we have before and after care options at the Mandell JCC in West Hartford for an additional fee. Before care begins at 7:30 a.m. and after care ends at 5:30 p.m.
Our before and after care staff accompany the children when walking from the building to the busses each day.
Do you provide transportation?
Yes, bus transportation is included, with door-to-door service where possible or at a convenient centralized location. There is a non-stop express bus from the Mandell JCC in West Hartford.
What if my child can’t attend all the weeks in a session, but wants to do multiple weeks?
Each session of Camp Shalom is designed with a curriculum that allows campers to have a complete camp experience. While we like to have the groups together for the entire session, we understand that schedule may not work for all families, and we will work with our families to accommodate their summer plans, when possible. Please contact Karen Wyckoff firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-231-6317.
What should my child bring to camp each day?
We recommend that campers bring the following:
Closed toed shoes
Sunscreen (preferably applied before arriving at camp) – Sunscreen will be applied often throughout the day
Change of clothes
We recommend that children do not bring any valuables or electronics to camp, and remember to label all belongings.
Will the counselors help my child apply their sunscreen?
Yes, our counselors are trained to help those children who need it with applying their sunscreen.
Are lunch and snacks provided?
Yes, lunch and snacks are provided each day. We offer balanced and nutritious meals, as well as morning and afternoon snacks. All meals are kosher and under the supervision of the Hartford Kashrut Commission.
In addition, all meals and snacks are nut-free. Our director has extensive experience with food allergies and works with the kitchen staff to check labels and provide alternative options as needed. If your camper has a food allergy, please let Karen and the nurse know.
Can my child bring their own lunch?
We recommend that parents do not send their own lunch with their child. We offer a variety of options to accommodate most diets, including dairy-free and gluten-free choices. Sun butter and jelly, as well as plain pasta are available on a daily basis. If your child has a specific diet they must follow, please let us know and we will be more than happy to work with you.
Is your camp nut free?
Yes, Camp Shalom is a nut-free environment. We ask that parents do not send any nut products with their child, even for the bus ride.
Is there a nurse on site?
Yes. There is always a registered nurse on site, including late nights and overnights.
The nurse, along with other members of the administration and select counselors, are trained to administer emergency medications such as Epi-pens and inhalers.
What forms are required for my child to attend camp?
The State of CT requires that every camper has a physical on file that is within 3 years of their last day of camp.
If your child requires any prescription medications, including Epi-pens and inhalers, a Medication Authorization Form is required every year. If your camper requires any non-prescription medications that are not stocked by Camp Shalom, the Authorization form is also required.
What happens on rainy days?
Camp Shalom operates every day regardless of the weather. We have a large weatherproof pavilion and indoor spaces for a variety of activities. Our counselors and staff are geniuses at making any rainy day feel like the sun is shining.
Can I visit my child at camp?
There are visiting days scheduled during the summer giving family members and friends the opportunity to spend an afternoon at camp with their camper.
What if my child will be absent from camp?
Please call the camp office 860.688.2267 and let our staff know your child will not be at camp that day.
If your child is taking the bus, we ask that you contact the counselor assigned to your child’s bus. At the start of each session, the counselor assigned to your child’s bus will give you their contact information.
How is your camp staff selected and screened?
Every staff member is hand-picked by our administrators through an application and personal interview process. Many of them return year after year!
Preseason orientation is required for all staff, and during the summer there are regular meetings and trainings.