Summer Camp and School's Out Camps
|Classic and Specialty Summer Day Camps||School's Out Camp|
|Weekly sessions||Select days throughout the year. For full schedule click here.|
|Summer Camp:Rising K-8th grades||School's Out Camps: Preschool ages 3-5 and rising K-6th grades|
|$238-$333 per week – member discounts available||$58 per day/$45 members|
|Extended Care||Before Care 8-8:30 $30/25 M – After Care 3:30-5:30 $70/65 M||Before and After Care $12 total|
|15/501 at Cornwallis – near Duke||same|
|email@example.com or 919-354-4948||same|
For a comprehensive guide to Camp Shelanu policies and procedures, check out our Family Handbook!
What is Jewish about Camp Shelanu?
To begin with, our name! Shelanu (shel-AH-noo) is Hebrew for “our,” so Camp Shelanu means “Our Camp”! We welcome campers and staff of all backgrounds and traditions. While there is no religious instruction or theology discussed at camp, we do incorporate Hebrew words, Jewish culture and values into our camp program. Our Camp builds character, through emphasis on kindness, empathy, respect, listening, bravery, curiosity, and other Jewish and universal values. We strive to make campers (and grown-ups!) feel comfortable by explaining any Jewish cultural aspects or Hebrew words that are used, and we never require campers to participate in activities they are not comfortable with. Each week, we reward campers for their expression of these character traits, with beads, certificates, and awards such as the coveted Biggest Mensch award. We have several Israeli camp staff, infusing our camp with Jewish and Israeli culture, and we end each week of camp with a brief Kabalat Shabbat with grape juice, camper-made challah, and short prayers, followed by awards. Grown-ups are welcome to attend this closing ceremony, which often features camper performances as well!
When and where can I drop off and pick up my camper?
Drop off is 8:30-9am at the Lerner School on the Jewish campus. Any child arriving before 8:25 am will be considered to be attending the Before Care Program and you will be charged accordingly. Programming will begin promptly at 9am. If you need to drop your child off after 9am, you must go in to the JCC and wait at the Welcome Center until a camp staff member collects them. You may not leave children unattended at the JCC.
Pick up is 3:30-3:45pm at the Lerner School on the Jewish campus. At 3:45pm, we will consider any remaining children as participants in Aftercare and parent will be charged accordingly.
What are pick up and drop off like? During drop off (8:30-8:45am) and pick up (3:130-3:45pm), we have a carline at The Lerner School. Parents should stay in the car and staff will come and walk campers to or from the car. Before care drop off (8-8:30am) and After care pick up (3:45-5:30pm) do not have a car line. Please note, if you are late picking up your child you may be charged a fee.
What if I need to pick up my camper early?
For early pickup, please go to the JCC Welcome Center. A Welcome Center staff person will call for camp staff, who will come to help you sign out your camper, whose counselor will bring them to you. We will try to have campers ready to go if we are given notice that you will arrive early, and we appreciate your understanding that this is not always possible because campers may not be in the same location as their belongings. There will be no early pickups between 2:45 and 3:15pm. If you need to pick up early, please plan to do so at the JCC before 2:45. If arriving at 3:15 or later, please join carline. We ask that you do not enter Lerner School before 3:30 for early pickups. This ensures that all of our staff are available to make our end-of-day transitions as safe and efficient as possible.
How large is the camp? How big are groups? Camp Shelanu has 140-160 campers per week except during Last Blast, which is much smaller. Traditional Campers are divided into co-ed groups by grade level: rising kindergarten and first grade together, rising 2nd-3rd together, rising 4th-5th together, and rising 6th-8th together (Camp Sabra). Specialty Groups are the grade ranges specified for that camp. Groups are generally 10-18 campers with two or more staff, and never exceed a 9:1 ratio.
Do you provide lunch or snacks? Campers bring their own lunch and two snacks. Please look over the Family Handbook for food guidelines. Lunches are not refrigerated or heated, but are kept inside air conditioning.
What if my child has food allergies, dietary restrictions, or keeps kosher? Please make sure the Camp Manager is aware of these concerns in advance. While campers bring their own food and we enact a no sharing policy, we periodically provide a special snack or cook and eat something as part of a cooking activity. The Camp Manager can work with you on solutions. For example, campers with gluten intolerance may bring a special treat to eat instead of challah (braided bread) on Friday afternoons, or campers with peanut allergies may be seated at a table without anyone with nuts. Please note that we are not a nut-free facility. While all food brought in or provided is in accordance with the Levin JCC’s kashrut policy, it may not match some families’ kashrut practices. Contact the Camp Manager to discuss.
What is the swim test like? What are the swim levels? As with the Levin JCC pool in general, all campers must wear a colored band at all times in the pool and on the pool deck. Aquatics policies can be found here.
Red bands are non-swimmers and must stay in the family pool. Yellow band swimmers must be able to jump in and swim the width of the lap pool without goggles, and may go in the shallow end of the lap pool and down the slide. Green bands swimmers must be able to jump in the deep end, tread water for 60 seconds, and swim the length of the lap pool without goggles, and may go in the deep end of the lap pool and off the diving board.
Campers need to swim check once per summer at Camp Shelanu or at the Levin JCC pool as a member. Last summer’s test does not count, nor does a test at another pool.
Who will be taking care of my camper? Camp Shelanu staff are chosen on the basis of enthusiasm, experience with and love for children, maturity, and leadership. Staff in specific skill based areas are provided special training and come with additional experience. All applicants require references, an interview, and a criminal background check. Staff receive training in programming, behavior management, safety and supervision, and sexual abuse prevention.
How do I contact the camp in the summer? If you have an urgent issue and need to reach you camper or camp staff during the day, please call or text the Manager on Duty phone: 919-265-9612. So that staff can focus on campers, please contact the Manager on Duty for urgent issues only.
If you have a general question or need to change a registration, contact camp staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For specific questions about your camper’s experience, contact the Camp Manager at 919-354-4948 or email@example.com.
What if my camper is injured or ill? For minor injuries, camp staff may administer first aid (ice pack, band aid, etc) and let you know at the end of the day. If your camper becomes ill, we will call you to come pick them up. Camp staff are trained in CPR and First Aid.
What do the campers do if it’s raining or excessively hot? On most days, campers have indoor and outdoor activities. If it is excessively hot or raining, outdoor activities will be replaced with indoor activities. For example, soccer or free time may take place in the gym instead of on the playground and field. Campers may swim in light rain, but will not swim if there has been lightning or thunder.
What should my camper bring? In general, traditional campers should bring a bathing suit and towel – most campers swim in the afternoon, but may wear their bathing suit under clothes if they like. Closed-toed shoes are required daily – flip flops are only permitted to walk down to the pool deck. Campers should also bring sunscreen, water bottle, lunch, and two snacks. You will receive an email the week before any camp session with any special instructions for what to bring (e.g., household item for a craft project, special clothing for a specialty camp).
Does Camp Shelanu offer opportunities to meet the staff and receive information in person? You may call us anytime to arrange to come and tour the facility and meet the Camp Manager.
Do you have a special program for teens? The Leaders in Training (LIT) program for rising 9th and 10th graders features leadership training, activity programming experience, and team-building exercises designed to empower teens to effectively lead on youth group boards, in classrooms at religious schools, at Camp Shelanu, and in other roles around the Jewish and non-Jewish communities. Our Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program is reserved for LIT program graduates. For more information and to apply, click here.
Can I work at Camp Shelanu? We are looking for mature, responsible, energetic individuals from all backgrounds to apply to be staff at Camp Shelanu. Rising 11th and 12th graders may apply to be Junior Counselors and rising and returning college students may apply as Senior Counselors. We may also be looking for part time specialists in art, music, dance, cooking, etc. Click here for more information and to apply.
Registration and Payment
Can you register anytime? Yes! Any registration made less than seven days before the start of a camp session is subject to a $15 late registration fee.
Can you switch from one camp week (session) to another? Any change in registration is subject to availability. If you switch to a session with a different price, you will be charged the higher of the two fees. To switch a session, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When are payments due? A $50 deposit is due at the time of registration. Camp balances are due by May 15th, or at registration if enrolling after this date. Contact the Camp Manager to inquire about payment plans.
Do you issue refunds? We issue refunds, minus a $50 fee per camper per session, up to seven days before the first day of a session. Please submit your request in writing to email@example.com. You cannot cancel through your user portal. Refunds will not be given for missed days due to illness. For campers in our Inclusion Program, we will issue refunds with no fee if your camper enrolls in Extended School Year programs for weeks you have already registered for camp.
Do you have financial assistance? Camp Shelanu strives to serve the entire community. Scholarship funds are available based on demonstrated need and awarded through a confidential process. More information is available here.
Are there other fees for t-shirts, field trips, etc? No. All costs are included in camp tuition, including field trip admission costs and one Camp Shelanu t-shirt.
When are Health and Emergency Contact, Media Release, and Field Trip Permission forms due? This year, the Health Form will be due at the time of registration, as part of the registration process. The form includes the Media Release and Behavior Agreements. This is a change from past years. We recommend having your information ready when you register, as this will take more time that typical registration.
Field Trip permission slips will be distributed the week before and should be turned in on the Monday of the week during which the field trip will take place. If you haven’t received a permission slip, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does my camper need a physical to attend camp? The health form asks that parent/guardian sign off that campers have had a physical in the last year and are in good health to participate in all activities at camp. However, the health form does not need to be signed by a physician.
If I had a health form from last year’s camp, can I use it? No, you must submit a new health form each year.
What is your EIN/Tax ID number? 58-1384316
Can I get a record of my payment history for tax purposes? Yes, you can access that information in your user portal! Here’s how:
- Log in at levinjcc.org/register
- On the top right of the white box, click “My Account”, then click View Account from the dropdown menu.
- On the left under billing, you will see “Tax Statements.” 2019 statements will automatically become available in January.
How Can I Help?
For more information about BRIDGES, the JCC’s initiative for people with special needs, click here.