Summer camp can be very expensive especially for those military families on limited income. The JCC’s gift of a week worth’s of summer camp for some of our military children is a dream come true. A chance to interact with children from all areas, to learn friendship skills, and to have a time they will always remember.

—Ronni Miller, Chief of Voluntary Service at the Durham VA Medical Center

My son who has special needs attended Camp Shelanu this summer and we could not have asked for a better experience. His success at camp this summer has been due largely to the incredible attention everyone at the JCC paid to ensuring his inclusion in every activity. The inclusion support services have given my husband and me a true sense of belonging to the JCC community as we know that everyone at Camp Shelanu wanted my son to succeed, to grow, and to have fun.

—Camp Parent

We just wanted to thank you and the whole staff for working with Jason and helping him be able to stay at camp for the full four weeks. It would be easy for me to hire a babysitter during the summer, but having him be able to go to camp and practice social interaction is SO MUCH BETTER. To find a place like Camp Shelanu and the JCC that is so welcoming and patient has meant so much to us. And it was such a victory for Jason that he managed to "go out on a high note".

—Cara, Camp Shelanu Parent

My 4 year old daughter had the first birthday party ever held at the JCC! It couldn’t have been any better!


I just moved here 3 months ago, and it has been tough moving to a new home at the age of 80. However, the JCC has been my home away from home. I was convinced to look for a home here because of the JCC, and without it I probably would have moved back to California by now.

—JCC Member

My daughter is having a blast at Camp Shelanu and this is the first time EVER that she has been tired before about 9:30 pm. Many thanks!

—Camp Shelanu Parent

I just wanted to let you know that Julian has loved all of camp, but he was CRAZY HAPPY with the Lego camp. Had I known, I'd have signed him up for multiple sessions of that.

—Camp Shelanu Parent

I want to say thank you and let you know how much we love the JCC. I have lived all over the country and belonged to many gyms and community centers. And yours, is by far, one of my most favorite! From the staff, to the aerobics, to the pool and activities -- everything is top notch. So best wishes to you!

—JCC Member

This is the best birthday ever! Thanks to my mom for getting me a JCC membership for my birthday!

—JCC Member

Darius and Tayler had a blast at Camp Shelanu! The scholarship was a wonderful opportunity as our family is living apart in different states due to military assignment. With the heavy burden of maintaining two households, having such a quality and wonderful camp to send our children to was an extreme Blessing to us! Your camp allowed our kids to spend at least one week with their father during the summer while he was on duty and for this and the wonderful memories and friendships my children have made, we are grateful!

—Cassandra, the mother of two children Camp Shelanu campers

Thank you all so much for a great first experience of camp for my son and daughter. I know I had emailed about my daughter's resistance before the day began but within 2 minutes of drop off, she was having a great time and ready for me to leave. She walked in the door today and told me it was the best day. She loves the shaving cream art project and talked about the nature walk and all of the leaves. I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate the creative day you planned for the children and how welcoming you were to help all of us ease into a new camp experience.

—Parent of new Camp Shelanu campers

The Pizza was the best I have had in NC!!

—From our facebook page