(This information does not pertain to the Preschool
How can I speak with
someone about what to expect before camp starts?
You will be emailed a highlight sheet with the camp schedule, express drop-off
and more the Thursday prior to each camp starting. We truly appreciate
discussing your questions, comments and concerns and there are many
opportunities to do so. Please join us at the Meet the Camp staff night (June
6th from 6:00-8:00 PM), drop into the Camp office (Room M-115) between the hours
of 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Monday through Friday, or contact the Camp office via email
or phone at
You may also contact the Camp Director, Rebecca Labate, by emailing
or calling (650) 223-8673.
How many staff members will be watching my camper?
We operate on the following ratios which are recommended by the American Camp
1:6 for campers entering kindergarten
1:8 for campers entering grades 1–3
1:10 for campers entering grades 4–6
1:12 for campers entering grades 7–12
What should my children
bring/wear to J-Camp?
It is recommended that campers bring the following items, labeled with their
name, daily: sunscreen, a non-perishable lunch, a light morning snack, a
refillable water bottle and a backpack to house everything. On water or swim
days, campers should bring their swimsuit, towel and change of clothes. Campers
should wear closed-toe shoes and comfortable clothes that can get dirty. Items
of value are recommended to be left at home as J-Camp is not responsible for
lost or stolen items. Example items include electronics, toys, trading cards,
cell phones and money.
What is J-Camp’s food
Campers must bring a non-perishable nut-free morning snack and lunch daily as we
are not able to refrigerate or heat food items. The OFJCC is a Kosher-style
campus, so please do not send your camper with pork or shellfish in their food
items. If your camper is sent with nut-products parents will be contacted and
asked to bring an alternative lunch. If for any reason your camper is missing
their lunch, parents will also be contacted to bring a lunch. Children will
never go without a lunch offering, so fees may be assessed in situations where
parents have not made arrangements and are unable to be contacted. A healthy
afternoon snack will be provided daily by J-Camp during sign out. On Fridays, we
will provide a kosher-style BBQ that consists of a Kosher Hebrew National or
vegetarian hot dog, and seasonal fruits and veggies. For sleepovers at the OFJCC
and off-site campouts, J-Camp will provide Kosher-style meals for dinner and
Is there an alternative to me packing lunch for my child every day?
The Nourish Cafe is happy to provide lunch service for all campers and families
on the go! Please visit the cafe to view lunch menus and order. All lunches
will be delivered during the Havurah morning rally. Please note there is a
deadline by which to submit your orders so your camper can receive their
lunch for the next day.
What if my camper needs to take medication during camp?
In order for J-Camp staff to administer medication during the day, you must
complete a separate Medication Disbursement Form. Any over-the-counter or doctor-prescribed medication must be checked in during drop-off on the first day of
camp. For one week camps, parents must pick up all medication at the end of camp
on Friday as J-Camp is not responsible for holding medication. You can get this
form from your parent account in Camp Minder, the camp office or by emailing
How will my camper be transported to and from field trips?
J-Camp transports our campers on chartered school buses and coach buses that are
routinely inspected by the California Highway Patrol, as well as in OFJCC-owned
vans. Bus and van drivers have completed background checks and training and are
all qualified to drive per insurance safety standards.
Can I sign up my child for a camp if he/she is not entering the grade specified?
Your camper is eligible to enroll in camps according to the grade they are
entering in the fall of the 2017/2018 school year. Any special circumstances
should be brought to the Camp Director’s attention for consideration. J-Camp
will do its best to accommodate the needs of each camper. Campers entering a
pre-kindergarten program should enroll in
How do I ensure my camper is in the same group as his/her friend?
When you are registering your camper, you will have the opportunity to enter up
to three buddy requests. J-Camp will do it’s best to honor requests made to
campers who are enrolled in the same camp.
The camp refers to a J-Camp closing and Shabbat celebration. What is that?
J-Camp wants your child to be able to share their experience with you. Many
camps have a parent show as part of our J-Camp closing and Shabbat celebration
or a private show at another time. We invite parents and friends to come see
what the campers have been up to all week. We understand that parents might not
be able to attend at the specific time of the show and encourage you to contact
your Head Counselor to set up an alternative time to visit.
How do I find out more about being a host family?
The best way for our international staff to experience America is to immerse
themselves in the day-to-day lives of our J-Camp families! Host family
responsibilities include housing, meals, transportation to and from J-Camp and
access to laundry facilities. Once they have met peers at camp, most
international staff members are able to secure rides home each day. Host
families receive $1,000 credit toward any camp this summer! If you are
interested in hosting one or more of our international staff members, please
Will my camper receive swim lessons at J-Camp?
Our traditional two-week camps for campers entering kindergarten to 5th grade will
receive beginner group lessons for a portion of their swim time, followed by
recreational swimming after. If you are looking for advanced swim lessons,
please contact the Aquatics Department. Most traditional camps will swim two to three times a week. Many special focus camps and Kohavim will participate in
recreational swim once or twice a week. Some special focus camps will not
participate in any swimming. If your camper is swimming, it will be indicated on
the highlight sheet for each camp, which is sent the Thursday prior to the start
of camp. *Please note that occasionally there may be pool closures that are out
of our control. On the rare occasion this happens, other activities will be
provided and parents will be notified during sign-outs by the head counselor.
What is J-Camp’s cell phone usage policy?
Cell phones can be a huge distraction for campers. We want all campers to be
involved in the activities and enjoying their time building relationships,
experiencing new things and being actively engaged. While we understand that
many campers have cell phones for their own personal use and contact with
their parents, we ask that campers leave their cell phones at home. If your
camper must bring their cell phone to camp, we ask that they keep it in their
backpack at all times for safety. J-Camp is not responsible for lost or stolen
Specials & Savings
Get the most out of your summer—and your money —with these discounts and
(This information does not pertain to the Preschool
Save as an OFJCC Member
With OFJCC Membership, you get access to our award-winning fitness and aquatics
facilities, plus great discounts on our camps! Membership rates only apply to
families whose children are on family membership plans that pay dues to the Fitness Center. Please note: J-Pass holders
pay the same rates as the general public. Club J and preschool families who are
not members of the OFJCC Fitness Center must also pay the same rates as the
Host Family Discount
Host an international staff member in your home. Qualified families receive up
to $1,000 to use toward camp sessions. Contact the camp office for details at (650)
Families with more than one child enrolled get 5% off per sibling per camp so
that all your children can have a fun summer experience at the OFJCC.
Refer a NEW Family
Refer a NEW family who has never enrolled in J-Camp before and both families
will receive $50 off one camp.
Early Bird Discount
When you sign up on or before March 1, 2017, each camper receives $20 off per
Free Morning Extended Care
J-Camp offers free morning care for those parents who need it from 8:00–8:45 AM.
When you drop your camper off at Express Drop-off in the morning they will be
escorted by J-Camp staff to AM extended care, or you may walk your camper to AM
extended care yourself after signing them in with their head counselor.
Deposits to reserve your spot are only $50 for full week camps and $20 for PM
Care and daily option camps. Your final balance is due according to our payment
schedule; please see important information and policies for payment schedule.