Daily & Special Programs

 

The Daily Schedule

Camp Shalom is divided into three units allowing us to provide small camper-to-counselor ratios for all ages. The 3 units are, Aleph (K-1) Bet (2-3) and Gimel (4-5).  Each unit is then divided into smaller groups by grade and each group has 15-20 campers and 3 counselors.  The campers stay with their group for most of the day.

 

Three times each day the entire camp comes together to participate in a ruach (spirit) filled rally complete with skits, songs and other fun camp traditions.

 

Each unit has a scheduled swim time during the day.  They participate in swim lessons followed by time for free swim.  We are fortunate to work with the highly qualified staff from Madison Schools Community and Recreation (MSCR) who provide our pool staff and guards.

 
During the week, the campers will have scheduled time to work with our incredible specialists.

  • In Omanut (art) the campers put their creative juices to work through jewelry making, designing bird houses, painting, sculpting with clay, drawing comic strips and more.
     
  • With 154 acres to explore, the campers are given an opportunity to get to know more about the environment and their surroundings through activities like fishing, scavenger hunts and nature walks with our Teva (nature) specialist.
     
  • Team work and community are big themes at Camp Shalom.  Campers will participate in organized sports, team building, trust activities and other programs with our energetic Sports Specialist who will get their feet moving and their hearts pumping.

 

Camp Shalom is known for its Chugim (choice of activities) program. This is a favorite part of the day for many campers and what many adults remember about their Camp Shalom experience.  Chugim time begins with an all-camp rally. After a lively singing session the counselors put on silly skits that describe the activity they are leading to the campers.  Our talented staff offers a variety of activities like art projects, cooking, dancing, swimming, sports, water games and scavenger hunts to name a few.  The campers are able to choose their activity during this time and can extend their time in our regular program areas (art, nature, swimming, sports) or venture into others like musical theater, dance, chess, fishing and more.

 

The end of the day is a time for the campers to come back together as a unit to reflect on the day and eat a nutritious snack (provided by Camp Shalom).  A final rally is a great way to help campers relax from a long day of activities before they head home.

 

Shabbat and Special Programs

Fridays are always special at Camp Shalom.  There is a special schedule that culminates with the entire camp walking and singing hand-in-hand up to the Minkoff Center where they gather together to celebrate Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath).  This is a peaceful time when the campers sing in a calm, serene environment and listen to a special story before they enjoy a snack of grape juice and challah.
 

Parents are not forgotten at Camp Shalom.  On the first Friday of every session we invite parents to bring a picnic lunch out to Camp to eat with their campers and meet the staff.  We also offer an evening program on the final Wednesday of each session.  Again, families are invited to bring a picnic dinner and enjoy a fabulous family friendly show provided by the campers on the scenic grounds of the Goodman Campus. After the program, the Unit Gimel campers (fourth and fifth graders) are invited to sleep over on the beautiful scenic grounds of the Goodman Campus.  It is a memorable experience for all. The following day, the 4th and 5th graders do not have camp and there is special programming for the K-3rd graders.

 

Each session offers a special all-camp program such as carnival, Maccabiah (camp Olympics) and spirit week.  The final day of each session offers a chance for the campers to create memory books, collect their group photo and enjoy an unforgettable Shabbat with the rest of the Camp.

 

If you have any questions about Camp Shalom please contact Ellen Weismer, shalomdirector@jewishmadison.org.