We hope this page answers some of the most frequently asked questions about SJCC Summer Camp.
If you have a question you can't find the answer to, please do not hesitate to contact SJCC contact SJCC Camp Director Mark Rosenberg at MarkR@sjcc.org or 206-388-0830.
We are here to make the summer of 2013 the best for you!
Curbside Drop Off
Back by popular demand! Between 9:15 and 9:30 a.m., staff members will be outside waiting by the curb, ready to greet campers and deliver them in to their respective camps. Our counselors will sign your camper into camp and make sure they get to their camp group. If you participate in curbside drop off, please have your child ready to exit the car when a staff person greets you. You are still welcome to park if you want to walk with your child into camp. For safety, please have your child exit on the passenger side of the car. Parents, please stay in the car. We also ask that your child remain in the vehicle if there are no staff member present.
Morning and Afternoon Care
for grades K-6
Morning Care: M-F, 7:30-9:30 a.m., $50 per week
Afternoon Care: M-F, 4-6 p.m., $50 per week
Before and after-camp care is available through the SJCC extended day childcare program at the SJCC Mercer Island facility. Campers enjoy a secure and familiar environment before and after their action-packed day at camp. Registration for this program must be made in advance. A $15 fee will be collected at time of service if child enters the afternoon care program without proper registration. The late pick-up charge is $1 per minute. This fee must be paid at time of service or will be automatically charged to your credit card. Morning and afternoon care is only available on a weekly basis.
For the 2013 Summer Camp season, we are offering a number of transportation options. The price to use SJCC summer camp transportation service is $40 a week. For all of our routes, we have a limited number of spots, so please let us know if you want to reserve a spot.
MERCER ISLAND TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS: This summer we will offer transportation from the following locations: SJCC Seattle campus/Temple Beth Am (North Seattle), Madrona, West Seattle, South Seattle/Seward Park, and Redmond/Microsoft.
SEATTLE JEWISH COMMUNITY SCHOOL OPTIONS: This summer we will offer transportation from the following locations: SJCC Seattle campus/Temple Beth Am (North Seattle), Queen Anne, Wallingford and Wedgewood.
Only a limited number of seats are available on each van and each route, so be sure to register early (when you register for camp) to guarantee your spot. All our vans are driven by one of our trained senior staff members. Our buses our operated by licensed bus drivers.
Spaces will not be held without completed registration and payment. Contact SJCC Summer Camp Registrar Beth Rosen at BethR@sjcc.org or 206-388-1995 if you have questions directly related to registration.
If you are not a current SJCC member, your family can join the SJCC with a Family Summer Membership for just $139. This membership is good from Memorial Day 2013 through Labor Day 2013. Family Summer Memberships allow your entire family to use the pool and gym facilities and allow for members over age 13 to participate in all our fitness classes and use the Fitness Center.
If you do not wish to sign up for a family membership, there is a $65 per child registration fee for all non-member campers. This fee does not carry over to any of our other programs and is non-refundable.
Registration priority is given to families with children returning to summer camp and children enrolled in Kidstown (our before- and after-school program).
Parents who cancel before May 1, 2013, will receive a full refund minus a $50 administrative fee.
After May 1, 2013, and before June 1, 2013, parents will receive a 50% refund minus a $50 administrative fee.
From June 1, 2013, until the end of camp (August 23, 2013), camp fees are not refundable.
Any change made to your camp registration will result in a $25 fee. If the SJCC cancels a camp for any reason, you will receive a credit or a full refund.
Late Camp Registration
Registration received within 5 days to start of camp is subject to a $25 per week late fee.
To reserve a place for your child at camp, payment must be received in full or through a three-month payment plan. In order to receive the early registration discount you must pay in full when you register for camp. All camp payments must be by credit card. Monthly payments will be processed by credit card in equal amounts on March 1, April 1 and May 1. If you select the payment plan, you do not qualify for the early registration discount. If you need to make payment arrangements, please contact SJCC Summer Camp Registrar Beth Rosen at BethR@sjcc.org or 206-388-1995.
Please contact SJCC Summer Camp Registrar Beth Rosen at BethR@sjcc.org or 206-388-1995 for fee adjustments and scholarship information. Eligibility requirements must be met.
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Health and Safety
As a safety precaution, all children must be signed in every morning and signed out every afternoon. To sign out your camper, you will need to provide a photo identification and be on the camper’s list of authorized persons to pick up. This form is required for every camper in camp. Any other arrangements must be cleared by your child’s camp director.
All our staff is first aid certified. Half of the camp day is spent outdoors, playing, swimming, and/or walking to and from activities. Counselors make sure children apply sunscreen throughout the day; please include sunscreen and a water bottle in your child’s backpack every day.
The heart of SJCC Summer Camp is our dedicated and caring staff. Staff members are carefully selected for their experience, skills and sensitivity with children. All staff members are required to participate in a training program. Our low 8:1 camper-to-staff ratio ensures each camper receives personal attention and guidance during their camp experience.
The majority of our staff members spent their summers as SJCC Summer Camps campers before becoming counselors. Senior counselors have all completed at least one year of college; junior counselors are 11th or 12th graders who have successfully completed our pre-camp training programs.
Our counselors and supervisory staff focus members on the growth and learning of each child. The camp director is available to answer any questions you may have as well as to discuss your child’s personal growth at the end of the camp session. You can also find schedules and information on our parent’s only camp website which we make available to all our campers and their families.
Most of our camps include trips away from the SJCC. Vans and buses are used for these activities. Every child is required to wear an SJCC camp t-shirt and bracelet that has our name and phone number on it. The utmost care is taken for the safety of your child. Field trip sites have been prescreened by our staff.
All camp lunches must be vegetarian, dairy, or fish based. No meats are allowed at camp (pork, beef, chicken, turkey, etc.). Egg products are allowed. In addition all lunches and snacks must be non-perishable and peanut free. We do allow tree nuts. We provide snacks in the afternoon that are composed of fresh vegetables or fruits.
Summer Swim Lessons
Swimming lessons are available before and after camp in the SJCC indoor pool. For information, contact SJCC Aquatics Director Andrea Selix at AndreaS@sjcc.org or 206-388-0821.
If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us so we can help you make summer 2013 the best ever!
SJCC Camp Director
SJCC Program Director
The Stroum JCC is a non-profit agency open to the entire community. The SJCC does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational or admissions policies.
Stroum Jewish Community Center - Mercer Island Campus
3801 East Mercer Way
Mercer Island WA 98040
Seattle Jewish Community School
12351 8th Avenue NE
Seattle WA 98125