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512-735-8074 Camp Shalom (school-age)
512-735-8104 Camp Gan Kef (pre-schoolers)
512-735-8206 Sports Camps

7300 Hart Lane
Austin, Texas 78731

Satellite location in Austin available for additional camps for pre-schoolers.

CAMPER AGES: Toddlers to 10th Graders

TYPE OF CAMP: Day Camp. Some camps include overnight getaways

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

AFFILIATION(S): Jewish. Everyone is welcome at the JCC.

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPERS: Inclusion services are available for children with special needs. Special needs section should be completed on online registration form, and once received, an Inclusion Questionnaire will be sent to you. Application must be returned before March 7, 2014. Every effort will be made to accommodate every child. Receipt of application does not guarantee placement.

Dance, Theater, Musical Theater, Music/Band, Fine Arts/Crafts, Video/Filmmaking/Photography, Basketball, Cheerleading, Soccer, Golf, Gymnastics, Swimming, Team Sports, Computers, Science, Technology, Adventure, Travel, and more.

CAMP LOCATION: Located at the Jewish Community Center on the Dell Jewish Community Campus in Northwest Austin on 40 beautiful acres, and a satellite location for additional preschool camp opportunities, it’s the perfect place for an incredible day camp experience and to build lifelong friendships.

CAMP FACILITIES: JCC Austin has Summer Camps for kids of all ages, from toddlers to tenth graders, offering enthusiastic counselors, professional staff, a swimming pool, nature trails, a low ropes course, playgrounds, awesome activities, special events and more!

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: For complete camp program info please visit: Our Camp Website Link:

The Camp Shalom and Sports Camp LIT Program (formerly counselor in training) has been designed to allow teens a multifaceted experience. The program contains three core components: leadership training, hands-on counselor skills guidance, and fun, social programming. Each two-week session will focus on a new topic, the opportunity to work with one of three age-groups at camp, and will provide an off-campus trip.

LITs will also have the opportunity to partake in special camp electives created just for them! Under the supervision of the LIT Assistant Director, LITs will meet as a group regularly to attend workshops planned especially for that session’s theme. Upon successful completion of the LIT Program, participants will receive a minimum of 45 community service hours and are eligible for a higher rate of pay as Assistant Counselors at Camp Shalom.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: The Jewish Community Association of Austin maintains a policy of adjusting fees according to family income. The process is strictly confidential. To request financial assistance forms, contact: Brandi Bowie at (512) 735-8062 or brandi.bowie[AT]

Financial assistance forms are also available at the Welcome Desk, the ECP Front Desk, and in the Youth & Teen Programs Office. In order to be eligible for the limited funds available for financial assistance, you must register for camp and pay all associated registration fees and deposits. Then submit a copy of your camp registration confirmation e-mail with your financial assistance application. Awards of financial assistance are made possible for community members by generous contributions to the Jewish Federation of Greater Austin Annual Campaign and other philanthropic gifts to the JCC.

Deadline for submitting your application is March 7th, 2014.

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: JCC Austin has a wide range of classes and programs geared specifically for preschoolers, youth and teens. The J is a great place to build lifelong friends, learn to act and dance, and have fun and stay fit while showing your teamwork and spirit in sports classes and leagues. Whether you want to explore your creativity with art and music classes, put your mind to the test with chess or LEGO Engineering, or build your job skills with babysitter training, we're here for you. Need help with your homework? No problem. Looking for a fun place to go when you're out of school? Come check us out!

Activities are offered year-round so parents never have to wonder what their kids will be doing on their time off. The Early Childhood Program, afterschool programs such as Kids Connection and enrichment classes are available during the week, Saturday Nights at the J, Sunday sports leagues and Birthday Parties make weekends more fun, middleschoolers enjoy Club Tiyul, and a wide variety of Camps are offered during holiday breaks and over the summer months. The JCC Maccabi Games are a yearly favorite with competition around the country and even in Israel!

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