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JCC Camp Shai, Shai Sports, & Specialty Camps
Denver, Colorado

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350 S. Dahlia
Denver, Colorado 80246



CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

AFFILIATION(S): Jewish. Jewish Community Center affiliated, but inclusive of all backgrounds, faiths, and abilities.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: Camp Shai is an inclusive community made up of campers, families, and staff, all with the same desire—to give all kids a space to explore, imagine, belong, and be a kid all summer long. It’s not only our energy with which we lead activities, but our creativity, positivity and love of the kids and community that fosters lifelong friendships and exciting stories to share from each day at camp. Plus, Camp Shai is a state-licensed camp, ensuring we that we meet the highest standards of health and safety.

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPERS: Inclusion is a crucial element of our mission and program. It is our priority that every camper, staff member, and family feels like they belong in and are supported by our community. We know that when each person in our community feels like they belong, it gives them an opportunity to explore their personal identity, to try new things, to reach outside of their comfort zone, and to act with compassion, kindness, and respect toward themselves and others.

Adventure, Wilderness/Nature, Travel, Fine Arts/Crafts, Science, Computers, Technology, Soccer, Tennis, Basketball, Baseball, Football, Team Sports, and more. Our Specialty Camps Include, But Are Not Limited To:
Game Development & Computer Coding
LEGO Engineering
Rock Climbing

TOP COLORADO ADVENTURE CAMP: JCC Camp Shai, Shai Sports, & Specialty Camps is a Top Adventure Summer Camp located in Denver Colorado offering many fun and enriching Adventure and other camp programs. JCC Camp Shai, Shai Sports, & Specialty Camps also offers CIT/LIT and/or Teen Leadership Opportunities, too.

CAMP LOCATION: We are located in Denver, CO and located between Leetsdale and Alameda on Dahlia street.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: Camp Shai offers a full-day, traditional day-camp experience for campers entering Kindergarten – 10th grade. Activities at Camp Shai are designed to challenge campers and help them grow in a safe, supportive environment. Each day at camp offers countless opportunities to make friends and memories while having a BLAST!

What is camp without swimming?!? All Camp Shai campers have free swim 3 – 4 times throughout the week. In addition, pre-K - 3rd grade have swimming lessons twice a week with our JCC Swim Safe Academy. During their time in the water, campers will learn proper water safety and swimming skills, including the four competitive strokes using stroke progression and repetition.

For your sporty camper, or campers who want to learn more about a particular sport, there is no better place than Shai Sports. Monday through Thursday, campers receive 2 hours of specialized instruction from vendors such as Snow Valley Basketball, HERO Sports, and our very own JCC Tennis Center. In addition to the professional vendors, Campers will also be supported by Shai Sports counselors. All campers will have the opportunity to practice new skills and master old ones. To accommodate age-appropriate skill development, Shai Sports is offering two age groups: Kindergarten – 1st Graders and 2 – 6th Graders.

CAMP LEADERSHIP CIT/LIT PROGRAMS: The CIT Program is geared toward rising 9th and 10th graders who will gain hands-on professional experience in the camp environment… AND have a blast while they’re doing it! CITs will experience what it is like to be a counselor and practice their skills in camper care, leadership, and group management.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Need-based scholarship support is available as needed.

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: Excellent! Drop off your camper at the JCC for a day of fun, Camp Shai style! Together we will either go on a field trip or participate in a special on-site program. In addition, we make art projects, play games, go swimming (make sure to pack a suit!), and more! Each day, we will begin with a camp-style morning circle and icebreakers to get everyone engaged before we start our day of adventure. Make sure to please send your camper with a dairy lunch – we’ll provide healthy snacks. Each day of Camp Shai School’s Out is from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm with options for Sunrise Care (8:00 – 9:00 am) and Sunset Care (4:00 – 6:00 pm).

OTHER CAMP INFO: Camp Shai is excited to present our full-day Specialty Track Camps (9am – 4pm) with a wide variety of subjects to pique the interest of all campers! Specialty Track Camps offer an incredibly fun and well-founded day – 2-hours of specialized instruction Monday thru Thursday in addition to free swim and camp activities each day. On Fridays, Specialty Campers join in for all-camp Friday FUNdays and the all-camp Shabbat to finish up the week.

June 4 - August 16th. Check out our website for a full listing of programs!

Working at Camp Shai
More than having tons of experience, we’re looking for people who love working with children and want to learn tips and tricks to doing so! If you have a great attitude and are the kind of person who likes to “join in” and give everything a “go”, then this is a great job for you!

Camp Counselor jobs are your chance to have a different kind of summer, spending three months working with children.
It’s a great experience for anyone who wants to go into teaching or coaching. As a counselor, you’ll walk away from the summer as a better problem solver, communicator, and team player. It will also develop your leadership skills.
Most importantly… working at Camp is FUN!

For more information please email cjacobson[AT]

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