Specialty Programs 2014

The JCC's summer camp, Camp Shalom, is proud to offer a variety of amazing one-week specialty programs. Learn a new skill or enjoy your favorite sport or other activity.

Information on this page is from summer 2014. Information on summer 2015 will be available in January. 

Habima Hess: Circus Program

Habima means stage, and you'll be on the stage when you run away and join the circus at our JCC Circus Camp!

 You'll learn a variety of circus arts in this intensive program: ball walking, plate spinning, poi (balls on strings), diabolo (Chinese yo-yo), acrobatics, rope climbing, silks, juggling, tightrope walking, and more.

Classes are taught by professional circus performers from 888Monkeys. Each 2-week session culminates in a performance for family and friends in the APJCC Auditorium at 2:00pm on the last Friday of the camp session, complete with costumes, make-up, music, props and circus equipment. 

Watch this slideshow from 888Monkeys, the company that runs our circus camp program!

Ages: Entering 1st-10th grades

Dates & Times

  • Session 1: 6/16-6/27
  • Session 2: 6/30-7/11 (no camp 7/4)
  • Session 3: 7/14-7/25

9:00am-4:00pm daily. Extended care available.

Cost per 2-week session is $670 JCC members, $770 non-members

Extended Care: M-F, 7:30am-9:00am & 4:00pm-6:00pm for two weeks: $105 JCC Member, $120 Non-member

Habima Hess: All-Star Circus

Want to focus on specific circus skills more intensely? Try our All-Star Circus Intensive program. This program is taught at a higher expertise level, by professional circus teachers from 888Monkeys. You get to specialize in the circus skill(s) that you choose, rather than trying them all. 

Dates & Times: Mon-Fri, 7/28-8/8, 4:00-6:00pm and Mon-Fri, 8/11-8/15, 9:00am-3:00pm.
The first two weeks of this program are outside regular day camp times, so you can participate in other activities during the day and then attend evening rehearsals. There will be two shows on Friday 8/15 at 2:00pm and 5:00pm.

Cost for All-Star Circus is $670 JCC members, $770 non-members

Habima Hess: Musical Theater (entering 1st-8th grades)

clientuploads/camp photos/FusionMusicalTheater.JPGLights, camera, ACTION!  Camp Shalom, in partnership with the APJCC Dance Academy, is proud to offer musical theater camp for all of our aspiring actors and actresses at camp. In this two-week session, your camper will learn how to be a musical theater performer while developing vocal, dance, and acting skills. Campers will also spend time each day building props and sets for their end-of-session performance. This year’s musical will be “A Day At The Circus.”

Ages: Entering 1st- 8th grades

Dates & Times: 7/28- 8/8, 9:00am-4:00pm

Cost: $640 JCC Member, $735 non-member

Extended Care: M-F, 7:30am-9:00am & 4:00pm-6:00pm for two weeks: $105 JCC Member, $120 Non-member

Pre-Camp (entering grades K-6)

Get geared up for camp as we enjoy bounce houses, nature walks, sports, cooking, and much more. Our pre-camp week is a great way for new and returning campers to make new friends and get a jump start on the camp season!  This year we will host Pre-Camp in our new youth lounge, Club J. 

Ages: Entering K-6th grades

Dates & Times: 6/9-6/13, 9:00am-4:00pm

Cost: $325 JCC Member, $370 Non-member

Extended Care: M-F, 7:30am-9:00am & 4:00pm-6:00pm: $55 JCC Member, $65 Non-member


Post-Camp (entering grades K-6)

Don’t want summer to end?  Join us for one final week of camp as we enjoy inflatable obstacle courses, water slides, science projects, cooking, and much more!  This year we will host Post-Camp in our new youth lounge, Club J.

Ages: Entering K-6th grades

Dates & Times: 8/11-8/15, 9:00am-4:00pm

Cost: $325 JCC Member, $370 Non-member

Extended Care: M-F, 7:30am-9:00am & 4:00pm-6:00pm: $55 JCC Member, $65 Non-member 

clientuploads/youth/ballet.jpgAPJCC Dance Academy Summer Style! (ages 4-8 years)

Our camp offers all styles of dance: jazz, tap, ballet, and hip hop. Each day we’ll learn a new routine, make a craft and play fun games. Your dancer will learn the latest moves, make friends, and have an amazing time.

Ages: 4-8 years

Dates & Times
Pre-Camp Session: 6/9-6/13, 9:00am-12:30pm
Post-Camp Session: 8/11-8/15, 9:00am-12:30pm

Want to stay at camp for the full day?  Continue the fun in a different camp, 12:30-4:00pm, at a pro-rated fee.  Call the Camp Office for details: 408.357.7416.

Cost: $210 JCC Member, $250 Non-member, per session

Cheer and Dance (ages 7-10 years)

Learn the fundamentals of cheerleading along with dance technique, hip hop, and acro. This class is great for beginners who want to learn the basics.

Ages: 7-10 years

Dates & Times: 7/14-7/18, 9:00am-12:30pm

Want to stay at camp for the full day?  Continue the fun in a different camp, 12:30-4:00pm, at a pro-rated fee.  Contact the camp office for details: camp@svjcc.org or 408.357.7416. 

Cost: $210 JCC Member, $250 Non-member

Summer Hip Hop and Jazz (ages 7-10 years)

Camp Shalom is proud to partner with the APJCC Dance Academy to offer the coolest hip hop/ jazz experience for campers ages 7-10. Campers will learn a new hip hop or jazz routine each day, focusing on technique and style.

Ages: 7-10 years

Dates & Times: 6/23-6/27, 9:00am-12:30pm

Want to stay at camp for the full day?  Continue the fun in a different camp, 12:30-4:00, at a pro-rated fee.  Contact the camp office for details: camp@svjcc.org or 408.357.7416.

Cost: $210 Member, $250 non-member

Culinary Creations (entering 1st-6th grades)

Learn to cook yummy summertime snacks and meals!  Learn the culinary arts from our very own JCC staff as we cook the best food around. Lunch will be provided and prepared by our campers each day. In addition to cooking, each day we will complete an art project, create an ongoing cookbook of all foods cooked, learn healthy eating habits, and learn kitchen safety.

Ages: Entering 1st- 6th grades

Dates & Times: 7/21-7/25, 9:00am-4:00pm

Cost: $325 JCC Member, $370 Non-member

Extended Care: M-F, 7:30am-9:00am & 4:00pm-6:00pm for one week: $55 JCC Member, $65 Non-member

Dodgeball, Swimming and GaGa (entering 1st-6th grades)

Yes, that’s right, your three favorite camp activities are now available as a one-week specialty camp! Campers will work up a sweat as they learn different versions of dodgeball and gaga, followed by two swim times throughout the day. The week will end with campers having a jumping good time visiting Sky High Sports to play dodgeball on trampolines! Space is limited for this camp so be sure to enroll early.

Dates & Times

  • 7/28-8/1: Grades 1-2, 9:00am-4:00pm
  • 8/4- 8/8:  Grades 3-6, 9:00am-4:00pm

Cost: $325 Member, $370 Non-member, per session

Extended Care: M-F, 7:30am-9:00am & 4:00pm-6:00pm for one week: $55 Member, $65 Non-member

https://asoft8298.accrisoft.com/svjcc/clientuploads/camp photos/LEGO camp.JPGLEGO® (ages 5-7 and 8-12)

Love LEGO®?  Then this is the camp for you.  In partnership with Play-Well TEKnologies, campers will learn fun and engaging engineering through the use of LEGO®.  Campers will use motors, batteries, rubber bands, and much more to make their LEGO move, launch, drive, and much more! Click here for a video with details about Play-Well summer camps.

Dates & Times

Each session will be one week in length and run full day, 9:00am- 4:00pm

  • Session 1: LEGO® Jedi (Star Wars). June 30-July 3 (no camp 7/4), ages 5-7 years

Young Jedi will explore worlds far, far away and engineering principles right in front of them. Defeat the Empire by designing and refining LEGO X-Wings, R2-units, and settlements on far-flung edges of the galaxy. Imagination and engineering combine to create motorized and architectural projects such as energy catapults, shield generators and defense turrets.

  • Session 2: LEGO® FUNdamentals of Engineering.  July 7-11, ages 8-12 years

Power up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO®! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as arch bridges, skyscrapers, motorized cars, and the Battletrack! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. An experienced instructor will challenge new and returning students to engineer at the next level.

  • Session 3: LEGO® Super Heroes. July 28-August 1, ages 5-7 years

Save the world with LEGO® Super Heroes! Build the hideouts and vehicles of your favorite caped crusaders and learn what makes them not only Super Heroes, but Super Hero Engineers! An experienced Play-Well instructor guides young heroes as they design, build, and save a city where ingenuity and imagination can solve any conflict.

Cost: $355 Member, $405 Non-member, per session

Extended Care: M-F, 7:30am- 9:00am & 4:00pm-6:00pm for one week: $55 JCC Member, $65 Non-member



 Southern California Adventure (entering 7th-10th grades)

Head south to soak up the sun! Together with peers from the Palo Alto JCC we’ll explore Disneyland and California Adventure, as well as Universal Studios Hollywood! There will be team building activities as well as special Disney-inspired scavenger hunts. The trip includes meals, hotel accommodations, tickets, and transportation.
Ages: Entering 7th-10th grades

Dates: 7/21-7/25. This trip will depart Monday for a four-night overnight.

Cost: $845 JCC Member, $995 Non-member

 Wilderness Adventure (entering 5th-8th grades)

Join Rabbi James Greene for a Camp Shalom outdoor camping adventure. The first two days at camp, campers will learn valuable outdoor wilderness skills such as how to build a fire, make a shelter, basic first aid, how to pack a backpack for a multi-day trip, and much more in preparation for their outdoor camping trip to Big Basin Redwood Forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Wednesday-Friday will be spent backpacking and camping from Park Headquarters to Wadell Beach along the famous Skyline-to-Sea trail. Along the way, campers will learn appreciation for nature through hiking, practicing their outdoor skills learned the first two days at camp, and and participate in team-building activities. We return to the JCC on Friday afternoon. Rabbi James is an experienced outdoorsman and is a Wilderness First Responder (WFR certified).

Ages: Entering 5th- 8th grades

Dates and Times: 7/21- 7/25 (M, T) 9:00am- 4:00pm on campus, (W, TH) Overnight camping, (F) pick up on campus 4:00pm.

Cost: $400 JCC Member, $450 Non-member

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