Prospective Families

Health, Nutrition & Facilities

The Dining Hall
  • Camp Shalom’s air conditioned dining hall is a place where the spirit and traditions of camp come alive. Laughter and cheering resounds throughout our Dining Hall morning, noon and night. Campers & Staff love the options provided by our family-style meals. During meals campers sit with their bunkmates and counselors, which helps mealtime feel more like home!
  • Everyday, campers find nutritious, healthy, fresh, child friendly food—and plenty of it, all of which is cooked from scratch from our dedicated team of chefs and kitchen staff members.
  • Camp Shalom’s Kosher-style meals are designed with the interests of kids and parents in mind! Like everything at Camp Shalom, our food is kid-friendly and includes tons of great options to accommodate every camper's needs. A wide range of choices ensures that even the pickiest of eaters will find something they enjoy.
  • We eat three balanced meals per day. We do our best to make sure there’s something for everyone and enough of everything!
Snacks

Fresh fruit is available all morning in our dining hall, and a mid-afternoon snack is served also– and includes everything from fruit pops to ice cream.

Before bed we also serve dessert and on 2 special nights a week, campers will enjoy taking a special trip to the canteen.
A Peanut & Tree Nut Free Camp

Our goal is to create the most welcoming, inclusive overnight camp community possible, and that includes during meals, snacks, or any other time that we eat food together. Our counselors know that inclusion is the key, so that everyone feels safe and valued. For more than 5 years we have proudly been a peanut and tree nut free camp, and this extends to every aspect of our program. This includes our baked goods, ice cream, and the candy that we serve at canteen. Our chefs even make homemade Chinese food, hummus and pesto without sesame oil or pine nuts, so that every meal or snack that we serve is safe for our peanut and tree nut free friends.

“Our commitment to excellence in camping doesn’t stop at Food Service. We consider food at Camp Shalom to be a program in itself and an incredibly important one at that. Meals and snacks give us the opportunity to not only nourish our bodies, but “nourish our souls”! Meal times provide opportunities for the camp to come together as one, to bond and experience traditions, new and old. At Camp Shalom all campers and staff, regardless of food allergies/intolerances, can indulge in a slice of delicious challah on Shabbat without worry. We stock allergen-friendly viable alternatives to many of our main food items, snacks and tradition-based foods
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Summer 2017 will mark Camp Shalom’s first summer partnering with Pamela Ofstein, MS, RD, LDN. Pamela will be working hand-in-hand with Camp Leadership, our Health Center Director and Food Service Coordinator to ensure that meals and snacks are not only delicious, but well-balanced and nutritious. Prior to the start of each summer our “Camper Care Crew” (Camp Nurse, one of our Camp Moms & Pamela Ofstein) are available to connect with parents to address any food allergy/intolerance related concerns.
Dietary Needs
Camp Shalom accommodates a variety of dietary needs and/or restrictions; however, please note that our Kitchen is not certified Kosher nor it is certified free of gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, seeds.

KOSHER STYLE...WHAT’S THAT!? Since 1971 Camp Shalom’s level of Kashrut has fluctuated. Some years the Camp considered itself to be completely Kosher...C.T. & Scotty followed most rules mandated for keeping a kosher kitchen. (that was a sight to see!) and all food products were kosher. Currently, Camp Shalom is “Kosher Style”, which seems to be the appropriate level for us at this time. We do not serve dairy and meat at the same time. There’s absolutely no pork or shellfish at the facility (or any similar food item) and when we do serve beef or poultry, we always have a kosher version available for those who need. The kitchen does have separate dishes and utensils; however, we aren’t too vigilant about their use (i.e. diary lunch won’t get closed down if the meat forks are mistakenly put out). All dishes and utensils are washed in burning hot water... Most importantly, we want every camper to feel comfortable and welcome...should a camper require a higher level of Kashrut, as long as the camp is informed in advance, we are happy to accommodate most needs (to an extent). E-mail, CampShalomSarah@gmail.com for further information.

VEGETARIANS Camp Shalom offers a wide variety of vegetarian items on a regular basis. If your child is truly a vegetarian, please inform the camp prior to his/her arrival. This will help us to make sure there are always enough veggie items available for those who truly need substitutions. Beginning with Breakfast, no meats products are served, as on might infer from the above information. At lunch & dinner, a full Salad Bar is offered, complete with assorted lettuces, chopped veggies, legumes, hard-boiled eggs, tuna salad (regular & plain) as well as a Fresh Fruit Bar. Also available at both lunch and dinner is a delicious peanut-butter substitute (seriously, we did taste tests over the past 2 years and this one is good), jellies and honey. Most lunches are dairy meals, but for those that aren’t, there’s always an substitute item available for vegetarians. For dinner, in addition to the above mentioned items, we always have plain spaghetti pasta and marinara sauce. If the meal contains a meat item we typically provide a vegetarian substitute comparable to the item.

TRUE CELIACS AND/OR THOSE WHO REQUIRE GLUTEN FREE DUE TO DIAGNOSED MEDICAL REASONS We are happy to work with you to ensure that your child has an incredible camp experience while also remaining well-fed and healthy. We are prepared to accommodate the needs of those who cannot consume gluten...to a certain extent; however, we cannot guarantee a Gluten Free kitchen, as that would be impossible for us. For further guidance on this topic, please e-mail office@campshalom.net.

Facilities
 
  • Camp Shalom takes great pride in our fine facilities here, and in the fact that our campers feel at home in a safe, healthy environment.
  • Amongst the tall trees, more than 15 well-maintained buildings comprise our physical layout. Campers live in spacious cabins with covered porches, large bathrooms and excellent ventilation. Our main recreation building houses an indoor basketball court, a stage, our Chapel which we use for programming and movie nights and our art room. Our kitchen and spacious dining hall overlooks our beautiful lake. Resident registered nurses, available around the clock, staff our modern, air-conditioned health center. Shands Hospital in Gainesville and other local hospitals are no more than 30 minutes away.
  • All of our buildings are well-maintained and used on a year-round basis.
  • All buildings are air conditioned.
  • Camper cabins are modern and designed to accommodate campers and counselors comfortably. In some cases, there are 2 cabins that share 1 large building. Those cabins share a bathroom with another cabin. There are also other free-standing cabins in which those cabin’s have its own bathroom. All bathrooms include 2 to 4 individual stall showers, 2 to 4 private toilets, 2 to 4 sinks, and ample hot and cold water. Cabins are equipped with lights, electrical outlets, “real” windows with screens, doors, a sheltered porch with lights, fire extinguisher, smoke alarm, and a walk way. All beds in most cabins are bunk-beds. Campers are provided a “cubbie” for personal belongings. Girls & boys cabins are located on opposite sides of the camp.
  • Heated Swimming Pool complete with outdoor lighting for evening pool parties and special events.
  • Tennis Courts with 4 courts and lights for night play.
  • Private 20 acre lake with kayaks, canoes, paddle boats and more. White sand beachfront. Lake includes rave trampoline and iceberg jumping.
  • Canteen Room (Moadon): Game Room with foosball (table soccer), ping pong tables, commercial video games (free play), arcade games and camper lounge.
  • Sports Center (Gym): Indoor basketball and other games such as dodgeball indoor soccer and more. Also the home for our all-camp shows & events and rainy day programming.
  • Outdoor basketball court with lights.
  • Jam Room for those campers who are musically talented and/or wish to learn how to play a musical instrument. The Jam Room is a large open space.
  • Rock Climbing Tower (40' tall)
  • Mountain Cycling Trails (18 mountain bikes).
  • Large, comfortable Dining Hall
  • 2 Softball Fields
  • Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee/ Lacrosse and Football Fields
  • Beach and Regular Volleyball Courts
  • Archery and Riflery Ranges
  • Weight Training Room
  • 2 Large Pavilions for programming or hanging out with friends during free time
  • 3 Tetherball Courts
  • You have to visit the camp to truly appreciate the comprehensive facilities and the natural beauty of the site. And you're invited! Tours are available year-round.
No Food Policy

Please note, Camp Shalom is completely Nut/seed Free. We have campers enrolled in both session with life threatening food allergies. Please help us keep everyone safe by refraining from sending your child with any such products.

DO NOT pack any food in your child’s camp luggage or send any packages with food. This includes, but is not limited to; chewing gum, sunflower seeds, hard candy, etc.... Please don’t worry about your child being hungry. We have enough options for even the pickiest of eaters. Remind your child to speak up if he/she is truly hungry. If your child needs extra calories or has serious dietary requirements, please contact the camp office to discuss various options...again do not hide food in your child’s luggage! Refer to page 13 for more info on our meals.

ALL FOOD will be PROHIBITED. There are no exceptions to this rule. We do not allow food anywhere on camp except for the Dining Hall or outside under staff supervision. Anyone who breaks this rule will automatically put other campers at risk. Camp can only control that which we are aware of. Not to mention, food in the cabins = bug infestations. We appreciate your strict compliance with this.