As in any residential summer camp, cabin life at Camp Shalom is a key element in our camper’s experience. All of our modern-day cabins include wooden platform bunk beds and full bathrooms. Each bathroom is complete with modern facilities and privacy.
Each camper has their own cubby for clothing storage and each bed has an outlet next to it. Cabins typically house eight to twelve campers and two-three counselors.
Cabin life is truly the center of your child’s life. Living together creates deep bonds of friendship and so do the many special events cabin-mates experience together. Believe it or not, the cabin experience promotes several critical skills that children so desperately need such as oral communication, collaboration, and creativity, all of which are amplified in the cabin.
Campers live in single gender cabin groups based on the grade campers will be entering next fall.
Outside the Cabin
On clear nights, you can see every star in the galaxy and if you are lucky, you will be able to spot a shooting star.
Each cabin has its own wooden porch which is the perfect place to get some shade, hang out with friends, play cards and/or other games and socialize with campers from other cabins.
We search long and hard to find the best young men and women to be our counselors, and we know you’re going to love them as much as we do! Many of our counselors have spent their lives growing up as Camp Shalom as campers and several of our staff return year after year. They play the role of a older sibling, a favorite babysitter, a fun role model, and a best friend all in one. Your counselor will greet you with a warm hug and a big smile on your first day of camp and will be your friend and your support throughout your session, and even afterwards.
Counselors work with the support of trained and experienced administrative team members. Staff participate in 5 days of staff orientation that focuses on several aspects of youth development, including but not limited to safety, bullying prevention, skill development and role modeling the core values of Camp Shalom.
Counselors are selected on the basis of skill, enthusiasm, warmth and a sincere desire to work with children in an overnight camp setting.
You will live with 8 to 12 other campers in your cabin, who will quickly feel like family. Most campers meet each other on Opening Day, so no matter how many years you’ve been coming to camp, there are always new friends to make.
At Camp Shalom we look forward to unplugging every summer. Summers without electronics help us form stronger and more meaningful friendships. We ask that campers leave their electronics at home, including iphones and/or other cell phones, ipads, kindles, laptops, PSPs, Gameboys, and all other mobile communication devices, especially those that have a screen. As such, campers may not bring any smart phones or itouch devices, even if the SIM card has been removed.
Parents often ask us “do your campers really leave their cell phones at home for the summer?” The answer is YES! Our campers happily choose to unplug from the world of social media and texting because they see each summer how much richer their friendships are at camp. Summers unplugged are summers without the pressures and headaches of life online.
We love music at Camp Shalom, so campers are welcome to bring mp3 devices such as an iShuffle, provided that they aren’t WIFI capable, and do not have a screen on it.
Some campers choose to relax at bedtime by listening to music on their headphones. We do ask that mp3 players and iShuffle’s stay in the bunk. Our overnight summer camps are a place to interact with those around you and unplug.
Here are just 5 of the many benefits of attending a summer camp without technology:
- Engage: By taking their eyes off various screens, your child will be able to engage with the camp world around them. Cell phones and online games provide distractions in the cabin and it is our goal to foster “old-fashion” relationship skills.
- Connect with Nature: Rather than “liking” a picture of nature, your camper will be witnessing it firsthand! Camp is the perfect time to connect with nature and the beauty of the outdoors.
- Broaden Horizons: Without the distractions of their online life, your camper will be able to discover more of his/her talents/skills. Your campers will be able to focus on trying new activities or making new friends instead of wondering about friends at home.
- Homesickness: As access to technology ceases homesickness improves. That’s right! Connectivity to the world at home increase homesickness.
- Communication skills: Taking a technology break gives children the chance to improve their one-on-one communication skills.
- Rest assured parents, you will still be able to communicate with your camper(s)!
- We understand the need and importance of keeping in touch with your camper(s). Parents of Camp Shalom campers will still be able to communicate with their camper through traditional letter writing or through the email service.
- It is often difficult for a few campers AND parents to abide by this rule. In a world where we are connected 24/7, it can be difficult to adjust to an unplugged lifestyle. The daily life of a Camp Shalom camper is packed with so many fun activities, I promise he/she won’t be missing the cell phone, although the first week might be tough.