Camp Chai

Camp Chai Sweatshirt

Didn’t get your sweatshirt at the reunion? Get yours today for $20! Order and pick up between now and Camp Party Day on Sunday, January 20!

Youth smalls are currently sold out; email Laura (lseymour@jccdallas.org) to inquire about ordering more.

Limited space in some age groups – turn in registration form and you will be contacted.

The camp for the kid who wants to do it all!

Camp Chai emphasizes both individual growth and community building with activities that excite every child. Campers have the opportunity to develop new skills while having FUN – from team sports to crafts to swimming. Our program fosters positive attitudes and identification with the important values of Kindness, Cooperation, and Responsibility. Surrounded by a diverse and caring staff, Camp Chai gives children the opportunity to belong to a group and to learn to respect each other, all in an atmosphere of adventure and excitement.

To register for summer camp, you must be a J member or join as a Camp Friend.

New This Summer!

  • Israeli Schlichim bring experiences and friendship
  • Maplewoodshop projects to challenge every age
  • Focus on Wellness with Brett Unell, our Baylor Scott & White “Wellness Woman”
  • Fitness challenges for campers and families
  • Outdoor Exploration – The Woods and The Gan

Highlights/Description

  • Special events: overnights & late nights, Maccabiah, trips, and crazy days
  • Daily group swim lessons with the acclaimed Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy featuring the SwimRight Method® – a great way to learn to swim
    • Special for Adat Giborim (grades 4 – 6): campers who have achieved higher levels of water competence will have two days of lessons each week with all-unit water fun and challenges on the other days! The two-lesson days will provide stroke knowledge and more.
  • Free swim daily – fun in the water just the way you like it for grades 1 – 6
  • Staff specialist-lead activities: sports, arts & crafts, and Naturescape
  • Chugim for grades K & 1: each day our counselors will switch tribes for a short period to teach campers a special skill
  • Chugim for grades 2 – 6: electives YOU choose!
    • Sports: basketball, SNAG golf, disc golf, soccer, volleyball, gaga, and more
    • Arts: clay, weaving, jewelry, drawing, painting, sewing, acting, and more
    • Discovery: science, building, gadgets, Legos & Knex, and more
    • Theatre Production – a show each session

Sign up for Camp!

Camp registration is now open – you must be a J member or join as a Camp Friend to register for summer camp.

  • Session 1: June 11 – 28
  • Session 2: July 1 – 19 (no camp July 4)
  • Session 3: July 22 – August 9

Hours: 9 am – 4 pm
Extended care: 7:30 – 9 am and/or 4 – 6 pm
Weekly options available

Entering Kindergarten – grade 6

Early Pricing

Register on/before March 1

  • One session: $1,026
  • Two sessions: $1,704
  • Three sessions: $2,295
  • Individual weeks: $371

Regular Pricing

Register between March 2 – May 1

  • One session: $1,131
  • Two sessions: $1,866
  • Three sessions: $2,520
  • Individual weeks: $405

Late Pricing

Register after May 1

  • One session: $1,206
  • Two sessions: $2,004
  • Three sessions: $2,682
  • Individual weeks: $415
Time Activity
9 – 9:10 am Dancing & playing
9:10 – 9:30 am Opening sing-along
9:30 – 10 am Swim lessons
10 – 10:30 am Morning snack & changing
10:30 – 11:15 am Fun with specialists: art, sports, construction, & more
11:15 am – 12 pm Tribe time
12 – 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 – 1 pm Singing
1 – 1:30 pm Free swim/water play
1:30 – 2:15 pm Tribe time
2:15 – 3:15 pm Special areas: library, Woods, Lodge, gan
3:15 – 3:45 pm Closing & snack

Times will vary by tribe.

Time Activity
9 – 9:10 am Dancing & playing
9:10 – 9:30 am Opening sing-along
9:30 – 11:30 am Chugim – 2 choice periods with lots of possibilities

  • Theater production – a play each session
  • Sports – weekly team sports with skills & competition
  • Fitness & triathlon
  • Woodworking
  • Challenge Island – experience STEM as never before
11:30 am – 12 pm Tribe time
12 – 12:30 pm Swim lessons
12:30 – 1 pm Lunch
1 – 1:30 pm Singing
1:30 – 2:30 pm Special areas: Woods, Lodge, Gan, gym
2:30 – 3 pm Specialists: art, sports, LEGO, music, and more
3 – 3:30 pm Free swim
3:30 – 3:45 pm Closing & snack

Times will vary by tribe.

Meet Our Team

  • All Trainer
  • Camp Chai
Tara Sutker Ohayon
Director of Early Childhood Education
Laura Seymour
Director of Camping Services