Skip to main content

Share Share Share Share

“Putting our little one in the PJCC Summer program was the best decision we ever made.”


– Camp Keff Parent

Camp Contacts

For more information, please contact:

PRESCHOOL CAMPS

ALL OTHER CAMPS

 

 

Camp Keff FAQs

FAQs

General Questions
Food
Swimming
Staff
Field Trips
Judaism
Programming

 

WINTER CAMP REGISTRATION

2014-2015 Winter Camp Registration Policies
Registration is a snap! Click continue below to get started. If you need any assistance or have any questions please call us at 650.378.2704.

Registration will be open until Friday, December 12, 2014 or until programs are full. Cancellations prior to close of business on Friday, December 12, 2014 will be refunded in full (minus a $10 per day processing fee). No refunds after Friday, December 12, 2014.

A confirmation letter will be emailed to you upon receipt of your registration form and payment. You will receive a Winter Camp Parent Packet by email prior to the start of the program. If spaces become full prior to the registration deadline, campers will be placed on a wait-list.

Financial Assistance Available!
The PJCC is proud to provide assistance to families with financial need. Adjustments are based on financial need and budgetary considerations and require a separate application. To apply, contact us at 650.378.2704.

 

GENERAL QUESTIONS

What kind of discounts do you offer?

Early Bird Savings
Campers who register by 6:00 pm on Friday, February 28, 2014 will automatically receive the early bird discount of $50 per week.
All registrations completed after 6:00 pm on Friday, February 28, 2014 will be at the full price.

Sibling Discount
Families with more than one child enrolled in any Camp Keff program will receive a 4% discount on all programs for each enrolled child.

How long has camp been running at the PJCC?
Our camp programs have been serving the Bay Area since the 1960’s and are a treasured community tradition. In 2011 we officially became Camp Keff!

Do I need to be a PJCC member to attend camp?
No, you do not need to be a PJCC member to participate in any of our programs. However, membership does provide you with great discounts on our programs. Please contact Becka at 650-378-2711 for information on how to become a member.

What do you do in a preschool camp?
There are so many activities for our campers ages 3-5 yrs; swimming, art & crafts, cooking, music, PE, jumping in the bounce house, special guests, welcoming Shabbat with the older campers. There is even a nap room for full day campers that need a break from all the fun. Activities for our youngest campers ages 2-3 yrs. will be messy art, music, PE, special guests and lots of outside time. This is a transitional program for children entering preschool in the fall.

What do you do in a signature camp program?
The signature camp programs have an emphasis on building community, enhancing social skills and relationships, and a rich exploration of Jewish values and culture. We provide a diverse mix of activities including swimming, sports, crafts, science, Israeli culture and fieldtrips. Campers in Grades 3-6 even get to go on a camping trip each session!

What do you do in a Mix & Match camp?
Mix and Match is a Camp Keff exclusive – it’s two camps in one! Create a customized week of camp that meets your camper’s interests and needs. Choose one morning and one afternoon option each session.

How are the camper groups broken up?
We break campers up by age in preschool. We split campers by the grade the camper will be entering in the fall for all other programs. The unit names and grades are listed below:

  • Tinok: age 18 - 26 months
  • K’tonton: age 2-3
  • Yeladim: age 3-preK
  • Kindercamp: entering grade K
  • Yomah: entering grades 1-2
  • B'Yachad (Together): boys and girls entering grades 3-6
  • Teen: entering grades 7-10
  • Leadership: entering grades 11-12
  • Specialty Camps: grades K-6
  • Shalom Session: entering grades K-6
  • Mix & Match and Adventure Camps have Grades K-2 and 3-6 groups

What is the ratio of campers to staff?
This varies slightly based on age. Younger groups have a lower ratio of campers to staff. All of our ratios meet or exceed the standards set by the American Camp Association. Preschool and Kindergarten have a ratio of 6:1, Grades 1-6 have a ratio of 8:1 and Grades 7-12 have a ratio of 10:1.

What is the schedule of an average day?
Below are the sample daily schedules for our traditional camps. This subject to change based on special program days and unforeseen circumstances.

Time

Day with out swimming

Time

Day with swimming

9:00am

Mifcad (Morning Meeting)

9:00am

Mifcad (Morning Meeting)

9:45am

Activity Period 1

9:45am

Activity Period 1

10:40am

Activity Period 2

10:40am

Activity Period 2

11:35am

Lunch

11:35am

Lunch

12:30pm

Activity Period 3

12:05pm

Change

1:25pm

Activity Period 4

12:25pm

Swimming  (Activity Period 3)

2:20pm

Snack

1:05pm

Change

3:00pm

Dismissal

1:25pm

Activity Period 4

2:20pm

Snack

3:00pm

Dismissal

How to Register
Visit campkeff.org and click the registration link to get started.
Registration begins Thursday, January 16, 2014 for PJCC Center and Community Members and returning Summer 2013 campers.
Registration begins Thursday, January 23, 2014 for the general public.

All paper registration applications are subject to a processing time of up to 3 weeks. When space is full, campers will be placed on a waitlist in the order applications were received, with current PJCC Center Members, then Community Members receiving priority. Campers may not be enrolled in multiple programs with the same or overlapping program dates.

PJCC Center and Community Membership and Priority Registration
Current PJCC Center and Community members receive discounted rates and priority registration for Camp Keff. Camper’s membership must be current at the time of registration and remain current through camp sessions they are registered for to receive the member rate. Priority online camp registration starts Thursday, January 16, 2014. Current members will receive an email with the link to our online registration system before the link becomes public.

Priority Registration
Current PJCC Center and Community members and returning Summer 2013 campers receive priority registration for Camp Keff. Camper’s membership must be current at the time of registration and remain current through camp sessions they are registered for to receive the member rate. Priority online camp registration starts Thursday, January 16, 2014. Those eligible for priority registration will receive an email with the link to our online registration system before the link becomes public.

Early Bird Registration / Sibling Discount
Campers who register by 6:00 pm on Friday, February 28, 2014 will automatically get the early bird discount of $50 per week. All registrations completed after 6:00 pm on Friday, February 28, 2014 will be at the full price. Families with more than one child enrolled in any Camp Keff program will receive a 4% discount on all programs for each enrolled child.

Payment and Deposits

  • Payment of $300 per multi-week camp program is due upon enrollment, $100 of which is considered a non-refundable deposit per session. Full payment is due by Monday, June 2, 2014.
  • Full payment for one week camps, Teen, CIT, and Shalom Session is due upon enrollment, $50 of which is considered a non-refundable deposit per camp program.
  • Deposit Payments hold your space in camp and extended care until Friday, May 31, 2014.
  • Registration forms received after June 2, 2014, must include full payment for all programs including extended care.
  • Campers with unpaid balances will automatically be placed on a waitlist on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.
  • Changes to and/or withdrawals from camp sessions, including extended care, are subject to a $15 administrative fee per change.
  • Session changes are dependent upon space availability.

Refunds, Pro-rates and Cancellations

  • There are no refunds after Monday, June 2, 2014.
  • There will be no reduction or refund of fees for camp programs or extended care because of absence, illness or withdrawal due to changes in family circumstances during camp sessions.
  • No partial enrollment or proration is available.
  • Deposits are non-refundable.
  • Please allow up to 3 weeks for refunds to be processed.
  • All requests for refunds must be received in writing to the camp office by Monday, June 2, 2014.

Financial Assistance Available
The PJCC is proud to provide financial assistance to families with financial need. Adjustments are based on financial need and budgetary considerations and require a separate application. To apply, contact us at 650.378.2704. Priority will be given to qualifying applications received before April 1, 2014. Financial assistance does not apply to After Camp Clubs.

Independence Day Holiday
There will be no camp offered on Friday, July 4, 2014 due to the Independence Day holiday.

Photography

Unless otherwise specified in writing, the undersigned give permission for photos and video to be taken for future brochures, or published anonymously on the PJCC website, or other online sites without compensation.

Can I register my child for a multiple camps at the same time?
Due to staffing and camper space restrictions we do not allow campers to be enrolled in multiple camps at the same time.

Can I get prorated for days of camp that my child misses?
We are not able to prorate any days that your child misses camp. There will be no reduction or refund of fees for camp programs or extended care because of absence, illness or withdrawal due to changes in family circumstances during camp sessions.

Can I request that my child is in a group with friends?
Yes you can! During the registration process there is a box for friend requests. Simply type the name(s) of the campers you would like your child to be with. While we do our best to meet grouping requests, we may not be able to accommodate all requests.

I am holding my child back a grade, which program should I register for?
We request that you register your child in the group based on the grade they will be entering in the fall. Please call the camp office to discuss further.

How does applying for financial assistance work?
First, complete a paper camp registration form. These can be printed from the website or provided at the Welcome Center of Youth Office here at the center. Second, return the completed registration form along with a $100 deposit to the Preschool office for preschool campers or the Youth Office for campers entering Kindergarten to 12th grade. Third, our membership department will contact you with details on how to complete the Financial Assistance Application. Next, our financial assistance committee will review all applications and notify applicants if an award has been given.

FOOD

Do you have hot lunch?

Yes!  You can add hot lunch to any Yeladim or Grade K-6 program for just $6/day.  Our friends at Choice Lunch, prepare meals for your child fresh every day!

Can my child’s lunch be refrigerated or heated at camp? 
Unfortunately, we do not have the storage space to refrigerate lunches or an ability to efficiently heat camper’s lunches. Please send your child to camp with a lunch with an ice pack inside if it needs to stay cool. Please do not send campers with lunches that need to be heated.

What food does Camp Keff provide? 
Each day we provide a nutritious morning snack for preschoolers and kindergartners that need one on days with a late lunch. We provide all campers an afternoon snack. Snacks can include fruit, vegetables, yogurt, cheese and crackers. On overnights we provide all meals and snacks except lunch on the first day of the trip.

Do I need to provide a Kosher meal for my camper?
No you don’t. In respect of the Jewish dietary laws known as Kashrut, we simply ask that you do not send your child to camp with any pork or shellfish products. Camp Keff will not serve milk and meat at the same time and any meat served (on camping trips) will be Kosher.

Is camp nut free? 
Camp is not nut free.  We do not provide any food or snacks that include nuts.  However, some campers may bring nut products in their personal lunches. Please contact the Camp Office if you child has allergies or if you have concerns.

SWIMMING

Does camp include swim lessons?
Campers in signature camps Age 3 – Grade 6 split the time in the pool with basic swim instruction and recreational time in the pool.

How often do campers go swimming?
Campers swim one to three times per week. This is dependent on age and special programs at camp. Refer to the calendars provided to parents at the beginning of the summer.

Are there options for my child to swim more?
Yes. You can add Aqua Kids for children in Grades K - 2. Aqua Kids is an after camp club that allows campers to swim two additional times a week.

STAFF

How do we screen our staff?
We require all staff to go through a multiple step application process which includes a criminal background check. Our staff is chosen for their enthusiasm, ability to be silly, skill in working with children and attention to safety. All our staff members are high school graduates or older, and many are long-time community members who have been preschoolers, campers and participated in leadership programs at the PJCC. Preschool teachers are the camp counselors for our preschool camp programs.

How is our staff trained?
Each of our staff participate in a week-long training to give them tools to keep your child safe, design programs and teaching techniques for working with each age group. In addition, our traditional camp head staff participate in an additional week of training as well as a first aid and CPR course.

FIELD TRIPS

Who goes on a field trip?
All of our signature camp programs for grades K-12 as well as some one week programs leave the campus for a field trip at least once per session. Older groups go on multiple trips per session. We take campers to a variety of destinations on both day long field trips and for grades 3-6 on our two night camping trip. Unfortunately, these trips are for campers only, parents are not permitted to attend. For our youngest campers special guests come to us!

How do you keep the campers safe on field trips?
Just like at camp we maintain our low camper to staff ratios. We also provide tags for the campers to wear along with their camp t-shirts. This makes identifying them easy in public places. Campers are counted constantly on trips and given clear safety instructions prior to departure and at field trip sites.

Where do you go on the field trips?
The field trips include popular Bay Area destinations. Each trip is designed to be appropriate for each age group. Some destinations in the past have included AT&T Park, Fairy Land, Raging Waters, The Exploratorium, Childrens Creativity Museum, and Memorial Park for our camping trips.

How do you safely transport the campers to the field trip destination?
The campers and staff are transported on chartered school buses or on PJCC buses with PJCC drivers. All of the buses have seat belts and professional drivers. The buses and drivers are regularly screened by the California Highway Patrol and the department of motor vehicles.

JUDAISM

Do you have to be Jewish to attend camp?
No. We have an inclusive community that celebrates the strength of diversity. Our camp programs welcome campers and families from all faiths and backgrounds. One of our PJCC Guiding Principles is Hachnassat Orchim, which means “welcoming all” in Hebrew.

Are there programs about Judaism?
Yes. Our Jewish cultural programming is an important component of our camp, and we believe that our celebration of the values of justice, repairing the world, and community are universal.

What do you do to celebrate Shabbat?
Each week we spend Friday welcoming in the Jewish day of rest, Shabbat. Fridays are a special and unique day of the week. Friday morning’s campers in our traditional camps participate in our Shabbat Fair where they choose from a variety of activities and crafts. Every Friday afternoon we invite families to join us for a special song session and the traditional Shabbat blessings. We also have Shabbat picnics for all of our camp families, including preschool. This is a great opportunity for parents to have a taste of camp and to play some camp games, sing songs and see pictures of all the happy campers in our slideshow.

PROGRAMMING

Why should you attend the new Tinok program with your child?
In this brand new camp program, your child 18-26 months old can begin socializing with peers while joining in activities geared to a toddler’s interests and attention span. This parent participation program will be taught by our Early Childhood Educators and will include arts and crafts, cooking and playground fun in addition to visits from our Music and Physical Education specialists. Parents will be present to support their child in a new and engaging environment. This class is also a great foundation for transition into our K’tonton program beginning in September.

Why is K’tonton a great program for 2 year olds?
K’tonton is designed to help our young campers separate from their parents in a safe and nurturing environment and to foster independence and social skills. All of the activities are designed to meet the developmental skills of two year olds.

What do preschool campers do in Yeladim?
Yeladim helps children socialize as well as gain self confidence through a variety of activities especially designed for a 3-5 year old. Structured swimming lessons will be given by water safety instructors one or two times a week in the shallow end of our swimming pool.

What is unique about Kindercamp?
In addition to all of the great camp activities Kindercampers get two special Kindercamp only programs. First, each afternoon the campers enjoy a nice break from all the running around, with a quiet story time to help the campers recharge for the rest of the day. Second, each session the Kindercampers have their very own themed party day. Campers enjoy special activities, games and treats!

What kinds of special programs are in Yomah?
Yomah is a program designed to really give campers a sense of independence. This is highlighted in one of the most anticipated programs of each session, the Yomah overnight! Once per session all of the Yomah campers spend the night at the PJCC. This is a great opportunity to spend a night away from home with all of their camp friends!

What makes B’yachad unique?
B’yachad is a co-ed program for 3-6th graders. Each session campers will select one of the three track options to allow for a greater amount of time in that program area.  Every session also includes a three day, two night camping trip!   In addition, field trips, swimming, camp wide special events make every day at camp truly KEFF!

What makes one week camps special?
One week camps offer a unique experience for our campers to delve into their own interests with professionals in their field. Campers come together as one big group in the morning for Mifcad and then head off to their specialty areas where they will engage in their specialty theme in depth through projects, activities, and with the use of their imaginations. Campers will also join together as one big camp community during lunch and at the end of the day at Shalom Circle. With only a week to dig into their area of expertise, campers will be busy discovering and learning!

What do you do in the leadership programs?
In this volunteer position, gain valuable life skills in a comfortable and caring environment. Build a strong foundation in program development, facilitation, and how to work in a team setting. Participate in hands-on training to help nurture, inspire, motivate, and teach. Twelfth graders are eligible for potential employment for the remainder of the summer after completion of the Junior Counselor program.

If you have questions about any of our programs, please contact us.

Preschool Camps       
Age 2-Pre K   
ececamps@pjcc.org
Phone: 650.378.2670                         

All Other Camp Programs
camps@pjcc.org
Phone: 650.378.2704

JCCA Logo JCF 100 Logo

The PJCC is a non-profit organization that relies upon generous donations to continue serving our community and those in need. A beneficiary agency of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties and the Jewish Community Endowment Fund. The PJCC is a proud member of the North Peninsula Jewish Campus and of the JCC Association of North America.

Peninsula Jewish Community Center 800 Foster City Blvd. Foster City, CA 94404 :: 650.212.PJCC :: info@pjcc.org
© Copyright 2007-2012 PJCC. All rights reserved. Reproduction of images is prohibited. Privacy Policy.
Web Development and Design by Dayspring Technologies, Inc.