Camp Chai

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Ages: Entering Grades K-6
Chai means LIFE and that is just what
this camp is designed for.

At Camp Chai you will learn LIFE-long skills, make memories that last a LIFEtime and have the time of your LIFE. During the summer we want you to find your passion by exploring a variety of activities including swim, sports, art, dance, STEM and more; Find your people by making social connections with your fellow campers, counselors and our camp families; Finally, find your purpose by growing with independence, Jewish values, self-confidence, risk taking and more. This spirited camp is the perfect introduction for your child to the camp world.

Our Lil’ Chai program for those entering Kindergarten is the perfect transition from the steady hand of Camp Simchah to the JCC’s Camp Chai. With an amazing staff specifically trained for this age group your child will enjoy the best of both worlds this summer.

Cool things happening this summer!

Camp Chai brings in specialists is sports, art, theater, STEM and more to help our campers experience a variety of amazing activities throughout the day.

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Dates

Session 1: June 3 – June 21
Session 2: June 24 – July 12
Session 3: July 15 – August 2

Our Lil’ Chai program for those entering Kindergarten is the perfect transition from the steady hand of Camp Simchah to the JCC’s Camp Chai. With an amazing staff specifically trained for this age group your child will enjoy the best of both worlds this summer.

Field Trips

Maccabiah (Color War)

Chugim (Electives)

Final Performance & Carnival Day

Day At A Glance
8:45 – 9:15 AM: Arrive, Dancing & Opening
9:30 – 10:15 AM: Chugim (Electives)
10:30 – 10:45 AM: Snack
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM: Change/Instructional Swim/Change
12:00 – 12:30 PM: Lunch
12:30 – 1:00 PM: Special 1
1:15 – 1:45 PM: Special 2
1:45 – 2:45 PM: Change/Free Swim/Change
2:45 – 3:15 PM: Tribe Time
3:15 – 3:30 PM: Closing and Awards

Tara Ohayon has been a part of the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center in Dallas since she was three years old. She grew up at J camps, going on to work every summer while pursuing a degree in Special Education. She taught in the public schools before returning “home” to the J full time over twenty years ago. Tara is currently the Director of Early Childhood and a Camp Director, Supervisor of Youth/Teen Programming, and member of the J Agency Management Team. Tara has been recognized as a visionary director, gifted parent educator, worker with children and master trainer of staff. She has facilitated change and growth in her staff and believes in a coaching style of leadership. Tara believes that the foundation of her work begins with relationships and knows that each of us can make a difference in the lives of others. Tara loves that her children are now staff at camp!

Tara Ohayon, Camp Chai Director
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I was a camp counselor at Camp Chai and couldn’t wait until the day my kids were old enough to attend.

Brad Behringer, Camp Parent & Alum

Between daily swimming, morning dancing and awesome field trips, our children can’t wait to return to camp each day.

Rivka Altman, Camp Parent