Camp Shalom at the Mandel JCC
June 3 – August 2, 2019 (closed July 4th)
Tikvah (Click here to view calendar)
Tikvah, which means hope in Hebrew, is a unit of Camp Shalom for children ages 6-22 with mild to moderate exceptionalities such as cognitive, emotional, developmental, and learning disabilities.
We incorporate an inclusive camp environment for all campers. This allows all participants to have opportunities throughout the summer to socially and recreationally interact with one another. The Tikvah unit also provides programs specifically geared towards enhancing and developing skills that are crucial to our campers such as sensory, occupational, music and yoga therapies, just to name a few. Daily swimming and weekly field trips are part of the camp calendar as well.
Staff embraces each participant’s individuality, and supports campers in their efforts to improve abilities and achieve their individual goals. Our low camper to staff ratio provides our campers with an opportunity for adventure and accomplishment with the safest supervision standards. Campers are grouped in Tikvah according to their age and level of development. Campers need to be able to participate safely in activities and may bring their own one-to-one support if necessary. Aggressive behaviors may result in dismissal from the program.
New campers must have an intake interview with the Special Needs Director. The JCC provides 1:3 ratios, but cannot provide one-on-one supervision.
Avodah (Click here to view calendar)
We are excited to introduce our new unit of Avodah, literally meaning work, worship, and service in Hebrew. This program is specifically designed for teens to young adults, 16-25 years old, who are independent and have a desire to work in the community.
These individuals will participate in both age appropriate camp activities, as well as vocationally focused therapies and field trips. This unit will work in conjunction with our Best Buddies partnership to prepare candidates to enter the workforce with the skills to be successful.
New campers must have an intake interview with the Special Needs Director.
Inclusion available for campers in Grades K-8
We believe that every child can succeed, every child can participate, and every child can make friends. We believe that inclusion is good for everyone—kids with and without disabilities, families, staff, and our community! Inclusion campers will participate with their typically developing peers with a little more supervision. We give special consideration to matching personality types of other campers, as well as the primary counselor, to ensure the most successful experience.
New campers who wish to participate in our inclusion program must have an intake meeting and get approval from the Special Needs Director prior to registering for camp.
Space is limited. Returning campers will be given priority for admission to the inclusion program. An additional fee of $100 per week will be added for providing extra supervision.
Who is a good fit for the Inclusion Program?
- Campers with mild exceptionalities in Grades K-8 who benefit from an IEP, 504 plan, Functional Behavior Assessment, and/or Behavioral Intervention Plan.
- Safety comes first. Campers need to be able to participate safely in activities without one-to-one support. Aggressive behaviors may result in dismissal from the program.
- Campers aged 5-14 years old, need to be able to change clothes, eat and toilet independently. While inclusion staff gives individual support when campers need it, each inclusion staff person serves 3-4 campers.
Summer School Fridays
Children in Grades K-12+ who attend summer school can attend the Camp Shalom Tikvah unit on Fridays only when school is not in session. Dates will follow the Palm Beach County Summer School Calendar. Please look under Dates & Prices for additional information.