Summer Camp

Welcome to Camp Shalom! Camp Shalom is a summer adventure for children ages 18 months through 16 years old.

Camp Shalom is open to all faiths and backgrounds.

We offer a variety of camp programs, from traditional day camp to specialty camps. Camp runs all summer long.


Our 2016 dates are June 6-August 19. 

Regular hours for grades K-10 are 9:00am-4:00pm, with Extended Care available in the morning from 7:30am-9:00am and in the afternoon from 4:00pm-6:00pm. For preschool camp hours, see individual camp descriptions. Extended Care is also available for preschool camps.

For more information, contact the camp office at camp@apjcc.org or 408.357.7416.

What's New in 2016

We're offering many new specialty camps this year, including STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), Extreme Sports, Parkour Ninja Warrior, Science, Robotics, Chess, Prince and Princess, and more! Of course we still offer traditional day camp and your old specialty camp favorites too.

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We offer sessions of varying lengths throughout the summer. We do not offer a drop-in option because we believe that an important part of the camp experience is for each child to develop a positive connection with a stable peer group.

Click the links below to see details about our various camp offerings, including descriptions, dates, times, and fees.

Pashoshim (ages 18-24 months)

Katan (ages 2-4 years)

Traditional Day Camp (entering grades K-6 in the fall -- includes Yeledim for campers entering kindergarten, Sabra for entering 1st-2nd grades, and Kadima for entering 3rd-6th grades)

Madrichim (entering 7th or 8th grade in the fall)

Yoetz (Counselor in Training program for youth entering 9th or 10th grades in the fall)

Art and Cooking:

  • Art Exploration
  • Junk Art
  • Prince and Princess
  • Cooking Capers
  • Culinary Creations
  • Creative Cooking


  • Habima Hess Circus


  • APJCC Dance Academy, Summer Style
  • Habima Hess: Circus

Science and Engineering:

  • Eureka! Young Inventors Camp
  • "Fizz"-ical Phenomena and Che-Mystery
  • LEGO

Sports and Games:

  • Basketball
  • Chess
  • Extreme Sports
  • Parkour Ninja Warrior
  • Soccer
  • Tennis

Other Specialty Programs:



Facilities on our 9-acre campus include a heated swimming pool with certified lifeguards on duty at all times, athletic field, tennis courts, gymnasium, 2 playgrounds, science and nature station, 2 creative arts studios, dance studios, kitchen, theater auditorium, and air-conditioned classrooms. We are located next to the Los Gatos Creek Trail and close to Vasona Park for nature activities.

Camp Staff

Every member of our fun, friendly and engaging staff is CPR and first-aid certified, has completed a fingerprint scan and LiveScan, and has completed a camp orientation and training session. Our counselor to camper ratio is 1:8, except in our preschool camps where the ratio in Camp Pashoshim is 1:4 and the ratio in Camp Katan cabins varies, following state licensing regulations for the different age groups (2, 3, and 4 year olds).

Josh Glincher, Camp Director
Josh started here as a camper in 1998 and has been involved with camp and the JCC ever since. He graduated from University of the Pacific, where he obtained his bachelor's degree in business administration with a minor in law. In his spare time, Josh enjoys playing sports, hanging out with his dog, and spending time with his wife Samantha.

Phyllis Kenigsberg, Assistant Camp Director                                                                                                                                         Phyllis grew up in Southern California, where she spent her childhood attending Jewish day and overnight camps. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 2010, earning a bachelor’s degree in Judaic studies with a minor in sociology. Professionally, she has worked for several Jewish non-profit organizations including Hillel, BBYO, and JDC. In her spare time, Phyllis enjoys singing, playing board games, and cooking vegetarian food.

David McCullough, Director for Pashoshim and Katan (preschool programs)
David McCullough, Director of Pashoshim & Katan, has been at the APJCC since September 1991.  He has worn a variety of hats for the APJCC.  He has worked with Kidspace, summer camps, and sports and enrichment programs.  He is a teacher in our APJCC Preschool program.  Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife Beth and 11-year-old daughter Samara.  Samara has enjoyed Camp Shalom since she was two years old.

Are you interested in working at Camp Shalom this summer?
See our jobs web page.


 American Camp Association (ACA) Accreditation

https://asoft8298.accrisoft.com/svjcc/clientuploads/logos/aca_accredited.jpgCamp Shalom is happy to announce that we are an American Camp Association accredited camp. ACA accreditation assures parents that the camp has had a regular, independent safety audit that goes beyond regulations in most states. ACA accreditation means that the Camp Shalom cares enough to undergo a thorough (over 300 health and safety standards) review of its operation — from staff qualifications and training to emergency management.

No accreditation process, no licensing program, no set of regulations or laws can guarantee safety. However, accreditation is the best evidence for parents that our camp is committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment for their children.




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Located at 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos, CA 95032. Tel: 408.357.7429. Fax: 408.358.7311.

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