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Camper Care & Campus Life

Posted by April 29, 2021 • Share:

Summer is just around the corner and there’s a lot of information about camp that we want to share. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sending a series of emails on the most important topics to help prepare your child (and you!) for a terrific experience at JCC Maccabi Sports Camp.   

Parent Play-by-Play 1: Camper Care & Campus Life

Our first topic is Camper Care & Campus Life because taking care of your children is our #1 priority. In this post we’ll answer questions about caring for your children, food, dorm life, and more. 

Who are the staff that will care for my child?  

The staff at JCC Maccabi Sports Camp function as a team, working together to ensure that everyone has a safe, fun, and memorable camp experience. The staff also functions in smaller teams of Leadership, Camper Care, Counselors, and Head Coaches, which you’ll be introduced to below.

  • Senior Director – Josh Steinharter
  • Assistant Director – Joel Swedlove
  • Director of Community Care – Jen Willis, LCSW
  • Program Manager – Brett Benson
  • Athletic Director – Jason Sinkoff (also Head Tennis Coach)

Working alongside the Leadership Team, our Senior Staff are seasonal staff members that are not coaches or counselors, but play key roles in our summer organization and the management of the camper experience. This group of individuals is charged with the daily care and support of your children. They oversee counselors, providing guidance and mentorship, and work directly with campers to ensure the social and emotional well-being and success of every child. It is quite possible that you will speak with a member of our Camper Care Team at some point during the summer, should there be a situation that requires your support, input, or to simply update you on a happening with your child at camp.

Counselors are the staff members whose primary responsibility is to care for our campers.  They are camp counselors in the traditional sense, responsible for the health and well being of our campers, ensuring campers are making friends, and serving as role models and leaders.

Each cabin has 2-3 dedicated counselors depending on cabin size. Counselors, like you’ll find at most Jewish overnight camps, are college-age staff with experience working with children in a structured environment (school, camp, after-school programs, coaching, etc.)  

In addition to serving as leaders of their cabins, our counselors also serve a  secondary role as a Specialist in one of our program areas, the majority working at Assistant Coaches in our Core Sports. All Assistant Coaches to camp with an extensive background playing and/or coaching sports; like our campers, they also have a deep passion for sport and the impact it has has on their lives.  

Head Coaches are all coaches by profession, employed year-round at the club, high school and/or collegiate level of their core sport. Some are local, some come from distances and all have extensive experience working with children of all ages. We seek coaches that not only possess a deep knowledge and passion for the game, but also an understanding of how to work with kids individually to ensure skill development and a love for the game. Head Coaches are responsible for planning the curriculum for their sport, leading sessions and working with Assistant Coaches to create a positive, supportive, and competitive environment for our campers to learn, thrive and have fun. 

Camper Care

Taking care of your child is our first and most important priority. This begins by hiring qualified staff through an extensive interview process that includes several conversations, reference checks and a background check.

The Camper Care team really includes everyone on staff, though there are specific individuals that lead the way, including…

  • Joel, Assistant Director
  • Jen, Director of Community Care (social worker and family therapist)
  • Division Leaders  – Kimo, Carly, Maya, and Dan
  • Camp Nurse Laura (RN, works in the SF Schools during the year)
  • Courtney, Certified Athletic Trainer

Our summer begins with 10 days of Staff Training where we dig deep into a variety of topics including relationship building, behavior management, communication, policies and procedures and more. Staff training is not limited to one week; we provide continuous feedback and training to our staff throughout the summer via formal and informal methods.

The majority of our adult staff (Head Coaches, Program Managers, Division Leaders, etc.) live in the dorm with our campers. In addition to providing constant supervision, this also affords staff and campers the opportunity to form close bonds and develop important relationships. Having adult staff other than Counselors in the dorms enables us to utilize a team approach to camper care, making more people available to support our community during the less structured times of day such as wake up, cabin clean up, shower hour and bedtime.

Dorm Life

All campers live in the Menlo College dorms and have a roommate. Cabin units are formed based on age/grade and each cabin has dedicated counselors living in the dorms alongside the campers. To build cabin unity, there are dedicated times for cabin programming, and cabin groups eat all their meals together. Just like at home, meals are a great time for campers to forge relationships and catch up on the day, helping to create a nice family atmosphere.

When will I find out my child’s roommates?

Roommate Requests

We realize many campers come to camp with friends from outside camp and desire to room together. As such, we accept requests and do our best to accommodate mutual requests. Campers will find out their roommates at check-in on the first day of camp.

All roommate groupings are made with the utmost thought and concern for all campers. There are times when, in the best interest of your child, other children, and the camp as a whole, roommate requests cannot be honored. Sometimes, the logistics of creating roommate pairings simply does not work out according to everyone’s requests. In these few cases we hope that you will trust our professional judgment.

Please note that roommate requests must be reciprocal, meaning that we must receive a matching request from another camper.

Camp can be a valuable tool in helping your child make the most of their developmental years and part of the fun of camp is the experience of meeting new people and learning to live in a group situation. A successful new friendship can be the most rewarding aspect of camp.

See the Parent Handbook for more information about our staff and dorm life. (The Parent Handbook can also be found in the CampInTouch portal under “Forms & Documents”)

What is the food like at camp?  


In one of our earliest camp videos, one of our campers described camp food as “surprisingly good.”  It always got a good laugh, but it’s also true. The food at camp is delicious with the majority of the offerings coming from local and organic sources.

Shmirat Haguf, Guarding the Body, is one of camp’s core values and as such, we encourage campers to eat to fuel their body and be prepared for a full day of activity.

Each meal includes hot entrées, vegetarian options and salad bar for lunch and dinner. Meals are kosher style with separate meat and dairy meals and no pork or shellfish. Our staff keeps a close eye on what campers are eating making sure that they have a well-balanced meal and have a variety of foods on their plate.

In the age of covid, we are working closely with Sodexo, the food service provider at Menlo College, to ensure our campers are happy and fed, as well as healthy and safe. Protocols are evolving and you can be assured that dining will be done in a way that meets current covid safety best practices.

It is our expectation that all dining will be outdoors and even with standards relaxing as we get closer to camp, we do not expect to move to indoor dining. That said, food will all be served indoors and campers will enter the dining hall to get their meal. We expect to have the same quality and variety, always offering several main courses as well as salad and fresh fruit, along with gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. One thing that may take some getting used to, campers will only be permitted to go into the dining hall once, eliminating the option for seconds. We will revisit this as the situation evolves but expect it to be the standard to avoid the traffic and congestion in the dining hall that is inevitable with unstructured trips.


Upcoming Topics

  • Health & Safety – health  center, medications, immunizations and general safety
  • Transportation – how to get to and from camp, drop-off and pick-up times
  • Packing & Gear – how to pack, laundry, gear for core sports  
  • Preparing for Camp – preparing your child to be away from home
  • Summer Communication  – photos, mail, social media, and more

To view all of the topics in this series, click here.

Summer Communication

Posted by April 21, 2021 • Share:

This is last of a series of emails & blog posts covering important topics about sending your child to camp. If you missed the previous emails & blog posts in this series, click here to view.

Parent Play-by-Play 6: Summer Communication

In today’s issue we discuss ways you can interact with your child and their summer camp experience.

There are several ways to stay connected to your child and the happenings at camp including social media, emails, letter writing, photos and the camp blog.

Emergency Hotline: (650) 785-1064 

If there is an emergency and you need to reach camp immediately during the summer, please use this number. It will connect to the Leadership Staff member on duty and will be on during all hours of the day.

Please note, this number should only be used in the case of emergencies. Non-emergencies should still be directed to the main camp number (415) 997-8844. If you don’t get us directly it’s because we’re out having fun with your kids though we check messages frequently.

Social Media

Just like our campers, we love social media! Be sure to LIKE us on Facebook so you can stay on top of what we’re doing, reading, thinking, and feeling.  We’d love for you to share our posts and photos with your friends and family too.

We’re also on Instagram under the handle @jmsportscamp


By now you should be familiar with CampInTouch, our online portal for registration and camper forms. Once camp begins, the platform transitions to enable you to stay in touch with your child and the happenings at camp.

The system is user-friendly and we encourage you explore it. Should you have any questions or need help, CampMinder Tech Support is standing by and more than happy to assist. (CampMinder is the software behind CampInTouch.)

CampMinder can be reached at (303) 444-2267; follow the prompts for Parent support. They have extended hours in the summer and are ready to provide assistance to parents and camp families.  The CampMinder team is the experts in all things CampInTouch so please call them with any questions. 

What can you do via the CampInTouch System?

  • Send an email to your child — it will be printed and delivered after lunch
  • Receive an email response from your child — a handwritten note will be scanned and emailed to you as a PDF
  • View camp photo albums and share photos with family & friends
  • Add guests to your account so they can see what’s happening at camp
  • Download hi-resolution photos (for a fee) 

Emailing Your Camper

CampInTouch allows you and your camper to communicate using eLetters, an email-like system enabling two-way communication. Parents, and guests associated with your account, can log into CampInTouch and write an eLetter that will be received by our office. We print letters daily at 11am and deliver them to campers after lunch. If you want your child to respond, there is a checkbox that will initiate a camper-specific page to be printed and delivered with your letter. Your camper will use this page to craft a handwritten letter home. The special page has a unique barcode that allows us to scan and upload the letter directly to your CampInTouch account. The best way to ensure you receive a response from your camper is to click the check box and initiate this special sheet is generated for your camper. 

It’s important to note that while these eLetters are sent electronically, they are not in real-time as we have become accustom to when using email in our everyday lives. Campers often receive the blank note at rest hour but may not respond immediately. By the time a camper writes a letter and puts it in our dorm mailboxes, it could be an hour or more likely, many days later. Also, depending on when their response letter is put in the dorm mailbox, it may not be uploaded until the next day. We offer this information so that parents can temper expectations regarding when they will receive a response from their child. Some campers will write home immediately, some will take days, and some may never write home


CampStamps are essentially a currency required to send and receive emails through CampInTouch. Maccabi Sports Camp has arranged for each family to receive 5 CampStamps per camper per parent per week. Sending an eLetter to your camper costs 1 CampStamp and receiving an eLetter from your camper costs 1 CampStamp. Once your allocation of CampStamps has been used up, parents can purchase additional CampStamps. They are $1.00 each with a minimum purchase of 10 at a time. Please remember that each parent receives 5 CampStamps per week so they will be replenished over the course of the session. CampStamps do not expire and can rollover to next year but they cannot be used at a different camp.

We have chosen the 5 CampStamps option specifically for camper care & philosophical reasons, not reasons related to cost, as we feel that is a healthy level of communication during our session. Receiving mail at camp is one of the great joys of the experience and we strongly encourage families to write to their kids. That said, there is a point when receiving a high volume of letters can be too much, many times causing campers to have feelings of missing home when before there were none. Also, and this is rare, but some campers experience stress due to the pressure of having to respond to each letter. Camp is short and fleeting and we want campers to be in the moment and experience all that it has to offer. If a camper feels they must spend all of their downtime writing letters home, it may severely dampen that experience. We’ve seen this happen each summer and want to encourage parents to keep this in mind as they embark on the summer camp experience.

Again, by all means, write to your child while they are at camp. Campers love to get mail. But please also be sure to set the appropriate expectations with your camper on writing home. Sending 1-3 letters home during a session is a good amount. Anything more than that may adversely affect the wonderfully positive experience you’ve sent them to camp to have.

Letter Writing

My father used to refer to my grandfather as “the last of the great letter writers” — and that was when I was the age of our campers! One of the last places letters are still exchanged is summer camp. It’s a great way to communicate and very exciting for campers to receive an actual letter in the mail. To ensure your letter reaches your camper while a camp, we recommend mailing letters 1-2 days prior to the start of camp and no later than 5 days before the end of the session. 

Mailing Address (and suggested formatting)

Camper’s Name
c/o JCC Maccabi Sports Camp (Menlo College)
1000 El Camino Real
Atherton, CA 94027


Our summer photo system within your CampInTouch account provides a fantastic way for you and your family, friends, and guests to have a window into your camper’s summer experience.

When you access the photo system within CampInTouch, you’ll see photo albums and a season selector at the top of the screen, which gives you easy access to great camp memories from years past.

The photo system has a mobile-optimized navigation menu across the bottom of the page, allowing easy navigation on all kinds of devices. Clicking or tapping into an album gives you an endlessly streaming page of photos, with a column layout custom-tailored to your device of choice. Selecting a photo gives you a much larger view of that image, and from there, you can swipe or use the arrow keys on your keyboard to navigate through the entire album.

An important note regarding camp photos…

The photos we share are intended to offer each family an opportunity to see our general program and get a sense of the overall camp experience. There are lots of great moments happening at camp every day and we want to share them with you so you can gain a better understanding of what your child is experiencing. That said, photos are not meant to be a camper specific check-in. Meaning, it is not our goal to post photos so that every family can see their child and be able to know how their child is doing. Should a photo capture your child with anything less than a beaming smile, that’s ok too. Camp is about ups and downs and we’ve found that there are a lot more ups than downs. But, should it happen, keep in mind that a photo is a moment in time and may not be representative of the overall experience a particular child is having.

Should you want to get a better sense of your child’s experience, please call us. Josh, the camp director, or any number of other Leadership Staff are more than happy to give you a report on how your child is doing and maybe even snap a photo of them having a great time!

Sharing and purchasing photos is easy as well. Simply hover over a photo and use the buttons to download, share, or add the photo to your shopping cart.  We hope you enjoy this feature and use it as a means to experience camp alongside your camper this summer.

We are taking a lot of pictures at camp and promise to share them with you. We will post a new batch three times a week on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays  before 8:00pm.

Previous Topics

  • Camper Care & Campus Life – who are our staff, dorm life, food, and more
  • Health & Safety –  health center, medications, immunizations and general safety
  • Transportation – how to get to and from camp, drop-off and pick-up times
  • Preparing for Camp – preparing your child to be away from home
  • Packing & Gear – how to pack, laundry, gear for core sports and other sports  

To view all of the topics in this series, click here.


Packing and Gear

Posted by April 21, 2021 • Share:

This is the fifth in a series of emails & blog posts covering important topics about sending your child to camp. If you missed the previous emails or posts on Transportation, Health & Safety, or Camper Care & Campus Life, click here to view them online.  

Parent Play-by-Play 5: Packing & Gear

We want to make packing for camp as easy as possible, which is why we’ve created a thorough packing list with sections for each Core Sport. Click here to download a PDF of the packing list.

What should my child pack?

Packing Information

The following information is meant to serve as a guide to help answer any questions about what your child should bring to camp.  We encourage you to use your best judgment about your child’s needs in helping him or her to pack thoroughly, yet efficiently.

It is critical that you write your child’s name on all clothing and linens. Camp is not responsible for lost or damaged items.

For easy labeling, check out Label Daddy and use code “MACCABI” 

Even though we provide laundry during the session, we still encourage campers to pack clothes for a minimum of 10 days. If your child is coming for Rookie Camp (7 days), adjust accordingly but note that laundry is not done during their time at camp. Given the active sports schedule, campers tend to need more than 1 shirt, socks, etc. for each day.

Shabbat Attire

On Friday evening of our Shabbat celebration, all campers and staff members are asked to dress in a clean, white shirt (polo, t-shirt, button down, etc.)  Please note that you do not need to purchase new clothes for Shabbat; any clean, white shirt will suffice.  Pants, shorts, and skirts do not need to be white.

Sports Equipment, Clothing, and Footwear

Campers will spend 4 hours each day at their Core Sport so it is essential that they have comfortable, appropriately fitting clothes for their sport.  Shoes and cleats brought to camp should be broken in to ensure proper comfort and fit.  Campers must wear appropriate clothing and footwear at all times.

In addition to the necessary gear for their specific Core Sport, we strongly encourage campers to bring gear for other sports, such as a baseball glove, cleats and/or tennis racquet.

See our Packing List in CampInTouch or download a PDF here for more information on what is recommended for each sport.

What items are not allowed at camp?

Items to Leave at Home

  • Clothing with inappropriate logos or words such as references to alcohol, drug, or profanity
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Food, candy, gum
  • Cell phones, personal video gaming devices or any devices with screens, internet or cellular abilities (see Electronic Policy in Parent Handbook for details)

Linens & Bedding

Campers are strongly encouraged to bring their own bedding, when possible. The mattresses at camp are twin XL (39” W x 80” L).  In addition to a fitted sheet, campers should bring a top sheet and blanket, or a sleeping bag if they prefer. They will also need a pillow, pillowcase, and 2-3 towels (1-2 for showering and 1 for pool use.)

If campers are flying to camp and/or unable to bring their own bedding, camp will provide a complete linen package, which includes two sheets, blanket, pillow, pillowcase, towels, and a washcloth. It is not necessary to request a linen package in advance. When your camper arrives, we will check to see if they need sheets, towels, etc. and provide them accordingly. There are no additional charges for the linen package. 

Forgotten Items

If your child forgot a necessary item, you can mail it to camp with “Forgotten Item” written clearly on the package and we will deliver it to your child.

Will my child be able to do laundry at camp?

Laundry Service

We provide laundry service to all campers, at no additional cost. Laundry will be done once during Session 1 (picked up on Day 8, returned Day 9) and twice during Session 2 (picked up Day 7 and returned Day 8 and again Days 14/15).   Your camper should bring enough clothes to last 10 days, but keep in mind that campers are very active and may change clothes more than once each day, particularly items like socks and t-shirts. It is very likely that campers laundry will be bundled by room, so it is very important to label each item of your child’s clothing.

While we strive to provide excellent laundry service, we strongly discourage campers from bringing expensive clothes or items that require delicate or special care. Camp is not responsible for items lost during laundry. 


The average daytime temperature at camp ranges from the mid-70’s to the high 80’s. It can be cooler in the evenings with the temperature dropping into the 50’s. Sweatshirts, sweatpants, and other warm items are encouraged for pre-breakfast and post-dinner time. 

Eye Care

If your child wears glasses or contacts, please send them with extras, as these items are occasionally broken or misplaced at camp.


At JCC Maccabi Sports Camp one of our key goals is to help campers forge new friendships and connect with their cabin mates and counselors.  We want every camper and counselor to be an active participant in the daily life of camp and to not simply attend each activity but be present for every activity.

In order to do this, we ask that camp remain a place for campers to “unplug” from the electronics that they use daily at home and at school.

We do not allow any devices that can make or receive a phone call; play a video game, DVD, or movie; access the internet; or send/receive email or instant messages. A general rule of thumb is: any device with a screen is not allowed.  (The only exception to this is digital cameras and e-readers like a kindle.)

Campers are allowed to bring small music devices without screens, such as the iPod shuffle.  Please note that we cannot be held responsible for lost or damaged items.

Other Policies

Please review the Parent Handbook in CampInTouch to review camp policies regarding bringing food, money & valuables to camp and drugs, alcohol & tobacco.  We also encourage you to review Appendix I for the Terms & Conditions that you signed upon completion of the Camper Application.

Other Topics in the Series

  • Preparing for Camp – preparing your child to be away from home
  • Camper Care & Campus Life – who are our staff, dorm life, food, and more
  • Health & Safety –  health center, medications, immunizations and general safety
  • Transportation – how to get to and from camp, drop-off and pick-up times

Upcoming Topics in the Series

  • Summer Communication  – photos, Facebook, blogs and more

To view all of the topics in the Parent Play-by-Play series, click here.

Preparing Your Child for Camp

Posted by April 21, 2021 • Share:

This is the fourth in a series of emails & blog posts covering important topics about sending your child to camp. If you missed the previous emails & blog posts, you can view them here.

Parent Play-by-Play 4: Preparing Your Child for Camp

Going away from home for an extended period of time can be difficult for some children (and not just first-time campers).  It is natural for them to be a little anxious as camp grows closer.  Some will carry their concerns to camp.  To help your child with these feelings, we have compiled this guide for parents.  The pointers below will help prepare your child for the enriching experience that camp provides.

If your child is apprehensive about going to camp or showing any resistance or anxiety, the most important thing you can do is talk about it. Ignoring their feelings or hoping they will go away is not helpful. At the same time, you also don’t have to have a long drawn out conversation. Sometimes a simple recognition of their feelings and the understanding that going away can be scary is all that is needed to help your child feel supported.

We are fortunate to have a compassionate and creative Director of Community Care, Jen Willis as a part of our staff. Jen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and family therapist. This will be her second summer at Maccabi and has been working closely with camp leadership since 2019. Jen is an integral part of our summer planning team as we prepare to welcome campers and staff to what is likely the first major social experience they’ve had in some time.

Josh, Joel, and Jen are all available for pre-camp conversations about any topic that you think will enable us to better care for your child this summer and set the path for a positive and memorable experience. 

If your child exhibits concerns about going to camp, encourage an open expression of feelings. They are worried about the unknown and are looking for your understanding.  It is helpful to tell your child that these concerns are normal and that many other campers feel the same way.  Permit your child to call the camp office to ask questions and receive reassurance.  Let them know that the camp director is always available to help, before and during camp.

Please do not be ambivalent about your child’s stay at camp. Your child needs to understand that they will be coming to camp for an extended time.  It is important that a camper understands this commitment and is not encouraged to think he or she may leave before the session ends.  A “try it out” approach does not work.  Although it may temporarily calm the child at home it creates challenges at camp and makes it more difficult for us to help your child face the obstacle and overcome adversity. More often than not, taking this strategy with a child experiencing uncertainty will lead to an early departure.  Fees are not refundable for early departure due to missing home.  

Remind your camper that summer camp is about having fun, meeting new people, trying new things and taking on challenges. This approach may not work for all children, but as these are important values of our camp, if the moment feels right, it’s a good time to explore these aspects of being away from home.  Our camp is designed to help campers, new and returning, to meet new people and make new friends. Make sure your child knows this as they prepare for their summer camp adventure.

Reassure your child that everything at home will be the same as when they left. This means that pets will be cared for, possessions will be protected from siblings, and that their room will stay as it was left. If for any reason this cannot be promised, inform the camp office of the circumstances – we can be most helpful when we are informed.

Please notify the camp office of any upsetting event that may have occurred prior to camp or you anticipate happening during the summer. In this category would be an illness or death in the family, poor school grades, divorce, or moving to a new house or city.

When seeing your child off at the airport or dropping your child off at camp, make your parting brief and pleasant.  Prolonged or tearful good-byes can be emotionally upsetting to your child.

Lastly, please discuss with the Camp Director if your child has been under any psychological or psychiatric care at any time prior to camp.  JCC Maccabi Sports Camp is well prepared to deal with most children and the common problems of growing up.  Our knowledge of the facts will give your child the best chance of success. On the flip side, being left in the dark regarding a serious situation leaves us unable to properly care for your child.

As you can see, open conversation and support are best and key to your child’s success. By spending some time properly discussing your camper’s feelings, you can do wonders to set them up for an amazing overnight camp experience away from home.

As always, please feel free to call camp to discuss further. We are happy to be part of any conversation that will offer more support for your child.

Upcoming Topics

  • Packing & Gear – how to pack, laundry, gear for core sports and other sports  
  • Summer Communication  – photos, Facebook, email, and more

Previous Topics

  • Camper Care & Campus Life – who are our staff, dorm life, food, and more
  • Health & Safety –  health center, medications, immunizations and general safety
  • Transportation – how to get to and from camp, drop-off and pick-up times

To view all of the topics in this series, click here.

Getting to Camp

Posted by April 21, 2021 • Share:

This is the third in a series of emails and blog posts covering important topics about sending your child to camp. If you missed the previous topics on Camper Care & Campus Life or Health & Safety, click here to view them online.

Parent Play-by-Play 3: Getting to Camp

An important step to having an amazing camp experience is getting to camp! In this blog post we answer your questions about dropping your child off at camp and picking them up on the last day. Please use this information in conjunction with developing information pertaining to Covid-19 to plan your child’s opening and closing day at camp.

The Jewish value of K’lal Yisrael – Welcoming Jewish People and Friends – is one of camp’s core values. It’s not just the similarities but the differences that unite people worldwide. Feeling welcome and part of a community begins the first moment each camper reaches camp. When campers arrive at camp, whether by car or plane, our staff will greet them with a smile and help them feel comfortable at their home away from home.

Clear communication between parents and the Camp Office regarding your child’s travel information is essential. We use CampInTouch to track campers’ travel plans to and from camp. Please complete the online Transportation Form (which can be found in your CampInTouch portal) by May 15 so we can make the proper arrangements.

When is drop-off and pick-up?

Getting to Camp by Car

On the first day of each session, families are welcome to drop their child off at camp.  Please plan to arrive at camp between 10:00am and 11:00am. To ensure a smooth first day of camp, we ask for your cooperation in arriving during the prescribed window. We will have staff members directing traffic, unloading luggage, and showing you where to park.

While the specifics of Opening Day drop-off are still being determined, we expect that only campers will be permitted to get out of the car and we ask that parents and siblings remain in the vehicle while we help your camper arrive. 

We expect to administer a rapid response covid test to all campers when they arrive and parents will be asked to stay until we receive the results of the test, likely within 20-30 minutes.

Parents will receive an email a few days before the first day of camp reminding you of important drop-off logistics.

Our summer address is:

JCC Maccabi Sports Camp
c/o Menlo College
1000 El Camino Real
Atherton, CA 94027

If my child is flying to camp, who will pick them up from the airport?

Getting to Camp by Air

For campers who will be traveling by airplane, please book flights to arrive between 9:00am and 11:00am. If you are not able to secure a flight that lands in this time frame, please call or email camp to discuss.

Nearby airports, in order of preference for pick-up:

  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
  • San Jose International Airport (SJC)

We will provide transportation at no additional cost to and from these three airports.

Most major airlines allow for travel by Unaccompanied Minors over the age of 5 years old.  We encourage you to review the specific requirements of each airline as they are all different. Please notify us directly if your child will be traveling as an Unaccompanied Minor.

All campers deemed to be Unaccompanied Minors will be greeted inside the terminal by an adult member of our camp staff and transported directly to camp. Those that do not qualify as an Unaccompanied Minor will be met just outside security. Once your child arrives at camp, you will receive a phone call notifying you of their safe arrival.  

When booking travel for an Unaccompanied Minor, the airline will ask for the name of the adult picking up your child at the airport. Due to the complexities of airport pick-up logistics, we are not able to provide this information until days prior to your child’s flight. For now, put “Josh Steinharter” in that space and we will follow-up with you as the date nears to give you the name of the camp staff member that will actually be greeting your child when they get off the plane.

Campers flying to camp are permitted to bring a mobile phone for use during travel; it will be collected upon arrival and kept in the camp safe for the duration of the session. Campers should bring a phone charger and we will ensure their phone is fully charged for the trip home.

If you are flying to the Bay Area with your child and plan to bring them to camp yourself, more specifically, you do not require transportation from the airport, please take the following action:

  1. Enter your child’s transportation method as “driving” – not flying
  2. And email our office directly to let us know your plans

When we see flight information in the system, our default is to make arrangements to pick up your child at the gate so it is of utmost importance for you to notify us if you are flying in yet providing transportation to camp on your own.

Returning Home from Camp

For families living within driving distance, please plan to arrive at camp between 10am and 11am on the last day of the session. Parents will also receive an email a few days before the last day of the session reminding you of important pick-up logistics.

For campers who are flying home, we will provide transportation to the airport. Campers will be supervised throughout the check-in process and a staff member will remain at the airport until after their flight has departed. Please arrange flights to depart between 10am and 12pm.

For parents picking up Rookie Campers, pick up is at 2:00pm on the final day of the session. This summer, Rookie Camp I ends on June 27 and Rookie Camp II on July 18.

As always, contact our office at (415) 997-8844 or with any questions.

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