Campers and Staff

Parent Resources

We look forward to seeing your child at Engman Camp Shalom this year. Each week of camp is an opportunity to learn and grow, and campers will return home each day with plenty of stories to share. With any luck, they’ll also be ready for bed!

When you register your child for camp, you receive a Parent Handbook full of helpful information about our camp dress code, safety, general rules and more. To request a new copy of the handbook or for additional questions about camp, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

As you plan for camp, here are some reminders and details especially for parents.

Extended Care

We offer before and after care for campers at our Caspe Terrace facility. Before care begins at 7:30 am and after care is available until 5:30 pm. The cost is $25/week for either option or $50/week for both before and after care. For unplanned extended care, the drop-in rate is $10/hour. Be sure to include your before or after care needs during registration.

Transportation

To help transport your child to our Waukee location, daily transportation services are available from Tifereth Israel Synagogue. Campers are picked up at 8:30 am and returned at 4:15 pm. The total cost for a week of transportation is $15 one-way or $20 roundtrip.

Camp Packing List

Your camper should bring the following items to camp with their names clearly marked:

  • Water Bottle. There will be several opportunities throughout the day to refill the bottle.
  • Lunch. Snacks and Friday lunches are provided at no extra cost, and hot lunches for Monday-Thursday are available for an additional $20 weekly fee. Jewish dietary laws are observed at camp. Learn more with our tips below.
  • Backpack or Tote Bag. Each camper will have an open locker, but a backpack will help to contain the items during transport and the rest of the day.
  • Sunhats and Sunglasses. Not required, but strongly suggested. Campers spend a lot of time out in the sun.
  • Sunblock. SPF 45 is advised. Please come to camp wearing sunblock in the morning, and we will remind campers to put more on after lunch.
  • Swimsuit and Towel. Even on days that we do not go to the aquatic center or swim lessons, we frequently play outside with our water slide and have various water games.
  • Insect Repellent. Please apply insect repellent before camp and have a supply in their bag for reapplication when necessary.
  • Camp Shirt (Tuesdays). For safety and easy identification, the 2018 official camp T-shirt must be worn on Tuesdays for field trips.

Camp Lunch Tips

All campers follow Jewish dietary laws. Your child is required to bring a nutritious dairy or parve (meaning neither meat nor dairy) lunch each day, except on Fridays when lunch is provided. Please pack the meal in a labeled lunch box or bag with an ice pack. This year, we’re also adding an option for the camp to offer a hot lunch Monday-Thursday for $20/week.

Unsure of what to send? We’ve put together some helpful tips and our staff is also happy to answer your questions.

  • A dairy (parve) lunch would include items such as hummus, nut or sunflower seed butters and jelly, cheese, tuna, egg salad, bagel and cream cheese, cheese pizza, or cheese and crackers.
  • You could also include fruit, cut-up vegetables with dip, pretzels, granola, chips, etc.
  • Do NOT send products that contain animal fat, lard, or sandwiches that contain meat.
  • We encourage the use of reusable containers, but please make sure they are clearly labeled.

Contact Us

For additional questions or information, don’t hesitate to reach out to the camp team at engmancampshalom@dmjfed.org or by calling 515-987-0899.