Camp Kaleidoscope FAQs
Who are the senior staff?
What do you look for in a camp counselor?
What does a typical day look like at Camp Kaleidoscope?
How does instructional swim work?
How does carpool work?
What do I need to pack?
What special activities/fun days will they be doing?
How will I get important information and updates about Camp?
What does security look like at Camp Kaleidoscope?
How is medicine dispensed?
Our counselors are juniors in high school and older. It is required that they have experience in, and enjoy, working with children and have good organizational and communication skills. They are high energy, fun and patient. We expect that our counselors will be willing to embrace the diversity of tasks handed to them. Upon hire all of them will complete First Aid and CPR certifications.
Every morning kicks off with “boker tov” (good morning) at the flag pole. We will say the pledge of allegiance, sing hatikvah (Israel’s national anthem), do a few cheers, learn the Hebrew word of the day and generally get excited for camp!
The remainder of the morning includes a number of rotations that range from cooking, sports, Judaics, instructional swim, art, tennis, gymnastics and more.
After lunch, each child participates in two 40-minute chugim (electives). Each chug lasts for one week. Chugim descriptions and preference sheets will be available on Camp Minder in May. Examples may include theatre, cooking, Jewelry making, basketball, wilderness skills and much more.
On Mondays and Fridays we also have community Havdalah (the ceremony that ends Shabbat and begins a new week) and Shabbat celebrations. Parents are always welcome to join. Most Shabbats will contain presentations from some of our chugim.
Our campers swim every day at camp (weather permitting). For 1st and 2nd grade, Monday-Thursdays have instructional swim and Friday is free swim. Our 3rd graders enjoy two days of free swim. The first week of camp, campers will be swim tested and then placed into appropriate groups. Every Friday parents will receive a swim progress report.
Morning drop off | 8:45 AM-9:00 AM
- Parents may park and walk in to drop off campers with a Camp Kaleidoscope staff member in the lobby at the Merfish Teen Center.
- You may enter through the carpool line. When the car gets to the front of the line, staff will open the car door, campers exit car and walk with the staff member to their camp room.
- AM Care bus from the Main J will arrive to the Merfish Teen Center around 9:00 AM and campers will be met in the lobby by staff members walking them to their camp rooms.
Afternoon pickup options | 3:30 PM-3:45 PM
- Parents may park and walk in to pick up campers. A Camp Kaleidoscope staff member will be in the lobby at the Merfish Teen Center to assist in retrieving campers. You will need your J Membership Card or a JPass + Photo ID.
- Parents may use the carpool line. A carpool tag with a number will be assigned to you. When the car gets to the front of the building a staff member will open the car door and campers will get into the car.
- The PM Care and Main J Carpool bus will depart from the Merfish Teen Center and arrive to the J at 3:30 PM. Parents can retrieve campers from their PM Care rooms
Please pack sunscreen, a towel, swim suit, water bottle and a lunch EVERY DAY! In addition, we recommend kids bring a hat for outdoor activities. Please send your child to camp in tennis shoes. Flip flops may be used for the pool only. We will provide two kosher snacks every day. You are also welcome to pack your own snacks. We will have some special days where campers are asked to dress up. Feel free to pack extra clothes on that day in case your child wants to change. Please DO NOT pack candy, toys or electronics.
For our 1st and 2nd grade campers, two highlights of the summer are our first session field trip and late night/overnight. This year, we will be heading to Bowlmor on June 28th. Kids will be transported via Goodman bus, and all counselors participate. Campers will be expected to wear their J Camps shirt. Our late night/overnight happens towards the end of the Session 1. Our discoverers (1st graders) will join us until 8:00 PM and our adventurers (2nd graders) will get to sleep over at Camp Kaleidoscope. Our night of fun will include: games, dinner/snacks/breakfast, a talent show and more!
Our 3rd grade campers will go on approximately one field trip per week and spend three days at either Greene Family Camp (1st session) or Camp Young Judea (2nd session).
There are a number of other special activities throughout the summer. Examples may include: Kibbutz day, beach balls and bubbles party, Splarnival, Maccabiah, the Israeli Scouts, and Technion Mad Science Day. We will also have approximately one dress up day/week. These may be go Texan, Israel, and/or backwards day.
We love communicating with parents! You will get a number of emails prior to camp and at least two emails/week from the Camp Director. Also, as always, feel free to email Rabbi Jill at email@example.com or call at 713.595.8156 with questions.
- All parents will complete the J Transportation Form that details who is authorized to pick up their child(ren), where their child(ren) will be picked up, taking the West Houston Bus, etc.
- A current membership card or J Pass is required to enter the J.
- Parents, caregivers or grandparents must have one of these identifications to enter the J to meet their child.
- Parents, caregivers or grandparents that will be picking up children at the end of the camp day must be added to the child’s membership prior to the start of the summer.
- Camp Kaleidoscope is a fenced secure site with electronic gates to enter and exit. The building’s front door is locked after morning carpool through beginning of afternoon carpool.
- There is one uniformed armed licensed officer on property from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM. When late night or evening programs are scheduled, security hours will be extended accordingly.
- All camp families will receive the J “Bag Tag” for your child’s camp bag, backpack, lunch box, etc. This needs to be attached to all camper bags to assist with the identification of camper bags and belongings.
Medications will be administered only on the written, dated and signed request of a licensed physician. The original label must be on the container with the physician’s instructions and the physician’s name. All non-prescription medications must be labeled with the child’s name and a dated request with specific instructions on how to dispense the medication must be filled out and submitted on the Medication Authorization Form. An Authorization for Medication Form must be filled out and returned to the Camp Director, by a parent or guardian, with the child’s medication schedule. This applies to prescription and non-prescription drugs. Camp Directors will be responsible for dispensing medications.