Camp Haverim (grades TK - 11)
Tips for Families



First Time Day Campers

Camp Office Questions

Health and Medication





First Time Day Campers

What do I need to pack in my child’s backpack?

Each camper should come to camp wearing sneakers and a bathing suit under their clothes. Please send your camper with sunscreen on. In their bags they should have a towel, a change of clothes including underwear, a water bottle, and sunscreen. You may also send their lunch in their backpack or you can purchase a hot lunch for our camper which will be delivered to them at lunchtime. We strongly discourage packing electronic games, trading cards, or other “valuable” items, and cell phones are not permitted at camp. Please make sure that you label all of your child’s belongings.

Where do I pick up and drop off my camper?

We offer two convenient pick up and drop off points. Parents may pull into our carpool line and a counselor will greet you and walk your camper into the theater themselves. You may also choose to drop your child off yourself in which case you can park in the JCC parking lot and walk them into the theater to greet the counselors. K’ton Ton’s will have their own room in the back for check-in, the camp staff will guide you to the correct room.


Camp Office Questions

What if I need to pick up my child early?

If you know in advance that you will be doing this, please call or email the camp office and let them know what time you will be arriving. You can call in at 949-435-3400 x268 or email All early pickups can be arranged inside the camp office. If we know the time you are arriving, we will do our best to have your child waiting at the office for you. You must sign your child out in the office. There will be no early pick-up from 2:45-3:15 pm.

What if I need to drop my child off late?

Late drop off will also be handled in the camp office. Bring your camper in and a staff member will locate their group and walk them out themselves. If your child’s group is going on a field trip on the bus in the morning, they must arrive before 10am, otherwise they may be sent home.

What if I am running early or late?

We offer pre-care in the morning starting at 7:30a.m. All campers that arrive before 9 am will automatically be enrolled and you will be charged per day as needed. Similarly, all campers who remain at camp past 3:45 p.m. will be enrolled in post care for the day and charged accordingly. Pick up for post care is no later than 6 p.m.

Is scholarship/financial assistance available?

You may contact Marcia Clark at (949) 435-3400 ext. 312 or to learn more about scholarship/financial assistance. Scholarship funds are available through the generosity of our Sponsoring Members who ensure that membership is open to all. 

Scholarships are also available through Jewish Federation of Orange County's Passport to Jewish Life program.


Health and Medication

What if my child gets sick at camp?

All camp staff are CPR and first aid certified. Should your child need minor medical attention (cuts, headache, TLC, etc.) our counselors will attend to your child and send home in their bag a note letting you know that they visited the camp office and what specifically was done (extra popsicle, band-aid, etc.) Should your child become sick at camp (fever, vomiting, etc.) we will first try to contact the parents to come pick up the camper. If we are not able to reach a parent, we will then contact the emergency numbers.

How do I get my child’s medication to camp?

Our office manager is available pre-camp to collect medication. Pharmacy labels are required on all prescription medications and non-prescription medications need to be in their original containers with the camper’s name clearly written on it. You need to fill out our medication release form, which gives us accurate directions for dispensing and written consent from a doctor allowing our counselors to dispense the medication to your child.



What are the lunch choices for my child?

A Kosher lunch is offered each day. They can be pre-purchased or purchased the day of as needed. Water, juice and healthy snacks are also provided. We have a different lunch selection each day. Our calendar lists the special of the day and pizza and bagel options are also available every day.

What if my child has food allergies?

Please note that we are a peanut and nut aware facility. As each food allergy is unique and requires different solutions, please contact the camp office at 949-435-3400 x268 to discuss your individual child.

What if my child’s birthday is during camp?

You are welcome to send in a snack or cupcakes for your child’s birthday. Please call the camp office and speak with your child’s unit head so they can expect the snack and set up a time for your child’s group to enjoy them. All snacks sent to camp must be kosher.



Does my child receive instructional swim every day? How will I know how he/she is progressing?

Yes, every camper receives instructional swim each day lead by our Red Cross certified lifeguards. Campers are grouped by ability during instructional swim. Each week they focus on specific skills and the campers are evaluated at the end of the week to see if they are ready to move up to the next swimming level. Once campers pass a water safety test, a swim card is sent home attached to their backpack.