Prospective Camper Info

Find answers to all your questions for first-time campers and their parents.

Information for new campers & parents

Sending your child to Camp can be confusing and difficult. Many times being a first-time parent is scarier than being a first-time camper!

At Camp Solomon Schechter we do our best to make the process easy and painless. Please read through our Frequently Asked Questions and don’t hesitate to call us if the answer to your question isn’t there.

  • Q: What are the cabins like?
  • Q: What accommodations are there for campers with special needs?
  • Q: When do we have to register for Camp?
  • Q: How does my child get to and from camp?
  • Q: How are the activity periods set up at Camp?
  • Q: What if my child has special dietary needs?
  • Q: I want to send my child to Camp, but I don’t think we’ll be able to afford it. Is there financial assistance available?
  • Q: We’re going to be driving from Seattle to Portland while our child is at Camp. Can we just stop by to say “Hello” to our camper?
  • Q: Can my child request specific bunkmates?
  • Q: My child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah is in the fall. Can they prepare at Camp?
  • Q: Do I really need to complete the medical form each year?
  • Q: What about mail at camp?
  • Q: What if I have more questions?
Q: What are the cabins like?

A: Each of our beautiful, clean, rustic cabins at Camp Solomon Schechter holds 8-14 campers and at least two counselors.  All cabins are equipped with a bathroom and shower inside, and a porch area for shoes and wet clothing. There are cubbies in each cabin where campers can unpack their clothing, allowing for a tidy and sanitary living space. The cabins are cleaned daily by campers and staff. If you are interested, you will be able to fill out our online form for tutoring once your camper is registered.

Q: What accommodations are there for campers with special needs?

A: Camp Solomon Schechter’s policy of inclusion means that we try to accommodate as many campers as possible, but our programming is not geared towards campers with special needs. Campers unable to readily communicate with other campers and staff, toilet and groom themselves, or move about the cabin without assistance will need to provide their own integration aide to assist them during Camp. It is up to the parents to find and secure the needed 24-hour integration aide for their camper with special needs. Your local Jewish Family Services is often a good starting point.

Q: When do we have to register for Camp?

A: We recommend registering your children for camp in the Fall, as many of our sessions could fill up by winter. You can register here.

Q: How does my child get to and from camp?

A: Camp Solomon Schechter offers transportation from Seattle, Bellevue, Portland, Vancouver BC, and Spokane. If you are coming from outside one of these locations, you can either arrange to have your child take the closest bus, or you can bring your child directly to camp. If your child requires a flight, we will work with you to arrange an accompanied pick-up and drop-off at the airport. There is a charge for the transportation provided.

Q: How are the activity periods set up at Camp?

A: For our younger (Aleph) campers, our program consists of cabin rotations, where each cabin rotates from activity to activity throughout the session. In our Bet and Gimmel sessions we focus on individual choice, where campers are encouraged to make choices for themselves, and try several different activities in a session. Campers in these sessions sign up for activities in 5-day rotations, allowing them to challenge themselves and learn new skills at each activity they choose. Try looking at a typical day at camp for more info.

Q: What if my child has special dietary needs?

A: Camp Solomon Schechter is a Kosher camp, meaning that all food both in and out of the Chadar Ochel (dining hall) is Kosher. At every meal, we have vegetarian, vegan and lactose intolerant options. CSS is a peanut- and tree nut-free facility. We strive to accommodate all dietary issues, although that is not always possible.   Should you have further questions, please feel free to contact our Registrar.

Q: I want to send my child to Camp, but I don’t think we’ll be able to afford it. Is there financial assistance available?

A: Financial aid and scholarship information can be found here.

Q: We’re going to be driving from Seattle to Portland while our child is at Camp. Can we just stop by to say “Hello” to our camper?

A: If you would like to see Camp and experience Camp life for yourself and your family, please consider attending one of our fabulous Family Camp programs! As much as we love all of you, visitors can be disruptive to the Camp program and difficult for children who miss their parents. In addition, visitors coming and going decreases our ability to provide a secure and safe environment for your children.

Q: Can my child request specific bunkmates?

A: While registering online you may include your campers’ cabin requests. We allow for up to two requests, and we guarantee one (mutual requests get priority). Please remember that one of our goals at Camp Solomon Schechter is for every camper to make new friends and break down social barriers – therefore, we try to never create a cabin consisting entirely of children from one school or synagogue.

Q: My child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah is in the fall. Can they prepare at Camp?

A: Absolutely! At Camp Solomon Schechter we have a Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutoring program available. We will set up your child with one of our staff members trained in tutoring, and they will work together throughout the session to make sure your child is prepared for the big day!

Q: Do I really need to complete the medical form each year?

A: Yes, but now that it is fully computerized, the information will already be linked to your camper’s records, so you’ll just need to review it and update it as appropriate each year.

Q: What about mail at camp?

A: The best and fastest way to communicate with your camper is through the CampInTouch eLetter system on CampMinder. We deliver notes and send out notes daily. You will be able to write to your camper and your camper will be able to write back through CampInTouch or the US Postal Service, so please make sure your camper has either CampInTouch eLetter stationery, or stamps, pen or pencil, and some paper. Kids also should have paper and envelopes. You do need to sign up for the CampInTouch eLetter service, which includes camper email replies (which are faxed to CampMinder, scanned, and emailed to you).

For reasons of health (allergies) and kashrut, we do not allow food in any packages being sent to Camp, and all packages mailed to campers are subject to search for contraband.  If you wish to send your camper a package, please consider using a commercial care package service, such as Sealed With a Kiss or The Wrinkled Egg. We prefer commercial packages because we know where they are from. If you decide to use one of these services, please choose a package that does not include food.

Q: What if I have more questions?

A: Call us at 206-447-1967, or email our Registrar. We are here to answer questions and make your camper’s experience (and yours) a positive one.