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What to Bring & First Day Check-In:

What to Bring:

  1. A light morning snack
  2. A healthy lunch containing no nuts, peanuts, pork or shellfish (or, order a camp boxed lunch)
  3. A full and labeled water bottle
  4. Extra layers labeled with your camper's name
  5. Sunscreen
  6. A swimsuit

What Not to Bring:

  1. Toys that you do not want to share
  2. Any food with nuts, peanuts, pork or shellfish

First Day Check-In

Check-in is in the atrium and begins at 8:15 am, however camp does not begin until 9:00 am. You must walk your camper into the classroom after check-in; campers will be allowed into the rooms at 8:40 am. There is no curbside drop-off on Monday morning. You must come into the atrium for check-in.

At check-in, you will receive a dashboard placard to use in drive-through or to receive complimentary parking in the JCCSF parking garage for 20 minutes during drop-off and pick-up. You will also be able to add people to your camper's authorized pick-up list or arrange sibling pick-up during check-in.

If your camper is enrolled in AM Care, check-in directly in Kanbar Hall at 8:00 am. AM and PM Care are not drop-in programs. You must register for these programs in advance and they often fill up. To add extended care, please complete our online registration process here and log in as a returning user.

More information on this topic is available in the pdf Camp Parent Manual.

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Drop-Off, Pick-Up and Extended Care

Drop-Off Procedures

Except for the first day of each camp session (when you must walk your camper into the atrium for check-in), there are two ways to drop-off your camper: bring them to their camp room, or drop them off at our curbside drop-off.

  • If you choose to bring your camper into their homeroom, you can do so between 8:40 and 9:00 am. The JCCSF is served by many MUNI lines and we have bike parking outside. If you drive, you can park in the JCCSF parking garage (using your parking placard for 20 minutes of complimentary parking).
  • If you choose to use our curbside drop-off, you can drop off your camper on Walnut Street between California and Sacramento. Curbside drop-off begins at 8:40 am and closes promptly at 9:00 am. After 9:00 am, you must bring your camper directly to their homeroom. Some helpful tips:
    • For safety, you may only enter by making a right turn onto Walnut Street from California Street and turning right into our curbside drop-off. You will not be allowed to make a left turn into the curbside drop-off if you are driving south from Sacramento Street.
    • Make sure that you display your parking placard on your dashboard so that camp and security staff can easily identify you as a camp parent and help facilitate your curbside process.
    • If you are driving, please do not get out of your car. Camp staff will be available to open the door and help your camper out of their car seat or seatbelt.
    • There is no overlap with Preschool camp drop-off. You must walk each camper to their room or go through the drop-off for each camper.
    • If you are arriving by public transportation, bicycle or walking, you may safely walk your camper to the curbside drop-off from the pedestrian gate on California Street, just west of the garage entrance.

Pick-Up Procedures

Campers will only be released to parents or adults whom you have authorized in writing to pick up your child. If your child will be picked up by someone not already on your list, you must notify us in advance by emailing camp@jccsf.org. You can add more people to your authorized list during Check-In on the first day of camp.

If you need to pick up your camper before the end of the camp day, please call the Camp Hotline (415.563.6608) to make arrangements. When you arrive, go to the Camp Office to sign out your camper and be prepared to show ID. Camp staff will direct you to your camper.

FOR CAMPERS IN J ADVENTURES AND COSMO KIDS:

For J Adventures (entering Kindergarten) and Cosmo Kids (entering 1st or 2nd grade) camps, campers must be picked up from Fisher Family Hall on the 1st floor of JCCSF. Pick-up will be from 3:30 – 4:00 pm.

Parents and adults with a parking placard will receive 20 minutes of complimentary parking in the JCCSF garage during pick-up.

FOR CAMPERS IN MUSICAL THEATER, GADS, OUTBOUND, MAKER, CULINARY, SPOTLIGHT AND STUDIO CAMPS:

For campers in all camps except J Adventures and Cosmo Kids, curbside pickup is available at our Walnut Street drive-through from 3:40 – 4:00 pm. Some helpful tips:

  • For safety, you may only enter by making a right turn onto Walnut Street from California Street and turning right into our curbside drop-off. You will not be allowed to make a left turn into the curbside drop-off if you are driving south from Sacramento Street.
  • Make sure that you display your parking placard on your dashboard so that camp and security staff can easily identify you as a camp parent and help facilitate your curbside process. Please be sure your camper's name is clearly written.
  • Be prepared to show valid ID for when signing out your camper.
  • If you are driving, please do not get out of your car. Camp staff will be available to open the door and help your camper into their car seat or seatbelt.
  • If you are arriving by public transportation, bicycle or walking, you may safely walk your camper to the curbside drop-off from the pedestrian gate on California Street, just west of the garage entrance.
  • For all camps except Musical Theater and GADS, curbside pick-up ends promptly at 4:00 pm. Musical Theater and GADS curbside pick-up runs from 4:00 – 4:15 pm.  If you arrive after the end of the appropriate pick-up time, you must come to the Camp Office to pick up your camper, where they will be waiting for you. They will not be enrolled in PM Care.
  • If you have more than one camper with different pick-up procedures, you will not need to go to both locations. Your younger camper will be brought to the drive-through for curbside pick-up. We will confirm these logistics at Check-In on the first day of camp.

Extended Care

If your camper is already enrolled in AM Care, you may check in directly in Kanbar Hall on the 1st floor of JCCSF.

PM Care campers can be picked up through our curbside process from 5:40 - 6:00 pm. To pick up your camper before 5:40 pm, please go to the Camp Office on the third floor and sign out your camper. Be prepared to show valid ID and camp staff will direct you to your camper.

AM and PM Care are not drop-in programs. You must register for these programs in advance and they often fill up. To add extended care, please complete our online registration process and log in as a returning user.

More information on this topic is available in the pdf Camp Parent Manual.

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Medications

All medications, except asthma inhalers, must be checked-in with the camp office on Monday morning.

  • Please be in touch with the camp office if your camper needs to be given medication during the camp day. If medication must be administered, the following must be provided:
  • Signed permission
  • Directions for administering the medication that match those labeled on the bottle
  • Medications clearly marked with the camper's name and physician's name
  • Medications in their original container (no plastic baggies please)

All medications will be locked in and dispensed by the Camp Office. We keep records of each time a medication is dispensed. We cannot give any medication including over-the-counter medication, without your written permission. PLEASE DO NOT SEND MEDICATION IN YOUR CAMPER'S LUNCHBOX OR BACKPACK.

Campers may keep asthma inhalers. EpiPens will be given to lead counselors after they are checked in and will always stay with the camper's group.

More information on this topic is available in the pdf Camp Parent Manual.

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Frequently Asked Questions


What if my camper is going to be miss a day of camp?

Please call the Camp Hotline at (415.563.6608) to let us know that your camper will be out that day.

What if my camper forgot their lunch?

If your camper forgot their lunch, we will call to let you know and arrange lunch drop-off. If a lunch cannot be brought in time, camp staff will do our best to make a camper lunch from the snack options we have.

What if I want to pick up my camper early?

If you need to pick up your camper before the end of the camp day, please call the Camp Hotline (415.563.6608) to make arrangements. When you arrive, go to the Camp Office to sign out your camper and be prepared to show ID. Camp staff will direct you to your camper.

What if someone else is picking up my camper?

We will only release campers to parents or adults whom you have authorized in writing to pick up your child. To add someone to your camper’s authorized pick-up list, please email camp@jccsf.org.

Where will my camper be at a certain time?

If you need to pick up your child at a certain time, or need to know your child’s exact whereabouts, please contact the Camp Hotline (415.563.6608).

Why can't I send pork or shellfish for lunch?

The JCCSF maintains a policy respectful of the Jewish dietary laws, Kashrut. The laws of Kashrut prohibit the mixing of milk and meat and prohibit certain foods such as pork and shellfish. In adherence with our policy, all food served at camp is either vegetarian or strictly kosher. We request that campers do NOT bring pork or shellfish into the JCCSF. This includes pepperoni, salami or ham sandwiches.

More information on this topic is available in the pdf Camp Parent Manual.

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