Dear Parents,

For most of us, we think of sending our children for a multitude of reasons; being with friends, experiencing daily life through a Jewish lens, playing sports, connecting without the use of screens and so much more. Activities are fun and skill building is great, but we know you want your camper to just return home a better, more confident and independent version of themselves.

A study done by Princeton psychologists revealed that all it takes is a tenth of a second to form an impression of a stranger from their face. A smiling counselor, a poster with the camper’s name on it, and a clean cabin are just a few things that can be noticed within a tenth of a second. We train our staff for this, allowing us to create an instant sense of safety and security for the camper when they arrive at camp. If we nail the first impression, we can quickly move on to building relationships. Before campers ever arrive, our staff learn names, faces, and at least one thing unique about the camper. 

Some may consider these steps extra, but this is the foundation for everything we do at Camp Mountain Chai. We provide children with the opportunity to grow and learn by building trust and creating a safety net. 

Thank you for trusting us with your most valuable possession.



Camp Director