Camp Mountain Chai’s top priority is the health and safety of our camp family. With a focus on the Jewish value of Pikuach Nefesh (saving a life) and protecting the Camp community as a whole, Camp Mountain Chai requires that all campers and staff attending camp be immunized as outlined below. This policy follows that of the California Department of Education as well as the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).


Immunization Dosage
Diphtheria, Pertussis, and Tetanus (DPT) Five (5) doses
Polio Four (4) doses
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Two (2) doses
Hepatitis B Three (3) doses
Varicella (chickenpox) One (1) dose


Immunization Dosage
Tetanus, reduced Diphtheria, and acellular Pertussis (Tdap) One (1) dose
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Two (2) doses


Immunization Dosage
COVID-19 Vaccine*

One (1) dose of Johnson & Johnson
Two (2) doses of Pfizer
Two (2) doses of Moderna

+ (1) booster from any of the above

*COVID-19 immunization is strongly recommended and but not required for all campers. Other COVID-19 vaccines may be accepted pending our Medical Advisory committees approval. Available boosters may be required.

Additionally, Camp Mountain Chai strongly recommends the administration of the Hepatitis A, Meningococcal, and Flu vaccine according to the standard AAP/CDC vaccine schedule.

Please check with your pediatrician, family physician or medical clinic to make sure your child is fully immunized.

Campers and staff will not be allowed to participate at camp or in camp programming without adhering to this policy.

Medical Exemption Statement: Staff and children are exempt from immunization requirements only if a parent or guardian submits a written statement from a licensed physician (M.D. or D.O.) which states:

  • That the physical condition or medical circumstances of the child are such that the required immunization(s) is not indicated
  • Which vaccines are being exempted
  • Whether the medical exemption is permanent or temporary
  • The expiration date, if the exemption is temporary


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Our Mirpa’ah (Health Center) is staffed 24 hours a day by our resident physician and nurses. We have a physician and registered nurse at camp throughout the entire summer. Our medical facility includes a welcome center, examination room, office, recovery rooms, and living quarters for our medical staff.

All medications (with the exception of asthmatic inhalers and EPI-pens) are kept in the Mirpa’ah and distributed by our nurse at during med call.  Med call times are breakfast, lunch, dinner, and right before bed.