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The moment you arrive at camp, you are welcomed with open arms and become a part of the CMC family. Our staff are diverse, and we embrace individualism while creating our community. Throughout the summer, staff have opportunities to develop personally and professionally. Our staff say that they learn transferrable skills that prepare them for life and look great on their resume. We are proud to be one of the top Jewish overnight camps in North America with regards to overall staff satisfaction, appreciation, training and feeling supported from start to finish. We value YOU, our staff, and taking care of you is a top priority. Our mantra at CMC is we send people home better versions of themselves. This includes you!

Camper and Staff

The People

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Staff and camper hugging

Our staff are committed to providing kids with the most positive, fun, and rewarding summer experience possible. Our staff are made up of caring individuals dedicated to making each camper’s experience positive and meaningful. Our staff are compassionate, enthusiastic, good listeners, patient, nurturing, and trustworthy. Some staff grew up attending CMC as a camper, while others joined our staff team as adults. Our staff come from all over the world, bringing their unique backgrounds and skills to CMC. You will make lifelong friendships and grow in ways that can only happen at Camp.

The Place

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Camp Mountain Chai is nestled in the heart of the beautiful San Bernardino National Forest near Big Bear, CA. With warm days, cool nights, fresh mountain air and low humidity, the summer weather at CMC is ideal! The average temperature during the day ranges from 70 – 90 degrees Fahrenheit (21-32 degrees Celsius). At night, the temperature can drop as low as 40 degrees F (4 degrees C). Our facilities include a heated pool, sports field, basketball court, archery range, amphitheater, an arts and crafts/ceramics building, hiking trails galore and more. Staff have their own lounge with a TV, fridge, internet access and more.

Campers canoeing on Jenks Lake