Campers live in dorm room suites on campus. Suites have two bedrooms with two campers in each bedroom and a shared bathroom between the four campers. Campers are clustered along the hallway by grade level and counselors’ rooms are interspersed between the rooms, creating grade level clusters. Dorm rooms are assigned by the gender that each camper identifies with. If your camper does not identify with gender in a traditional sense, please be in touch with us so we can welcome your camper to camp in a way that is comfortable for your family. Roommate are assigned based on mutual requests.
Can my child request to be with his/her best friend?
As long as they identify as the same gender and entering the same grade, we do our best to accommodate one mutual roommate request per camper. Your request can be made during the registration process.
Will my child need lots of special equipment from home?
We will provide all equipment that is necessary for all activities at camp, including science activities and recreational activities. Campers may choose to bring non-electronic games and sports equipment (such as their personal tennis racket), but we encourage you to leave anything expensive at home. Please also see our Personal Technology Policy for more information on personal electronics at camp.
How can I get a 6 Points Sci-Tech t-shirt for my child?
All campers will receive a 6 Points Sci-Tech t-shirt at camp. Additional shirts and camp clothing and gear can be purchased at our online camp store.
How will my child’s laundry get done?
Campers will have their laundry sent out to a local wash-and-fold service about halfway through each session. Campers staying multiple sessions will also have their laundry done on the day between sessions. We encourage you to also label each article of clothing to help ensure everything makes it home!
How’s the food?
Amazing! Food service is provided by Cal Lutheran University in their air conditioned dining hall. The dining services staff are year-round professional employees of the school who are highly skilled in preparing tasty, nutritious meals for kids. Most meals are served buffet-style with multiple options. Our food is kosher-style which means that we do not serve pork or shellfish and we do not mix milk and meat in the same dish. There is a vegetarian and gluten-free station at every meal. For more information about food service, see our On The Menu page.
What if my child’s birthday occurs during camp?
We love birthdays at camp! It is a special day for a camper, and we celebrate as a community by singing happy birthday in the dining hall and giving the camper a birthday cake at breakfast to enjoy with all of camp. To make it an extra special day, the camper gets to wear our special birthday lab coat and assist in the experiment of the day (Erev Big Bang) that evening. Because birthdays are so special, we make an exception to our package policy for your camper’s birthday – if you’d like to send a birthday package to your camper you can contact one of our directors to coordinate.
All children who have never before attended an overnight Jewish summer camp are eligible to receive up to $1,000 off tuition via the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s One Happy Camper incentive grants program. Need-based scholarships may be available on a limited basis; please contact us for more information. For the most up-to-date information on current discounts, please visit our Incentives and Financial Aid page.
Is my child ready for overnight camp?
Our 12 day sessions are a great choice for families looking for a shorter experience. Our camp professionals are happy to discuss preparing your child for their first summer at camp to ensure it will be a successful experience. Simple ways to get your camper ready are teaching them to shower (versus bath) on their own and spending a night at a friend’s house. Involving them in choosing a camp and in packing their bags will also help your child feel more confident at camp. Read more about how to decide if your child is ready for camp on our blog.
Can we visit and tour the camp during the camping season or off-season?
We love giving tours, and think it is one of the best ways to pick a camp. During the summer, camp tours are available on Thursdays and Sundays and can be scheduled through our Camp Tour form as summer approaches. During the off-season, we offer several Open House dates. Please visit our Open House page for more information and to register today!
Can we arrange a home visit to meet the camp director?
We are happy to visit homes as our travel schedule permits. If we can’t make it in person, we can always be there virtually—we love videoconferencing using Skype, ooVoo, Facetime, Google Hangouts, and GoToMeeting! Please contact our camp office today to schedule your visit!
We strive to accommodate all allergies at camp so that all campers can participate in our program. Our professional dining services team has experience dealing with many allergies, like gluten/wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, sesame, and fish allergies. We are able to accommodate most dietary needs – if your camper’s is not on the list, please do not hesitate to inquire. Campers who need medication to manage environmental allergies will receive their medication from our nurses at mealtimes or before bed. We have Epipens on hand in the dining hall and health center, and are sent with our staff on any out-of-camp trips. Our entire staff is trained in the use of Epipens.
How do you select, train, and supervise your staff? What is the staff-to-camper ratio?
Our counselors are more than just supervisors – they are mentors, friends and role models! Counselors are selected based on their past experience working with children, their dedication to our Jewish values, and their passion for science and technology. All staff participate in our week-long staff orientation prior to the first day of camp, which features training in child care and development, informal Jewish and scientific education, and camper safety. We maintain at least a 5-to-1 camper-to-staff ratio.
Will my child be safe while at camp?
There is nothing more important to us than the safety and well-being of your child, both physically and emotionally. The following mechanisms are in place to ensure that your child remains safe while at camp:
- Cal Lutheran University has a 24/7 professional security presence on campus. They regularly patrol the facility, and work closely with us to ensure our safety.
- All staff participate in a mandatory safety training, which includes procedures for a variety of safety situations, such as medical and intruder emergencies.
- Many leadership staff are trained in first aid and CPR, and all carry cell phones or walkie-talkies to ensure a fast response time in the event of a medical problem.
- Our camp nurse lives on campus, and is on-call 24/7 to respond to any medical problems. We work with a local pediatrician as well to provide additional care when needed.
What kind of clothing should my child bring to camp?
Campers at 6 Points Sci-Tech West will be outside and moving around for much of the day, so we recommend comfortable clothes such as shorts and t-shirts. Closed-toed shoes are required (no sandals or flip-flops). For Shabbat, many choose to dress a little nicer (such as khakis, polo shirts, skirts); we request that all campers wear a white top to help get in the Shabbat spirit and bring our community together! Please also see our full packing list.
What happens if my child gets sick while at camp?
Our professional medical team, which includes nurses and local doctors, are here to help ensure your camper’s wellness! In most cases, sick campers stay in our Health Center until they are able to re-join camp activities. In the event of an overnight stay, a hospital visit, or if our medical staff prescribes or changes any medication, the parents will be notified as soon as possible.
Where is the closest hospital?
Los Robles Hospital is 2.4 miles from campus and has the only Level 2 trauma center in the county. Its Emergency Room was awarded the coveted LA County EDAP (Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics) rating (the only one in Ventura County). Additionally, all Pediatric ER Nurses are specially trained to care for children (PALS Certified).
We design our programs specifically for the camp environment, which means they include active, outdoor learning experiences. Campers also participate in an hour of recreation time each day, when they can play games like gaga (Israeli dodgeball), or take a hike with their counselors. We believe that active minds and bodies are necessary for a complete camp experience.
How are activities scheduled?
We have three types of activities at camp:
- Workshops: Campers attend their workshops every day of the session for 2½ hours a day. The sign up for their workshop when they register for camp (although we’re happy to switch it if they change their minds!). Topics are the same each session, although the exact projects may change. Most campers choose a workshop that they already have a strong interest in, or want to learn more about.
- Electives (chugim): Campers have two elective periods a day, and the electives change halfway through the session. Campers select their electives throughout the session, and most campers use electives as a way to explore new interests and subject areas!
- Additionally, we have an hour of free time each day when the pool is open, sports are available as well as games, or just hanging out with friends.
Who teaches the various activities?
Workshops are taught by our lead instructors – educators with deep experience in the field of study and in teaching children of camp age. Electives are taught by counselors, typically young adults studying science or technology at universities with experience teaching and working with children.
What does 6 Points mean?
Our name reflects the 6 Points of the Jewish star (Magen David). As our program is built upon a foundation of Jewish values, so too does our name signify the important role that Jewish tradition, culture, history and scholarship plays in our daily lives.
We strongly encourage parents and campers to be in touch throughout the session, and we know how much campers love getting mail (and parents, too)! Email can be sent to campers via our CampInTouch service (and campers may respond through their electronic letter-writing service). Camp is also a great time to enjoy the tradition of old-fashioned letter-writing. Regular and electronic mail are delivered daily to campers during rest hour.
Are care packages allowed?
In order to create a welcoming and just environment for every camper, we do NOT allow campers to receive packages at camp. This includes care packages and Amazon orders. If your camper forgot a vital item at home in the packing process, we have a supply of standard items at camp, like toothbrushes and shampoo, that your camper can get from our Camper Care Coordinator. If it is something specific that we wouldn’t have on hand, please call our office and you will be directed to talk with our Camper Care Coordinator about it.
Can parents call the camp to check on their children?
We love hearing from parents, and love telling you about your child’s camp experience! Please feel free to contact us if you have any concerns, or just to check in. We’ll check with your child’s counselors and tell you all about their camp experience!
Can I visit my child while they are at camp?
Parents are encouraged to drop off and pick up their campers at the beginning and end of each session and see our wonderful camp facility. In between, however, camp is closed to parents. This helps us to ensure a safe environment and a smooth program.
The values of Reform Judaism are at the core of everything we do. They drive our work in science and technology, from the way we respect each other’s ideas, to the way we choose projects that will benefit our communities. We also create an environment where it’s cool to be Jewish, highlighting famous Jewish scientist each day, singing in lively song sessions, and developing a connection to the State of Israel through programs and personal relationships with Israeli staff. Our campers create the content for Shabbat services, sharing thoughts about our core values and how they find their own personal connections between science and Judaism.
My child will require bar/bat mitzvah tutoring this summer. Is it available?
Our Jewish Life Director and visiting faculty (rabbis, cantors, and educators) are happy to meet with your child each week to assist with Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation. Campers preparing for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah are expected to come with their materials (including recordings) so that we can help keep them on track.
Does 6 Points Sci-Tech West have a religious affiliation?
Yes, we are a Jewish camp that is part of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). In addition to representing 900 Reform congregations and their over 1 million members, the URJ operates 18 summer camps and a number of youth Israel programs. Last summer, over 10,000 campers attended our camps! We believe in a progressive, inclusive, egalitarian approach to Judaism, and a vibrant, living Jewish community.