Camp Mountain Chai


Testimonials from our CMC Families

My children built friendships through a variety of enriching experiences, were immersed in Jewish cultural observances and engaged in outdoor activities with their cabin. These are connections we cannot create at home, all the more reason to send our children to Camp Mountain Chai - Camp Parent, San Diego

Everything I could think of for a Jewish camp. It is the best! - Camp Parent, Palm Springs

At camp, my daughter feels like she is home with her family and cries and cries when she returns home and all she talks about is going back and how much she misses it - Camp Parent, San Diego

Camp History

It began with a dream…

Camp Mountain Chai is the realization of a dream of a number of committed leaders in the San Diego Jewish community. After years of searching, the current facility in Angelus Oaks was purchased in 2004 by the Jewish Community Camp and Retreat Center, Inc. and Camp Mountain Chai officially opened its doors to Jewish children in 2006.

In addition to our dynamic sleepaway summer camp, our facility is available throughout the year for conferences, retreats and other gatherings.

Our Mission

Camp Mountain Chai creates a community to inspire a love of Jewish living through fun, friendship, discovery, and exploration:

  • Camp life fosters a strong sense of responsibility, self-reliance, independence, and self-worth.
  • Unique outdoor experiences install a passion for our natural environment in the San Bernardino National Forest.
  • Innovative programming cultivates meaningful Jewish experiences and nourishes a strong affection to the land, people, and culture of Israel.
  • CMC creates year-round opportunities to strengthen and develop interpersonal relationships.

Camp Mountain Chai serves youth and teens entering grades 2 through 12. Each cabin group consists of 6-16 campers, staffed by at least two college-aged counselors.

What Makes Camp Mountain Chai Special?

CMC provides a warm and caring family atmosphere. Our highly trained staff works hard to maintain this safe, nurturing environment for our campers. Campers develop a sense of community through the many forms of group activities offered throughout the day. At the same time, each camper’s individuality is also honored and respected.