The CMC Program

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Testimonials from our CMC Families

"The major strength of Camp Mountain Chai is the sense of community and camaraderie. My children have so much fun at CMC! They can't wait to go back each year. It is clear that a lot of thought and energy is put into every aspect of the camp experience."
- Camp Parent, Los Angeles, CA


"Camp Mountain Chai embraces a positive spirit, supports a Jewish identity and cultivates independence and confidence"
- Camp Parent, San Diego, CA


"CMC is the glue to all the Jewish education and experiences I provide the kids over the year. CMC is what makes them proud to be Jewish."
- Camp Parent, Phoenix, AZ

What We Do

In addition to standard camp activities and programs, CMC divides our campers into two divisions, four units. Programming for these units are age specific and give our campers an opportunity to continue experiencing new, exciting and challenging moments as they advance through their camp careers.

Our lower division is home to our Shorashim/Rishonim (entering grades 2-4) and Netzarim (grades 5-6) campers. Our upper division houses campers in our Amirim (grades 7-8) and Atid (grades 9-10) units. As our campers transition from unit to unit, the program structure is adapted to each age group in order to provide them unique and meaningful opportunities for growth and development.

Atid, which means future in English, and Kavanah are examples of programming that is specifically designed to meet the needs of our older campers while challenging them to grow as individuals. The Atid program is the first step in providing our campers with specific leadership skills that can be applied to countless situations at camp as well as their everyday lives – participating, learning and leading not only within the unit, but with younger campers throughout the summer. They are viewed as up-and-coming leaders within our camp community.

The culmination and highlight of this program is the Atid trip. The Atid campers embark on an incredible multi-day camping trip that is the envy of the entire camp. Past trips have included exploring beautiful locations such as Bryce Canyon, Yosemite & Zion National Parks, whitewater rafting in Northern California, hiking in the Grand Canyon and hiking, kayaking and snorkeling in Catalina Island. The Atid trips are specifically designed for our teenage campers to not only have one of the greatest experiences of their life, but also to help each one of them understand the true meaning of teamwork and growth.

Campers entering 11th grade are eligible for our Kavanah program. Camp Mountain Chai offers an unforgettable four-week social action, volunteering, travel program for teens entering 11th grade in the fall. Teens will travel to the Dominican Republic where they will experience meaningful volunteer opportunities with under-privileged youth through the award winning DREAM Project. 

Camp Mountain Chai also offers a four-week Staff-in-Training program for teens entering 12th grade. For these seven weeks, SITs create relationships with fellow SITs as they learn valuable skills about being a counselor, programming, leadership skills, and the operations of camp. The summer is an evolution from camper to staff for SITs as a group and as individuals.