Chugim (Electives)


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 Grandparent - 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


During a typical day at CMC, campers participates in five activity periods.  Three of these activity periods are Cabin Activity periods in which each cabin is scheduled into one of the specialty program areas in camp, and attends that specialty program together as a cabin. This allows every camper to participate in each of our specialty activity periods at least once per session at camp.

The other two periods are for Chugim, or elective activity periods that campers select once at camp. Each Chug lasts approximately 4 days, allowing campers to receive 2 Chugim per week, and 4 total per session. 

Our Chugim periods are geared towards skill development, and each of our specialty program areas offer a skill-based Chugim each week. Some examples are:

  • Ropes     Archery          Basketball       Baseball      Dance        Cardio        Mountain Biking 
  • Pool       Arts & Crafts    Ceramics        Nature        Soccer        Music        Martial Arts

In addition, we invite our staff to create innovative and unique skill-based Chugim to add to the mix. This spices up the variety of programming so to speak! Past and popular examples of creative Chugim include:

  • Zumba
  • Synchronized swimming
  • Magic
  • Cardio funk
  • Fun with science
  • Fun with duct tape
  • Photo hikes
  • Creative writing
  • Glee
  • Cooking
  • Water aerobics
  • Ultimate frisbee
  • Improv theater
  • Candle making
  • Costume design
  • Yoga