About Us


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

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 instill a passion for our natural environment in the
San Bernardino National Forest.

• Accessible 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 8-16 campers, staffed by at least two college-aged counselors.


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, our facility in Angelus Oaks was purchased in 2004 and Camp Mountain Chai opened its doors to Jewish children from San Diego and other southwestern communities in 2006.


Campers at Camp Mountain Chai:

  • Develop a deeper love for and better understanding of Jewish culture, traditions and religion
  • Gain personal independence
  • Build self-confidence
  • Make new friends
  • Become a positive and productive group member
  • Gain an appreciation of nature and the environment
  • Try new activities and develop new skills
  • Develop existing skills
  • Learn Jewish values
  • Build a sense of community
  • Create lasting memories
  • Have fun!

Camp Mountain Chai is an independent, non-profit, pluralistic co-ed Jewish sleepaway summer camp. Camp Mountain Chai is accredited by the American Camp Association, is a member of the Jewish Community Center Association and is affiliated with the Foundation for Jewish Camp and the Grinspoon Institute for Jewish Philanthropy.