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Camp Kayetz

Temple Beth El Jewish Community Center Summer Day Camp 

Camp Kayetz Promotes Social Justice
Kids at Camp Kayetz learned about children being held in detention camps without adequate education, healthcare or the chance to play outdoors. They were given the opportunity to sign a letter to lawmakers expressing their concern about this practice and asking members of congress to intervene.

Camp Kayetz 2019 was filled with fun and friendship. See pictures from the summer here.

Make new friends and strengthen your old friendships at a traditional, fun-filled camp full of Jewish values and a wide variety of activities.

Camp Kayetz, the ONLY coed, Jewish day camp in the Santa Cruz area. Besides the awesome field trips, a camping trip, low camper-to-staff ratios, arts & crafts and more, participation helps strengthen the entire Jewish community, from youngsters through our college kids who form the bulk of our staff. Children's Temple School friendships are enhanced in a safe, fun, and joy-filled environment. 

If you have questions, please e-mail Mimi Guiney, Camp Kayetz director, at, or phone her at 336-4560.

We offer a great variety of fun activities:


Music & Theater
Camping Trip
Raging Waters
Visits to Parks and Beaches
Additional Exciting Field Trips 
Special Shabbats
Great America (for CITs)

We do not offer before camp care. Campers provide their own lunch, drinks and snacks. Camp provides meals for the overnight trip.

Camp Director 2010-present
Mimi Guiney will return for her 18th summer at Camp Kayetz, and the 10th year as Director. She knows the value of camp experiences, especially with Jewish connections, as she was a day and resident camper in her youth, a NFTY camper & officer, and the mom of two campers & NFTYites. She loves music, Israeli dance, cooking, crafts, and having fun. She promises to take excellent care of your child(ren) while vowing to never grow up.

Counselors-in-Training (CITs) 
CITs receive valuable leadership training and serve as helpers while participating in camp activities. As leaders and role models, they must be available all four weeks, be responsible and enjoy working with children. To apply for a CIT position, please call Mimi at 336-4560 to schedule an interview. The CIT Program is designed for 13-15 year olds entering 8th-10th grades.

Sun, January 17 2021 4 Sh'vat 5781