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J Day Camps – Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions – Parent & Guardian Resources

Parent Orientation

How do I register?

Register at For more detailed instructions, click here.

I forgot my password and I'm having issues registering. What should I do?

Contact the J Registrar, 314-442-3110.

What if I want to change or cancel my registration?

Contact the J Registrar, 314-442-3110.

Cancellation Policy

  • Notify the Day Camp Registrar in writing of any cancellations.
  • Cancellation of entire registration, at least 14 days prior to the start of camp results in a full refund; less the non-refundable deposit (deposit is not withheld if a portion of registration remains).
  • No refund is issued for any programming that begins within 14 days of cancellation notice.
  • No pro-rated or full refund shall be permitted if a camper leaves before the end of the period for which he or she has been registered.
  • No refunds for missing camp due to illnesses. We do not offer partial payment for days missed.
What is the last day I can register?

Monday at midnight the week before the week you want your child to attend.

I registered for camp. What's next?

Come to our J Day Camp Reunion on February 20 at Creve Coeur Ice Arena from 1:15-3:15pm. Parents, join us at our virtual orientation on May 23. You’ll also receive a welcome email the Friday before each week your child attends camp. If you any questions before then, contact  Mat DeWinters, 314-442-3423.

My child has a disability that requires support. Is that something you provide?

Yes! You must register for camp and speak with The Life Enrichment Department, 314-442-3295, to receive support. Spaces are very limited. Preference will be given to families who register before February 28 for the greatest number of weeks.

Many campers benefit from additional staff support, but we do not assume that all children with disabilities will require 1:1 support. Our Life Enrichment Manager will work with you to determine if 1:1 support will be beneficial and available for your child. If it is determined that your child will benefit from additional staff support, the level of support will be based on the specific needs of your child. Our goal is to fully integrate your child into the camp program. We observe each child in the Life Enrichment program throughout the summer and communicate with counselors and parents to help ensure success and make modifications when needed.

You must register for camp to receive Life Enrichment services. We strongly recommend that you submit both your camp registration and Life Enrichment intake forms as early as possible. Preference will be given to those families who register before February 28, for the entire summer. Next preference will be given to families who register before February 28, for the greatest number of weeks. In addition, all J Day Camp registration forms and Life Enrichment intake forms must be completed and submitted no later than May 1 to be considered.

  • Support is dependent on the availability of staff and the recommendation of our Life Enrichment Manager.
  • Preference will be given to families who register before February 28 for the greatest number of weeks.
  • Contact: The Life Enrichment Department, 314-442-3295.

Click here to learn more about Life Enrichment services.

How much does camp cost?

Pricing starts at $275/week. See this page for more details.

Can I set up a payment plan?

Yes. When you enroll, you have the option of paying in full or making payments. If you choose a payment plan, a deposit is due when you register, and camp payments will be charged on March 1, April 1, May 1 and June 1. If registering after June 1, entire camp balance is due at time of registration.

How do I apply for financial aid?

To apply for financial assistance, download a scholarship application or contact In order to be considered for financial assistance, a Day Camp Registration, non-refundable deposit, and scholarship application must be on file within two weeks of registering. Due to the high volume of applications, the scholarship process takes three-four weeks. Day Camp scholarship applications will only be accepted through April 15. However, scholarship dollars are limited and awarded on a need-based first come-first served basis.

Scholarship deadline is April 15, 2024.

How do you choose your staff?

We have ten full-time, year-round professional staff on our team, and we recruit seasonal, well-trained staff from area schools each year. Fun fact: one-third of our counselors were once J Day Campers!

Should I attend the orientation?

Yes, please join yes, especially new families! We will review important information and give you the opportunity to get all of your questions answered.

What do I need to know about lunch?

Lunch and Snacks

  1. What should I pack my camper for lunch?
    Campers are to bring lunch in a reusable soft lunch sack (or a brown paper bag). Out of concern for the health of our campers, please refrain from bringing items containing nuts. Due to the different food needs of all our campers and staff, individual lunches may not be shared. Your choice of items to send is vast; the most important elements are nutrition, variety and hydration.
  2. Are there any other lunch options besides the sack lunch?
    If you choose to use our Plus Lunch program, we will provide your camper with a Kosher, nut-free lunch each day. This will include a main entree, vegetable/fruit and dessert daily for only $36 per week. The Plus Lunch program can be added any time up until one week in advance. To add Plus Lunch, please contact Mat DeWinters, 314-442-3423 or Jess Bauer, 314-442-3431. Preschool campers will be provided with a camp lunch.
  3. Can I send my camper with snacks?
    We provide campers with a Kosher, nut-free snack daily. If your camper has dietary restrictions, please contact Mat DeWinters, 314-442-3423, before sending a snack from home.
What should I pack for my camper?


  1. What should my camper bring to camp?
    Each day, campers should bring a lunch in a reusable soft lunch sack (unless registered for Plus Lunch), a swimsuit and towel, goggles, sunscreen to reapply during the day, a water bottle, closed-toe shoes, socks, a backpack and a smile.
  2. What should be left at home?
    Please leave the following at home: toys and stuffed animals, cellphones and other electronics, swimsuits with metal rivets or accessories as these cause damage to our slides and play equipment, tote bags or backpacks with wheels, and opened-toe shoes such as flip flops and sandals.
  3. What should my camper wear to camp each day?
    Please send your camper in closed-toe shoes with socks each day. They should wear something comfortable and suited for the activities of their camp program. Please apply sunscreen to your camper each day before leaving home. We regularly remind campers to reapply their sunscreen. Don’t worry! We can help your little camper reapply throughout the day as well. Please make sure all your camper’s belongings are clearly labeled.

For more information about J Day Camps, please contact:
SFC/Creve Coeur: Mat DeWinters, 314-442-3423
Fox/Chesterfield: Jess Bauer, 314-442-3431