A Typical Day at Camp (Kindergarten-6th Grade)
8:15 AM - Early Extended
8:45 AM - Arrival at Camp Wise - Campers greeted at their cars by their counselors
9:00 AM - Morning Circle - Games, songs, dancing, cheers, and special contests every morning
9:30 AM - Morning Activities OR Depart for Field Trip!
Sports: basketball, kickball, soccer, street hockey, football, etc.
Arts: music, arts and crafts, nature and gardening, drama, etc.
10:30 AM - BYO Snack Time
10:45 AM - Special Activities
Martial arts, wacky science, cooking, dance, etc.
12:00 PM - Lunch on the Patio
1:00 PM - Team Building
Practice cheers, get-to-know-you games, counselor-prepped activities, etc.
1:30 PM - Swimming & Water Play
2:15 PM - Camp-Provided Snack Time
Cheez-its, Goldfish, Chips, Scooby Graham Crackers, etc.
2:30 PM - Special Guest
Bounce house party, water slide, bubble show, reptile show, petting zoo, etc.
3:00 PM - Campers pack up for day, get any information from counselors about upcoming events
3:15 PM - Pick Up at Carpool Circle
Extended Care campers stay for extra snack, sports, and fun!
4:00-5:00 PM - Pick Up from Afternoon extended care.
Mon - Thurs 5:00 PM
Fridays 4:30 PM
Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
Camp Wise is located off of the 405 Freeway and Mulholland Highway on the Stephen S. Wise Temple Campus. Our address is 15500 Stephen S. Wise Temple, Los Angeles, CA 90077.
What are the camp dates and times?
Camp for Preschoolers starts on June 17, 2019, and for K-8th grade starts on June 24, 2019. The last day for Preschool through Grade 6 is August 9, 2019, and the last day for Grades 7-8 is July 12, 2019. We are closed from July 4th-July 5th, 2019. Camp Wise is five days a week, Monday through Friday from 9 AM-3:15 PM. Some field trips for grades 3-8 result in a late pick-up (5-7 p.m.). Preschool has options for half day attendance.
Can you send me a brochure and application?
To be environmentally kosher, most of our information and the application is online! We are happy to send you a brochure or calendar. To request one, just e-mail us at CampWise@WiseLA.org. If you have any further questions you can't find here, please contact us.
I'd like to see the camp. Do you offer tours?
Since Camp Wise is located on an Elementary and Nursery School campus, we can only offer private tours by appointment during March – May. Due to limited space, we recommend you register and pay to hold your child's space and then schedule a tour.
How does the "choose-your-own-week" program work?
This summer there will be eight weeks of camp for Preschoolers and seven weeks of camp for Kindergarten-Grade 6. Instead of sessions, you can choose the weeks you want to attend starting with a minimum of three weeks and a maximum of seven weeks. At the time of registration you must choose your minimum three weeks. You can add or change your weeks based on availability.
What are the camp hours?
The camp hours are 9 AM-3:15 PM Counselors are up at morning carpool helping campers get out of cars beginning at 8:45 PM and remain at afternoon carpool until 3:30 PM. We have early morning drop off available from 8:15 AM-8:45 AM for an additional charge. For early drop off, campers must be walked to the extended room and checked-in with the counselors. Afternoon care is available from 3:30 PM-5 PM (or until 4:30 PM on Fridays) for an additional weekly charge.
Where should campers go at the beginning of the camp day?
Every Monday campers meet in their room downstairs. Tuesday through Friday campers meet in the brand new Katz Pavilion for our morning circle to welcome the new day and gather as a community.
Where do campers get picked up from at the end of the day?
Campers sit in the arbors, in the shade, while they wait for their name to be called over the loud speaker. Cars will be directed through the circle, please make sure to follow the directions given to ensure everyone’s safety. Counselors are present to help campers into cars.
Campers whose ride has not arrived by the end of carpool will go to the camp office to be picked up. There is a charge of $1 per minute the camper is in the office after 3:40 PM.
Do you offer extended care?
Yes. Extended care is available for Kindergarten to Grade 7 campers. You can purchase extended care by week. Morning care is from 8:15 AM to 8:45 AM for an additional charge and afternoon care is from 3:15 PM to 5 PM (4PM on Fridays) for a weekly fee. There is an additional charge of $1 per minute for campers picked up after 5 PM. Extended care in the afternoon is a pre-paid service and is not for campers who are picked up late.
Do you offer a lunch service?
Camp Wise offers a Friday BBQ open to any camper in Kindergarten-Grade 6. You can purchase Friday BBQ online or bring cash by Tuesday the week of.
Do you provide transportation to and from camp?
We encourage carpooling, but do not offer transportation to and from camp. Transportation is only provided to and from field trips.
Can I request that my child be grouped with a friend?
Yes! You may have up to three requests for friends in the same grade, but we can only guarantee one friend if they are registered for the same weeks. Camp Wise is about building community and making new friends, and we encourage all of our campers to learn these skills at camp!
What should I bring to camp on a non-field trip day?
Campers should come to camp with the following items:
Socks and tennis shoes
Appropriate active wear
Swimsuit and Towel
Goggles and water shoes
Extra change of clothes
What should I bring to camp on a field trip day?
**Please wear your camp T-shirt**
Snacks and Sack Lunch
Small bag for items
If going to the lake or beach: swimsuit, towel, and sunscreen.
Please check the weekly e-mail updates for specific needs to each field trip.
Does my camper get to choose their own activities each day?
Each grade has a set schedule of activities when they are on campus, where campers get a chance to try out a variety of activities each day and week at Camp Wise. However, some weeks allow for an allotted time where campers may choose one of four activities for an extended period of time led by some of their favorite counselors and specialists!
How much do I have to pay when I register?
The full balance is due at the time of registration. You can add weeks later, and pay when you add that week.
Do you have a minimum registration?
Yes. The minimum number of weeks required to register is three weeks.
What happens if I have to miss a week? Do you offer a missing week discount?
If a week is going to be missed, we will happily switch that week to another available week.
No, there is no discount for missing a week. When the camp had two sessions you were allowed to miss a week for a discount. Since our new system allows you to choose any three weeks out of a seven/eight week summer, we do not offer a discount for missing any weeks.
If you miss a week because of illness, you can switch to an available week with a doctor’s note. Please note the sick policy in the cancellation policy.
Do you have other discounts or scholarships?
Yes. We offer an early bird registration price for registrations meeting the minimum requirements (three weeks and deposit) before March 1.
Financial aid is available for up to $50 per camper per week with a maximum $350 for 7 weeks. To receive this aid, the application must be completely filled out and returned before the deadline. Aid will be issued based on need and availability of funds.
What is your cancellation policy?
The camp requires payment for a minimum of 3 weeks. Camp Fees are not transferable. Adding and switching weeks depends on availability. The cancellation deadlines are as follows:
ALL CANCELLATIONS OR CHANGES MUST BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING.
Click here to see full cancellation policy.
How is community achieved through a program that allows families to choose their weeks?
At Camp Wise we pride ourselves in the rituals we follow. Our weeks always begin with getting to know your groups and our weeks end with welcoming in Shabbat. While our themes may change, the structure of our schedules stays the same each week. Field trip days are always on the same days each week campers participate in the routine activities. As well, we have many of our returning counselors who establish strong relationships with campers.