Since 2001, Camp Ideal has been held at the Federation’s beautiful 27-acre campus, which boasts a large athletic fields & facilities, picnic shelter, playgroud, campfire ring, nature trail, and access to the entire Federation Building for rainy days.

Campers participate in activities such as arts & crafts, music, baking, sports, Zumba, drama, dance, nature activities with St. Joseph County Parks Department, theme days, intergenerational lunches, and much more. Our campers also take field trips to fun and educational venues in Michiana, like Fernwood Botanical Gardens in Niles,  and Four Winds Field, home of the South Bend Cubs.

Camp Ideal


Camp Ideal is an exceptional summer day camp program for all children entering Kindergarten through 7th grade. Camp operates for 6 weeks of the Summer running from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, with early and late care options available. We offer a sibling discount for families sending multiple children to Camp Ideal as well as discounts for those signing up for full or half Summer sessions. The Camp Handbook can be reviewed here.

Camp Staff

 Additional counselors are hired from within our community based on the number and needs of the campers enrolled to ensure a safe and structured summer.

Specialists often join us for programs such as art, music, and sports, to provide a variety of experiences for our campers.

Apply to Join Our Camp Staff

Camper Scholarships

The Jewish Federation is committed to helping make Camp Ideal accessible to Jewish youth of all economic means. As part of this commitment, the Jewish Federation has scholarships available to community members who qualify.  

Download Camp Scholarship Application 


Camp Ideal 2021

We are excited to offer an in person experience for the 2021 camp season; all proper safety measures will be taken to ensure our campers remain healthy. Should our plan to offer in person camp change we will communicate with you as changes are made and we adapt to this pandemic.

Click here to review Camp Ideal's rules and regulations.

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The Jewish Federation
of St. Joseph Valley

3202 Shalom Way
South Bend, IN 46615          

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M - Th: 9:00am - 5:00pm
F: 9:00am - 5:00pm Daylight Savings     
    9:00am - 3:00pm Standard
Sun: Varies dependent on programming
Sat: Closed

We observe most federal and Jewish holidays. To find out which ones affect our hours