By Kristen Johnson
JCC Youth and Camp Director
It’s already time to get thinking about hot summer days and the camp memories that your kids will create this year!
The JCC is proud to be offering specialty camps this summer in addition to the Camp Adventure outdoor camp experience that was such a success at our JCC campus last year.
Specialty camps are exciting options for kids because campers get to spend extensive time devoted to a focus area with experienced experts as instructors. This year, the JCC is offering specialty camps that focus on children’s interests including theater, science, baking, Lego building, swimming, art, sports, chess and tournament games. These camps are designed to delight kids whose familiarity with a topic ranges from brand new to highly experienced.
Many families like Camp JCC because one can mix and match traditional camp weeks with the specialty camps that most appeal to their kids. Parents also say they appreciate that there is no additional charge for early or late care with JCC camp programs, with care ranging from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. each weekday.
Here are just a few examples of the dynamic programming that the JCC has ready for Summer 2021:
- Theater Camp: Frozen Jr. (Grades K-6, 6/21 – 7/9) – It’s hard to find a child who doesn’t know all of the words to most of the songs in this show! This three-week specialty camp provides kids instruction in dance, voice, acting and costuming, and builds up to two full performances for campers to showcase their talents and new roles.
- Science Camp (Grades 1-4, 7/19 - 7/23) – This hands-on camp allows kids to conduct experiments, design building challenges, explore geodes and geology, create and understand everyday chemical reactions and design paper circuits while learning about electricity. Our instructors maintain a fun, safe environment that demonstrates that science goes way beyond a textbook.
- Pastry Art Camp (Grades 1-6, 8/2 – 8/6) – One of two awesome baking camps at the JCC this summer, campers will love making both sweet and savory baked goods with one of our favorite instructors. Kids will learn the importance of measuring precisely and the role that flour, sugar and butter play in the success of delicious treats.
- J Seals Swim Camp (Grades 2-6, 8/16 – 8/20 and 8/23 – 8/27) – Each week of this annual offering provides a unique blend of stroke development, endurance training, and competitive technique. Swim campers get lots of individual attention plus tons of group fun while using both the indoor and outdoor pools.
All Camp JCC campers – whether participating in specialty camps or Camp Adventure – will share some common camp experiences each day. For example, all campers will gather with their groups to participate in morning flagpole activities and will end the day saying goodbye to friends and singing fun, silly camp songs together. Additionally, specialty camp campers also have 30 minutes of free swim each afternoon to relax and enjoy the JCC’s indoor and outdoor pools.
All of Camp JCC’s 2021 offerings will be highlighted in the annual camp brochure, which will be available online on Feb. 1 at lvjcc.org/camp. Please reach out to me anytime at email@example.com with any questions. The summer is coming – and the JCC s ready to be your mix-and-match camp home!