If you and your kids haven’t started thinking about summer camp this year, you better get moving.
Spots are filling up fast.
Eight of the 38 specialty camp weeks are already at capacity with wait lists. The specialty weeks range from fine arts and science to sports, crafts and aquatics. Expanded options this year include art and history camps with the University of Louisville’s College of Arts and Sciences, Horseback Riding with Louisville Equestrian Center, Comic Book Creator Camp and Sailing Camp with River Cities Community Sailing Program.
“My staff has said we’re way ahead for registration this year because there is such a demand. Parents saw last year fill up,” said Betsy Schwartz, camp director.
This year also features a renewed focus on the Keff and Trek day camps, “which are just as special as specialty camps,” Schwartz said.
Trek 46, for grades 4th-6th, has been revamped into a travel camp, with outings planned to places like the Louisville Mega Cavern and the Science Center. There are weekly overnight or late night experiences too, like nights at the Cincinnati Zoo and Camp Livingston.
“We go to places that people who live here their whole lives never go to unless a visitor comes to town,” said Schwartz.
Camp Keff, for kindergarten-3rd grades, will have several groups especially designed to help young campers transition from preschool to kindergarten. These groups will have lead camp councilors who understand what skills children need to begin their formal education. And this camp is fun, too, with a wide variety of activities and entertainment to choose from. And, of course, every child will swim in the JCC’s outdoor pools all summer, with many camps receiving instruction from the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy.
Schwartz said JCC camps are now able to accommodate more special needs children than ever before, thanks a grant this year through the National Inclusion Program that will fund the opportunity for 20 children with special needs to attend camp.
JCC Summer Camp runs June 9-August 8. For more information or to register for camp, visit www.jcclouisvillecamp.org or call 502-459-0660.