Summer Camp

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Summer Camp is a transformative experience that your children will remember for the rest of their lives. Every camper will discover, grow and learn within the supportive and safe environment that The J Summer Camp provides. Campers will come home with new stories about the activities and people at camp. The J Summer Camp is an experience full of smiles, laughter, fun and excitement.

Why Send My Child to The J Camp, an ACA-Accredited Day Camp

American Camp Association Accreditation is awarded after our camp undergoes a review of its operation. The J Camp must adhere to up to 300 standards ranging from staff qualifications to emergency management. The ACA collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross and other youth-serving agencies to assure that current practices at your child’s camp reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation. Camps and the ACA form a partnership that promotes growth and fun in an environment committed to safety.

ACA helps member camps provide:
• Healthy, developmentally appropriate activities and learning experiences
• Discovery through experiential education
• Caring, competent role models
• Service to the community and the environment
• Opportunities for leadership and personal growth

The J is open and accessible to everyone regardless of age, race, religion, national origin or special need. Yachad is our inclusion program that offers children with special needs and learning differences the opportunity to fully enjoy The J Camp experience.

Registration is online only. Paper transactions can no longer be accepted.

FUNDED IN PART BY
Perelmuter & Goldberg Orthodontics, Florence Kreitman Isaacs Summer Camp Fund, Sadye and Maurice Grossman Community Service Camp Fund, Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence and JCamp 180

2017 SUMMER CAMP THEME: Adventures In Time

Throughout the summer, campers will learn the importance of social action and how they can make positive social change. Camp will foster self-esteem and help campers develop their understanding of and appreciation for the world in which we live. We believe that all campers can participate. All campers can succeed, and all campers can make a new friend.

Adventures in Time Weekly Explorations:
Week 1:  June 5-9 Wild West
Week 2:  June 12-16 Dinosaur Days
Week 3:  June 19-23 Ancient Egypt
Week 4:  June 26-30 Golden Age of Piracy
Week 5:  July 3-7 (no camp July 4) Decade Week (20’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s)
Week 6:  July 10-14 Pioneer Days
Week 7:  July 17-21 Renaissance Festival
Week 8:  July 24-28 Medieval Times
Week 9:  July 31-Aug 4 Back to the Future
Week 10: Aug 7-11 Space Age

New this Year
More choices for older campers; the traditional camps you know and love, revamped for fresh new excitement AND many more Specialty Camp options.
CIT Rising 10th grade program
Added to the traditional camp repertoire:
Pickleball (the country’s fastest growing sport)
Archery Golf-foam arrows used with bows for a 9 hole ( par 36) course
Archery Tag-think paint ball with foam arrows (protective gear supplied)

COMMUNICATION

Most communication between The J Summer Camp, campers and their families will be done electronically. Please add us to your address book so we don’t end up in the SPAM folder! All camp calendars, overnight packing lists and weekly updates regarding camp will be emailed. PLEASE make sure your correct email address is on file with the Camp Office prior to the beginning of camp. Photos will be uploaded to The J Louisville Summer Camp Facebook page daily. Reminder: by signing the camp registration form you are authorizing The J to use your child’s image. In the event you do not wish your child’s image be used, please submit your request in writing to the Camp Office.

You can expect the following communications from us:jcc-summer-camp-2015-1

  • The Wednesday before each week your child is registered you will receive a session letter emailed to you with information about overnights, field trips and other special events that will occur that week.
  • Each Friday you will receive the weekly email newsletter with photos and stories about camp that week.
  • Photos posted daily (Monday through Friday) on the The J Summer Camp Facebook page.
  • A call or email from the camp office if we are missing an RSVP for an overnight or other special event paper work.
  • A call from a member of the camp leadership team if your child has ongoing/consistent challenges in line with our camp conduct policy or becomes ill at camp.
  • The camp staff is always available during the summer to answer questions about general programs. Calls will be answered within 24 hours of receipt.
  • Check The J Summer Camp Facebook page for pictures and reminders.

CAMP STAFF

Our dedicated and responsible camp staff are carefully selected for their skills, experience and interest in working with children. They receive extensive training prior to the summer and ongoing supervision during the summer to ensure they provide the highest quality care. They are trained in creative programming, group dynamics, child development, conflict resolution, safety procedures and more. Two Israeli Shlichim (counselors from Israel) will be at camp all summer infusing Israeli culture into The J Camp.

BRING ISRAEL TO YOUR HOME

Your Family Can Make a Difference!
Your family has an opportunity to be part of a wonderful and unique experience. Campers enrolled in our day camps are fortunate to experience the joy of Israel with our Shlichim (staff from Israel). They infuse our day camp programs with Israeli music, dancing, sports, food, language, trends and the inside scoop on Israeli life! Personalize the experience for your entire family by hosting one of our Shlichim for a two week period. For more information, please contact any of the year-round staff.

Facility

The J has the perfect facility for your child’s summer camp experience rain or shine. Our 17-acres include two softball fields, two soccer fields, a gaga pit, two playgrounds, a fire pit and a covered pavilion with picnic tables. Camp’s indoor space includes two full-sized gymnasiums, auditorium with theatre stage, indoor child-friendly activity spaces, a heated indoor pool and a full dance studio. The outdoor pool complex includes a nine-lane, 25-meter heated lap pool, a family pool with a diving well and the Seng Jewelers Wading Pool for our youngest swimmers.

MORNING CIRCLE

Every morning our campers begin their day with music, singing and dancing. We honor America and Israel with beautiful renditions of ‘America the Beautiful’ and ‘Hatikvah’ (‘The Hope’ Israel’s national anthem). We also recite the camp pledge, which describes our plans for the day to be respectful and try new things.

Afternoon Circle

Each afternoon our campers will end their day with music, singing and dancing. Our CIT’s will be developing programming for this afternoon tradition.

jcc-summer-camp-2015-7COMMUNITY GARDEN

Our on-site garden provides hands-on experiences include watering, tending and picking fruits and vegetables. The campers will learn how to grow and eat healthy food. The fruits and vegetables are not only enjoyed by our campers but are also donated to the Jewish Family & Career Services’ food pantry.

YACHAD – PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

The J is open and accessible to everyone, regardless of age, race, religion or special needs. Yachad is our inclusion program that offers children with special needs and learning differences the opportunity to fully enjoy The J Camp experience. Some children are assigned a full-day, one-on-one advocate while others utilize an advocate assistant during challenging times or activities. Advocates personalize the camp experience to meet the individual needs of the child. Intake forms are required for acceptance into the program. If your child has any form of IEP or attends an alternative school, it is recommended you complete an intake form prior to enrollment in camp.

CAMP CONDUCT POLICY

Every effort will be made by staff to ensure a positive camp experience for your children. In the event that there are behavioral difficulties, which are deemed irreconcilable, children may be removed from any The J summer program either in part or in full. Availability of refunds, partial or full, will be determined by Center Administrative staff. Once camp sessions have begun, no refunds are given for camper absence or illness.

CAMP COMMITTEE

  • Erica Brady, Chair
  • Keren Benabou
  • Judith Danovitch
  • Kat Gallagher
  • Lauren Hasselbacher
  • Andrew & Ali Ignatow
  • Charisse Levine
  • Cyndy Lewis
  • Cristie Newkirk
  • Nic Noles
  • Kristen Yoffe

FPerelmuter-Goldberg-Orthodontics-logo-webUNDED IN PART BY

The J is open and accessible to everyone regardless of age, race, religion, national origin or special need.

REGISTRATION

 

Registration is now open!

25 percent non-refundable deposit due at time of registration. Applications received on or after May 12 must be paid in full.

Registration Open

Space is limited. Many weeks sell out quickly. Register today!

Important Dates

Camp Showcase
Thursday, March 16, 5:30-7:00pm
Pizza/Ice-cream and camp program samplings
Meet aquatics staff, CenterStage instructors, camp personnel as well as specialty camp contractors

Camp Tours
Available M-F and Sunday by appointment, please call Mary Dooley at 502-238-2718 or email at mdooley@jewishlouisville.org for scheduling.

Question & Answer Night
Tuesday, April 25, 6:00-7:30p.m.
View camp videos and ask the staff your camp questions while noshing on cookies and tea.

Camp Kick-Off
Thursday, June 1, 4:00-6:00p.m.
Be ready for the first day of camp! The best way to kick-off summer 2017? With all of your camp buddies, of course!

DISCOUNTS

Sibling Discount *^

Sign up one child at the regular price, other campers from the same household will receive a 10% discount. (full price must be the greater $)

Camper Loyalty Discount *^

Re-enrolling campers from 2016, sign up for 10 weeks of camp (traditional or specialty for 1 child) and take $200 off final payment.

*Sibling and Loyalty Discounts may not be combined.

July 4 Discount ^

All children signed up for July 3 week of camp receive $40 discount.

^ Cancelled weeks or changes negate all discounts, balance will be added to your final statement.

A limited number of scholarships are available to members who enroll in traditional camp. The deadline to apply is May 3. Financial assistance may run out prior to this date.

Refer a Family

Earn $50 for every new family you refer to Camp J, up to $200. You will receive a check at the end off the summer for any **new families you refer who attend day camp. We only honor referrals sent to us in writing. Please email mdooley@jewishlouisville.org and include the following: your name and email address, the referred family’s name, email and phone number.

* * Referrals of families with children who attended J Camp in 2014, 2015 or 2016 are not eligible for this promotion.