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Specialty Camps (Grades K-6)

June 6 – August 5, 2022 | 9am – 4pm

*Specialty Camps and dates are subject to change.

At Camp J our specialty camps are designed to allow campers to dive deeper into an activity they love!

The majority of our specialty camps spend the morning in their special activity like cooking, engineering, robotics, arts & crafts, or chess.  The afternoon will include lunch, other activities, and time for free play. While Camp J’s specialty camps are different from the traditional camps, our values are the same. Your campers will still be making friends, playing outside, and getting at least a little bit messy!

Click here to download the Camp J 2022 Specialty Calendar.

Arts Camps

Week 2 – Side by Side Art (K-5th) – June 13-17

$290 JCC Members, $330 Summer Members, $340 Non-Members

A journey through contemporary art history! Each day we’ll introduce a modern artist to spark creativity and gather inspiration. We won’t simply learn about their style, but look at famous works of art as jumping-off points to create our own imaginative, vibrant and unique masterpieces!

Weeks 3 and 4: STAGES (3rd-6th grades) June 20-July 1

$580 JCC Members, $660 Summer Members, $680 Non-Members

STAGES is an immersive experience for our campers in the world of theatre! Young performers of all experience levels and ages will engage in aspects of the theatrical process: audition, acting, solo and group singing, choreography, costumes and makeup, and tech!  With the guidance of our arts professionals, including Center Stage Educational Program Director Erin Jump, our campers will work together to learn and create parts of their own show that will be performed at the end of camp!

Week 4: iMovie Camp (2nd-5th): June 27-July 1

$290 JCC Members, $330 Summer Members, $340 Non-Members

Campers in iMovie will create movie scripts, sets, and film movies using iPads. Everyone will have the opportunity to get into groups or film independently. Campers will learn about set design, lighting, and how to edit in the iMovie app. All films will be uploaded to a private YouTube Channel to view on the final day!

Weeks 5 and 6: STAGES (K-2nd) July 5-15

$520 JCC Members, $595 Summer Members, $610 Non-Members

STAGES is an immersive experience for our campers in the world of theatre! Young performers of all experience levels and ages will engage in aspects of the theatrical process: audition, acting, solo and group singing, choreography, costumes and makeup, and tech!  With the guidance of our arts professionals, including Center Stage Educational Program Director Erin Jump, our campers will work together to learn and create parts of their own show that will be performed at the end of camp!

Week 7: Studio 4 Dance Camp

$290 JCC Members, $330 Summer Members, $340 Non-Members

Studio 4 Dance Company is locally and nationally known as one of the premier dance studios in Kentucky. This dance camp will offer a full variety of dance instruction, technique training and will learn several routines to showcase to their families.

Cooking Camps with Mesa Cooking School

Week 1: Cake Decorating (2nd-6th) – June 6-10

$305 JCC Members, $345 Summer Members, $355 Non-Members

Campers will learn to design, frost, decorate, and embellish their very own cake. This year’s theme is unicorns. Unicorns are rare and beautiful creatures, just like us! This class will cover making icing, fondant work, chocolate work, the basics of icing a cake, decorating strategy, and personal creativity. Each camper will imagine and create a unicorn design that reflects their interests, hobbies, favorite colors, heroes, etc. at the end of the week, campers will take home their cakes for their families.

Week 2: Chopped Session A (3rd-8th) – June 13-17

$305 JCC Members, $345 Summer Members, $355 Non-Members

This camp is all about the competition! Campers will be divided into teams, given recipes and ingredients while instructors guide each team through their recipes and cooking techniques. Each day of camp will begin a new competition with new prizes to be won. Campers will encounter mystery and sabotage ingredients to learn to navigate through unexpected trouble in the kitchen. This is meant to make the competition more fun and encourage teamwork, higher learning, and problem-solving. Each day, teams will be judged on taste, proper cooking techniques, plating and design, teamwork, and sanitation (working clean and tidy). Campers will be encouraged to work creatively, think outside the box, and have fun while learning basic cooking techniques, flavor profiles and development, and artistic expression through food.

Week 3: Tasty Tales (K-3rd) – June 20-24

$305 JCC Members, $345 Summer Members, $355 Non-Members

This class is geared towards younger campers; however, this camp can be enjoyed by campers of all ages. We will explore making dishes featured in fairy tales, folk songs, and storybooks. Some of the stories we will discover are Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Dragons Love Tacos, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, etc.

Week 4: Food Science (K-6th) – June 27-July 1

$305 JCC Members, $345 Summer Members, $355 Non-Members

Food Science camp will focus on chemical reactions in the kitchen. Campers will do food-related experiments, prepare recipes, and study the chemical reactions behind the results. Campers will bake bread, make popcorn, ice cream, candy, and more to observe and learn the chemical properties and their reactions when combined with other chemicals, heated, and chilled. Campers will study ingredients at each state of solid, liquid, and gas; experiment with viscous liquids; and learn about water displacement, density, and emulsification. Campers will learn to make their own batteries using fruits and vegetables.

Week 5: Cupcake Wars Session A (K-6th) – July 5-8

$245 JCC Members, $275 Summer Members, $285 Non-Members

Each day, campers will be divided into teams to participate in competition. Each team will be given recipes for cupcakes and icings, as well as ingredients for decoration. Instructors will teach the campers the fundamentals of baking and decorating while encouraging campers to work as a team to get creative with their team’s cupcakes. Instructors will also have mystery ingredients to teach campers how to substitute and incorporate ingredients in a recipe. Each day of camp, the campers will be judged on their cupcake taste, design, teamwork, use of mystery ingredient, and sanitation (working clean, tidy, and sanitary), and the winning team will receive a prize. Campers will enjoy their cupcakes after the competition each day.

Week 6: Cookie Craze (K-6th) – July 11-15

$305 JCC Members, $345 Summer Members, $355 Non-Members

Campers will bulk up their recipe books with 15 different cookie recipes. We will explore classic cookie baking like chocolate chip, sugar, snickerdoodles, etc, and travel the globe while trying cookie recipes from around the world. Nut-free class.

Week 7: Chopped Session B (3rd-8th) – July 18-22

$305 JCC Members, $345 Summer Members, $355 Non-Members

This camp is all about the competition! Campers will be divided into teams, given recipes and ingredients while instructors guide each team through their recipes and cooking techniques. Each day of camp will begin a new competition with new prizes to be won. Campers will encounter mystery and sabotage ingredients to learn to navigate through unexpected trouble in the kitchen. This is meant to make the competition more fun and encourage teamwork, higher learning, and problem-solving. Each day, teams will be judged on taste, proper cooking techniques, plating and design, teamwork, and sanitation (working clean and tidy). Campers will be encouraged to work creatively, think outside the box, and have fun while learning basic cooking techniques, flavor profiles and development, and artistic expression through food.

Week 8: Cupcake Wars Session B (K-6) – July 25-29

$305 JCC Members, $345 Summer Members, $355 Non-Members

Each day, campers will be divided into teams to participate in competition. Each team will be given recipes for cupcakes and icings, as well as ingredients for decoration. Instructors will teach the campers the fundamentals of baking and decorating while encouraging campers to work as a team to get creative with their team’s cupcakes. Instructors will also have mystery ingredients to teach campers how to substitute and incorporate ingredients in a recipe. Each day of camp, the campers will be judged on their cupcake taste, design, teamwork, use of mystery ingredient, and sanitation (working clean, tidy, and sanitary), and the winning team will receive a prize. Campers will enjoy their cupcakes after the competition each day.

Week 9: Growing and Cooking (K-6) – August 1-5

$305 JCC Members, $345 Summer Members, $355 Non-Members

Campers explore growing vegetables and edible plants and the importance of living healthy while creating dishes that are colorful and nutritious. Each day, we will make farm-to-table dishes while using ingredients from local farmers markets. Campers will also plant a microgreen garden to tend at camp and at home.

Junior Lifeguard Camp

Week 7: (6th-8th) –  July 18-22

$305 JCC Members, $345 Summer Members, $355 Non-Members

The Junior Lifeguard camp will teach children grades 6 to 8 water safety and basic lifesaving skills. It uniquely combines certification opportunities, skill development, competition, teamwork and leadership skills, all while having a fun day at the pool. Daily sessions will consist of physical training, lectures/demonstrations, team building activities and leadership training. Students will receive instruction in water safety, facility operations, basic work skills, lifeguarding skills, first aid and CPR. Students will receive a J Junior Guard completion certificate as well as an American Red Cross First Aid certification.

Class uniform: A workout suit is preferred as we will be running drills and mock rescues (no string bikinis).
Class prerequisites: Participants must be able to swim 50 yards freestyle or breaststroke, tread water for 1 minute using arms and legs, float on their back for 30 seconds or swim backstroke for 25 yards, and submerge and swim underwater for 10 feet.
What to bring: Participants will need to bring a suit and towel every day, goggles if desired, a dry set of clothes, and lunch or money to buy lunch. Snacks will be provided at the end of the day, but kids should bring a water bottle to have throughout the day.

Snapology Camps

Week 1: Intro to Robotics (K-2nd) –  June 6-10

$290 JCC Members, $330 Summer Members, $340 Non-Members

Campers will explore the world of robotics as they build and code moving, LEGO® based models. They will also learn to think critically about their surroundings and realize all the simple machines they use every day. Whether learning about sensors, building drills and magic wands, or discovering how gears create movement in helicopters and robotic dogs, your camper is sure to have a great time! Campers will get to build and take home their own LEGO® mini-figure at the end of this camp.

Week 2: Snapology Superheroes (K-5th) –  June 13-17

$290 JCC Members, $330 Summer Members, $340 Non-Members

To the Batcave fans! Comic books and movies bring together great stories and characters, and we will create both in this popular camp. Using LEGO® bricks, campers will design their own superhero, create exciting adventures and build cool new superhero sets. Your campers will have a blast creating their own fantasy world of superheroes! What kind of superpowers will they discover? Campers will get to build and take home their own LEGO® mini-figure at the end of this camp.

Week 3: STEAM Survivor (2nd-8th) – June 20-24

$290 JCC Members, $330 Summer Members, $340 Non-Members

Does your camper have what it takes to be a STEAM Survivor? If your camper enjoys taking on engineering and design challenges, working with a team to complete timed tasks, and using partnerships to brainstorm and explore new possibilities to solve unique problems, this program is the perfect fit! Although tasks will be challenging, they will be structured and guided by a trained Snapologist who will make sure your camper gets the support they need to be successful and get the most out of this program!

Week 4: MEGA Machines (2nd-8th) – June 27-July 1

$290 JCC Members, $330 Summer Members, $340 Non-Members

In Snapology’s Mega Machines class, your child will create some of their favorite motorized vehicles. Students will learn about gear ratio, sensors, pulleys, cranks, and programming as they build trucks, space rovers, helicopters, and much more. Your camper is sure to have fun as they build, learn, and play.

Week 5: Scientists (with Slime) (K-5th)-  July 5-8

$230 JCC Members, $260 Summer Members, $270 Non-Members

Campers will cultivate their love of science and nature through hands-on creation and experimentation. We will engage in concepts from astronomy, earth science, biology, chemistry and physics using LEGO® bricks and other interactive learning tools. On the last day, campers will have a blast making slime while learning about the science behind their favorite slimy polymer and how the magic is all in the ingredients. Campers will get to build and take home their own LEGO® mini-figure at the end of this camp.

Week 6: Amusement Park Adventures (2nd-8th) – July 11-15

$290 JCC Members, $330 Summer Members, $340 Non-Members

Campers will design and build their own amusement park in this thrilling program! We will learn how to use LEGO® bricks, motors and other building materials to make our favorite coasters and other awesome rides. By the last day, each team will be ready to create their own unique ride, and then we’ll bring everything together – complete with food and game shops! Campers will get to build and take home their own LEGO® mini-figure at the end of this camp.

Week 7: Science of Superpowers (K-5th) – July 18-22

$290 JCC Members, $330 Summer Members, $340 Non-Members

In Snapology’s Science of Superpowers program, campers will learn about the science behind their favorite heroes’ powers. Students will learn about gravity, aerodynamics, forces, motion, and much more as they learn about flight, super villain fights, and superhero vehicles.

Week 8: Adventures with Star Wars (K-5th) – July 25-29

$290 JCC Members, $330 Summer Members, $340 Non-Members

If your camper loves Star Wars®, this is the camp for them! Campers will have a great time in this week filled with Star Wars® themed activities using LEGO® bricks and other interactive learning tools. We will explore concepts such as engineering strong spacecraft and structures while building scenes from the movies, favorite ships and lightsabers. May the force be with them! Campers will get to build and take home their own LEGO® mini-figure at the end of this camp.

Week 9: Pokemania (K-5th) – August 1-5

$290 JCC Members, $330 Summer Members, $340 Non-Members

Campers will explore and build the world of Pokémon® as they create their own gyms, battles and even their very own generation of Pokémon®. We will also learn about real-world science while exploring their habitats and traits. Your camper will have a blast exercising their imagination and becoming the best Pokémon® trainer ever! Campers will get to build and take home their own LEGO® mini-figure at the end of this camp.

Sports Camps

Week 1 – NZone Sports Multi-Sports Camp (Grades K-5): June 6-10

$290 JCC Members, $330 Summer Members, $340 Non-Members

Multi-Sport camp is designed to introduce young athletes to a variety of different sports in one setting. This program combines two to three different sports into one fun-filled week. Athletes will learn the rules and fundamentals of each sport through skill-based games and scrimmages. At the end of the week, campers will walk away with knowledge of new sports along with important values such as respect, teamwork, and self-discipline.

Week 2 – Mockingbird Valley Soccer Camp (Grades K-5): June 13-17

$305 JCC Members, $345 Summer Members, $355 Non-Members

Mockingbird Valley Soccer coaches will begin to focus on the core fundamentals of the game. We introduce the idea of creating space for players by spreading out. To further reinforce the idea of space, topics such as passing, and dribbling are addressed. Ball mastery and soccer-specific moves will be covered in training as well. All games are played using half of the field to keep the children involved as much as possible and allow for as many touches on the ball as possible.

Week 3 – TNBA Basketball Camp (Grades 2nd-8th): June 20-24

$290 JCC Members, $330 Summer Members, $340 Non-Members

The National Basketball Academy camp is a weeklong session of concentrated basketball training and involves a lot of individual skill development; but for competitive aspects, campers are grouped by age and skill level whenever possible. We will break the game down while enhancing specific skills in all areas needed to be an effective basketball player and have fun. Then, we will take those abilities and apply them in daily competitions. Each participant will be placed on a team so he or she improves as an individual and as a teammate. Camp Objectives: Improve the FUNdamental skills in all areas of the game; Building Teamwork, Confidence & Performance; Learn how to work hard and be positive.

Week 4 – Martial Arts Camp (Grades K-2nd): June 27-July 1

$290 JCC Members, $330 Summer Members, $340 Non-Members

St. Matthews Martial Arts camp will provide exercises chosen specifically to develop coordination, balance, and body control. Karate is also an excellent way for kids to work on fitness, flexibility, and agility, which can help them perform better in other athletic pursuits. Unlike team sports, however, karate has no bench and no off-season. It’s perfect for kids who need to improve their physical skills and for kids who want to be active all year round. In addition to providing an outlet for all their energy, our kids karate classes teach students the importance of discipline, respect, and self-control. We expect and encourage our students to practice these three rules not only in class but also at home and in school.

Week 5 – NZone Sports Flag Football Camp (Grades K-5): July 5-8

$230 JCC Members, $260 Summer Members, $270Non-Members

Flag football camp focuses on the development of the key skills of football, the rules of the game, and so much more. Athletes will learn how to throw a football, complete a hand off, catch a ball, and develop plays. These young football players will have an opportunity at the end of each day to put all their newly learned skills into a scrimmage all while preparing them to be ready to play in a flag football league.

Week 6 – Volleyball Camp (Grades 3rd-8th): July 11-15

$290 JCC Members, $330 Summer Members, $340 Non-Members

Details coming soon!

Week 8 – NZone Sports Mini Marvels (Grades K-5): July 25-29

$290 JCC Members, $330 Summer Members, $340 Non-Members

Mini Marvels camp introduces concepts of body awareness and body movement through balancing, climbing, crawling, jumping, running, swinging, turning, and twisting. Obstacle courses are filled with fun, challenging, and interactive games that help increase motor skills, coordination, and core movements. Mini Marvels classes are extremely fun for all young athletes, no matter what their skill level is!

Week 9 – Mockingbird Valley Soccer Camp (Grades K-5): August 1-5

$305 JCC Members, $345 Summer Members, $355 Non-Members

Mockingbird Valley Soccer coaches will begin to focus on the core fundamentals of the game. We introduce the idea of creating space for players by spreading out. To further reinforce the idea of space, topics such as passing, and dribbling are addressed. Ball mastery and soccer-specific moves will be covered in training as well. All games are played using half of the field to keep the children involved as much as possible and allow for as many touches on the ball as possible.

STEM Camps

Week 1 – Chess Camp (Grades 2nd-6th): June 6-10

$290 JCC Members, $330 Summer Members, $340 Non-Members

Learn the basics of chess with Coach Corbin – the West Louisville Chess Club’s senior coach and recruiter. Coach Corbin says, his students never lose: they win or they learn! This is his coaching philosophy…we never lose, we win or we learn! Campers will learn from Coach Corbin in the mornings and enjoy our traditional camp activities in the afternoons.

Week 3 – Ninja and Samurai Showdown (Grades 2nd-5th): June 20-24

$290 JCC Members, $330 Summer Members, $340 Non-Members

To become a ninja or samurai you need to learn their ways and to build an arsenal of their weapons. In this camp, you’ll learn about the history of ninjas and samurai through games and activities, as well as constructing their weapons out of common household items. Campers will make throwing stars, safe-to-use dart guns, magazine nunchucks and samurai swords. Learn the way of these warriors this summer at the J!

Week 4 – Kentucky Science Center CSI Camp (Grades 2nd-5th): July 5-8

$245 JCC Members, $275 Summer Members, $285 Non-Members

Step into the shoes of a Crime Scene Investigator. Work together to uncover fingerprints, hidden messages, and solve the crime with science.

Week 6 – Medieval Mania (Grades 2nd-5th): July 11-15

$290 JCC Members, $330 Summer Members, $340 Non-Members

Do you like castles, knights, and all things medieval? Then this is your camp! You’ll learn a little about Viking culture, writing, and you will build and decorate Viking swords, shields and helmets. We will also learn about medieval England through constructing castles, drawing family crests, and decorating play weapons. We will also have a castle siege competition where you build catapults so you can attack your opponent’s fortress.

Week 7 – Science Olympics (Grades 2nd-5th): July 18-22

$290 JCC Members, $330 Summer Members, $340 Non-Members

Calling all academic-athletes to compete in the Science Olympics! In this camp, you will be designing and building boats, helicopters, rockets, and cars. Each camper will get to test and improve their designs throughout the week of camp. Some days may be all about the process, while on other days you will produce cool projects to take home. The best performing and most original designs will earn campers the gold!

Week 8 – Video Games & Mine Crafts (Grades 2nd-5th): July 25-29

$290 JCC Members, $330 Summer Members, $340 Non-Members

In this class, we will focus on crafts related to classic video games and Minecraft. For Minecraft, we will build blocks and weapons out of cardstock, cardboard, and tape. We will also create your favorite classic video game characters like Mario and Zelda out of Perler beads, and cardstock. Crafty gamers are welcome!

Check back for new camp additions!

For more information, contact the Camp Office at 502-238-2728 or campj@jewishlouisville.org.