It’s Not too Late to Register

It’s Not too Late to Register for Sizzling Summer Fun at the JCC Summer Camps

It’s not too late to register for the 2014 season of JCC Summer Camp! Summer’s right around the corner and JCC camp counselors and staff are eager to welcome a new round of campers and show them all that is new and exciting this year at Camps Chaverim, Hoover, Ora, Yeladim, and Arye!

A summer filled with daily swim lessons and splash pad fun, nature exploration, Hebrew and Judaics lessons interwoven with experiential activities designed to challenge children and teach them new skills, weekly Shabbat celebrations, and so much more is in store for campers this season.

So much is new this year. JCC counselors and staff can’t wait to share it all with campers, along with the laughter, singing, friendships, and memories that are made each year. One of the most exciting new offerings this summer will be the Columbus Children’s Theatre Camp, an acting/performing camp in which campers will spend two weeks, from June 16-27, working with professional actors to explore all aspects of creating a first-rate performance, culminating in a world-premiere variety show performed for the JCC, campers, and the whole community to see.

Another new specialty camp at the JCC this year is “FIT Camp,” taking place June 16-20, for children in first-third grades. The camp will focus on proper nutrition, exercise and physical fitness as a means to achieve a healthy lifestyle, and will include fitness challenges and boot camp/obstacle course-style competitions.

Also new this year for parents looking to save time is the option to buy lunch at all camp locations: Ora, Chaverim, Arye, and Hoover. And at Camp Hoover, campers will look forward to learning a new skill—daily lunch cooking over a camp fire! One of the newest Camp Hoover activities will offer kids the opportunity to cook side dishes to go along with the daily lunches. This, in addition to counselors teaching campers how to safely build camp fires, will only add to the authentic, camping-in-nature experience Camp Hoover provides.

Camp Hoover will offer brand new equipment this year, including more kayaks and boating equipment. The new equipment will be used in Hoover’s newest game, Battleship, in which campers will splash each other and dump buckets of water to see who can be the first to dump the opposing team’s kayak, or “battleship.” At the 28-acre rustic woodland bordering Hoover Reservoir, kids can choose from a variety of activities, including a high ropes course, zipline, 50’ climbing wall, boating and fishing, swimming in the heated pool, archery, games like Gaga ball in the new Gaga pit, and much more.

After last year’s successful visits to overnight camps Camp Livingston and Emma Kaufman Camp, the JCC will be adding Camp Wise to its tour schedule. Campers now have the chance to visit all three overnight camps to help them get a feel for what the experience will be like and decide if an overnight camp is right for them.

Some things aren’t changing, however— like the home-away-from-home atmosphere of the JCC camps. With many of the same counselors and directors returning from last year, campers will have a chance to reunite with their camp mishpacha beginning June 9, when the “We are Family” season of camp begins.

“We are all so excited to be coming back together. With a month to go before camp starts, we just can’t wait. Marie Wells is returning to direct Camp Arye, Mark Moscardino and Nancy Rosen are back at Hoover, Kim Moore will again lead our specialty camps, and Shara Reiss has returned to direct Camp Ora. Kaley Rosenthal is back, as well. It’s really nice; we’re like a family, too, reuniting. On behalf of the entire camp staff we are all looking forward to the opportunity to spend this summer with your children and make their summer a memorable experience,” said Halle Schwartz, JCC Director of Children, Youth, Teens, and Camping.

Schwartz added that one of the ways the JCC camps stand out among the myriad offerings for central Ohio youth each summer is the way they integrate nature into every aspect of camp. “We’re really focusing on nature this year. Last year we added a Nature Specialist to Hoover, and this year we’re adding a Nature Specialist to Chaverim. We feel that celebrating and embracing nature is a Jewish value we should teach our campers. Understanding and developing a love of nature helps campers grasp the concept of caring for the environment, which goes toward the idea of tikkun olam, repairing the world, and many other Jewish values we teach our campers throughout the summer camp experience.”

All JCC summer camp programs offer financial assistance for families enduring economic hardship. The JCC, along with the help of the community and funds made possible through the Columbus Jewish Foundation and the Columbus Jewish Federation, works to ensure that every Jewish family can afford the camp experience. To learn more about the JCC scholarship application process, visit www.columbusjcc.org or contact Louise Young at lmyoung@columbusjcc.org. For more information on how to sign up your child for JCC summer camp, visit www.columbusjcc.org/summer-camps/ or contact camp registrar, Lauren Barnes, at lbarnes@columbusjcc.org or call (614) 559-6251.