JCC Summer Camps Off To A Great Start

JCC Summer Camps Off To A Great Start; Still Time to Register for Summer Fun!

The JCC summer camp season is off to a roaring start, with plenty of action and activities that have kept the campers from the time they arrived on the first day.

“It’s hard to believe we’re almost done with our third week,” said Halle Schwartz, JCC Director of Children, youth, Teens, and Camping.  “The first few days went by quick, and the campers are really enjoying themselves. But there are still plenty of great activities and specialty camps to go.  There’s still time for any family that wants to extend their children’s camp season, or just register for the last few weeks of summer.”

“This summer, the JCCs summer camp theme is “Mishpacha” or “We are Family.  “Many of our camp staff and campers have been with us for several years,” said Schwartz.  “It’s a fabulous feeling seeing everyone get back together.  And, with new kids coming and becoming friends with the returning campers, camp really becomes a JCC family,” she added.

During the first week, campers built their home in their bunks by using leaves and branches they collected while going on nature walks.  They also made Mezuzahs for their homes.

Family History Week was the second week that included a Talent Show at Camp Chaverim.  The talent show was based on the history of the Jewish people and campers collaborated together to act out the stories of Rosh Hashana, Purim, Hanukkah,Tu B’Shvat.

Last week and this week has also featured the Acting and Performance camp led by professional actors for the Columbus Children’s Theater.  Campers participating are receiving first-hand experience in acting, singing, dancing, scriptwriting and set and costume design while creating their own original variety show titled “The Adventures of the JCC Summer Stock Kids.”  The world premiere is being performed for all JCC campers, families, and open to the entire community in performances this evening, June 26, at 7pm and tomorrow at 11am and 1pm.

Camp also features Shabbat activities.  Every Friday afternoon campers are will be doing a Shabbat craft or activity such as creating their Mezuzah.  Other creations will include a Kiddush cup and challah.  By the end, they’ll have their own Shabbat box that they made throughout the summer.

“There is still so much for the campers to enjoy, including Maccabi Week” said Schwartz, “The kids love all the activities of Maccabi Week.  The week is filled with so much energy,” she added.  Campers divide into teams and create a team cheer and team flag.  They wear team colors throughout the week, and participate in all sorts of fun races including an egg race and water race.  But the highlight is the Great Race, an obstacle course race.” Families are invited to the join the campers for the Great Race and a Shabbat celebration that follows.

Also coming up is the Bricks for Kidz specialty camp where campers will work with special guest instructors to build Lego® creations.

The theme for the final week of camp is “Community is Our Family.”  During the week, different people from the community such as a Battalion Chief and a Police Officer will come to camp and meet the kids and share what they do.

Camp Hoover, for kids entering 4th through 8th grades, has also been bustling with activity.  “The campers are absolutely having a blast,” said Mark Moscardino, Director, Hoover Camp.  We have beautiful woods, a boat dock, a high ropes course, zip line, a swimming pool, a pavilion, a basketball court, bike trails, athletic fields, an archery range, and an art area.   There has been non-stop activity exploring nature, sports, the high ropes course, drama, fishing, boating, and Judaics,” he added.

“At our JCC camps we wish to instill the values of togetherness, tradition, and heritage in all of our campers.  It is through the lens of family that we view the past, live the present and have hope for the future.  The entire camp staff has been excited since our first orientation to spend this summer with your children and to make their summer a memorable experience,” said Schwartz.

For more information about camp programs go to https://columbusjcc.org///summer-camps.  To register for any of the camp programs for the remainder of the season, contact Lauren Barnes by calling 614-559-6251, or by email at lbarnes@columbusjcc.org.