Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a member to attend JCC camps?
All JCC campers must be JCC members, and JCC membership must be maintained through the camp session. A summer membership is also available, and summer members may attend camp.

What do I pack my for my camper’s lunch?
Please send a dairy or pareve lunch and drink with your child each day. Please DO NOT send meat! We recommend the use of brown bags clearly labeled with the camper’s first and last names. Lunches are collected each morning and stored in a refrigerator until lunchtime. We recommend sending water or a PowerAid drink rather than a sugary drink to help your child stay hydrated throughout the day.

What happens if my child gets hurt at camp?
All JCC camps have a registered nurse or an American Red Cross certified first-aid provider on duty during camp hours. Our nurse or camp staff will notify you if appropriate.

What should I pack in my child’s camp bag?
Please send your child with a bathing suit, towel, plastic bag for wet bathing suits/towels, sunscreen, water bottle, hat, brown bag lunch and insect repellant (optional). Please be sure to write your child’s name on all of his/her belongings so we can promptly return lost items to their owners.

What should my camper wear to camp?
Campers are encouraged to wear comfortable, casual clothes, t-shirts, shorts and sneakers to camp. Campers do get dirty! Please label all items with first and last names in permanent ink.

What should my child leave at home?
Please do not send expensive clothes, shoes, sandals, electronic items (Ipads, Game Boys, Ipods, cameras, cell phones), sports equipment or jewelry to camp.

What happens during bad weather?
Campers will remain outdoors as long as there is no lightning or thunder. In the event of a thunderstorm, campers will seek shelter indoors. In the event of rain, children should still pack their bag as they would on a sunny day. In the event of storms, Hoover campers may be transported to a different location.

What happens on extremely hot days?
In the case of extremely hot weather, the Children, Youth, Teen & Camping Director determines whether or not it is safe to remain outdoors. If campers remain outside, all necessary means will be used to keep campers cool. If campers are taken inside or sent on a field trip, parents will be notified via email. In the event of a heat advisory, campers will be taken inside.

Where do I drop off/pick up my child for camp?
Campers should be dropped off on the campgrounds behind the JCC’s main building. Ora campers can be dropped off on the campgrounds or in front of the ECS entrance. Ora staff members are on the campgrounds and will walk campers form camp to ECS location. Yeladim campers must be taken into their camp rooms. Hoover campers being dropped off at the College Avenue location can arrive as early as 8 am; the bus leaves for Hoover at 8:15 am. Hoover campers being dropped off at the JCC New Albany location can arrive as early as 8:15 am; the bus leaves for Hoover at 8:30 am.

Who should I call if I need to reach my child at camp?
In the event of an emergency, please call the Camp Office at 559-6251. The Camp Office will be able to locate your camper. For Yeladim campers, please contact the preschool office at 559-6294.

What happens if my child is sick and won’t attend camp one day?
Please call the Camp Office at 559-6251 (or preschool office for Yeladim) or email us at tfreeman@columbusjcc.org prior to 9 am to let us know your child won’t be at camp! Although we realize campers miss camp for various reasons, there are no refunds, credits or extensions for missed days of camp.

What if my child needs to take medication during the camp day?
The camp nurse will dispense all medications during the camp day. Medications should be given to the camp nurse with specific written directions for use from a physician. All medications should be sent in their original bottles. At camp Yeladim and Hoover, the camp director will distribute all medicine. Please also indicate evening medications on health forms if your camper will be staying for any late nights or overnights throughout the summer.

With whom can I discuss concerns regarding camp?
Camp directors will be on the campgrounds during the camp days and will return calls each day after 4pm. Of course, urgent matters will be handled immediately. In addition, concerns can be addressed with Halle Schwartz, the Camping Director at the JCC.

Do I need to send snacks to camp with my child?
No. The JCC provides a snack in the morning and in the afternoon. Morning snacks are generally fruit and afternoon snacks are generally popsicles or chips.

When will I receive more information about the summer?
The Parent Handbooks are online. They provide you with all the details of camp. If you would prefer to receive this packet in the mail, please notify the camp office at 559-6251 or email tfreeman@columbusjcc.org.

What if I have a Hoover camper and a Chaverim camper with two different drop off and pick up times?
Chaverim campers with Hoover siblings may come to camp at 8am and stay until 4pm.

Can I add weeks to my child’s summer?
Yes! Extensions are welcome! Extensions must be paid as weeks are added. Please contact our camp office at 559-6251 to extend your camper’s summer fun.

Does my child have to be Jewish to attend a JCC camp?
No! JCC Summer Camps welcome all children, regardless of religious affiliation, to participate in our camp experience and to share in our rich Jewish heritage.