Specialty Camps

For Campers K – 8th

All campers are invited to participate in one (or more) of our exciting specialty camps!  With so many choices, we have something for everyone!  Certain camps are only available for specific age groups. All campers need to bring a water bottle, dairy lunch (if not a purchased JCC lunch), swim suit, towel, sunscreen and wear tennis shoes, t-shirt, short/sweats, and socks. Also appropriate equipment where noted in descriptions. Snacks will be provided.


Check out all the fun Specialty Camps we enjoyed during Summer 2017, and stay tuned for the list of exciting offerings in 2018!


Sailing Camp

June 5 – June 9

2nd – 7th grade


By the end of the week students will be able to sail from point A to B with minimal or no help from instructors, even with no previous experience. Students will know the steps to putting a boat in the water and rigging it. Student will know, possibly with partners help, how to completely rig their boat and get it ready to sail. Students will be able, possibly with partners help, completely put boat -parts-rig away at the end of the day.


Soccer Camp with Soccer Field Academy

June 12 – 16 and July 17 – 21 ~ afternoon camp

K – 3rd grade

The Camp this year will be run by Soccer Field Academy in conjunction with Columbus East FC. The camp will focus on developing and improving essential skills in a fun, engaging, and dynamic environment to complement the JCC day camp experience.
Soccer Field Academy is a club-neutral supplemental training program for Boys and Girls ages 6 to 22+ that has been delivering fun, educational and interactive soccer camps since 2005. In addition to running camps, it offers specialist training, with the goal of creating technically superior and tactically astute soccer players through focused and specialized individual player development within a small group or team setting.


Theatre Camp with Columbus Children’s Theatre

Magic Treehouse; Knights At Dawn Kids

June 12 – June 30 ~ Full Day Camp

1st – 8th grade

Calling all aspiring young actors! This popular camp will teach students what it takes to become an actor. Learn basic theatre terminology, what goes into a production, how to build a scene and a character, and how to conquer stage fright. Students will also learn about the audition process and how they can do their best at their next audition.  Campers will be performing three live performances.


Junior Engineering for Kids – Thinking Green

June 19 – 23

K and 1st grade

Are you ready to get down and dirty searching for solutions to some of our biggest environmental prob-lems? In Junior Environmental, students ponder some truly “hot” environmental issues. Students in this camp save endangered animals, help plants grow and create protection from the sun’s heat. By investi-gating natural process like erosion, animal adaptations, and plant growth; we discover ways that we as engineers can be inspired by the world around us to take on all sorts of challenges.


Basketball Camp with Skyhawks 

June 19 – June 23 ~ Afternoon Camp

1st- 3rd Grade

Using our progressional curriculum and focusing on the whole player, we teach your child the skills they need for both on and off the court to be a better athlete. Our sport specific staff will focus on respect, teamwork and responsibility as they will start each day with a ‘skill of the day’ and progress in to drills and games making an unforgettable camp experience for your young athlete. After a week of passing, shooting, dribbling and rebounding you will see why this is one of our most popular programs.


Engineering for Kids – Software

June 26 – 30

2nd and 3rd grade

Software Engineering – Scratch Video Sensing
What’s more fun than playing an interactive video game? Writing one! Video sensing allows students to design and program their own video games and then test them by interacting with the program via webcam. In this Scratch program, students work together to create their own games, art, and musical instruments while exploring coding foundations. Get up and get moving with Engineering for Kids and Scratch: Video Sensing!


Emma Kaufmann Camp Weekend Experience

June 30 – July 2

2nd grade and up

Spend the weekend at Emma Kaufmann Camp in West Virginia and enjoy a two-day camp experince filled with horsebackriding, low ropes, swimming, waterfront, the Blob and so much more.


Camp Wise Weekend Experience

July 14 – 16

2nd grade and up

Swimming, boating, jet skiing, tubing, inflatable water trampolines, tennis, archery and mountain biking, campfires, singing and dancing, Arts & crafts, climbing tower, a magical camp Shabbat and havdallah, delicious kosher meals, special activities, horse stables and more. It’s like four weeks of Camp Wise squeezed into one amazing weekend of fun all in the beautiful wooded surroundings of Chardon.


Camp Wise Week Experience

July 16 – 21

3rd grade and up

Swimming, boating, jet skiing, tubing, inflatable water trampolines, tennis, archery and mountain biking, campfires, singing and dancing, Arts & crafts, climbing tower, delicious kosher meals, special activities, evening programs and so much more. It’s like four weeks of Camp Wise squeezed into one amazing week of fun all in the beautiful wooded surroundings of Chardon.


Horseback Riding at Hunters Creek Equestrian Center

July 17 – 21

1st – 3rd graders


Campers will enjoy riding time, learning to care for horses, horse related/skill building games and craft related to horses. Hunters Creek Equestrian Center is located down the road from Camp Hoover.


Taste of Camp Livingston – 2 Days

July 23 – 25

2nd grade and up

A waterfront with canoes, kayaks and AquaPark; a low and high ropes course and climbing wall; a swimming pool; endless hiking trails; a baseball diamond, tennis courts, a volleyball court, basketball courts, archery and athletic fields; a state-of-the art theater; and an arts and crafts center. It’s like four weeks squeezed into two amazing days of fun. 


Lacrosse Camp with Skyhawks

July 24 – July 28

K – 3rd Grade

Lacrosse is one of the oldest team sports in America, started on the East Coast by the Native Americans in the 12th century. Suit up and come find out why it has grown to be one of the fastest growing sports in the country. Lacrosse combines the basic skills used in soccer, basketball, and hockey into one fast paced, high scoring game. Athletes will learn all the fundamentals of stick handling, cradling, passing, and shooting, all in a fun, non-checking environment. Our staff will ensure that campers not only learn the sport of lacrosse, but also important life skills such as respect, teamwork, and discipline. Every athlete will come away with a deep understanding of the game and its traditions.


Cooking Camp

July 24 – July 28 ~ morning camp

K – 3rd grade

Are your children always “helping” in the kitchen, asking to bake cookies or a cake? Do they ask you how to cook? Roll up your sleeves, feel the dough between your fingers and get ready to slice and dice at Cooking Camp! Whether your child is interested in becoming a head chef, a baker or wants to learn the ins and outs of cooking then Cooking Camp is a wonderful opportunity to expose your child to new foods that encourage them to expand their culinary palates and can serve as an ideal entree to culinary pursuits!


Skyhawks Multi-Sport Camp

July 31 – August 4

K – 3rd Grade

Our Multi-Sport camp is designed to introduce young athletes to a variety of different sports in one setting. For this program we combine 2 -3 sports into one fun-filled week. Athletes will learn the rules and essentials of each sport through skill-based games and scrimmages.By the end of the week, your child will walk away with knowledge of (2 or 3) new sports along with vital life lessons such as respect, teamwork, and self- discipline.


Circus of the Kids

August 7 – 11

1st – 9th Grade

The only program of its kind in the country, specializing in making learning of the circus arts a fun-filled experience. While having all that fun with circus routines, campers are also injected with a healthy dose of self-reliance and esteem building. Have a kindergartner interested in this camp? Call Halle at (614) 559-6279.