Our JCC 2020 SUMMER EXPERIENCE program will replace the traditional JCC Summer Camp for children entering 1st through 6th grade. There will be limited spaces available and priority registration will be given to families that were already enrolled in JCC Summer Camps. The JCC’s Early Childhood Program will operate a parallel summer program for infants through children entering kindergarten. This program is only open to campers who were previously registered for the JCC’s traditional 2020 Summer Camp program.

Registration information, which will include final pricing, timing and the start date for JCC 2020 SUMMER EXPERIENCE, will be emailed to you early next week.

Camp Scholarship Letter – As of 5.28.20

› Letter from Ronnie Conn, COO, Suzanne Ecker, JCC Summer Camps Committee Chair, and Taryn Terwilliger, Director of JCC Summer Camps 

See Below For Additional Details


M-F 8:30 am – 3:30 pm • August 3-7 (Entering 1st-2nd grade)
M-F 8:30 am – 3:30 pm • August 10-14 (Entering 3rd-8th grade)

Spend a week with Gallery Players Artistic Director Giselle Siegel for a unique theater experience where campers will create an original (physically distant) play inspired by their environment. Young Theatre Artists will collaborate using found materials outdoors and unique settings on the J grounds, while strengthening their improv, musical theater, and acting muscles. Theatre Experience will align with all CDC guidelines regarding day camps in Ohio, and spots are very limited.

Sample Schedule:

8:30-9am – Drop off/Yoga 
9-9:30am – Warmups 
9:30-10:15am – Improv 
10:15-10:30am – Snack 
10:30-11:30 – Swim 
11:30-12pm – Musical Theater 
12:30-1pm – Lunch 
1-3pm – Playmaking/Rehearsal 
3-3:30pm – Art Projects & Monologue Rehearsal 
3:30pm – Pickup

TOTAL COST: $275 (open to JCC members only)

TO REGISTER, EMAIL Giselle Siegel at gsiegel@columbusjcc.org


M, Tu, W, Th 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm • July 13 – 23 • with creative share on zoom Thursday, July 23

“All the world’s a stage” and young actors need to express their creativity now more than ever! Join Gallery Players Artistic Director Giselle Siegel for a two-week virtual acting camp filled with improv games, music, movement and scene work. Young performers will explore scenes from plays and musicals, refine their acting skills, and gain self-confidence! All supplies provided and available for curbside pickup prior to the first day. Spots are limited.

TOTAL COST: $150 per kid ($125 per kid sibling discount, note: siblings will need to be on separate devices)

Questions? Please contact Giselle Siegel, Gallery Players Artistic Director, at gsiegel@columbusjcc.org with any questions you might have.

What is different about JCC 2020 SUMMER EXPERIENCE Program?

Camps Suspended Until Summer 2021
We will regrettably be unable to provide our Camp Arye inclusion program, given the restrictions we have in place due to COVID-19 guidelines from the State of Ohio. We are heartbroken by this decision. Camp Arye remains such an important piece of our summer camp experience and we look forward to resuming the program in the summer of 2021.
Daily Medical Screening
• JCC 2020 SUMMER EXPERIENCE staff will perform a basic medical screening each day at drop-off.
• All children will be screened upon arrival with a temperature check (using a thermal ‘no touch’ scan thermometer. No child or staff with a temperature at or above 100 degrees will be admitted to the program for the day.
Diverse Activities
• Activities including arts, sports, games, dance, Israel/Judaics will be conducted in each individual ‘pod’ by their assigned counselors.
Face Mask Requirements
• Staff will be required to wear masks at drop-off, pick-up and during any indoor activities. Subject to change based on the guidelines from the State of Ohio.
• All children are required to bring a mask in their bag and will be required to wear them for any indoor activities.
General Program Changes
• Awaiting clarification from State of Ohio if swimming is allowed. If swimming is allowed, we will offer a modified swim schedule with free swim one time a day.
• No swim lessons will be provided.
• All off-site field trips will be suspended.
• All on-site visiting programs will be suspended.
• All overnights, late nights, and cook-outs will be suspended.
• No large group program gatherings will be planned.
• No partial week or partial day sign up. Five-day, full day, full-week option only.
Hours and Staggered Drop-off/Pick-up Times
• At this time, we are not able to offer AM/PM care, and the JCC 2020 SUMMER EXPERIENCE day will be from 8:30 am-4:00 pm.
• We will have staggered drop-off/pick-up times based on each child’s group assignment to enable physical distancing.
Maintaining Healthy Environments
• Frequent cleaning of hands using both hand sanitizer and soap/water per the guidelines from the State of Ohio Department of Health.
• JCC of Greater Columbus maintenance staff and JCC 2020 SUMMER EXPERIENCE staff will ensure heightened cleaning measures of areas used by the camp program throughout the day.
Meals and Snacks
• Individually plated kosher lunch will be available for purchase at College Avenue site only – $30 per week.
• Two kosher snacks will be provided daily at both sites: am: fresh fruit and pm: individually packaged snacks.
• Campers will eat with their designated groups.
New Eligibility Requirements
In order to attend JCC 2020 SUMMER EXPERIENCE, each family will need to complete their CampDoc medical history, as well as the following JCC of Greater Columbus policy question. This question must be answered at the beginning of each week:
• Has your child been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
If answered yes, your child will not be allowed to attend the program that week.
Registration information, which will include final pricing, timing and the start date for JCC 2020 SUMMER EXPERIENCE, will be emailed to you early next week.
The JCC of Greater Columbus will have a limited amount of scholarship funds available. Additional information about applying for scholarships will be sent out with the registration information.
Smaller Separated Groups
• All children will be in group ‘pods’ of 10; 8-9 children with 1-2 counselors.
• Each group will be a self-contained ‘pod’ and will not combine with the other ‘pods’ over the course of the day.
• There will be no bus transportation offered this summer due to social distancing guideline restrictions.
• Parents will drop off and pick up their child(ren) at the same location.
Two Sites
• This summer, there will be two sites serving children entering 1st grade through 6th grade: JCC College Avenue and Hoover. Hoover will service families in the North. There will be limited spaces at each site.
• The Hoover site will NOT have ropes course, boating or archery. Free swimming will be available at Hoover if allowed by the State of Ohio.


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