We hire a fun, loving, responsible staff of young men and women to work with our children. Each has significant experience working with children and participates in extensive training before the summer begins. Staff includes bunk counselors, specialists, unit heads, and directors. Our staff has a love for children and a commitment to our camp goals.
Depending on the age of the children, there is an average of 15-18 campers and four counselors per group. Each unit is composed of four or five groups, supervised by a unit head. There are also specialists and administrators that work with each group.
Learning to swim is one of the priorities of the camp experience. Our aquatics program focuses on the developmental needs of each child. Campers are encouraged by our Red Cross-certified water safety instructors and lifeguards to try new experiences in the water. At the Day Camp @ the JCC, 3-year-olds swim three times per week, and 4- to 6-year-olds swim at least four times per week. Each camp uses the Red Cross Learn to Swim assessment and ongoing curriculum.
Children over the age of 5 go on trips in and around New York City. All travel is on air-conditioned buses. Past trips have included the New York Botanical Garden, the New York Hall of Science, Liberty Science Center, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and an awesome carnival day at Camp Settoga in Rockland County.
Day Camp @ the JCC features a varied daily schedule including sports, ceramics, cooking, Jewish life, playground, nature, music, and more. Children ages 5 and up are also given the chance to choose an elective as part of their daily schedule, which encourages them to try something new and provides the opportunity to make new friends.
There is a tremendous ruach (spirit) in each of our JCC camps that generates warmth, care, and love. Our staff is a remarkable group of individuals—experienced, thoughtful, and responsible. We create a camp experience that fosters a true sense of community. Each child is treated as an individual and provided with a unique and enjoyable summer experience. The Day Camp @ the JCC offers children a chance to learn and grow, to try new activities, and to make new friends.
Friend requests can be made. Each child is able to make one request. We can guarantee one mutual request per camper.