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JCC Summer Camp

Program Overview

JCC Summer Camp offers an intimate day camp experience where campers can discover new interests, test personal limits, and most importantly, have fun. In this exciting and safe environment, campers will celebrate Jewish traditions, make new friends, and develop meaningful relationships with their counselors. We aim to give campers a sense of Judaism in a whole new way as they experience and pursue the value of making the world a better place through service projects, song, art, dance, and drama.

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New for summer 2023

  • All camps are available by the week (except our special 2 week musical theatre camps
  • Specialty camp options! 
    • All specialty camps will participate in camp wide opening and closing ceremonies, weekly Shabbat, and other camp wide activities
  • Weekly field trips for traditional camp, and periodic trips for specialty camps
  • Traditional camps will have art, drama, music, STEM, Hebrew, and more specialty periods
  • Sibling discount, returning camper discount, and multi-week discounts are combinable

Art Camp 
Calling all artists! Students will explore bringing their creations to life through different mediums.  The first week of art camp will focus on the different ways to transform paper. Techniques will include painting, marbling, wax resist, and block printing. The second week students will be working with polymer clay. Projects will include personalized name tags, magnets, jewelry, and fairy houses. The final week of art camp will be dedicated to paper mache. Students will design, build, decorate, and break their own piñatas. Interspersed throughout the day will be other camp wide activities and trips to local parks.

Musical Theatre Showcase
Come share your stellar performance skills in this show stopping summer camp experience! During this two week camp, campers will learn to grow their confidence and self- esteem through working together culminating in building a broadway showcase performance for peers and family. They will sing, dance and create long lasting memories. Learn about performing in a group and alone, what it takes to put on a show, and try some new theatrical experiences. Interspersed throughout the day will be other camp wide activities and trips to local parks. 

Improv
Ready to join Improv? YES AND... campers will learn how to work in a collaborative environment whilst trying to create a new world around them to perform in front of their families and peers. Interspersed throughout the day will be other camp wide activities and trips to local parks.

Basketball Camp
Do you love b-ball but need to enhance your skills? Are you an experienced baller who wants more play time? If you're beginning to hone your basketball skills or want to be challenged with new and exciting plays, then the JCC’s Basketball Camp is the place for you!

In the JCC Basketball Camp, players will be taught the basic techniques of shooting, dribbling, passing, rebounding, defense, and so much more. This camp will not only give players a fundamental base of the game, but will also be filled with fun and engaging experiences for every camper. More experienced players can perfect their playing through drills and skills, scrimmages, and advanced fundamentals. Camp will include a balance of competitive play along with skills and drills!

The camp coaches are also experts in player development. This camp is a mix of learning and fun. Campers will not only develop their basketball techniques but also develop strong character traits such as good sportsmanship, teamwork, and a strong work ethic. Interspersed throughout the day will be other camp wide activities and trips to local parks.

STEM Camp
Curious about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)? Want to cultivate your passion for STEM with hands-on experiments and field trips? Spark and nourish your curiosity for all things science at the JCC’s STEM in Action Summer Camp 2023! Open to all ages, campers will be divided into 2 age groups.

In this camp you will learn all about things like: animal habitats, alternative energy sources, crime scene investigations, coding video games, engineering roller coasters, and so much more! Engage in experiments like a real scientist, using the Scientific Method. Plus, explore how STEM works in the real world by engaging in captivating field trips!

The STEM Camp at the JCC East Bay is an excellent way to build teamwork, improve critical thinking skills, problem solve, innovate, and so much more. Campers will be more successful academically and also learning life skills, teaching them how to become better people.

Interspersed throughout the day will be other camp wide activities and trips to local parks.

Traditional Day Camp
Looking for an all around good time? Join us for a summer of fun, including weekly Shabbat Shenanigans, weekly field trips to nearby sites in Berkeley, daily trips to Live Oak park for lunch and fun, and a daily schedule of all sorts of camp activities, incorporating specialists from our specialty camps! We’re also excited to begin a new partnership with Camp Tawonga, and look forward to Tawonga inspired activities throughout the summer. 

2023 Schedule:
Camp: 9:00am-3:30pm 

  • AM Care: 8:30am-9:00am
  • PM Care: 3:30pm-5:30pm

2023 Fees:
$525/week (except week 2 is $420)
$30/week for AM care (except week 2 is $25)
$125/week for PM care (except week 2 is $100)
June Musical Theatre Showcase is $945
July Musical Theatre Showcase is $1,050

Discounts:
Summer Camp Sibling Discount:
When more than one child in the same family attends Camp during the same summer, each child will receive a $25/week discount.

Returning Camper Discount available until April 30:
Any returning camper (any camper who has ever participated in Camp @ JCC East Bay) is eligible for a $50 discount each week. Discount will be applied manually by the camp office.

Multi-Week Discount:
Enroll in 3+ weeks per child, and receive a $25/week discount.

All discounts are combinable.

Week 1 June 12-16
Musical Theatre Showcase (and week 2), Grades 4th-6th
Art Camp, Grades K-6th
Basketball Camp, Grades K-2nd
Traditional Camp, Grades K-6th

Week 2 June 20-23 (no camp June 19)
Broadway Showcase (and week 2), Grades 4th-6th
STEM Camp, Grades K-6th
Basketball Camp, Grades 3rd-6th
Traditional Camp, Grades K-6th

Week 3 June 26-30
Improv Camp, Grades 4th-6th
Art Camp, Grades 2nd-6th
Basketball Camp, Grades K-2nd
Traditional Camp, Grades K-6th

Week 4 July 10-14
Musical Theatre Showcase (and week 5), Grades 1st-3rd
Art Camp, Grades 2nd-6th
Basketball Camp, Grades 3rd-6th
Traditional Camp, Grades K-6th

Week 5 July 17-21
Broadway Showcase (and week 5), Grades 1st-3rd
STEM Camp, Grades K-6th
Basketball Camp, Grades K-2nd
Traditional Camp, Grades K-6th

Week 6 July 24-28
Improv Camp, Grades K-2nd
STEM Camp, Grades K-6th
Basketball Camp, Grades 3rd-6th
Traditional Camp, Grades K-6th

All camps are available by the week, except Musical Theatre Showcase is a 2 week program.

The JCC East Bay is happy to offer financial aid to families in need. Please complete this form.

The JCC East Bay recognizes that all families have different needs, and we want to support all families the best we can. We are pleased to be able to offer limited financial assistance for summer camp. Please note that we may not have the ability to review or award financial aid for applications received after May 1. Results will be communicated 2-4 weeks after application submission. Please submit your fully completed application to Adam Berke, CFO adam.berke@jcceastbay.org.

Where is JCC Summer Camp located?

Our homebase will be at the JCC East Bay in Berkeley (1414 Walnut Street). Each age group will have access to their own classrooms, the JCC theater, our outdoor playground, as well as exploring local parks for games, lunch, and more.

How will pick-up and drop-off work?

All camp drop off will be at the main entrance. Parents will enter the building and turn to the left where a table will be set up in the courtyard to sign your child in and out.

Please note, late fees will be incurred for any camper not picked up at the allotted time.

What should my child bring to camp? And what about lunch and snacks?

Campers should bring a backpack with a non-perishable, nut-free, Kosher-style lunch (please no pork or shellfish, or mixing of milk and meat), full water bottle, sunscreen, and a hat. A change of clothes and a light sweatshirt is always a good idea. Please label everything.

Snacks will be provided during camp and PM extended care, but your camper is welcome to bring additional snacks, if desired.

What type of training will staff receive?

Prior to camp, all staff will attend a week of in-person training of all policies and procedures, including age appropriate programming, health and safety related procedures, training in effective communication, building community, inclusive programming, and much more.

How many campers will be in each group?

Groups will be up to 16 campers, with 2-3 counselors at any given time.

Can we pick a friend for our camper to be with in a group?

Having friends at camp depends entirely on the registration and notice given - we will do our best to accommodate. Please email summercamps@jcceastbay.org with your request as soon as possible.

What about refunds?

Refunds will not be available after June 2, 2022. Until then all fees, less $100/week deposit, are fully refundable. 

Is JCC Summer Camp on social media?

Yes! You can follow us @camps_jcceastbay on Instagram.

JCC Summer Camp Team at summercamps@jcceastbay.org

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