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.


New for summer 2023

  • Camp will be held at Joaquin Miller Elementary School (5525 Ascot Dr, Oakland, CA 94611. We have lots of indoor and tons of outdoor space with multiple basketball courts, a dedicated GAGA pit, multiple play structures and a massive field for sports and active play
  • 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
  • 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 clay and miniatures. Projects may include personalized name tags, magnets, jewelry, and a big fairy house. The final week of art camp will be dedicated to textiles and fiber arts. Campers will weave, hand sew, make pompoms, and finger weave. Interspersed throughout the day will be other camp wide activities and trips to local parks.

Musical Theatre Showcase
To be incorporated into traditional camp. Campers interested in theater programs may choose theater as their daily choice for a more in depth theater experience. 

To be incorporated into traditional camp. Campers interested in theater programs may choose theater as their daily choice for a more in depth theater experience. 

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! 

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, frequent field trips to nearby sites in Berkeley, daily trips to Joaquin Miller park, and a daily schedule of all sorts of camp activities, incorporating specialists from our specialty camps! 

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)

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.

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

All discounts are combinable.

Week 1 June 12-16
Art Camp, Grades K-2nd
Traditional Camp, Grades K-6th

Week 2 June 20-23 (no camp June 19)
STEM Camp, Grades K-6th
Traditional Camp, Grades K-6th

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

Week 4 July 10-14
Art Camp, Grades 2nd-6th
Traditional Camp, Grades K-6th

Week 5 July 17-21
STEM Camp, Grades K-6th
Traditional Camp, Grades K-6th

Week 6 July 24-28
STEM Camp, Grades K-6th
Traditional Camp, Grades K-6th

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 Fillable Financial Aid Application 2023 (1) to Adam Berke, CFO adam.berke@jcceastbay.org.

Where is JCC Summer Camp located?

Our homebase will be at Joaquin Miller Elementary School (5525 Ascot Dr., Oakland, CA 94611).  

Will transportation from Berkeley be available?

We have a van from the JCC in Berkeley to JM each day. If you would like to take the van to camp, please email summercamps@jcceastbay.org.

Can I see the Parent Handbook?

Yes! Camp Parent Handbook 2023.

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

Campers should bring a backpack with a non-perishable, nut-free,  lunch, 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?

For campers who enrolled for camp at the Berkeley site prior to March 17, and are no longer interested in attending at JM, full refunds (including full deposits) are available. Please email us at summercamps@jcceastbay.org to request your refund. Refunds will not be available after June 2, 2023. Until then all fees, less $100/week deposit, are fully refundable. 

Will masks be required for all campers and counselors?

Camp will NOT be requiring masks this summer. Masks will be optional at all times, and up to the discretion of each camper. Camp reserves the right to require masking at any time if case rates increase significantly in our area.

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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