JCC Day Camps in the News


We’re in the middle of camp season so it should be no surprise that JCC day camps are in the news. Two recent stories about JCC Camps at Medford in southern New Jersey, Camp JCC in the Washington D.C. area,  and Camp Kehilla in Long Island, New York highlight the special benefits of JCC day camps. […]

New Date for TAG Training in Chicago Area

Camp Jaycee Swim

We are excited to announce that our Chicago TAG Training Seminar has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 10 (we had to move it from our original date in February due to weather). TAG: Jewish Values through JCC Camping® is a curricular initiative designed to enrich the Jewish component of the JCC camping experience. TAG develops […]

JCC Day Camps See Israel Close Up

Ready, Set, Go!

Ten JCC day camp directors have been selected for our new Israel Up Close program in April. These directors will join Dr. David Ackerman, director of the Mandel Center for Jewish Education, and Jodi Sperling, director of camping and the Merrin Center for Teen Engagement,  for an educational seminar in Israel, including participation in the […]

Sing a Camp Song: JCC Camps Build Their Music Programs

Samantha G. and Kacie S. play the Lion King's Timon and Pumba in an original show at Camp J's theater camp in 2012.

Everyone agrees that music is a central component of the camp experience, and that’s why we are funding teams from three JCC day camps and three overnight camps to attend Songleader Bootcamp at the St. Louis JCC this month. Originally developed by musician Rick Recht and Rabbi Bradley Horowitz, Songleader Bootcamp is a training program […]

Two New Resident Camps Receive Incubator Grants from FJC


Congratulations to Joshua Steinharter of San Francisco and to the Boulder JCC on being chosen as recipients of Specialty Camp Incubator grants from the Foundation for Jewish Camp. Steinharter will launch the independent JCC Maccabi Sports Camp, a resident camp incorporating the values and traditions of the JCC Maccabi Games®, which he knows so well […]

Eighty JCCs Sign Up for MCJE’s TAG Training–Most Ever


An unprecedented number of registrations for training in the Mandel Center for Jewish Education’s camp initiative TAG have made it necessary to add another day in the New York metro area. All day trainings are being held throughout February in Chicago, San Francisco, and Atlanta, in addition to two days of training at JCC Association’s […]

JCC Association Enters into Day Camp Project with Grinspoon Foundation


The Harold Grinspoon Foundation, best known for their PJ Library program and the Grinspoon Institute for Jewish Philanthropy (GIJF), has joined JCC Association as a partner in a new national initiative to strengthen our day camps. Many of our JCC overnight camps have benefited from participation in the GIJF, in which the camps are assigned […]

Happy Centennial Plus to Two Oldest Jewish Resident Camps


The two oldest Jewish resident camps in the nation–both founded in 1902–will be celebrating their 110th anniversaries soon, and they’ll be throwing themselves big birthday bashes. Surprise Lake Camp in Cold Spring, New York, and Tamarack Camps in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, both affiliated with JCC Association, have served children for more than a century, introducing them […]

Israeli Summer Shlichim in Training


JCC Association staff is in Israel this week, participating in the training of hundreds of young Israelis who will be coming to JCC camps this summer. Israeli shlichim are part of almost all JCC resident camps and more than three-quarters of JCC day camps. These young men and women bring contemporary Israel to North American […]

Researcher Says Jewish Camps Have Real Impact: Watch Video


Professor Steven M. Cohen of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner reports on two recent studies he conducted of Jewish camps, both resident and day. The findings are clear: attending Jewish camp has an impact on campers and counselors, helping them make Jewish friends and participate in Jewish activities, such as pre-Shabbat programs. […]

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