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Day Camps@The J 2018

Early Childhood Program  |  Pre-School Programs  |  K-2 Programs  |  Grades 3-5  |  Grades 6-8  |  CIT Program |  Join the Staff   |  Specialty Camps  |  Hand in Hand  |  More Information

 

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Our Vision

Day Camps@The J is an exceptional summer experience infused with Jewish values and spirit, imparting our children with a sense of fulfillment and excitement, while leading them on a path toward an active, social, and healthy future.

Our Mission

Day Camps@The J, the Stamford JCC’s summer program, is a safe, fun, nurturing and welcoming Jewish experience in an inclusive setting that creates lasting memories, and encourages children to develop meaningful skills and friendships.

We warmly welcome children of all faiths, ethnicities, abilities and backgrounds to spend their summers with us!

Day Camps@The J Leadership Team

 

Jason Samuel
Director, Day Camps@The J

 

Brandon Yarborough
Assistant Director, Day Camps@The J

 

 Galit Roloff
 Office Manager, Day Camps@The J

 

 


 

Early Childhood Program

K’tanim "Little Ones"
Ages 20 months - 3 years (children do not need to be toilet trained)
K’Tanim is the perfect place for toddlers to get a taste of O-la-mi this summer! This unique separation program is run by some of our most experienced early childhood staff, and is your child’s first step in joining our O-la-mi family. Exciting and developmentally appropriate activities are offered, such as water play, music, art, and much more! This program takes place at the JCC Sara Walker Nursery School at Temple Sinai and is led by K’Tanim Coordinator, and early childhood professional, Helen Felder.Sara Walker Nursery School at Temple Sinai.

Eight 1-Week sessions: June 25 – August 17
Choose your schedule: Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday
Plus: Add a Friday to either schedule
All days are 9:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

 

Pre-School Programs
All of the preschool programs at Day Camps@The J feature age-appropriate activities designed to create an environment of fun and exploration. Led by our most experienced staff members and with the lowest ratio of children to adults, our preschool programs are sure to make your little ones smile.

Chaverim  "Friends"
Ages 3 - 4 (children must be toilet trained) 
Our Chaverim program features age-appropriate activities for preschoolers, designed to create an environment of fun and exploration, and to promote friendships and growth. Some of the activities are: arts and crafts, story time, sports, playground time, special guest entertainers, music and daily swim lessons. Groups are led by our experienced staff members, and with the lowest ratio of children to staff at O-la-mi, our Chaverim programs are sure to make your little ones smile. Your camper’s first chance to experience the energy and enthusiasm of Day Camps @ The J.

Your choice of 1 to 8 weeks of camp held at the JCC of Stamford:
June 25 – August 17
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Extended Day option available, 1 – 4 p.m.

 

Gesher  "Bridge"
Ages 3-5 (5s entering Kindergarten) (Children must be toilet trained)
School’s out for the summer! Come join the perfect bridge program during the intersession before Camp starts!

A 1-Week session held at the JCC of Stamford:
June 18 – June 22
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 

K-2 Programs
The K – 2 units of Day Camps@The J provide valuable summer experiences to children with all kinds of interests. Participants get the best of two worlds. In the morning they get a fun-filled schedule, complete with specialties including art, sports, instructional swim, dance, and more. In the afternoon, children choose from specialized weekly elective options to create a schedule they will love. Add free swim, exciting field trips, thrilling entertainers, weekly JCC Maccabi Color War and ArtsFest Challenges, and Day Camps@The J can’t be beat!

Bonim "Builders"
Grades K – 2
Bonim is the first age group of the full-day camp experience. Bonim campers have a great balance of scheduled activities with their groups, as well as exciting electives. The program helps them expand their horizons and find an interest in something they might not have experienced yet. All of this is happening while campers are learning life skills like communication, sharing and friendship-building. The mornings include group art, sports, instructional swim, dance, and more. In the afternoon, campers choose from specialized weekly electives with age appropriate curriculums, creating their own schedules. Afternoons also include free swim! Bonim campers even get their first experiences with camp traditions like Color War, field trips and thrilling entertainers. 

Your choice of 1 to 8 weeks of camp:
June 25 – August 17
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Breakfast Club and Late Stay available
Morning hours: 7:30 – 9 a.m. includes breakfast
Afternoon hours: 4 – 6 p.m. includes snack

 

Grades 3-5
The 3 – 5 unit of Day Camps@The J provides valuable summer experiences to children with all kinds of interests. Participants get the best of two worlds. In the morning they get a fun-filled schedule, complete with specialties including art, sports, instructional swim, dance, and more. In the afternoon, children choose from specialized weekly elective options to create a schedule they will love. Add free swim, exciting field trips, thrilling entertainers, weekly JCC Maccabi Color War and ArtsFest Challenges, and Day Camps@The J can’t be beat!

Tzofim“Scouts”
Grades 3 – 5
Tzofim campers get a great program that offers activities in the morning with their group (and friends), and our popular elective program in the afternoon to specialize in their own interests. While the Tzofim program may look similar to the Bonim program, the curriculums for all Tzofim activities are age-appropriate and more challenging than for the younger campers. Tzofim campers also learn valuable life skills like communication, collaboration, creativity and thinking outside of the box, all in a positive and safe environment. Other parts of the Tzofim program are instructional and free swim, art, sports, dance, ropes course, ziplines, exciting field trips, thrilling entertainers, and…Color War!

Your choice of 1 to 8 weeks of camp:
June 25 – August 17
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Breakfast Club and Late Stay Available
Morning hours: 7:30 – 9 a.m. includes breakfast
Afternoon hours: 4 – 6 p.m. includes snack

 

Grades 6-8

Na’arim “Youth”
Play hard. Give back.
Grades 6 - 8
Na’arim is a program designed specifically for middle schoolers. O-la-mi provides these campers with experiences and opportunities to learn life skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, social skills and independence, that will help them for the rest of their lives. They will also learn about Tikkun Olam (repair of the world), and feel a sense of belonging in their community. As part of Na’arim, campers will participate in a community service project each week. They will be able to help others in various settings, including the local food bank, senior homes, and right here at the JCC. Na’arim campers also participate in the traditional O-la-mi program, which means fun and challenging activities and electives like archery, tennis, cooking, mosaics, ziplining, painting, guitar, sculpture, baseball, soccer, rugby, lacrosse, cooking, and more. Of course they can also participate in camp staples like free swim, dance, arts and sports. Na’arim offers off-site overnights in addition to bigger field trips and leadership positions in camp, including Color War!

Eight 1-Week sessions: June 25 – August 17
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Breakfast Club and Late Stay available
Morning hours: 7:30 – 9 a.m. includes breakfast
Afternoon hours: 4 – 6 p.m. includes snack

 

A Typical Day at O-la-mi:

9 a.m. Arrival
9:15 a.m. Mifkad (Flagpole)
9:20 a.m. Three morning periods that may include:
• Art, Sports, Israeli Connections, Dance, Ropes, Music and more!
• Snack
• Instructional Swim
12:15 a.m. Lunch & Ruach!
1 p.m. Chaverim Dismissal OR Chaverim Extended Stay
1:10 p.m. Three afternoon periods that may include:
• Archery, Zip Line, Art, Field Games, Magic, Cooking, Sports and more!
• Snack
• Free Swim
3:50 p.m. Flag Lowering and Dismissal

 

CIT Program For Ages 14 -15
Day Camps@The J’s Counselor-In-Training Program is open to teens who want to use the experience of making a positive impact on a child’s life to develop their leadership skills. During their time at camp the CITs will spend time with camper groups and meet with camp leadership staff to participate in trainings on leadership skills and how to work with youth. CITs will also bond and create lasting memories during off-site day trips and awesome programming throughout the summer.

CIT Program:
Ages 14 - 15 
Space is limited. All potential participants are required to be interviewed and selected for participation. Upon successful completion of the program, CITs will receive an honorarium for each four-week session.

Two 4-week sessions:
June 25 – July 20 and July 23 – August 17
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.*

*CITs will meet from 8 to 9 a.m. every Monday and Thursday for training and team-building activities.

For more information and/or to apply, please contact Camp Director Jason Samuel at 203.487.0973 or jsamuel@stamfordjcc.org or Assistant Camp Director Brandon Yarborough at 203.487.0970 or byarborough@stamfordjcc.org

 

Join the Day Camps@The J Staff
For those 16 and over…

Be a hero to kids this summer! As a staff member at Day Camps@The J, you will be a leader, a role model, learn from others, form lasting memories, and most importantly, make a difference in the lives of many children. A job at Day Camps@The J provides unparalleled growth experiences. Staff members are dedicated, excited, and here to have a good time! Working at Day Camps@The J will provide skills and experiences that make an impact on a resume and can be applied to any future ambitions! If you are responsible, enthusiastic, and love to have fun with children, then click here to apply.

please contact Jason Samuel at 203.487.0973 or jsamuel@stamfordjcc.org for more information.

 


 

Specialty Camps

Check back soon for 2018 specialty camp offerings!

We are excited to bring back our sports and creative specialty camps. Each week of camp we will offer an independent week-long, full-day specialty camp. We are partnering with the most respected programs in the area to bring you next-level programming for these camps. Beside getting expert instruction in the specialty, campers also will be able to participate in traditional camp activities with their own dedicated counselors who are with them for the full week. It is the best of both worlds! These specialty camps are being offered to our older campers (3rd through 8th grades for most specialty camps). Campers and their families will love the added flexibility of tailoring their camp experience to their interests, or explore new ones! 

An Example of a Typical Day at a Specialty Camp:

8:45 a.m Arrival
9 a.m. Specialty Camp
• 10:15 a.m.: Snack 
• 11:30 a.m.: Snack
1 p.m. Lunch
1:50 p.m Counselor-Led Activity
3 p.m. Free Swim/Free Play
3:50 p.m Flag Lowering and Dismissal

For more information contact Jason Samuel at 203.487.0973 or jsamuel@stamfordjcc.org

 


 

Hand in Hand

The Hand in Hand (Yad B’Yad) unit of Day Camps@The J offers a unique summer experience for rising pre-k and kindergartners and 3rd-8th graders with a variety of needs including, but not limited to, communication and learning differences, ADD/ADHD, social anxiety, sensory motor integration challenges, those on the spectrum. The mission of this program is to improve each child’s ability to develop positive relationships and make social connections in their community and with their peers, as well as create a fun, inclusionary summer experience!

Hand in Hand
Pre-K – Kindergarten and Grades 3 - 8
Hand in Hand includes a daily combination of therapeutic social skills provided by clinicians, along with an inclusion program to reinforce what was learned and to encourage social engagement with others. Each potential participant should call for an interview with the Inclusion Coordinator. Families will be notified of acceptance into the program based on this process.

Two 3-Week Sessions:
July 2 – July 20 and July 23 – August 10
Pre-K: Mon. – Fri., 8:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Kindergarten: Mon. – Fri., 8:45 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Grades 3 – 8: Mon. – Fri., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For more information or questions, please contact
Hannah Goldstone (Pre-K–Kindergarten) at 203.487.0980 or hgoldstone@stamfordjcc.org, or Liza Fahey
(Grades 3 – 8) at 203.487.0946 or lfahey@stamfordjcc.org

An Example of a Typical Day at Hand in Hand for Grades 3 – 8:

9 a.m. Arrival
9:20 a.m. Mifkad (Flagpole)
9:30 a.m. Yoga & Social Skills
10:30 a.m. Instructional Swim
11:20 a.m. Activity & Snack
12:15 p.m. Lunch & Ruach!
1:10 p.m. Elective 1
2:05 p.m.  Elective 2 & Snack
3 p.m.  Free Swim 
3:50 p.m. Flag Lowering and Dismissal

 

Click here to learn more about the National Inclusion Project.

 


 

More Information

 

Make a Change

Help to Make A Change this summer at Day Camps@The J in a variety of ways! The Make A Change campaign encourages everyone to donate Tzedakah toward the Day Camps@The J scholarship fund, in addition to practicing G’milut Chassadim by treating one another with kindness and respect, and Tikkun Olam by helping to make our world a better place by recycling and limiting waste. Did you know that Day Camps@The J offered over $50,000 in scholarship money to 35 children in 2015? Help others have memorable and meaningful experiences at Day Camps@The J by donating today!

 

Israeli Fun @ Day Camps@The J

Each year Day Camps@The J welcomes Israeli schlichim (emissaries) to help support Jewish culture and Israeli programs throughout the summer. Overseen by Stamford JCC’s Israeli Shlicha, Yael Stolarsky, they bring creativity, personality, and enthusiasm to Day Camps@The J!

 

Host Families Needed!

Each year we’re proud to work with the Jewish Agency for Israel and their Summer Schlichim Program to enthusiastically welcome schlichim (Israeli emissaries) to Day Camps@The J and our community. Over the course of the summer, our schlichim bring the culture and energy of Israel into our lives in fun and engaging ways, and these young adults can do the same in your home! Being a host family is an opportunity to broaden your family’s understanding of Israel and the world, and it is a wonderful and fulfilling experience for you and your children. If you would like the opportunity to host one of these amazing young Israelis, please contact Jason Samuel at 203.487.0973 or jsamuel@stamfordjcc.org

 

Payment Information Through March 31, 2017, the minimum deposit is $500 for O-la-mi and What A Production!, and 25% for Specialty Camps. Beginning April 1, 2017, the minimum deposit is 50% of your total tuition. As of May 1, 2017, payment-in-full is due at the time of registration. All camp tuition must be paid in full by May 20, 2017. In order to qualify for members’ tuition rates, your JCC family membership must be in good standing at the time of registration and must remain active and current throughout the summer months.

Refunds/Withdrawals Through April 30, 2017, tuition paid in excess of $500 per child will be refunded. As of May 1, 2017, refunds of tuition paid in excess of $500 per child will be granted only for medical or extraordinary circumstances. Written documentation is required All withdrawals from any Day Camps @ The J must be requested in writing. There are no refunds due to absences from camp.

Scholarship Assistance Financial assistance requests must be made by contacting Nancy Schiffman, Associate Executive Director, at 203.487.0941 or nschiffman@stamfordjcc.org

 

 

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