Affiliated with JCC of Greater Pittsburgh
Our camp has a special needs inclusion program in which children are mainstreamed.
Session Lengths: 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 3 Weeks, 4 Weeks, 5 Weeks, 6 Weeks, 7 Weeks, 8 Weeks, 9 Weeks
J&R Day Camp, held at our 100-acre Family Park, provides children with an enriching summer filled with fun activities. At J&R we promote an environment of respect, cooperation and caring where children can discover new interests and talents. Our professional staff helps each child learn and grow. All campers participate in swimming, miniature golf, arts & crafts, sports, games, Israeli dancing, Challah backing, music and drama. A special ruach (spirit) permeates camp, highlighted in our J&R song: “Where you and me are free to be you and me.”
Friday mornings, the entire camp gathers to welcome Shabbat with singing dancing and blessings over the candles, juice and challah. Each year, Israelis from the Misgav/Karmiel region spend the summer at camp to help us learn about life in Israel. Campers learn Jewish history through stories, song and dance. We incorporate special themes into programs such as a “trip to Israel,” a Maccabia (sports tournament) or Jerusalem scavenger hunt.
In addition to proper swimming techniques, our Red Cross-certified instructors emphasize safety when in, on or around the water. Our program is a modified version of the American Red Cross “learn to Swim” Program. We begin by assessing the skills of each camper for assignment to the appropriate swim group. Through group and one-on-one instruction, campers expand skills at their own pace. When they’ve mastered specific skills, they advance to the next group after receiving a certificate acknowledging their accomplishments and “graduation” from the previous group.
Champers in grades 2-4 participate in a chug) area of special interest) of their choice each day. There is a wide variety of chugim to choose from such as guitar, Maccabi sports, ropes course, tennis, biking, archery, basketball, golf, synchronized swimming, and Israel Experience.
J&R provides daily kosher-style lunches, drinks and snacks. Children have a cookout lunch at their campsite three times each session. On Fridays we enjoy a special Shabbat lunch. We regularly serve fresh fruits and vegetables.
Health and Safety
The entrance to camp is closed once all buses have arrived. Visitors must sign in at the gate. A nurse is on duty at all times to dispense medication and handle illnesses and minor injuries. Half of the camp day is spent in the sun, playing, swimming or walking to and from activities. Counselors help children apply sunscreen lotion frequently.
Children are grouped according to age and grade. A senior and junior counselor supervises each group of 10-14 boys or girls. Each unit has its own special activities and the daily routine is appropriate to the needs of each age group.
The Camp Director is available to answer any questions you may have as well as to discuss your child’s personal growth.