Affiliated with JCC of Greater Pittsburgh/South Hills Branch
Our camp has a special needs inclusion program in which children are mainstreamed.
Session Lengths: 1 Week
JCC–South Hills Day Camps provide children with an enriching summer filled with fun activities. We promote an environment of respect, cooperation and caring where children can discover new interests and talents. A special ruach (spirit) permeates our camp. Our professional staff helps each child improve his or her skills in sports, arts & crafts, nature, music and drama. JCC facilities include an indoor pool, sports field, playground, wooded hiking trails and shelters. American Red Cross certified instructors supervise free and instructional swim.
Children are grouped according to age and grade, and each unit has its own special activities. A senior and junior counselor supervise each group of 12 to 15 campers. You may request that we group your child with friends the same age and in the same grade.
The camp day runs from 9 AM-3 PM. The daily routine is appropriate to the needs of each age group.
The hours for Before and After Camp Care are 7-9 AM and 3-6 PM. Separate registration and additional fees are required.
In addition to proper swimming techniques, our American Red Cross certified instructors emphasize safety when in or around the water. Our swimming 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 have mastered specific skills, they advance to the next swim group after receiving an award and acknowledgment of their accomplishments.
One goal of our camp is to teach children about tzedakah (charity) and Tikkun Olam (social justice). We ask campers to bring a non-perishable food item on Mondays and encourage them to give a monetary contribution at our Kabbalat Shabbat program on Fridays. It can be as small as one penny. All contributions are donated to the South Hills Interfaith Ministries Food Bank and the Squirrel Hill Food Pantry.
We provide daily, kosher-style lunches, drinks and snacks. Children have a cookout lunch once a week. We regularly serve fresh fruits and vegetables.
Campers in grades K-6 participate in an area of special interest each day. There is a wide variety of chugim to choose from including sports, art, drama, nature, Israeli dance, newspaper, jewelry-making and much more. Campers can choose a different chug every week.
Our counselors and supervisory staff focus on the growth and learning of each child at camp. The camp directors are available to answer any questions you may have as well as to discuss your child’s personal growth.
Each year, Israelis from the Misgav/Karmiel region spend the summer at camp to help us learn about life in Israel through stories, songs and dances. We incorporate special them