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Camp Centerland

Getzville, NY • Established 1955

Camp Centerland Details

2640 North Forest Road
Getzville, NY 14068


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Affiliated with JCC of Greater Buffalo

Day Camp

Camp accepts special needs children on a case by case basis.

Session Lengths: 1 Week

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The Camp Centerland Story

In the period following World War II, the Jewish Center recognized the importance of summer day camp in the lives of Jewish families in Buffalo, operated a day camp wherever feasible. They operated in local parks and other communal facilities such as synagogues. In 1954, the Jewish Center purchased a 78-acre tract of land in rural Elma, New York, and began operating Camp Centerland at that site in the summer of 1955. The camp has grown and developed dramatically in the years since the 78-acre purchase. In 2013, Camp Centerland moved to a new facility in Getzville, New York, adjacent to the JCC Benderson Family Building. The JCC wanted to redefine JCC camping for the 21st century. We are developing a summer day camp that is a mix of enjoying our natural surroundings and offering exciting new state-of-the-art features, such as a 4-faced climbing tower and double zip line. During all of its history, Camp Centerland has provided a quality summer outdoor, group day camping experience in a Jewish setting, as one of the core services of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo. We are committed to providing a safe, fun, and memorable day camp experience through quality hiring, innovative programming and focus on positive values in a Jewish setting. We strive for our campers to learn new skills, accomplish realistic goals, and return home each day with a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. We believe that is what camp is all about!

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