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Camp Chaverim & Tween Camp

Niskayuna, NY • Established 1932

Camp Chaverim & Tween Camp Details

Summer Address
2565 Balltown Road
Niskayuna, NY 12309

Winter Address
2565 Balltown Road
Niskayuna, NY 12309


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Affiliated with Jewish Community Center of Schenectady

Day Camp

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

Session Lengths: 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 3 Weeks, 4 Weeks, 5 Weeks, 6 Weeks, 7 Weeks, 8 Weeks

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The Camp Chaverim & Tween Camp Story

Day camp is very popular and has been going strong for decades, only getting better along the way. The camp is divided into four units, depending on your child’s age. Kitanim is for our youngest campers, those 3 or 4-years-old by Dec. 1, 2019. Bonim is for children entering kindergarten or first grade in the fall. Yeladim is for children entering second or third grade in the fall and Tzofim is for those entering fourth, fifth or sixth grade in the fall. Swimming is an essential part of the camp experience. Each group will swim twice per day, once 30-minute session of instructional lessons and one 30-minute free swim. Lessons are taught by certified lifeguards and are assisted by the counselors. The swim program offers American Red Cross levels 1-6, teaching swimming fundamentals. On your child’s first day, Water Safety Instructors will test and then place him/her in the appropriate level, based on assessment of their swimming ability. Campers get the chance to experience sports, nature, arts & crafts. There are also late nights for Bonim and Yeladim units and overnights for our Tzofim unit, which are a great time for the campers and really captures the full camp experience. We also offer a Tween Camp for our middle school age campers. This camp is a unique experience that provides the opportunity to explore some of the sites and great destinations of the Capital District! Trips often include theme parks, state parks, laser tag and much more. These trips are designed to give the campers the maximum excitement, while also providing a safe, enjoyable and structured programs. There will also be overnights, where the group travels to a destination and spends one or two evenings. Campers also participate in recreational swim, Oneg Shabbat and many of the exciting events with the rest of our campers.

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Why We Host Schlichim

"Hosting Shlichim during the summers remains a wonderful experience for our family. Each year we meet dynamic and fascinating young Israelis with whom we maintain contact long after the summer has gone. Our kids are the greatest beneficiaries of the experience, finding in the Shlichim individuals who they come to regard as older siblings. It is an event we look forward to every year with good reason and plan on continuing for years to come."

- Soberman Family, The Jack and Pat Kay Centre Camp, Prosserman JCC

Connecting with Israel

“Although it was so new, Israel brought upon me a familiar sense of belonging much like what I feel at Camp Chi every summer. The ability to be in a place where one feels so free and proud to be a Jew is a feeling that makes me so proud to be involved in my Jewish heritage.” - Joshua Krawitz, 17, Camp Chi, JCC Chicago