Camp Deeny Riback is JCC MetroWest’s premiere summer day camp for campers ages 3 1/2 to 15. Fully accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA), CDR is located on 35 beautiful wooded acres in Flanders, NJ. Camp Deeny Riback sessions last 4, 6, 7, or 8 weeks. A full hot and cold lunch is included and door-to-door transportation is provided to most towns within Essex and Morris counties as well as centralized transportation from the JCC facility in W. Orange and the Aidekman Campus in Whippany. Each day at CDR is magical as campers participate in a full program including athletics, aquatics, performing arts, nature/science, mountain biking, archery, digital photography and many other great programming activities. A weekly special event and camp wide Shabbat celebration round out the week. As the premier Jewish day camp in Morris County, Camp Deeny Riback provides our campers with a traditional camp experience where life skills are learned and lifelong friendships are created.
Junior Village is CDR’s “camp within a camp” – designed for success and built for fun. In “JV” our Pre K, K & 1st grade camper’s creativity will shine, confidence will grow, and their sports skills will explode. Facilities include a heated zero-entry pool, mini-sized tennis, basketball, soccer, baseball, ropes course with zipline and Deenyville, our creative playland.
Middle Camp is the place for campers in grades 2-4, where they can explore all that CDR has to offer while enhancing their individual camp experience with weekly activity choices in a structured camp environment. Their schedule draws from over 30 program areas as well as boating on Budd Lake. The Middle Camp program also includes a 1-hour/day “chugim” (elective) period, an off-site trip and 1 Late-Stay (2nd grade) or Overnight (3rd & 4th grades).
Maccabi is the CDR sports unit for campers in grades 3-8 and is geared for the athletic child who wants to have a more competitive sports program where sportsmanship and fun are incorporated as a parallel for life-skills. The program includes weekly sports trips, clinics and specialized athletic programming.
Upper Camp for campers in grades 5-8 offers a more mature camp experience. With two “chugim” (elective) periods, campers have the opportunity to tailor their camp experience. The traditional day camp experience is enhanced with weekly single and multi-day trips give our oldest campers an opportunity to travel.
The L.I.T. (Leader-in-Training) program helps teens entering grades 9-10 gain valuable hands-on leadership skills. From running the annual “Big Give” social action project to working with campers, L.I.T.’s have the opportunity to work independently and as part of a team.
Extended care options available.
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CAMP DEENY RIBACK - DEDICATED TO EXCELLENCE IN CAMPING!
Hi, my name is Dana and I am the director of JCC MetroWest Camp Deeny Riback. I have been working in the camping world for over 12 years. Growing up in South Carolina I attended overnight camp in the Mountains of North Carolina where my love for camping began.
At Camp Deeny Riback we believe that each and every camper deserves the best that camp has to offer. We strive for excellence in a nurturing environment where campers learn and grow with us. We believe that summer is a time for fun in the sun but also an opportunity to engage campers in life lessons and skills.
[expand title="Read More"]We know that parents have a lot on their minds when thinking about their child’s camp experience: safety, making friends, enjoying activities, and more! Rest assured, at Camp Deeny Riback we do whatever it takes to ensure the best care for your child. They will not only gain friendships and have fun but will also learn important and innovative skills. Now that is something that will help you sleep at night!
We look forward to creating a strong connection between your family and ours.[/expand]
Assistant Director | Arielle Padover
Hi! My name is Arielle Padover and I am thrilled to join Camp Deeny Riback! As the youngest of three children, there were always adventures growing up. For me, the real excitement began when I spent my first summer at camp as a 3-year-old. These summers where I met lifelong friends and created special memories kept me coming back summer after summer, eventually leading to my career in the camp world.
[expand title="Read More"]I am a Jersey girl, born and raised! Studying early childhood development at Montclair State University continued to grow and develop my connection with children.
My experience working with children began when I worked as a babysitter, supporting children of all ages. In addition, I worked with The Friendship Circle, continued babysitting and worked as a camp counselor all throughout high school. In the camp world, I have held many roles including camp counselor, division head, operations, transportation, program coordinator and everything else! Camp, to me, is the best opportunity to learn about yourself, while making long-lasting friendships and memories! There is no place like home- which is what camp feels to me.
I am so excited to be a part of such an amazing team here at Camp Deeny Riback. The families that attend keep coming back each summer to work with the caring and genuine staff! I cannot wait to have my first summer at CDR and share the love with everyone![/expand]
Assistant Director | Ben Gilbert
Ben has been a vital part of the CDR family for 22 years. His passion for CDR is evident each and every day as he greets campers each morning at Boker Tov, joins in on ice cream parties for campers' birthdays, and makes each special event a little more special than the one before!
[expand title="Read More"]When Ben isn't dressing up for a CDR theme day, you can find him watching sports--especially the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or the Boston Red Sox, taking long walks on the beach, or enjoying a beautiful sunset at CDR. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and dog.
Ben is a New Jersey native and a graduate of William Paterson University.[/expand]
"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