Since 1945, Camp Jaycee has been providing kids of all ages with Adventures, Friends & Memories! Camp Jaycee offers everything a kid needs to have fun indoors and outdoors. Campers get to take advantage of our fabulous JCC facilities including our Olympic sized pool, 500 seat theatre, dance studio, our huge ball fields, tennis center, athletic center, state-of-the-art preschool and much much more!
Camp Jaycee has a bit of everything for every child. Our camp programs include arts & crafts, ceramics, dance, fencing, archery, music, ga-ga, leadership training, sports, computer programming, swimming, music camps, teen travel, LEGO, triathlon training, babysitting training, theatre camps, filmmaking camps and so much more! If you want it, we probably have it at Camp Jaycee!
Campers at camp swim every day and have American Red Cross certified instructors who provide swim lessons for children. Judaica Specialists? You bet! Camp Jaycee is fortunate to have four Shlichim (Ambassadors) from Israel who enrich each camp by sharing Jewish customs, dancing, music, Hebrew and more. Each week concludes with a rocking, camp-wide Shabbat celebration.
Sandy has been at Camp Jaycee for over 30 years, beginning in 1981 as a counselor.
"When I think of camp, I recall all the fond memories that were made while I was a camper. I have been attending Camp Jaycee for 33 years now—starting as a counselor back in 1981—and while every year we keep adding to our menu of programs and activities, one thing stays the same - our ruach (spirit)! The magic a child experiences and the friendships that are developed will last a lifetime. Camp exposes us to new activities, new people, and to things we may never have tried before. In addition, the self-conﬁdence that builds in children greatly impacts their future endeavors. You will not ﬁnd a more dedicated or passionate group of leaders—with many of our staff starting as I did—as campers. I believe the staff keep coming back for the same reason the campers keep coming back—there’s nothing like the Camp Jaycee experience! Join us for an unforgettable summer!"
"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