Camp Kaleidoscope is the perfect setting for your child's creative day camp fun! Housed at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC in Newton, MA, campers spend their days having the time of their lives with arts and science programs and swimming in the Outdoor Pool.
The Camp Kaleidoscope day is about having fun! The activities provide campers with opportunities to explore the arts, science and the outdoors, make lifelong friends, and develop new skills in a warm and positive Jewish camping community. Supportive, experienced counselors and staff help campers develop the assurance they need to tackle new skills and build self-confidence.
The Kaleidoscope schedule is flexible. Families can enroll for two to eight weeks. Bus transportation is provided from 6 communities across Greater Boston with over 19 stops for easy drop-off and pick-up.
Campers are assigned to bunks according to age and ability. As campers mature, they choose from electives to build and exciting and challenging day. All campers receive Red Cross approved instructional swim and participate in free swim under the supervision of trained instructors and lifeguards.
Camp Kaleidoscope at a Glance
• Located at JCC Greater Boston’s Leventhal-Sidman JCC
• Over 19 bus stops across Greater Boston
• Kabbalat Shabbat every Friday
• Daily Red Cross swim instruction
• Financial assistance is available
• Early drop-off and extended day are available
Betty Lehrman has been involved in education, camping and the arts for more than 25 years, and has directed Kaleidoscope since 2009. The former Executive Director of the Performing Arts Center of MetroWest (PAC) and founder of the PAC Family Players, she taught middle school theater for seven years and has directed arts camps and theatre programs throughout Greater Boston; produced concert series and festivals; and taught storytelling and music to students from kindergarten through graduate school. Prior to directing Kaleidoscope, Betty was known to Jewish audiences as a professional storyteller, specializing in Jewish tales of tradition and wisdom. She received a BS in Theater from Northwestern University and an MA in Theater Education from New York University.
Taaron Pitino has extensive experience in teaching, therapy and management. She previously taught preschool, worked in private practice as a Greenspan Developmental Therapist and held multiple managerial positions in the retail industry. Taaron began her association with camp as a parent; her daughter is now a CIT. Taaron is responsible for registration, transportation, supplies and much more. She has been a part of the Kaleidoscope team for six years.
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Connecting with Israel
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