Why JCC Camps?

Over 100,000 kids, each with a unique story.

“Across North America, JCC Camps are fostering joyous Judaism and allowing children to discover and explore their identity, values, and culture in a safe, accepting environment. Very powerful indeed!”

– Jeremy J. Fingerman, CEO, Foundation for Jewish Camp

“JCC camps exemplify the benefits of community and lifelong relationships!”

Peg Smith, Chief Executive Officer of American Camp Association
Camp Tamarack

“At camp I’ve learned how important it is to ‘Live Wise.’ To me that means caring about the people and world around me, dedicating my life to making a difference, and influencing others to do the same.”

— Jessie, camper, staff member, and supervisor, Camp Wise

“I have grown from a camper, to a CIT, to counselor and now a Division Head. From the age of 10 to now 26, I still look forward to my 39 summer days at the jcc. The memories and friends I make each and every year continues to get better.”

Allie S

— Allie S., staff, JCC Camps at Medford Camp

“The summers of 2012 and 2013, I attended NJY Teen Camp. During the duration of my summer, I was really able to learn about myself, and explore my surroundings. My friends and I were given a variety of exuberating activities to choose from. This never left us unoccupied, but always left us with nothing but happiness and joy.”

Jake Witowsky

— Jake Wisotsky, TAC Camper

“After attending JCC camps for eleven summers as a camper, the obvious choice was to become a camp counselor as well. Camp offers the perfect place to meet countless friends, cultivate your interests, try new things, and ultimately form your Jewish identity. Over the past 18 summers at camp, I have transformed from a good Jewish person to an even better Jewish leader.”


— Amy P., staff at JCC Camps at Medford Camp, Betty & Milton Katz JCC

“At Surprise Lake I was exposed to a lot of music. It kind of inspired me to take guitar lessons and learn how to play.”

Neil Diamond

— Neil Diamond, Musician, Alumni of Surprise Lake Camp

“After going to sleep away camp for nine years, I really found my place at NJY Teen Camp. These were my favorite summers and each day I continue to recall the memories. This was the greatest combination ever created, as these girls became my best friends and sisters, they are the people I share everything with to this day.”


— Cara S., TAC Camper

“NJY Teen Camp has been a great and nurturing environment for me to become a young adult and taught me valuable lessons for my future endeavors. I was introduced to amazing new people and friends that would never have been possible without TAC.”


— Brett Levine, TAC Camper

“Apachi not only provides an enriching Jewish experience and community for my children, but their unique programing provides my children an opportunity to learn new skills, make lifelong friends and most importantly have fun. Best of all both girls learned to swim at Apachi and Julia got over her fear of the water at camp!”


— Jamie F., parent, JCC Apachi Day Camp Chicago

“For sixteen years my daughter, Alexis, has been unable to participate in any summer camp programs due to the inability of various programs to offer medical support for her diabetes. For many years I have just wanted my daughter to experience a summer of carefree fun with other kids and not be subjected to the somber of my workplace. Thanks to the Giborium summer camp, Alexis experienced her very first summer camp. In such a short period of time my daughter gets up on her own every morning, she announces the day of the week and what activities she will be involved in for the day. Then she will proceed to make her own bed (something never done before), brushes her teeth and gets dressed for camp. She has grown more in two weeks than the entire school year. Every morning I bring her to camp I am brought to tears just seeing the joy and excitement the camp brings to her eyes.”

— Denise Anderson, parent, Camp Giborim, Posnack JCC