JCA Summer Camp offers parents and campers an enriching summer experience in a safe and structured environment. With options for campers from age 2 to grade 9, the JCA provides unforgettable summer fun with a wide range of activities including swimming, sports, arts, theatre and more.

Camps are open to all children regardless of race, religious affiliation or ethnic origin.

Camp Gan Yeladim and KinderCamp

Ages 2 – 6

Patty Cakes Age 2 by Sep 1, 2020

Our youngest children thrive in our safe, engaging and fully accredited program! Campers enjoy low adult to child ratios and experience a wide range of age-appropriate activities, including daily water play, music, movement, cooking, art experiences, discovery opportunities and more, under the care of experienced and nurturing counselors. Children registered for the 2020-21 Preschool/12-Month program have priority in registration. Morning snack provided daily (peanut and tree nut free). All campers staying past 12 pm take a nap.

 

K’Ton and Tovim Ages 3 to 4 by Sep 1, 2020

Young children flourish in our safe, fun and fully accredited program! Campers experience a wide range of themed activities involving science, art, American Red Cross water safety swim instruction (for potty trained campers), music, sports, gardening, cooking and more under the care of experienced and nurturing counselors. Morning snack provided daily (peanut and tree nut free). All K’Ton campers staying past12 pm take a nap. Napping in Tovim is optional.

 

Entering Kindergarten by Sep 1, 2020

KinderCamp helps campers make the transition from preschool to kindergarten with ease and enthusiasm! Our mature, caring and experienced counselors guide your child toward independence and school readiness with the same high quality programming you have come to know and expect from Camp Gan Yeladim.

Campers participate in a wide range of activities, including art, science, daily American Red Cross water safety swim instruction, free swim, PE in the gym, age-specific sports, outdoor play in our playgrounds and gardens, music, cooking and more. Morning snack provided daily (peanut and tree nut free).

 

Sessions

  • Session I: June 8 – 19
  • Session II: June 22 – July 3
  • Session III: July 6 – 17
  • Session IV: July 20 – 31

 

Staff

Theresa LevyCamp Gan/KinderCamp Director, (904) 730-2100 ext. 237

Camp Sabra

Grades 1 – 2

Entering Grades 1 to 2 by Sep 1, 2020

Camp Sabra provides campers with a variety of fun, age-specific activities through professional instruction with JCA staff, American Red Cross swim instructors and other local organizations. With morning songs and cheers, individual and team sports, art programs, themed and dress-up days and unique, special events, this traditional camp experience gives children the opportunity to meet challenges, form new friendships and rekindle old ones, participate in a wide range of activities and develop social skills through group interaction. Cabin requests must be reciprocal and written in the camper’s registration forms by May 1. Cabins are limited in number, and requests are not guaranteed. Lunch and snack provided daily.

 

Sessions

  • Session I: June 8 – 18
  • Session II: June 22 – July 3
  • Session III: July 6 – 17
  • Session IV: July 20 – 31

 

Staff

Amanda Collins, Camp Habonim director, (904) 730-2100 ext. 245

Camp Habonim

Grades 3 – 6

Entering Grades 3 to 6 by Sep 1, 2020

Camp Habonim provides a summer camp experience tailor-made for your unique child. Campers and their parents select specialty activities for each session, and the rest is up to us. Onsite specialties take place in the JCA’s state-of-the art facility while offsite specialties allow campers to experience all that Jacksonville has to offer in a safe, supervised capacity with transportation provided. All specialties utilize industry professionals to design a curriculum that ensures your camper receives instruction that is age- specific. Specialty activities take place each morning, Monday through Thursday. Cabin requests must be reciprocal and written in the camper’s registration forms by May 1. Cabins are limited in number, and requests are not guaranteed. Lunch and snack provided daily.

Specialty selections must be made at the time of registration. Some specialties fill quickly, so advance registration is strongly recommended.
If first choice is not available, campers are automatically assigned to second or third choice. All choices are appropriate for beginners as well as more advanced participants. All offsite specialties depart promptly at 9:10 am (Horseback at 8 am).

 

Specialties Available:

Session I: June 6 – 19

  • Adventure Medley:  Experience a variety of offsite adventures such as kayaking, fishing, rock climbing, geocaching, and more! ($125 add’l charge)
  • Basketball: Develop basic skills like dribbling, passing and shooting as well as team building.
  • Bricks 4 Kidz Lego Lab: Build unique creations, play games and have tons of fun using LEGO bricks. ($60 add’l charge)
  • Horseback: Offsite instruction at Windemere Equestrian Center. Learn riding and general care of horses. ($275 add’l charge)
  • Mixed Media Art: Artists of all skill levels use different mediums to create beautiful masterpieces.
  • Pop Up Restaurant: Name your restaurant, plan the menu and cook up delicious meals for guests.
  • Tennis: Learn the basic strokes and shots for beginner or intermediate players.

 

Session II: June 22 – July 7

  • B3 Code-A-Robot: Lego robots and advanced robots programmed with remotes, drop and drag block programming and even python-based programming language for advanced students! ($175 add’l charge)
  • Edge Rock: Offsite rock climbing specialty at The Edge Rock Gym. ($140 add’l charge)
  • Flag Football: Learn rules, positions, basic techniques and team building skills.
  • Hip Hop: Learn choreography and popular dance moves.
  • Ice Skating: Offsite specialty at Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex. ($125 add’l charge)
  • Pottery: Learn the basics or fine tune your handbuilding skills.
  • Strategic Gaming: Campers learn logic and strategies behind a variety of card and board games.

Session III: July 6 – 17

  • All Wet Sports: Offsite kayak and paddleboard instruction at All Wet Sports. ($140 add’l charge)
  • B3 Future Doctor: Hands-on activities, labs, simulations and role play. Covers circulatory, respiratory, skeletal, integumentary and nervous systems for future doctors to explore! ($175 add’l charge)
  • Cheerleading: Cheerleaders of all levels will learn jumps, cheers, chants, simple lifts and more! No experience required.
  • Fashion Design: Learn sewing, fashion illustration, accessory design and more!
  • Jacksonville Journey: Experience a variety of offsite activities such as fishing, bowling, skating and more! ($125 add’l charge)
  • Soccer: Develop techniques such as dribbling, passing, scoring and team building.
  • Tennis: Learn the basic strokes and shots for beginner or intermediate players.

Session IV: July 20 – 31

  • Animal Adventure: Campers will experience a variety of trips to animal habitats around Jacksonville. ($150 add’l charge)
  • Baker’s Dozen: Create dozens of sweet and savory treats, including cookies, cupcakes, pies and more!
  • Golf: Offsite instruction provides a fun, educational experience for all levels. ($140 add’l charge)
  • Lacrosse: Learn to cradle, pass and shoot and develop team building skills.
  • Painting Pizzazz: Paint landscapes, abstracts, portraits and more! Receive professional instruction in a fun, no pressure atmosphere.
  • Rhythmic Gymnastics: Learn this sport that seamlessly combines elements of gymnastics and dance. ($60 add’l charge)
  • Shark Tank: Young entrepreneurs will develop ideas, make a pitch and brand their product.

 

Staff

Amanda Collins, Camp Habonim director, (904) 730-2100 ext. 245

Stage Door Theatre Camp

Grades 1 – 9

Entering Grades 1 to 9 by Sep 1, 2020

Stage Door Theatre Camp gives creative campers the unique experience of working with theatre professionals while putting together a full scale stage show! Every day, campers have the opportunity to sing, dance, play characters, participate in acting games and create arts and crafts.

Campers receive training in musical theatre-style dance and Fit for Broadway aerobic-style dance, along with daily, free swim and special activities. At the end of each session, campers present their own show. Don’t miss out on Jacksonville’s most popular creative arts camp! Lunch and snack provided daily.

 

Sessions

  • Session I: Jun 8 – July 3
    • Show: Dr. Doolittle
  • Session II: July 6 – July 31
    • Show: Jungle Book

 

Staff

Shelly Hughes, Stage Door Director, (904) 730-2100 ext. 252.

Camp Yalla

Grades 7 – 9

Entering Grades 7 to 9 by Sep 1, 2020

Join Camp Yalla for an experience like no other. Each week has a different theme. All specialties are offsite. The main location is at the Jacksonville Jewish Center. Activities some weeks are examples only and subject to change; some camps may require minimum enrollment. Drop off and pick up (7:30 – 9 am and 3:30 – 6 pm) is at JCA. Campers bring a daily dairy lunch and swimsuit; snacks are provided.

 

WEEK 1: June 8 – 12

JAX Cooking Studio
Partnership with Jax Cooking Studio on Beach Blvd. Classically trained chefs teach campers to cook with healthy, local ingredients, practice kitchen safety, engage in teamwork, exercise creativity and more! The focus is on Italian cuisine. ($75 add’l charge)

 

WEEK 2: June 15 – 19

Adventure Camp Feel the Rush
Join this perfect week made for adrenaline seekers! Activities may include: Rock climbing, Zipline and Rope courses, Kayaking and much more!

 

WEEK 3: June 22 – 26

Surf into Summer
Partnership with Surf into Summer Surf Camp, the First Coast’s longest running surf camp, that emphasizes ocean awareness, surfing techniques, surf etiquette and proper equipment and wave selection. All levels of instruction; no experience necessary. ($50 add’l charge)

 

WEEK 4: June 29 – July 3

Explore 904 Sights and Sounds
Explore all the wonderful sights and sounds that Jacksonville and the surrounding areas have to offer!

 

WEEK 5: July 6 – 10

Bolts and Bytes
Partnership with Bolts and Bytes, an educational makerspace where campers create and use maker technology such as robotics, coding, 3D printing, DIY building and more! ($75 add’l charge)

 

WEEK 6: July 13 – 17

Maccabi Sports Camp
Highly qualified coaches lead this week of Sports Medley. Sports may include: basketball, soccer, flag football, archery and more.

 

WEEK 7: July 20 – 24

Explore 904 Wildlife Week
Be one with nature and explore the different ecosystems and wildlife in the area. Activities may include a trip to Little Talbot Island, local beaches, the Jacksonville Zoo and more!

 

WEEK 8: July 27 – 31

Adventure Camp H20 Week
Enjoy a new aquatic adventure every day! Visit Jacksonville’s beaches, water parks and participate in activities such as paddle boarding and kayaking.

 

Staff

Rio Robinson, Camp Yalla Director, (904) 730-2100 ext. 250.

Mike May, Camp Yalla Director, (904) 730-2100 ext. 254.

Adventure Days

Grades K – 9

Entering Grades K to 8 by Sep 1, 2019

Adventure Days gives campers the ability to map out their days by choosing from a sports or art track. For sports, campers work with the JCA’s top coaches in a different sport each day, including soccer, tennis, basketball, flag football and much more! The art track is led by experienced instructors who guide campers through a variety of unique art-ventures. Campers must bring athletic shoes everyday along with swim gear for daily swimming. Lunch and snack provided daily

 

Sessions

  • Pre-Adventure Days: June 1 – 5
  • Post-Adventure Days: August 3 – 7

 

Staff

Mike May, Adventure Days Director, (904) 730 – 2100 ext. 254

J-Teens

Grades 10 – 12

Entering Grades 10 to 12 by Sep 1, 2020

J-Teens is designed for tenth to twelfth grade students to develop leadership skills and knowledge related to children and camping while participating in unique camp experiences designed just for their age group. This dynamic program is offered in two stages:

 

Stage One

Beginning in April 2020, six, 2-hour training sessions are held with topics on team building, child development, communication, health and safety and self- reflection. These sessions are taught by JCA professional staff and provide insight into the mission and inner workings of the JCA.

 

Stage Two

This stage is during camp. Teens are placed in a specific camp group to learn and participate in the camp environment, assist where appropriate and interact with campers while utilizing skills acquired in stage one. Time is spent each week with other J-Teens in leadership development and social activities.

 

Program Requirements

  • Commitment to all six training sessions
  • Commitment to at least 4 out of 8 weeks of camp (concurrent with sessions offered), 9 am – 3:30 pm
  • Two written recommendations, at least one from a current teacher
  • JCA membership
  • Registration is required by Friday, March 27, 2020.

 

Staff

Shelly Higgins Hughes, J-Teens Director, (904) 730-2100 ext. 252

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