JCA Summer Camp programs provide children with a safe, secure and nurturing camp experience through a variety of developmentally appropriate programming. Campers range in age from one to fourteen years old with traditional camp programs, specialty camps, theatre camp and a pre-school summer program run in conjunction with Michele Block Gan Yeladim. Our program’s variety offerings attract children from the greater Jacksonville community to participate in our ten-week American Camp Association accredited program.
Studies show that summer camp is an integral part of the social and emotional development in the formative years of a child’s life. An experiential camp program promotes the ability to socialize and be successful in an environment outside the confines of a traditional classroom setting. Summer camp gives children the chance to develop self-confidence, skills and interests that they will carry with them throughout their life. A summer camp experience can contribute long lasting benefits which include building self-esteem, teaching independence, providing positive role models outside of the home and modeling how to take risks in a safe environment.
JCA Summer Camp programs serves about 800 campers annually in programs designed to meet the needs of a diverse population of children, all in a Jewish environment. Each year the demand for financial assistance in our summer camp increases and, as part of our mission, we never turn anyone away for their inability to pay, ensuring the opportunity to participate to those who would otherwise not be able due to financial constraints.