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2018 Camp Dates: Coming Soon

Located on more than 250 beautiful wooded acres in West Bloomfield, JCC Day Camps offers spectacular summer programs for children and teens ages 2 1/2-17. JCC Day Camps is licensed by the State of Michigan, is accredited by the American Camp Association, and offers complimentary, chaperoned transportation to and from most areas in Oakland County. Learn more by exploring our offerings below! Should you have any questions, please contact us via the online form at the bottom of the page or by calling 248.432.5578.

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JCC Member Discount:
Annual members (those who enter into a 12-month agreement) receive 20% off the retail price of camps. To receive this discount, each camper must be an annual member either via a family membership or as a dependent. For more information about becoming a member, please visit our membership page, call 248.432.5425 or email [email protected]

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Traditional camp

Traditional Camp is for children ages 2-1/2 (potty trained) to 11 years old and provides your child with the best of everything summer camp has to offer!

Each program offers an amazing variety of experiences, filled with new adventures and fun, including:

  • Swim lessons 
  • Specialist-run programs, such as archery, arts and crafts, canoeing, music, nature, ropes, sports
  • Field trips
  • On-campus special events
  • Theme days

Children in all Traditional Camp programs have the opportunity to participate in Color War, Carnival Day, Theme Days and Special Events such as Israel Day, Water Day and Messy Day. We also offer a weekly pizza lunch and field trips for various age groups. 


Traditional Camp Programs

K'TON TON (2 1/2 - 4 1/2)

This program gives our youngest children a day of delightful activities! Camp is held at the JCC's Sarah & Irving Pitt Child Development Center and each day includes swim lessons and traditional camp activities such as ropes, nature and music. We also offer one field trip per session.

CHAVERIM (entering grades K-1

KESHET (entering grades 2-3)

B'YACHAD (entering grades 4-5) 

Specialty Week-Long CAMPS

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Each week at the JCC our campers have the option to explore new skills and focus on one specific activity, sport or craft and spend a full week building skills in those areas! These camps are age-specific for campers entering grades 1-10 in the fall. (We are also offering one specialty camp for children who are entering kindergarten in the fall - "Emergency Response Camp".) 

All of our specialty camps are run by coaches, artists and professionals in their respective fields. We are also excited to announce that we are offering combined programming this summer with Tamarack Camps, including specialty camp activities and overnights at Camp Maas.

Specialty Camps for our 2018 season to be announced soon!

THE BERMAN SUMMER STOCK
July 24 - August 11 (3 week camp) | Grades 3-10

Whether a beginner or an experienced performer, each camper is showcased in acting, singing and/or dance solos, as well as scene work for large and small groups. All elements focus on the child’s strengths, skills and areas of interest. A day may include games, terms, history stories, talent shows, auditions and experience onstage and backstage. This three-week camp will culminate with a full-scale production!

$1,400 ($1,120 for JCC members)

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THE BERMAN JUNIORS
August 7-11 | Grades 1-3

You’re never too young to shine! In this great camp, children will learn all about acting, singing and dancing on stage, then appear in a full-scale production with older campers in the three-week camp! The play will be showing at The Berman Center for the Performing Arts.

$445 ($356 for JCC members)

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kayitz kef (hebrew immersion) - Campers in grades k-3

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Kayitz Kef at JCC Day Camps offers campers an opportunity to play, laugh, sing, swim, run, and create in the warmth of a close-knit family of campers and counselors. Campers come home each day proud of their new language skills – along with new friendships, fun camp memories and a love of Hebrew!

Our year round Hebrew Immersion Program is now starting.

Please join us on the following dates:

October 15, November 19, December 17, January 14, February 18, March 18, April 22 and May 20

If you need more information or to sign up for a program please contact [email protected]

The Kayitz Kef program at the JCC is made possible by the generous support and guidance of the Areivim Philanthropic Group. 


Kayitz Kef - Frequently Asked Questions

What do kids do all day at camp?

First and foremost, kids in the Kayitz Kef program have FUN. That’s why the Hebrew word for fun — "kef" — is in the program name. Kids do the types of activities you’d expect from a summer day camp program — swimming, sports, games, scavenger hunts, songs, crafts — and they do them in the company of a close-knit family of campers and counsellors. They laugh, they sing, they play silly games, they have a great time, and it’s all done in Hebrew.

How is this program different from the more traditional programs at JCC Day Camps?

The camp activities and facilities are quite similar to what you’d find in our more traditional camp programs, including swimming, sports, crafts and songs. What makes Kayitz Kef different is that all of these fun activities are done in Hebrew, with the help of dedicated counselors, some of whom are our Israeli-in-residence Shlichim (Israeli students working abroad to share Israeli culture). Our campers form deep bonds with the staff, and with their peers. These bonds facilitate kids’ deeper connection to the Hebrew language, and by the end of the summer, they have formed deeper connections to their Jewish identity and Israel.

My child doesn’t know any Hebrew ... will he/she feel isolated?

Not at all! Our programming and staff are carefully selected to make sure children are engaged and having fun no matter their level of Hebrew. The staff, including Shlichim (Israeli students working abroad to share Israeli culture), speak Hebrew at all times which motivates the campers to connect with them by trying out Hebrew with counselors they adore. We often see very close bonds form between the children and their counselors — due to a combination of how great and caring the staff are, the small child-to-counselor ratios, and the sheer fun of the activities. Campers feel cared for by their counselor role models and connected to their friends.

Do kids ever speak English during the day?

The staff are passionate Hebrew teachers and act as positive role models by continuously encouraging children’s voices through fun everyday activities. We recognize that each child learns at his/her own pace, and have found that it can take some children a few weeks to adjust to the Hebrew speaking environment, and begin speaking it themselves. While we don’t encourage children to speak English at Kayitz Kef, we don’t punish them or stop them from speaking it, if they wish to do so.

My child knows a lot of Hebrew ... will he/she feel out of place?

Not at all! Both our programming and staff ensure children are engaged and having fun no matter their level of Hebrew. If your child has an-going understanding of Hebrew, the native speaking Shlichim (Israeli students working abroad to share Israeli culture) can challenge and develop their language learning. Your child can also act as a positive role model for the other children in the program, and in no time everyone will be laughing, singing, and speaking in Hebrew!

Will my child feel isolated from the rest of the day camp?

We start each morning with a bonding all-camp activity like morning sing. This tradition is a great way to generate camp spirit and camaraderie. Throughout the summer, the whole camp also comes together for other large activities, such as color war, which builds camp spirit and gives campers an opportunity to make new friends. While these camp-wide events are in English, Kayitz Kef campers will still be with their Hebrew speaking counselors, which enables them to get comfortable going back and forth between English and Hebrew.

During a typical camp day, the different camp groups cycle through the same facilities for their activities. So not to worry, Kayitz Kef kids will absolutely see other campers and counselors throughout their day.

How does this program fit into the rest of the year? For example, the transition to & from day school / after school programming, and eventual overnight camp?

Research shows that returning campers return the summer’s previous level of Hebrew after only 2 weeks. However, this research is based on campers who attend Kayitz Kef for 7-8 weeks. Our programming is most effective when kids have this amount of time to process and practice new language skills.

We aren’t all that religious… is this program right for us?

Yes! Kayitz Kef is a language acquisition program, it’s not in any way religious. Simply put, we want children to learn about, and appreciate Hebrew and Israeli culture. While campers learn to function in Hebrew, sing Israeli songs and learn about what it’s like to live in Israel from their Shlichim (Israeli students working abroad to share Israeli culture), this program is no more or less religious in nature than the rest of the camp.

We are very religious... Is this program right for us?

Yes! We’re an inclusive supportive program for all interested families. Kayitz Kef is a language acquisition approach, it’s all about Hebrew. So if you’re comfortable with your child learning about Hebrew, Jewish and Israeli culture with diverse campers, then Kayitz Kef is a great choice for your child.

How does the Hebrew programming work exactly… is the program anything like school?

Kayitz Kef is nothing like school. Kayitz Kef is a summer day camp, with all the activities of a typical summer day camp like swimming, games, sports, crafts and songs. Our dedicated staff focus on supporting your child to develop functional Hebrew in a play-based setting. There’s no time spent writing or reading, there’s no homework, there are no lessons. It’s all the fun of summer camp in a Hebrew speaking environment.

 

travel camps

If your child is ready for new friends, new experiences and adventures of a lifetime, our Travel Camps are certain to fit the bill! Combining the incredible facilities and programming of our campus with the best venues in the area, the JCC's Travel Camps feature weekly visits to amazing local destinations such as Joe Dumars Fieldhouse, CJ Barrymore’s, AirTime Trampoline & Game Park, and Comerica Park!

Our Travel Camps are divided into two groups: Trekkers (for campers entering grades 6-7 in the fall) and Teen Tour (for campers entering grades 8-9 in the fall)

Our 2018 schedule will be coming along with the opening of our registration.

Traditional camp activities combined with visits to local destinations. Includes an overnight at Tamarack Camps. The first four-week session includes a three-day white water rafting overnight trip to the Ohiopyle State Park; the second four-week session features a zip-line canopy tour.

2017 Teen Tour Calendar

MINI SESSION
June 19-23

$550 ($440 for JCC members)

AM Care (7:00-8:30 a.m.): $40 per week
PM Care (3:30-6 p.m.): $50 per week
(No credit will be given for days that are missed)

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FOUR WEEKS
Session 1: June 26-July 21
Session 2: July 24-August 18

$2,060 ($1,648 for JCC members)

AM Care (7:00-8:30 a.m.): $40 per week
PM Care (3:30-6 p.m.): $50 per week
(No credit will be given for days that are missed)

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sPecial needs camps

2017 Dates: June 19 - August 18

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Kids All Together (KAT) (ages 2 1/2 - 14)

KAT gives children with special needs the opportunity to participate in activities at summer camp. With support from an inclusion counselor, every child has the chance to swim, enjoy arts and crafts, and play sports alongside typically developing peers. The KAT program, which has been recognized by the Autism Society of America-Oakland County as a model for inclusion, began with two campers and now regularly includes more than 30.

Space is limited for KAT so an annual lottery is held for children who are interested in participating.

Special Needs Adventure Program (SNAP) (entering grades 5-12; ages 18-26)

SNAP is for older campers who wish to continue participating in summer camp fun. SNAP combines camp fun with off-campus adventures. It is divided into three groups: Explorers (grades 5-8); Voyagers (grades 9-12); and Adventurers (ages 18-26). Throughout the week, campers go on field trips to destinations such as the Detroit Zoo, DIA, Zap Zone and local parks, as well as participate in on-campus activities.

Young Adults All Together (ages 15-26)

Young Adults All Together offers campers the opportunity to enjoy summer fun while learning life skills. Two days per week are spent volunteering for various local organizations, with trained staff serving as job coaches; two days are for exploring the community and enjoying camp fun; and one day is for developing “soft skills” such as budgeting, nutrition, and personal safety.

The JCC's Special Needs department is an Extended School Year provider. For more information about summer and year-round programs, please visit jccdet.org/specialneeds or call 248.432.5457.

who we are

The Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit was established in 1926, and our first summer day camp was held just three years later. Ever since, JCC Summer Day Camps have presented the area’s finest programs, with diverse offerings that are infused with Jewish values of care and respect. To support our mission of inclusion, we welcome everyone in the community to participate in our summer camp programs regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, ability or financial status.

Located on more than 250 beautiful wooded acres in West Bloomfield, our summer camp includes indoor and outdoor pools, a fishing and boating pond, nature trails, a ropes challenge course, a 600-seat professional theatre, a full gym, an interactive children’s museum, an art gallery, inline hockey center, playgrounds for all ages, air-conditioned facilities, a library and gaga pits!

• Licensed by the State of Michigan and accredited by the American Camp Association (honors awarded only after a camp has undergone a rigorous evaluation that guarantees compliance with up to 300 safety, health and program quality standards, and agrees to regular, independent audits.)

• Open to children of all backgrounds and abilities, ages 2 1/2 (potty trained) to 14

• Extended AM and PM care available

• FREE, chaperoned transportation to and from most areas in Oakland County

• Discounts for JCC members 

• Need-based financial assistance

 

Core Values

FRIENDSHIP
The closeness children share as they play and learn together helps them develop compassion, make friendships that last a lifetime and learn to work with many different kinds of people.

ACTIVITY
With swimming and hikes in the woods, sports and games, summer camp means being active, which is vital for mental, physical and spiritual well-being.

CONFIDENCE
At camp there’s no competition (except the friendly kind), no homework, tests, or pressure to get good grades, allowing kids to develop confidence and become empowered to face new challenges and situations.

EXPLORING TALENTS
JCC Day Camps allow kids the chance to do what they love, working with professional staff from every field who help them develop existing talents and learn new skills.

INDEPENDENCE
Camp is a structured environment where children learn to think for themselves and make good choices.

JEWISH VALUES
While each JCC summer day camp has its own culture and program, we share a commitment to bringing to life the values of the JCC movement. Chesed (compassion), kehillah (community), tikkun olam (repairing the world), ruach(spirit) and hachnassat orchim (welcoming guests) are woven into the fabric of our camp communities.

STAFF
Every member of our team is trained in CPR and First Aid, and many staff members – including unit heads and senior counselors – are returning from last year.

 

meet the team

Liam Grandidge - Co-Director, JCC Day Camps

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Liam is responsible for daily camp operations, programming and managing vendors.

A native of Manchester, England, Liam joined the JCC in November 2014 as Camp Program Coordinator. Prior to the JCC, Liam's camp experience included four summers as a counselor at Willoway Day Camp. It was there that he developed a passion for summer camp. When the opportunity came about to work year round at the JCC Day Camps, Liam jumped at the prospect. "I couldn't think of a better job," he says.

Liam can be reached at [email protected] or 248.432.5497.

Jennifer Morgan - Co-Director, JCC Day Camps

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Jenny started her camp journey when she was 7 years old at Tamarack Camps and has been a part of the camping world ever since. Most recently, Jenny was the summer site director at the JCC Day Camp in Cleveland. Prior to that, she worked in Los Angeles as a youth and camp director at Temple Akiba, running both their day and resident camps.

Jenny thinks of camp as her home away from home and she is thrilled to be a part of the JCC Day Camps team.

Jenny can be reached at [email protected] or 248.432.5428.

Kelly Guilds - Program Coordinator, Department of Special Needs

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Kelly is responsible for all program activities within the JCC's Department of Special Needs.

Prior to the JCC, Kelly was a paraprofessional in the Waterford School District where she worked with students diagnosed with Autism on social, communication and behavioral issues to help them navigate daily school life activities.

Kelly believes in working closely with parents and giving children every opportunity to be strong, independent thinkers.

Kelly can be reached at [email protected] or 248.432.5457.

Jena Knopp - Programmer, Department of Special Needs

jena knopp jcc of metro detroitJena’s interest in working with individuals with special needs started in high school, where she worked with students diagnosed with autism.

From there, Jena became a paraprofessional in an elementary school where she was part of a team that worked with parents, teachers and social workers to develop academic and behavioral goals.

Jena can be reached at [email protected].

Batia Kritzer - Director, Kayitz Kef, JCC Day Camps

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Batia oversees the Kayitz Kef program at JCC Day Camps, which is a specialty program for campers entering grades K-4 in which all of the activities are conducted in Hebrew.

A native of Israel, Batia moved to the United States in 1989. She is a veteran Hebrew school teacher who has been involved with several area synagogues. Her goal for the Kayitz Kef program is to have campers enjoy camp while embracing the Hebrew language.

Batia can be reached at [email protected] or 248.320.5196.

Terrie Miller - Office Manager

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Terrie is responsible for the overall management of the camp office. She does it all--working with our vendors, overseeing payroll, and helping with summer staff paperwork. She loves interacting with all of the camp families and she looks forward to the summer when she can get out of the office and see the campers engaged in activities.

Terrie can be reached at [email protected] or 248.432.5469.

Karen Siegel - Day Camp Registrar

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Karen is responsible for managing the overall enrollment process for campers. In addition, she oversees the collection of all camp forms, manages financial transactions and maintains the camper registration database.

Karen can be reached at [email protected] or 248.432.5456.

 

Work for Us

Want to be a part of our excellent camp team? The JCC has amazing summer job opportunities to work with campers and make a difference in a child’s life. We are looking for compassionate, nurturing, enthusiastic and hardworking individuals to help foster a safe, positive and fun day camping experience.

To be considered for any of the open positions below, please read through the job descriptions below and then Apply.

Unit Head (21+)

• Supervise staff and campers with in your unit on a daily basis
• Teach young staff to foster positive youth development
• Work closely with parents and families • Model program participation and appropriate interaction with children
• Coordinate staff training, daily meetings and oversee staff the evaluation process

Essential Functions: Ability to instruct, supervise, and motivate employees; ability to demonstrate sensitivity to the age group of campers; implement positive behavioral management techniques; knowledge of several activity skill areas; ability to communicate with campers, staff and parents; strength and endurance to work long hours in warm weather. Adaptability, creativity, enthusiasm, sense of humor, self-control, and patience. Participate in all camp activities, field trips, themes days and overnights.

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Unit Assistant

• Supervise as staff and campers with in your unit on a daily basis
• Oversee the daily operations of your unit to uphold and further develop a quality program
• Teach young staff to foster positive youth development
• Work closely with your unit head, to provide any necessary support to the unit
• Model program participation and appropriate interaction with children

Essential Functions: Ability to instruct, supervise, and motivate unit; ability to demonstrate sensitivity to the age group of campers; implement positive behavioral management techniques; knowledge of several activity skill areas; ability to communicate with campers and staff; strength and endurance to work long hours in warm weather. Adaptability, creativity, enthusiasm, sense of humor, self-control, and patience. Participate in all camp activities, field trips, themes days and overnights, report and maintain strong communication with unit head.

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Specialist

Essential Functions: Ability to create an age appropriate curriculum in your area of expertise based on a nine week session. Lead scheduled activity periods throughout each day. Assist in camp wide theme days/activities; supervise campers' participation. Interact appropriately with campers in a variety of situations; appropriately model behavior and use positive behavior management techniques; possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers. Adaptability, creativity, enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self-control. Specialists will be required to join Traditional camp for their overnights, assisting in the programming and supervision of the campers. You will be assigned a unit head to work with for the summer and assist them during lunch, snack time and camper departure.

Specialists will be required to submit lesson plans to the camp directors before camp starts.

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General Counselor - Traditional Camp

Essential Functions: Ability to lead small group activities; supervise campers' participation in all activities; interact appropriately with campers in a variety of situations; appropriately model behavior and use positive behavior management techniques; possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers. Adaptability, creativity, enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self-control. All staff are required to swim with the campers during instruction and free swim. Traditional camp staff will be required to stay for the camper overnight once a session.

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General Counselor - Specialty Camp

Essential Functions: Ability to lead small group activities; supervise campers' participation in all activities; interact appropriately with campers in a variety of situations; appropriately model behavior and use positive behavior management techniques; possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers. Adaptability, creativity, enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self-control. All staff are required to swim with the campers during instruction and free swim. Traditional camp staff will be required to stay for the camper overnight once a session. A specialty camp counselor must be flexible as your role will change week by week as you are assigned to different specialty camps.

Apply

Unit Head - Special Needs (21+)

Essential Functions:
• Supervise staff and campers within your unit on a daily basis
• Instruct, supervise and motive staff to foster positive development
• Demonstrate sensitivity to the special needs of campers
• Implement positive behavioral management techniques
• Work closely with parents and families
• Model program participation and appropriate interaction with campers
• Coordinate staff training, daily meetings and oversee the staff evaluation process
• Adaptability, creativity, enthusiasm, sense of humor, self-control, and patience
• Participate in all camp activities, field trips, and overnights.

Special consideration will be given to applicants who are fluent in American Sign Language.

Apply

Unit Assistant - Special Needs

Essential Functions:
• Supervise staff and campers within your unit on a daily basis
• Oversee the daily operations of your unit to uphold and further develop a quality
• Teach staff to foster positive camper development
• Work closely with your unit head to provide any necessary support to the unit
• Model program participation and appropriate interaction with campers
• Adaptability, creativity, enthusiasm, sense of humor, self-control, and patience
• Participate in all camp activities, field trips, and overnights; report and maintain strong communication with unit head.

Special consideration will be given to applicants who are fluent in American Sign Language.

Apply

General Counselor - Special Needs

Essential Functions:
• Lead small group activities
• Supervise campers' participation in all activities
• Interact appropriately with campers in a variety of situations
• Appropriately model behavior and use positive behavior management techniques
• Possess strength and endurance required to maintain constant supervision of campers
• Adaptability, creativity, enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self-control

All staff are required to swim with the campers during instruction and free swim. Traditional camp staff will be required to stay for the camper overnight once a session.

Special consideration will be given to applicants who are fluent in American Sign Language.

Apply

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