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Summer Days at the J

Spend Your Summer Days with Us

It’s not just a great day camp, it’s your summer home base to build new friendships, explore hobbies, and have fun outdoors.

Located on our main campus, we welcome all campers into a safe community of respect and inclusion where each child is encouraged to shine.

Consistent professional camp leadership team provides a safe, fun, tech-free environment.

Inclusive and diverse programming for a range of interests to experience a favorite activity or try something new.

Access to the JCC facility offers more opportunity for a wide variety of programming–indoor swimming pool, outdoor splash pool, full-size gymnasium, outdoor acres, sports courts and field, and specialty instructors.

Jewish values such as respect, honor, and empathy will be intertwined with all we do to create a sense of community and responsibility for the world around us and build social and emotional growth.

For more information about Summer Days at the J, email Lori at lball@jccrochester.org

Classic Day Camp

Group of children and counselor outside against grey wall with chalk artwork.

Explorers

Grades K–6
One-week sessions July and August

All enrolled campers will swim daily in the family pool and participate in enrichment activities such as: music, drama games, arts + crafts, athletics, nature, adventure, and Judaics. Fridays we’ll continue the tradition of welcoming Shabbat with songs, blessings, challah, and juice. This year we’ll expand the richness of Shabbat with a full day of Jewish-themed programming.
Group of boys smiling for the camera outside with trees in background.

Bridge to Overnight Camp

Grades 3–6
July 22–August 4

A camp experience designed to comfortably bridge the leap from day camp to our overnight camp, Camp Seneca Lake.

A two-week session that includes one week of activities and preparation at the JCC together, followed by a week overnight at CSL. This is the ultimate combination of summer camp, bringing the best experience you can imagine! Learn more about CSL.

Leadership in Training (LIT)

Grade 7–8
Two-week sessions July and August

Our LIT unit offers a summer-long development track facilitated by a qualified youth engagement professional. LITs will explore individual strengths and goals, develop skills in leadership, job shadowing, working with young campers, creativity and program planning and have a great time working together on special projects throughout the summer sessions.

Familiar Faces

Camp Director, Lori Ball and Camp Admin, Kathy Adams have many years of experience with camp. Ms. Lori and Ms. Kathy are full-time education leaders at the JCC’s Wolk Early Childhood and School-Age programs respectively.

You will recognize our Head Counselors this summer as well. We are incredibly fortunate to have the talent, kindness, and enthusiasm of our full-year Wolk educators who are all returning to lead our age groups K-6.

Jewish Educators

Summer Days’ staff will collaborate with the JCC’s Jewish Life and Family Programming departments to build multi-faceted experiences based on Jewish values, stories, and Israeli culture.

Summer Theater Camp

Grades 3–6

KidStage campers sing, dance, act, imagine and collaborate to create exuberant on-stage performances. It’s the best of both worlds: theater experience at Rochester’s #1 ranked children’s theatre PLUS fun in the sun including daily swimming and outdoor games. KidStage offers your budding thespian individual attention from our team of professionals, bolstering self-esteem, confidence and individual expression in a fun and nurturing environment.
 

Alyssa Blodgett leads our program this summer, sharing her 20 years of acting experience. A California actor with dual degrees in both Music and in Theatre, you might recognize her from her stint on Brooklyn 99 – and our school-age program!

For more information, contact Freyda at tykes@jccrochester.org.

CSN: Back by popular demand!

July 29–August 2
KidStage campers invent their own quirky, wacky summer toys and foods, then film TV commercial spoofs extolling their clever benefits on CSN (our Camp Shopping Network). The sky’s the limit to our campers’ creativity!

Starring…YOU!

August 5–16 (two-week session)
We’ll rehearse and perform a fabulous play for friends and family on August 15 and an encore show for the whole camp on August 16.

Once Upon a Punchline

August 19–23
One of our most popular KidStage programs returns for another summer! Campers work together to brainstorm crazy, fun ideas as they create their own originally comical fractured fairy tale.

2024 Pricing

Camp Day: 8:45am–3pm, before and after care available

Musical Theatre Mayhem
July 15–28

Broadway veterans Nikki Snelson, Ben Cameron, and Eric Stretch bring their  nationally recognized Musical Theatre Mayhem to Rochester, NY.

MTM is a full triple-threat experience featuring classes in vocal technique, scene study, improvisation, audition technique, dance styles, iconic Broadway choreography, acting on screen, storytelling through movement and so much more!

For more information, contact Nikki at nikkisnelson@me.com.

Learn More

Form 990 for year-end 6/30/2022 can be obtained by emailing mmarsh@jccrochester.org

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