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A Cleveland Jewish News Special Section



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Jewish summer camp can assist with education BECKY RASPE | SPECIAL SECTIONS STAFF REPORTER @BeckyRaspeCJN |



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ne summer camp option parents should explore is a religious one. There, children can continue their education and exposure to Jewish values, according to Rabbi Simcha Dessler, educational director of Hebrew Academy of Cleveland in Cleveland Heights, which offers Camp STEP, and Jill Weiszner, owner and director of Camp Chabad of Cleveland in Beachwood. “Religious summer camps strengthen Jewish identity and foster Jewish continuity,” Dessler said. “The experience encourages a unique sense of engagement in Jewish life, often not attainable at home. Sometimes, the camp experience begins with the camper but ultimately shapes the dynamics of the entire family.” Weiszner said a Jewish summer camp is good for families that want rituals to continue into summer activities, which helps solidify their importance in daily life. “If you live the lifestyle where you want your children to daven in the morning and keep kosher while at camp, you want to stick to a summer camp that observes those rituals and more,” she explained. “You want them to be in an environment that teaches them Torah, so they don’t have to readjust at the end of the summer for school.” At Camp Chabad, Weiszner said campers are “geared for excitement and fun with a Jewish theme.” “There is prayer in the morning and that is the beginning activity of the day,” she said. “One of the most important reasons why our Chabad customs feel it is so important to have Jewish summer camp is because the classroom restrictions are put to the side and we can just concentrate on Torah activities with the kids. We don’t have to do math and science too. We’re not only having fun, but we’re inspiring children in the Jewish context.” Hebrew Academy’s Camp STEP offers “spiritual fostering activities” like learning and study groups, virtual tours of temples, erev Shabbos and Tisha b’Av programming, arts and crafts and parsha stories. Paired with the experience children have during the year at Hebrew school, Dessler said it’s an “investment.” “The Jewish camping experience and the Jewish day school experience, each



in their own way, empower children and teens with a stronger Jewish journey as they navigate their individual journeys in life,” he explained. “For a Jewish child, that is an absolute investment in life.” Within the different environment, Jewish camps can teach religious ideas in unique ways. “Teachers today do a great job teaching, but you have to make it exciting. The Torah way of life is to be beautiful and happy, and we want to make it exciting,” Weiszner said. “So, continuing through those weeks in the summer is important. You’re creating lifelong memories throughout the summer within that camper. It can make a lifelong impression.” Dessler said, “The relaxed nature of a camp setting, away from the day to day pressures of life, is an added opportunity for connectivity. It lends itself to a successful experience which nurtures all types of growth, including spiritual growth.” But a Jewish camp experience doesn’t just impact a child now. Both educators said these experiences add up to support future learning experiences. “Religious and cultural identity and a stronger sense of community/belonging profoundly impact future opportunities for growth,” Dessler said. “Sometimes the camping experience is a window of opportunity which has great potential to plant the seeds of a fulfilling Jewish future.” Weiszner said, “It’s a well-known fact that summer camp experiences will impact future lifestyles and make a positive effect on future experiences. The younger you have children learning about religion and culture, the better. At the same time, they’re having fun. It’s all connected into one summer where we plant the seeds and light the spark in children.”


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Day camps help kids develop social skills, friendships BECKY RASPE | SPECIAL SECTIONS STAFF REPORTER @BeckyRaspeCJN |


ay camp is the answer for campers not ready for overnight experiences and parents who want their children to be able to return home at night. Besides the obvious reasons to attend a day camp, Gina Cuffari, owner of Snapology of Cleveland in Beachwood; Siva Grossman, director of Broad Horizons Day Camp at Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights; and Jill Korsok, director of Orange Community Education & Recreation in Orange, said day camps can help children develop. “It provides for the camper fun, playful opportunities to explore their world,” Grossman said. “Camps provide children the opportunity to be more self-sufficient, selfaware and confident. Children who attend day camps have the opportunity to make new friends and develop social skills.” She added they’re also able to engage in a “wide variety of eclectic activities” they typically aren’t exposed to, expanding their interests in a safe, supportive place. Korsok said day camps also provide children a place to challenge themselves and to express their independence, sometimes for the first time. “They provide children a space to make new friends and learn more about themselves and the world in an open environment,” she noted. “It is not school, and it’s not with their parents. So, they can push boundaries that they are interested in challenging themselves about.”




With so many camp options out there, Cuffari explained parents should seriously consider day programs. “As a parent myself, I explored day camps because the camp experience offers valuable enrichment with an opportunity to interact with children with like-minded interests,” she stated. “Day camps should offer parents peace of mind knowing their children are engaging in activities they love while learning something new and fun.” Specifically, at Snapology, which offers LEGO-themed activities, Cuffari said children are given the chance to problem-solve. “Our camps also teach and encourage presentation skills by allowing campers to share their cool creations with others,” she noted. “In addition to building and learning through play, the emphasis on exploration and the engineering design process is an experience one might not expect that can be applied to many other areas in life.”

Explaining that Snapology is unique in the way the programs are based around play, campers are exposed to concepts like coding, engineering and robotics. “When children are having fun, they don’t realize they are learning,” she added. At Orange Recreation, Korsok stated families have many day camp options to explore – from sports to theatre and art to karate. “Everyone is kid-focused and I think that is one of the things that make us unique,” she explained. “We have a pretty strong mission that we work off of, valuing relationships and teaching kids to have an open mind.” Korsok added day camps allow children to explore who they are as a person and then directly apply that to their day-to-day life. “Socially, day camps are so positive,” she said. “Kids have a chance to meet new friends in a relaxed environment. At camp, you can learn to be someone’s friend without the background of school and academics. Kids have the chance to define themselves in the summer and then take it back to school.” An all-girls camp, Grossman said Broad Horizons offers a wide variety of communities and varied experiences, which “enriches the camp experience for all.” This allows all types of children to benefit from the camp experience, she said. “Campers can try new things without judgment of failure,” she noted. “Campers are learning in an environment where the activities are presented as playful enrichment. Learning is fun and children learn that play is an important aspect of life.”

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Homesickness common, but manageable for campers BECKY RASPE | SPECIAL SECTIONS STAFF REPORTER @BeckyRaspeCJN |


omesickness is a normal feeling to experience when away from home, especially at long-term residential summer camps. According to the American Camp Association, nearly 96% of campers report experiencing feelings of homesickness. Tali Cornblath, assistant director of Falcon Camp in Carrollton, about 30 miles south of Canton; Abby Mintz, assistant director of camper and staff life at B’nai B’rith Beber Camp in Mukwonago, Wisc.; and Liz Stevens, director of Camp Walden in Cheboygan, Mich.,

said campers shouldn’t feel bad about missing home. “We want to acknowledge to kids that it is OK to feel homesick,” Cornblath said. “Those are all natural and normal feelings. It just might not be fun and we want campers to have fun. So, we help them think about how to get through it. It’s a 100% common emotion. At some point or another, everyone goes through it, even I get homesick.” Stevens explained feelings of homesickness arise because of the extreme change in daily routine and scenery. “Children know the lay of the land, the routine and the food at home. They understand that parents


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and guardians are there to protect and care for them,” she stated. “Leaving all that behind to board the camp bus can be frightening and emotionally jarring. So, it makes sense that the majority of campers experience homesickness.” The professionals said their camps tackle homesickness in various ways, but most of the approaches start with supporting the camper and assuring them they have someone to confide in. “One thing that is important is campers understand that they can be homesick and still have fun,” Mintz said. “We can see kids stay in homesick land out of guilt that if they have fun, it means they aren’t missing their parents. So, we like to keep the conversation positive and engage them in activities they enjoy.” Cornblath said support lies in training staff to recognize the signs of homesickness. “Kids who are feeling homesick are often internalizing it, they can be feeling unhappy and be less vocal,” she explained. “We train staff to know what it looks like and how they can fix it. But, a lot of it is acknowledging their feelings. Asking them what they might be doing at home and what they miss.” At Camp Walden, homesickness is combated before it starts. “We start raising awareness about homesickness with families before camp begins and we offer parents and children tangible ways to prepare for the inevitable bout of homesickness,” Stevens said. “First, talking openly about how a camper will cope goes a long way towards lessening the severity of homesickness in most cases.” Speaking of parents, the professionals also said parents have an important role while their children are away. “Kids love getting mail from home and most of the time it cheers them up,” Stevens noted. “Parents should avoid writing to campers that they are ‘lonely’ without them or ‘miss them terribly.’ This can make children feel guilty or even cause a camper to worry about a parent. The best letters ask a lot of questions about camp and focus on the positive experience.” Cornblath said parents should also only express positive feelings about the camp experience as children can easily pick up on their vibes. “The biggest trigger we see is parents who either share their nervousness about the camper being gone,” she said. “Also, never give your child an out. It should be obvious, but that gives the child no incentive to even try a coping mechanism.” Mintz noted, “If a kid picks up on the parent feeling anxious, they are more prone to internalize it and will approach the experience with more worry. Parents want to remain confident as they preparing for camps. They should only lean on us as camp professionals to express worry and concern.”



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Selecting right summer camp based on child’s interests BECKY RASPE | SPECIAL SECTIONS STAFF REPORTER @BeckyRaspeCJN |


fter choosing to send a child to summer camp, parents face another decision – which type of camp. This can make selecting the right camp difficult, according to Courtney Guzy, executive director of Hiram House Camp in Moreland Hills, and Joe Mendes, director of Camp Roosevelt Firebird in Bowerstown, about 35 miles south of Canton. To make the decision easier, parents should consider a few things. Guzy “It all depends on the parents’ goals,” Mendes stated. “Of course, all camps are fun but there’s so much more to consider. Are parents looking for a camp that teaches specialized skills? A specific interest? A day camp? Art focused camp? Parents should think about what the child is ready for and what the child is interested in.” In the camp search, Mendes said Mendes parents should consider overnight camp. “Quality overnight camps are a benefit to a child’s personal growth,” he explained. “They foster a camper’s self-confidence, independence, communication skills, emotional well-being, resilience and much more. All of this happens as the child is away from home, and perhaps because of that fact.” By considering a child’s specific interests, parents have a better chance of selecting the perfect experience. Guzy stated the worst thing a parent can do is send their child to a camp that isn’t appropriate for them. “Asking your child what they would like to experience and learn over the summer will make for an easier decision in selecting a summer camp,” she said. “Many times, summer camps have open houses. We suggest that you attend an open house with your child to make sure that it will be the right choice and fit.” Guzy suggested parents sit down with their children and ask them questions about the experience they are looking to have. These questions include: Do you think you are ready to spend the summer away from home? Are there any camps your friends are attending that you would like to attend? Is there anything special you want to experience this summer? After asking children their opinion of camp, parents should then do their own research, Mendes said. Many websites, including Northeast Ohio Family Fun have lists of both day and overnight camps. Parents can then visit specific camp websites to find more information, he added. “Good camps should have a clear mission,” Mendes noted. “You can ask about camper to counselor ratios, health and safety procedures, staff training and much more. Ask the camp for testimonials or parent references. Make sure the camp gives counselors 18 and over a background check.” Mendes suggested parents call or email camp leadership and see how fast they respond to gauge how well the camp communicates.

“See how rapid a response you get, that will be highly instructive,” he said. “If a camp does not respond quickly, imagine how things will be in the summer with all those kids. I would pay the most attention to your interaction with the director. Gauge how much the director listens to you and learns about you as opposed to selling you on their camp.” After whittling down the list, a trip to the site is a good last test, Guzy said. But, it’s also important to do a final check-in with your child, she added.

“If your child has decided to go to an overnight camp, make sure they are ready,” she stated. “Do they go for sleepovers at friend’s houses and not call home? Great. Then an overnight camp will work. If you are sending your child to a traditional outdoor camp, make certain they are comfortable in nature, camping outside and being around animals. But most importantly, make sure they will have fun.”






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ummer vacation often leaves families looking for creative outlets for children. According to Daniel Hahn, vice president of community engagement and education at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, and Jill Levin, program director at Lake Erie Ink in Cleveland Heights, artistic camps are a good option to consider. Both said arts-based camps allow children of all ages to explore their sense of self and create. “Arts-driven camps are good Hahn for any time of the year, but particularly in the summer,” Hahn said. “They afford the opportunity for students to keep their skills sharp and develop their talents at a time when traditional classes are on hiatus.” Levin said, “Arts camps that encourage creative expression, besides being just plain fun, have a special role in promoting kids’ sense Levin of identity and encouraging them to articulate who they are and their point of view.” Campers can also hope to learn skills that apply to other aspects of life.


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“Arts-driven camps provide life skills across all areas, such as team building, conflict resolution and problem-solving,” Hahn explained. “You’re also building self-confidence and developing empathy. It’s impossible to portray another character in a scene or song without empathizing with their situation.” Levin noted campers also are able to collaborate with others and see there is more than one way to approach issues or questions, as there is no one correct way to make art. “They also learn the value of community and trust,” she added. No two camps are the same, especially when it comes to art. Both professionals highlighted what makes their artistic-based camp unique. At Lake Erie Ink, a nonprofit organization that provides creative expression through writing and storytelling, Levin said all their activities, including camps, are unique to their program. “The range of topics is pretty remarkable,” she stated. “We offer ‘Comics for Kids’ and ‘Comics and Zines for Teens’ where we teach not only drawing but storytelling and character development. We also have a camp called ‘Writing the River,’ where teens get to focus on the amazing Cuyahoga River and Lake Erie, and reflect in writing about its power and role in Cleveland’s history.” Additionally, Lake Erie Ink also provides its “Young Novelists” camp for writers in grades three to five. “These kids get the chance to be taken seriously as writers, to think about their stories and characters, and to find a community of young writers like themselves,” Levin said. For Playhouse Square campers, summer camp involves all things theater for high school students. Hahn said campers are in a “unique position” as they’re taught by the region’s most talented teaching artists and have access to Broadway casts. “Our campers not only study with Broadway professionals during the day, but one evening during the camp week, they also attend a performance of the Broadway show, so they are seeing their teachers onstage delivering on what they are studying, which is an invaluable experience,” Hahn said. “How often do you get to work with the artists that later are performing for you?” Hahn added at the end of the week, campers do a short performance sharing what they learned throughout the week. Taking into account what each camp can offer by way of programming and support, parents can better select the correct camp for their child’s artistic interests. “To choose, parents might want to present a limited variety of choices to their child and see what appeals, check the cost and finally the viability of getting their child to the camp,” Levin suggested. “We have parents come from all over the county and beyond to get to our unique programs.” Hahn said, “Parents know their children best, so having an engaged conversation about not only what they enjoy but what they hope to get out of a specific camp experience is important.”


Sports camp offer more than just physical activity BECKY RASPE | SPECIAL SECTIONS STAFF REPORTER @BeckyRaspeCJN |


ports camps and programs can be a good outlet for athletically-inclined campers. But, even those who aren’t enthusiastic about sports can benefit from them. According to Jim Rosenberger, owner of Chagrin Valley Athletic Club in Bainbridge Township, and Dan Usaj, associate director of Usaj athletics and program director of boys’ lacrosse at Hawken School in Chester Township, campers can take away helpful lessons from sportscentered camps. “Campers learn how to cooperate while playing games,” Rosenberger said. “Patience is learned through taking turns for games or even waiting quietly to be served lunch. Summer camp is about making new friends and accepting differences. These lessons are applied as school children and through adult life.” At Hawken School, the camps are run through the athletic department, where they are also aligned with the school’s mission, Usaj explained. The mission is based on “forward-focused preparation for the real world through development of character and intellect.” “The benefits of the camps include valuable life lessons about responsibility, hard work and even health and fitness” he noted. “Campers also get to improve their skills on the field or court. Most importantly, Hawken athletics campers have a great time and make memories that last a lifetime.” With these lessons in mind, Usaj said sports camp experiences can impact the whole child, not just the side that looks to be active. “(Sports camps) help give campers the tools to develop and succeed not only physically, but also mentally and socially as they grow,” he said. “To just name a few, campers learn skills such as the value of exercise, social like meeting new friends, perseverance, problem solving, selfconfidence, strategic thinking, teamwork, independence and responsibility.” Rosenberger focused on teamwork, especially how it is a natural skill campers learn at sports-centered camps. “Teamwork is a very important skill to learn for sports and life,” he noted. “Relying on others to accomplish a certain goal. You will not win or succeed at everything you try. And if you don’t win, do not give up. It is important to pick


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“Summer camp is about making new friends and accepting differences. These lessons are applied as school children and through adult life.” Jim Rosenberger yourself up and keep trying.” Both professionals said their sports camps offer more than just athleticism, further supporting the idea of a well-rounded summer. “We have scavenger hunts which require cooperation and creative thinking to complete the hunt,” Rosenberger stated. “Our campers also have opportunities to perform skits an create unique dancers to express themselves.” Usaj said, “During a typical day at our athletic camps, our campers learn more than just skills of that specific sport. Our campers learn new social skills, through being paired up with new friends in partnered drills. Our coaches also put our campers through fun drills and game situations where our campers are challenged to work within a group dynamic. Whether kids are on the field, court or floor, they will face challenging problems they will need to conquer for themselves and their team.” But for children to succeed at sports camp, parents need to determine which sport, and camp, their child would thrive in. There are also other general camp things to look out for too, the professionals said. “Activities that the camp offers should be of interest to the child,” Rosenberger said. “Also, visit the facility with your child before camp starts. Make certain the camp does all the required federal and local background checks on all staff involved with your children, too.” Usaj said, “Parents can inspire their son or daughter to try new things, meet new friends and practice a difficult technique. The simple answer is sign up for a camp which the camper is already familiar with the sport, however, I would advise to also sign up for an athletics camp where the child is brand new to the sport. This allows them to try something new and have fun.”


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ummer is a good time for children to try something new and to explore their interests. Summer camp is a perfect way to do that. According to Rachel Felber, camp director of the Mandel Jewish Community Center’s Camp Wise in Claridon Township; David Faulstich, director of Red Oak Camp in Kirtland; and Nicole Gerami, owner and founder of Friendship in Teams in Beachwood, the summer camp experience is unique. “You’re immersed in a new environment, it’s not like going to school or anything you typically do,” Felber

said. “It creates all these new opportunities to develop skills that aren’t always talked about, like social skills and learning how to live with others and resolve conflict without parents.” Another reason why camp can impact campers is the programming, Faulstich noted. “When you’re at camp for the session, you have the totality of the experience, your group and culture,” he said. “Also, camp is not just one thing. There are a lot of targeted programs and a whole spectrum of activities that campers are exposed to. It’s about the total experience,

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which is why you see the results that you get.” Gerami said camp experiences enrich the whole child. Specifically, her FIT camp caters to children with difficulties in social skills development. “Camp is a time for kids to have fun and to do something new as opposed to their school days that they’ve had all year,” Gerami said. “It’s time to make friends and grow, but it is also very enriching. For example, FIT offers a very specific kind of enrichment, which is social skills development. We provide a structured but very high energy, fun day to learn how to interact with each other and build friendships.” The professionals said the impact can be seen when children return to camp every summer, resulting in a repeated experience. “It gives them a sense of a place of belonging,” Faulstich said. “You make new friends and then you still maintain those friendships. I’m very close to many people I went to camp with growing up. It’s all about a common, shared experience, which fosters that sense of community.” Even for older campers who are looking for jobs and applying to university, a regular camp experience can have an impact on their applications. “In the eyes of someone who is sitting there reading admissions for universities, to see someone start going to camp when they were 8 until 18, that shows dedication and commitment and the aptitude to be part of a community,” Felber explained. “That is what employers and universities are looking for. Are they going to come and be invested in the community? In terms of that commitment, it makes a difference.” The various lessons at camp can directly impact a camper’s personal growth, Gerami said. “One of our guiding philosophies is children learn best in the context of play and fun interactions. If they are taught these skills in interactions where they are needed, they are more likely to use them in daily life,” she stated. “Then, the children are used to doing it. It’s a learn and do concept. When they go back into their communities, it’s a skill they’ve already practiced.” Even though camp has tangible benefits, some families decide to not send their child. The professionals said it is an option parent should seriously consider though. “We always ask the question in a couple of different ways,” Felber said. “But it’s down to what you want your kid to come home having accomplished. We want them to be able to look back at the end of the summer and see who they have become because of the experience. Camp has a high value in doing that and creating space for kids to accomplish those goals.” Faulstich said, “Camp serves the whole child, and it is an opportunity for young people to mature in a meaningful way. I think it is such an important step for parents to make. Allow children to walk on their own and do their own thing. The outcomes are really hard to quantify but they’re real and valuable.”


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CAMP CURIOSITY Great Lakes Science Center 216-621-2400 Help your kids “Stay Curious” over summer with engaging, hands-on fun at Camp Curiosity. Kids in Pre-K through eighth grade make new friends and memories while they build STEM skills. Register by Feb. 29 for a $20 off earlybird discount. Register by May 1 and receive $10 off. Discounts are also available for multiweek registration and returning camp alumni. Members always save $20 per camp. Beforeand after-care is available at the Science Center. Sessions begin June 1. For more information and to register, call 216-621-2400 or visit

25400 Fairmount Blvd. Beachwood, OH 44122 216-282-CAMP (2267) Director: Rivky Friedman A Gan Izzy summer is like no other – jam packed with awesome activities, games, songs, and overflowing with Jewish pride. Children attend from day schools, public schools, private schools or relatives visiting from out of town. We’re home to some of the happiest campers in Beachwood. Choose your own weeks from June 15 to August 14. The camp day is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with extended care available. Perks include curbside drop-off and pickup, low staff/camper ratio, security, kosher hot lunch option, Jewish themed days and awesome activities. New for summer 2020. Tiered tuition when registered by March 1. CGI will work with you to ensure your child has the ability to join our camp.

CAMP RAMAH IN CANADA 3845 Bathurst St., Suite 310 Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3H 3N2 416-789-2193 Fax: 416-789-3970 Director: Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell Camp Ramah in Canada features programs on the waterfront, in sports and outdoor adventure, and in the arts – all within the context of a vibrant Jewish community. Camp operates under the guidance of the National Ramah Commission and The Jewish Theological Seminary and is governed by the Ramah Canada Committee.


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New for summer 2020 Tiered Tuition when Registered by March 1st! Treat your child and nurture both body and soul this summer at Camp Gan Israel. A Gan Izzy summer is like no other – jam packed with awesome activities and overflowing with Jewish pride! Campers choose their own activity tracks that are offered throughout the summer: art, camping, cooking, drama, horseback riding, field trips. martial arts, pottery, Snapology, sports, swimming, woodworking and much more! Every day is infused with the spirit of Torah and Joys of Judaism through songs, Jewish themed days, Shabbat activities, Torah trivia championship, and devoted counselors! Children attend from public schools, private schools, or relatives visiting from out of town. Camp Gan Israel is home to some of the happiest campers in Beachwood! There's nothing more important than giving a Jewish child the best summer environment, as the lessons of the summer permeate the Jewish excitement for the following year, and for life. That is why CGI is embarking on a new, tiered . tuition method. CGI will work with you to ensure your child has the ability to join our camp.


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Option, Low Staff/Camper Ratio, Security, Jewish Themed Days, and Awesome Activities. Time spent at Camp Gan Israel gives your child the opportunity to enhance their Jewish Pride with a Love of G-d, Torah, and Fellow Jew. To schedule a camp tour or new camper meeting, contact Rivky Friedman at 216.282.2267 or; or visit A summer at Camp Gan Israel gives your child the opportunity to enhance their Love of G-d, Torah, and Fellow Jew – SO CALL TODAY!


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The Michael & Anita Siegal One Happy Camper Program



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Choose a Jewish overnight summer camp and receive up to $1,000 for a first-time experience.





Restrictions may apply. Visit for more information or contact Emily Jennings at or 216-371-0449.

A Division of Hebrew Academy of Cleveland 1860 S. Taylor Road Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 216-321-5838, ext.176 Fax: 216-321-0588 Director: Rabbi Hillel Drazin The S.T.E.P. Summer Torah Enrichment Program is a recreational experience that enhances the educational goals of the Hebrew Academy in a fun environment. The highly successful camp provides children of all backgrounds an opportunity to learn and grow. From pre-school through 8th grade campers are availed an opportunity for spiritual and emotional development. Trips to various places of recreational and educational interest follow daily shiurim. Camp S.T.E.P. has become a Cleveland tradition in reaching out to the entire spectrum of the Jewish community.


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Swimming • Horseback Riding • Nature & Science Fishing Tree Climbing • Canoeing & Kayaking Archery • Riflery • Rock Climbing & Ropes Course Woodshop • Arts & Crafts Hiking • Sports


5607 S. River Road Cheboygan, MI 49721 248-225-1256 Fax: 844-272-6354 Directors: Liz Stevens and Scott Ruthart Located in beautiful Northern Michigan, Camp Walden is a coed overnight camp, family-run since1959. Campers choose their activities from our vast offerings, including land/water sports, performing/visual arts, horseback, media and outdoor life. American Camp Association accredited, Walden is dedicated to camping’s best practices, hiring mature staff and providing special attention to individual camper needs.


Imagine summer, think Hawken! Summer programs for boys and girls ages 4-18. Hawken Summer Programs provide some of the best summer enrichment opportunities in Greater Cleveland. Campers can choose from a broad menu of programs that are specifically designed to be age-appropriate, fun, and worthwhile. Day Camps • One-week Passport Camps • Athletics Camps Innovation Camps • Summer Studies for Grades 6–12

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13164 Taylor Wells Road Chardon, OH 44024 216-593-6250 Fax: 216-831-7796 “Camp Wise – It’s Not for Weeks It’s Forever!” Camp Wise, one of the premier Jewish overnight camps in the country, is located in Chardon on 325 beautifully wooded acres with its own private lake. Campers in grades two to 12 have a blast and leave Camp Wise with a renewed sense of their Jewish identity and increased confidence and independence. Is it any wonder campers call Camp Wise their home of happiness?

CHAGRIN VALLEY ATHLETIC CLUB SPORTS AND JUNIOR CAMPS Bainbridge Township, OH 44023 440-543-5141 Weekly day camps are fun – something the kids will beg to come back to. Fitness activities, water awareness lessons, tennis and daily lunch, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Group rates and multiple-week discounts available.



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Princess/Prince Camp, Musical Theater Program and Intensive Ballet Programs 13108 Shaker Square Cleveland, OH 44120 216-295-2222 Courtney Laves-Mearini Nurture your passion and talent with inspiring classes for children and adults. Programs bring students together to learn the art and history of dance, build technique, poise, confidence, balance, coordination, and musicality with ballet, jazz, modern and a new musical theater day. We are also offering an extended day at no additional charge. Performance opportunity at the Grove to be announced. Camps include Princess/Prince camps, musical theater, and intensive ballet programs for the serious dancer.

8400 Fairmount Road Novelty, OH 44072 440-338-3171 Ages 3 through 15 can participate in dance, music, theatre and visual arts camps. Half day, full day, one-day and one-week options available from June 1 to July 31. Before camp care available free of charge. For complete camp information and to register, call 440-338-3171, email or visit

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CAMP S.T.E.P. Summer Torah Enrichment Program Our 38th Year

Early Childhood through Grade 8 Out of Town Trips Overnights • Ruach Swimming Arts & Crafts • Sports Rabbi Hillel Drazin, Director (216) 321-5838 ext. 176


Soccer Figure Skating

9 weeks of camp for ages 3-13

Swimming with Great Lakes Sailfish

Sports camps led by Gilmour coaches

Farm, Field and Forest

New soccer and figure skating camps

Down on the Farm Supercamp Digital Storytelling, Robotics, Gaming and so much more!

New swimming camps with Great Lakes Sailfish Science and tech camps Extended Care for all ages



The Official Camp of Summer Fun Camps fill quickly. Register online today at

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Educating the mind 34001 Cedar Road | Gates Mills, OH 44040 Empowering the heart




23825 Commerce Park Road, Suite B Beachwood, OH 44122 216-292-7370 FIT Camp provides 30 hours of social skills therapy per week, with programs for children ages 3 to 18. Our Camp has been a Clevelandarea favorite for over twelve years, helping children develop valuable social thinking, conversation and self-regulation skills: the tools they need to connect with peers and form friendships.




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4251 Delta Road SW Carrollton, OH 44615 216-991-2489/800-837-CAMP Director: Dave Devey Celebrating 60-plus years as one of Ohio’s premier summer camps. We offer a wide variety of activities, outstanding staff, excellent food, great time. Daily program separate for boys and girls with planned coed events. “Fun for now, skills for life” is more than a motto. It embodies what a unique experience Falcon Camp really can be.

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There’s more fun than ever at Camp Gilmour this year! In addition to all of your theme-based favorites, there will be theater and music camps in the brand new Lorraine and Bill Dodero Center for Performing Arts and a chance to get your hands dirty in our greenhouse gardens, chicken coop and beehives with our new Nature-Based Learning camps.


216-987-3075, option No. 1 Tri-C Summer Camps offer real world adventure and learning in your neighborhood. Tri-C ® summer camps for children and teenagers are the perfect fit for talented, smart and enthusiastic youth who are eager to learn about a wide variety of topics. Offerings are available around Cuyahoga County for ages 4 and up, and include basketball, engineering, film, fitness, leadership, performing arts, music, technology and much more.

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Get the most out of summer at Camp Gilmour!


Summer Academy 1901 E. 13th St. Cleveland OH, 44114 216-414-7111 Director: Nicole Sumlin Registration is open for Cleveland Play House Summer Academy running June 1 to July 17. We have exciting programs for young people ages 4 to 18, ranging from creative drama to musical theatre. Excite creative potential and nurture your child’s passion for the performing arts.


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GILMOUR DAY CAMPS 34001 Cedar Road Gates Mills, OH 44040 (440) 473-8000 ext. 2267 “Camp Gilmour: The Official Camp of Summer Fun!” We offer nine weeks of Preschool Camp (ages 3 to 5) and Day Camp (ages 5 to 12) as well as skill-specific sports camps. We also offer exciting experiential camps including digital photography, sewing, baking, outdoor adventure, robotics, chess, “Sciensational” workshops, rowing and sailing. Camp Gilmour has something for everyone! Camps offered June 1 to July 31. Enrichment courses also available in variety of subjects. Optional complimentary enrichment or tutoring sessions offered each morning for day campers. Before and After Care available from 7:15 a.m. until 6 p.m.

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BEACHWOOD DAY CAMPS Kidz Camp Bison Camp Theater Camp Sports Camp Teen Travel

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5000 Clubside Drive Lyndhurst, OH 44124 440-423-2940 Hawken Summer Programs offer a variety of activities led by experienced professionals for boys and girls ages 4to 18. Camp offerings include day camps, Passport aamps, innovation camps, athletics camps and summer studies. Camps run between June and August. For more information, contact summerprograms@, 440-423-2940 or visit

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HATHAWAY BROWN 19600 North Park Blvd. Shaker Heights, OH 44122 216-320-8085 Director: Jason Habig At Hathaway Brown in Shaker Heights, campers from preschool-age through college have an array of options, many of which are co-ed, to create their own summer adventures filled with fun, learning, and memories to last a lifetime. Flexible schedules available. Register today at or call 216-3208085 to learn more.

Before and After Camp Care  Specialty Camps Camps begin June 8

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LAKESHORE DANCE & GYMNASTICS SUMMER CAMPS 701 Beta Drive, #25 Mayfield, OH 44143 440-461-0015 Grow, learn and explore in our 23,000 square foot facility with knowledgeable, trained and caring instructors. Both full-day and half-day camps available, 3 to 11 years old. June through August. Themed weeks including: Mermaids, Jojo, Princesses, Minecraft and more. Gain skills, grace and strength this summer at Lakeshore.


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Ready, Set, Summer! Join us for exciting day, sports, adventure, theater and specialty camps for girls and boys age 24 months through Grade 12. We have a range of half- and full-day options as well as before- and after-camp care. For more information and to register, visit or call 216.455.3065

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LYMAN CAMPUS One Lyman Circle Shaker Heights, Ohio




BUTLER CAMPUS 7420 Fairmount Road Russell Township, Ohio



12 Locations around Northeast Ohio 440-934-2716 Stella Moga Kennedy Le Chaperon Rouge’s Summer Camp is a fun, educational, and engaging program. We implement reading, writing, math, computers, Spanish, French and music into our weekly curriculum. Additionally, we offer swimming, karate, soccer, dance, gymnastics, stretch-n-grow, and other extra-curricular activities! Field trips include visits to local ice cream parlors, Young Chef’s Academy, bowling and more. Spots are filling up fast.

MANDEL JCC J-DAY CAMPS 26001 South Woodland Road Beachwood, OH 44122 216-593-6249 Fax: 216-831-7796 “J-Day Camps – The Best That Summer Has to Offer!” J-Day Camps have it all – swimming, boating archery, campfires, sports, singing, arts and crafts and more. J-Day Camps offer a unique camp experience for children age 3 to grade nine, packed with fun and integrated with Jewish ruach (spirit) and values. Whether it’s on the lake, in the pool, on stage, or on our new Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course, there’s a place for every camper to excel. This is where lifelong friendships are made and campers feel a sense of teamwork and belonging that’s hard to duplicate anywhere else.



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Registration Opens February 17

Art H Dance H Musical Theatre All Arts Adventures Nature Arts H Ceramic Arts Early Childhood Camps

• Providing quality orthodontic care in a comfortable and caring environment • State-of-the-art equipment and the latest and most advanced techniques • Treating adolescents, teenagers and adults • Clear braces and Invisalign • Itero digital scanning Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation to learn how we can perfect your smile. Dr. Parker, Dr. Streem and their team look forward to seeing your smile!

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Camps Offered JUNE 1 - JULY 31 x Ages 3-15 yrs H Half-day and full-day camps, 1 day to 1 week durations H Before Camp Care and Lunch Bunch options, no additional fee

Mayfield Village Office Twinsburg Office 6519 Wilson Mills Road ph (440) 442-4800 9945 Vail Drive, Suite 6 ph (440) 248-4825 Mayfield Village, OH 44143 f (440) 442-8060 Twinsburg, OH 44087 f (440) 683-1273

For complete camp information and to register: (440) 338-3171 x x 8400 Fairmount Rd., Novelty, OH 44072

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Summer Camp Monday through Friday 6:30 am to 6:30 pm

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FAIRLAWN/BATH 286 N. Cleveland Massillon Rd. 330-670-1700

• Infant Care •2, 3, 4 and 5 Year Olds Curriculum •Phonics and Math •Private Elementary with Gifted Student Program •Before and After School Care• Summer Camp •Nutritious Hot Meals •Spanish and French Instruction

•Music Program with Exposure to Instruments •Computers •Creative Art •Yoga• Physical Fitness Program •State-of-the-Art Buildings •Huge Indoor & Outdoor Playgrounds


JANUARY 31, 2020

Summer Opportunities Fair! The 16th Annual Summer Camp Convention. Join us! It is a great way to retrieve information from a number of quality summer camp programs throughout the United States. All in one location, directors from day camps, residential camps, specialty camps, and TEEN travel opportunities gather to discuss their programs with you. Free to the public When: Saturday, February 29, 2020 Where: Solon Community Center 35000 Portz Parkway, Solon, Ohio Who: Parents, children, teens and educators who are seeking a summer camp experience.


ORANGE COMMUNITY EDUCATION & RECREATION 32000 Chagrin Blvd. Pepper Pike, OH 216-831-8601 Director: Jill Korsok Every day is a day for adventure as Orange Community Education & Recreation presents a summer of fun featuring traditional day camps, enrichment camps, art camps and sports camps for children ages 3 to 14, June 8 to July 31. All camps are close to home on the Orange schools campus, which features a kid-friendly outdoor leisure pool with a slide and waterfalls, groomed sports fields, playgrounds and hiking trails. The Open Door Extended Camp program provides before- and after-camp care for campers currently in grades kindergarten through grade five. Camp registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27 at or in person at the Pepper Pike Learning Center on the Orange schools campus, 32000 Chagrin Blvd., Pepper Pike. Register by April 15 and receive $25 off the listed price for every camp. Look for our Summer Camp Guide, available online at and in hard copy at the Pepper Pike Learning Center and local libraries.


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Jewish Education Center of Cleveland 2030 S. Taylor Road Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118 216-371-0446 Fax: 216-371-2523 Emily Jennings, Grants Processor The Jewish Education Center administers a number of Jewish summer overnight camp grants, some needbased and some not, including the Michael and Anita Siegal One Happy Camper Program (up to $1,000 for grade three and above at approved camps), grants for students with special needs and teen leadership training grants. For questions, contact Emily Jennings at the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland at 216-371-0446.

PROGRESS WITH CHESS 12200 Fairhill Road, D230 Cleveland, OH 44120 216-321-7000 Enrich your child’s summer with our Summer Chess Camps. Eight camps are offered with full/half day options. Students engage in learning and playing the intriguing game of chess. All skills receive individual attention in small groups, divided by age and level. A healthy mix of interactive lessons and supervised play.

in 2020! Since 1959, Walden has been providing campers with extraordinary summers. Kids learn, grow and thrive in a supportive camp atmosphere, where the directors account for individual interests and needs. With a mature camp staff, an awesome array of activities, and a beautiful Northern Michigan setting, Walden continues to raise the bar for traditional overnight camping. 248-225-1256 WALDEN


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Half-day & Full day times Gymnastics & Dance for Preschool & School age kids 3-11 years June thru August

LAKESHORE DANCE & GYMNASTICS • 701 Beta Dr. • Unit 25 • Mayfield Village

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RATNER MONTESSORI CAMP AND ENGINEERING/DESIGN CAMP 27575 Shaker Blvd. Pepper Pike, Ohio 44124 216-464-0033, Danelle Wilson and Andy Persanyi Ratner offers two summer camp options: The Ratner Montessori Summer Camp for students ages 2 through 6, with half-day and full-day options, and an Engineering and Design Camp for students currently in grades one through six, offering STEM activities in the mornings and sports/outdoor play in the afternoon.

RED OAK CAMP 9057 Kirtland-Chardon Road Kirtland, OH 44094 440-256-0716 At Red Oak Camp, we have activities that excite, delight, and inspire. Camp sessions begin June 8 for children age 6 to 15. Horsemanship, climbing, archery, canoeing, ropes course, and more. Nestled on 87 acres in Kirtland, Red Oak Camp is the perfect choice for your campers this summer. ACA accredited.

SNAPOLOGY 23645 Mercantile Road, Suite H Beachwood, OH 44122 216-990-8988 Snapology’s Discovery Center in Beachwood is an amazing place to build and program with LEGO bricks. Half and full-day summer camps for ages 4-12. Your camper will have a blast building memories and learning through play. Visit for camp descriptions and to enroll. Fun LEGO® themes.



Cleveland’s Premier Chess Teaching Organization is conducting one week chess camps at eight different area locations. Don’t pass up the opportunity to have your child engage in this fun and intellectually stimulating activity.

All levels welcome! Come join the fun.

Hathaway Brown Westlake Orange Recreation Rocky River

June 1-5 June 15-19 June 22-26 July 20-24

Beachwood Brecksville Avon Solon

July 27-31 Aug 3-7 Aug 10-14 Aug 10-14

Activities will include a healthy mixture of interactive lessons and supervised open play, with a short recess in the morning and afternoon for physical activity. We provide a supportive environment, with plenty of individual attention in small groups. Our professional staff works year-round teaching chess in over 50 area locations! Visit our website: to Register on-line, and access information about all our scheduled programs; Did you know? Many colleges offer chess scholarships. Studies have found that camps, classes, tournaments, exhibitions, etc. chess improves critical thinking skills.

Join our Sunday chess lessons today!

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108 | CLEVELAND JEWISH NEWS | CJN.ORG SUMMER AT LAUREL Laurel’s Lyman Campus 1 Lyman Circle Shaker Heights, OH 44122 Laurel’s Butler Campus 7420 Fairmount Road Russell Township, OH 44072 216-455-3065 Summer at Laurel offers exciting day, sports, adventure, theater and specialty camps for girls and boys age 24 months through grade 12. There is a wide range of opportunities at both Laurel’s Lyman Campus in Shaker Heights and its Butler Campus in Russell Township. Half- or full-day options as well as before- and after-camp care, make Summer at Laurel the perfect destination for parents and campers alike.

JANUARY 31, 2020 SUMMER OF ADVENTURES AT UNIVERSITY SCHOOL Hunting Valley Campus 2785 SOM Center Road Huntington Valley, OH 44022 Shaker Heights Campus 20701 Brantle Road Shaker Heights, OH 44122 University School’s summer camps combine fun activities with an educational experience. Programs include many new enrichment camps and academic courses, along with our popular sports clinics and day camps. Learn about rocketry, outdoor adventure, engineering and design, music, theater, entrepreneurship, debate and more. US camps are led by our experienced teachers and coaches. We offer camps for preschool-age kids through high school. Visit



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SUMMER CAMP 2020 Registration is NOW OPEN!! Featuring: • After-School Enrichment • Creative Play • Scouting Events • Parents’ Night Out • Birthday parties • Field Trips • Robotics

1/2 and full day camps for ages 4-12! •••

Complimentary before and aftercare for full day campers


SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES FAIR Solon Community Center 35000 Portz Parkway Solon, OH Exhibitors provide unique, exciting, fun, safe summer programs which will enrich the lives of students, provide positive development, healthy risk taking, acceptance, create unforgettable memories and relationships. All in one location, retrieve information from programs throughout the U.S. The benefits of camp extend beyond fun – offering opportunities, inspiring passions, and broadening horizons.

SUMMER RUFFING IT! 2020 Ruffing Montessori School 3380 Fairmount Blvd. Cleveland Heights, OH 44118 216-932-7866 Fax: 216-321-7568 Camp Dates: June 15th- July 24th 2020 Art, cooking, music, movement, water play and outdoor playground fill the mornings with child-centered activities guided by Montessori certified teaching staff. Six-week or three-week half-day programs are available. Half-day program runs 9 a.m. to noon. Three- and six week options available.

THE FRANCINE & BENSON PILLOFF FAMILY PERFORMING ARTS CAMP Fairmount Temple 12737 Fairmount Blvd. Beachwood, OH 44122 216-593-6249 The Francine & Benson Pilloff Family Performing Arts Camp features daily classes in drama, dance, music, technical theatre and more. Nurturing, enthusiastic and talented staff create a one-of-a-kind camp experience your child will never forget.

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