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EVELYN RUBENSTEIN JCC HOUSTON

Connect Magazine

2019 J Camps Guide January 2019

erjcchouston.org


WELCOME J CAMPS FAMILIES!

Dear J Camps Family, I am honored to be serving as the Children and Camping Committee Chair again this year, and am excited to share with you the 2019 J Camps guide! We cannot wait to welcome back returning families and new families looking to experience all that J Camps has to offer.

Why Choose J Camps? Research shows that Jewish Day Camp has the unparalleled potential to meaningfully engage young members of the Jewish community, and positively influences the lives and future of not only campers but staff members as well. Jewish Day Camps welcome and embrace families of all faiths. Among the key Jewish values we promote at J Camps are compassion, courage, charity, kavod (respect for others), diversity and inclusion, and tikkun olam (making the world a better place). J Camps is the Jewish Day Camp to provide the opportunity for children to experience fun and adventure in a relaxing and safe environment. Kids will unplug! They will also learn new skills, gain more independence, and make new friends and maintain friendships. We have a large range of options including traditional day camps that bring children together for 4 weeks and an array of specialty camps (1 to 3 weeks in duration) that focus on art, theater, science, engineering, sports, and dance. Children get the opportunity to swim daily, and younger children are provided with high quality instructional swimming lessons. What’s new this year? We have added several new junior camps for 1st and 2nd graders, new specialty camp options for 3rd to 5th graders, and more options for teens! We are excited to bring new offerings that will allow some children to immerse themselves in Hebrew while at camp. See page6-7 for more information about Kayitz Kef. We are also bringing an innovative program called #BIGIDEA which focuses on technology and digital arts enriched with Israeli content. More information on #BIGIDEA on page 10. We hope to see you at our Camp Carnival on Sunday January 27, 2019 where some of our new camp partners will be there to give you a taste of the summer along with our year-round camp staff to answer any questions you may have. Then, get online or in line at the J on Sunday February 10, 2019 for our Camp Registration Day in order to obtain early bird prices. I want to thank the Children and Camping Committee and the Evelyn Rubenstein J staff for their hard work to making J camps such a caring, safe, innovative and fun place for kids to spend their summer. Please join me in sending your children to J Camps 2019! Michelle Cororve Fingeret

TABLE OF CONTENTS

CAMP SYMBOLS

Important Information...................................... 3 Camp Staff.......................................................... 4 Traditional Camps............................................. 5 Junior Camps...................................................... 6 Specialty Camps................................................ 8 J Camps At A Glance and Pricing.....................12

NEW CAMP!

Sports Camps....................................................14

DAILY TRANSPORTATION

FIELD TRIPS

Gymnastics Camps...........................................15 Tennis Camps....................................................16 Teen Camps.......................................................17 Extended Day Care...........................................19 J Camps Application........................................ 20 2

Policies and Procedures................................. 22

2 WEEK SESSIONS

3 WEEK SESSIONS

4 WEEK SESSIONS


Important Information IMPORTANT DATES | 2019 Jan. 24

J Camps Info Session @ West Houston J | 7:00 PM

Jan. 27

Camp Carnival | 2:30-5:00 PM

Jan. 28

Kayitz Kef @ Camp K Info Session | 7:00 PM

Jan. 29

#BIGIDEA Info Session | 7:00 PM

Feb. 10

Registration Opens

Mar. 4

Scholarship Application Deadline

May 13

J Camps Parent Info Session | 7:00 PM

June 16 Meet the Counselors* Session 1 July 14

Meet the Counselors* Session 2

*Camp Bami, Kinder Camp and Camp Kaleidoscope

CAMP DATES PRE-CAMP Week 1

June 3-7

Week 2

June 10-14

REGISTRATION STARTS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10! ONLINE

HOW TO REGISTER

erjcchouston.org IN PERSON

5601 S. Braeswood BY PHONE

713.595.8166 CONTACT INFORMATION J Camps Office | 5601 S. Braeswood Blvd | Houston, TX 77096 Phone: 713.595.8166 | Email: jcamps@erjcchouston.org

SECURITY Camper and staff safety is our highest priority. J membership cards or J Passes are required for all adults entering the Weingarten Building, Bertha Alyce School, and the Merfish Teen Center. Parents/guardians can help us by always bringing their badge to drop off and pick up. If you forget your badge, a driver's license will be required. Each campus will have an armed law enforcement professional during camp hours.

INCLUSION

SESSION 1 Week 1

June 17-21

Week 2

June 24-28

Week 3

July 1-5 (No Camp July 4)

Week 4

July 8-12

In order to provide the best experience for your camper, please contact Anna Shabtay at ashabtay@erjcchouston.org or 713.551.7208 prior to registration if your camper may need accommodations or support services during the summer.

SESSION 2 Week 1

July 15-19

Week 2

July 22-26

Week 3

July 29-August 2

Week 4

August 5-9

Post-Camp

August 12-16

KidZone Only Camp

August 19-23

HOURS J Camps

9:00 AM–3:30 PM

AM Care

7:00 AM–9:00 AM

PM Care

3:30 PM–6:00 PM

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Camp Leadership ANNA SHABTAY | DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN AND CAMPING

Now in her second summer as Director of Children and Camping, Anna is excited to see what we can accomplish together!. She has been at the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC for over three years and prior to moving to Houston, Anna served as the Senior V.P. of Communication and Special Projects at the Memphis JCC. She has a master’s degree in Jewish Non-Profit Management from Hebrew Union College and a master’s degree in Public Administration from University of Southern California. Anna is passionate about camping and believes that camp has a huge impact on children’s futures. Anna has two kids who will both be at J Camps this summer!

JENNIFER ROSENZWEIG | ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN AND CAMPING

Jennifer is the newest member of the J Camps staff.  She grew up in Houston but left to spend 13 years in Philadelphia while attending the University of Pennsylvania. When Jennifer returned to Houston, she has gravitated to Houston’s Jewish non-profits, in volunteer roles at Beth Yeshurun Day School and as Family Life Coordinator at Congregation Beth Yeshurun.  She has spent the last 5 years working at Camp Young Judaea-Texas involved in registration, scholarship, marketing, bookkeeping, and payroll.  Jennifer is looking forward to working with the counselors, staff, and parents to make this a great summer for the campers.  She has two kids who will be in middle school next year and will be trying out all of the amazing teen offerings this summer.

KATHY SABIA | CHILDREN AND CAMPING PROGRAM ASSISTANT

Kathy is a familiar face at the J Camps office as she has been working for J Camps since 2009. She is an LSU graduate and worked in public education before joining the J team. Kathy is integral to the administration of J Camps and ensures that everyone is taken care of! Kathy will tell you “I like interacting with the families and making the J Camps office a welcoming environment for everyone.”

MEAGAN FRIEDMAN | BERTHA ALYCE SCHOOL DIRECTOR

Meagan is the Bertha Alyce School Director. She graduated from The University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology. Meagan has spent many years working as a Day Camp Director for JCCs including the New Orleans JCC for 4 years and here in Houston for 6 years. She believes in the importance of summer camp for children and is looking forward to a great summer. She is excited to partner with Andi to make 2019 Camp BAMI the best yet!

Camp Directors Andi Ward, BAMI Camp Director

Jill Levy, Site Director–Merfish Camps

Bryan Kiser, Sports Camp Director

Marquise Davis, Kinder Camp Director

Eli Pollack, Teen Camp Director

Rachelle Thompson, Gymnastics Camp Director

Erik Kiser, Tennis Camp Director

Tobi Arsham, Art Camp Director

Eva De La Cruz, Performing Arts Camp Director J Camps has an extensive staff team that makes the summer possible. Check out erjcchouston.org/camp to find out how you or someone you know can come to work for J Camps this summer. 4


Camp Carnival Sunday, January 27, 2019 | 2:30 PM–5:00 PM Merfish Teen Center

BOUNCE HOUSE | FACE PAINT | MEET CAMP LEADERSHIP PRIZES | RAFFLE FOR 1 FREE WEEK OF CAMP

Get a taste of Summer 2019 with some of our vendors and partners.

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TRADITIONAL CAMPS CAMPERS AGES 3 BY SEPT 1, 2019 ‒ ENTERING GRADE 3 FALL 2019

Our amazing traditional camps allow our youngest campers the ability to try everything camp has to offer in age-appropriate ways. Traditional day campers will experience sports, movement, gymnastics, arts & crafts and so much more. Campers will participate in special events, dress up days and all camp programs. Traditional Camp is the best way to introduce campers to Day Camp!

INSTRUCTIONAL SWIM

We provide all campers in our traditional camps with a quality instructional swim experience. The foundation of our program is based on the principles and methods that promote water safety and teach our campers how to swim. Our program is level based where each camper must complete each skill in their current level before moving on to the next one. Digital report cards will be sent home three times during a 4-week session: after the initial evaluation, half way through the session and at the end of the session to update you on your child's progress. For our more advanced swimmers, instructional swim is designed to prepare campers to pass the swim test that is required to use the slide, diving board and rock wall. For more information regarding instructional swim during camp or any of our year–round swim classes, swim team or adult swim exercise program, please contact Aquatics Director Lee Hutchens at lhutchens@erjcchouston.org or 713.595.8193. *There is no Instructional Swim during pre-camp or post camp.

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CAMP BAMI

CAMPERS AGES 3 & 4 BY SEPT 1, 2019 Located at Bertha Alyce School Camp Bami offers parents the comfort of a summer camp in a dedicated early childhood environment. Bami offers a loving experience for your first-time or second-time camper. Your child is immersed in interactive play and activities in a structured, yet flexible action-packed day. Campers complete art projects, sing songs, enjoy stories and dramatic play, engage in daily instructional swim and observe weekly Shabbat celebrations. Camp Bami helps new campers make a smooth transition to camp and builds campers’ confidence in a group setting. *There is limited enrollment for Camp BAMI. On February 10, we will accept all applications in the order in which they are received only in person at the J. J Camps staff will contact families no later than February 22 to let them know if their application has been accepted or if they have been placed on the waiting list. TIME OPTIONS 9:00 AM-1:00 PM 9:00 AM-3:30 PM (includes an age-appropriate rest time) 7:00 AM-6:00 PM (includes an age-appropriate rest time)

SESSION OPTIONS/TIME

PRICE

Pre-Camp | Week 1 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

$250

9:00 AM-3:30 PM

$350

7:00 AM-6:00 PM

$420

Pre-Camp | Week 2 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

$250

9:00 AM-3:30 PM

$350

7:00 AM-6:00 PM

$420

Session 1 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

$1,000

9:00 AM-3:30 PM

$1,400

7:00 AM-6:00 PM

$1,680

Session 2 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

$1,000

9:00 AM-3:30 PM

$1,400

7:00 AM-6:00 PM

$1,680

Post Camp 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

$250

9:00 AM-3:30 PM

$350

7:00 AM-6:00 PM

$420


KINDER CAMP

CAMP KALEIDOSCOPE

CAMPERS ENTERING KINDERGARTEN FALL 2019 Located at Weingarten Building

CAMPERS ENTERING 1ST AND 2ND GRADE FALL 2019 Located at Merfish Teen Center

Kinder Camp serves as a bridge from SESSION OPTIONS our early childhood programs to the rest of our J Camps programs. Kinder Pre-Camp | Week 1 Camp provides nurturing, safe and fun Pre-Camp | Week 2 experiences that help form memories that will last a lifetime. Campers will Session 1 | Weeks 1-4 participate in a wide assortment of Session 2 | Weeks 1-4 process-oriented, age-appropriate activities and special programs. Our Post Camp caring staff, specifically trained to work with this age group, fills each day with fun! Kinder Camp has a rest period built in, allowing campers to spend time doing a quiet activity. Campers will have daily instructional swim and weekly visits with our many specialists including music, sports, arts & crafts and Judaics. Campers will engage in special Shabbat activities each week.

Camp Kaleidoscope is a very special SESSION OPTIONS place. This is a traditional day camp where each morning campers enjoy a Session 1 | Weeks 1-4 variety of activities such as sports, Session 2 | Week 1 science, cooking, swimming, Judaics or art. In the afternoon they Session 2 | Week 2 participate in two fun chugim Session 2 | Week 3 (electives). Each week has special programs such as all camp Maccabi, a Session 2 | Week 4 field trip, our famous “splash-day carnival/splarnival” and even a late night. Camp Kaleidoscope is located at the Merfish Teen Center which boasts basketball courts, a gaga pit, sports field, a pool, tennis courts, air-conditioned camp rooms and more! Camp K sparks campers’ imaginations and inspires them to celebrate their individuality. Register early as this camp will sell out. 7


NEW! KAYITZ KEF @ CAMP K

ENTERING GRADES 1ST-2ND FALL 2019 Located at Merfish Teen Center

Camp Kaleidoscope in Hebrew! Your SESSION OPTIONS camper will spend their morning with Israeli Shlichim (emissaries) as their Session 1 | Weeks 1-4 counselors who will use fun and camp Session 2 | Weeks 1-4 to teach conversational Hebrew. Non-native or native Hebrew speakers will be guided through the day in Hebrew through the lens of language acquisition. Kayitz Kef is guided by the proficiency approach to second language acquisition – endorsed as the gold standard in foreign language instruction by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) – and adapts it to the unique setting of Jewish summer camp. Kayitz Kef campers will have a specific "Hebrew hour" within each day led by our trained Shlichim. Made possible by the Arevim Philanthropic Group and in partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp. To learn more about Kayitz Kef @ Camp K, please join us for a special Informational Session on Monday, January 28 at 7:00 PM at the J. RSVP to Kathy Sabia at ksabia@erjcchouston.org.

CAMP K 3.0

CAMPERS ENTERING 3RD GRADE FALL 2019 Located at Merfish Teen Center By popular demand, J Camps SESSION OPTIONS features a 3rd grade option at Camp Kaleidoscope. Camp K 3.0 will Session 1 | Week 1 & 2* include the Camp K favorites Session 1 | Week 3 & 4** including boker tov, swimming, chugim (electives) and all camp Session 2 | Week 1 special events. 3rd Graders will have Session 2 | Week 2 ability-appropriate instructional swim three days a week. In addition, Session 2 | Week 3 Camp K 3.0 will go on fun field trips around Houston. Not only will Session 2 | Week 4 campers receive all the benefits of Jewish day camp, they will also have the opportunity to get their first taste of sleep away camp. Campers enrolled for the 2-week sessions will spend the first week in Houston and will spend two nights during the second week at Camp Young Judaea or URJ Greene Family Camp. These trips are an amazing way to introduce campers to a few nights away from home and get them ready to go off to overnight camp next year! *Includes 2-night, 3-day trip to Camp Young Judaea–Texas on Tuesday-Thursday, June 25-27 Since 1952, CYJ Texas has given thousands of Jewish children life-changing summers. We offer a fun, inclusive, challenging, actionpacked, safe environment where campers can play, grow, and make lifelong friendships. Year after year our campers go home with a love of Judaism and a strong connection to Israel. We foster personal growth by encouraging all our kids to try new things and build new skills each and every summer. Learn more at www.cyjtexas.org **Includes 2-night, 3-day trip to URJ Greene Family Camp on Wednesday- Friday July 10-12 URJ Greene Family Camp, the Reform Movement’s camp in Texas, is an unforgettable cultural and recreational experience in a vibrant, fun community which enriches Jewish identity and builds lifelong friendships. Whether on the field or in the art room, at the ropes course or in the lake, or while participating in any of our other varied activities, participants join together for engaging and dynamic programs. Join the J for a ‘taste of overnight camp’ at GFC this summer! Learn more at www.greene.org.

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JUNIOR SPORTS AND SPECIALTY CAMPS

CAMPERS ENTERING 1ST AND 2ND GRADES FALL 2019 Locations vary by camp

Junior Sports and Specialty Camps are a great way for 1st and 2nd graders to be introduced to a myriad of specialized options during the summer. These camps focus on age-appropriate activities in each of the areas. Campers will have the opportunity to learn a new skill while still enjoying the camp atmosphere. Camps located at the Merfish Teen Center will take advantage of instructional swimming and afternoon electives through Camp K. Camps located on the Levit Campus will have daily recreational swim and have additional camp programming such as arts & crafts, gym time, games and special events.

NEW! JR. CODING FOUNDATIONS

In this camp, students will use handsSESSION OPTIONS on tools, apps, games and coding robots to learn the fundamentals of Pre-Camp | Week 1 coding. Students will work through multiple levels of our Coding Foundations curriculum in preparation for Scratch. Students will be grouped by age and ability level.

JR. GET YOUR KICKS

Coaches and counselors will teach SESSION OPTIONS soccer techniques to the campers in a Session 2 | Week 4 fun and confidence-building environment. The focus will be on first-touch, passing, dribbling and shooting. With a mixture of drills and games, we will build the skills necessary for your children to improve their soccer game! Campers will progress through the week and conclude with scrimmages.

NEW! JR. HIP-HOP AND YOU DON’T STOP

A beginner’s introduction to our SESSION OPTIONS sell-out Hip Hop dance camp from last year! Jr. campers will get agePost Camp appropriate classes in all styles of hip hop including break dance, pop and lock, crumping and more! Hip Hop crafts, activities and performance showcase are included in this one-week camp.

JR. GYMNASTICS

See page 17 for more information

JR. HIT A HOME RUN

SESSION OPTIONS

This baseball camp will offer an Session 2 | Week 1 opportunity for players to receive valuable instruction on the fundamental skills of baseball. Campers will have a blast playing baseball, working on hitting, fielding and more. Drill progressions will be encouraged to develop good habits in all aspects of the game. General courtesy, respect for teammates and opponents and the importance of hard work will be taught. Campers should bring a glove, bat, hat, cleats (or tennis shoes) and helmet. 9


NEW! JR. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE

ENTERING 1ST AND 2ND GRADE FALL 2019

This junior edition of our popular SESSION OPTIONS SYTYCD Camp will introduce younger dancers to styles such as ballet, tap, Session 2 | Week 1 & 2 jazz, musical theater and hip hop. We will create SYTYCD craft projects, watch professional dance videos and finish off our two weeks with a performance on the Kaplan Theater stage!

JR. SPORTS OF SORTS

Our Multi-Sport Camp option offers SESSION OPTIONS the best of all our sports conveniently packaged into one exceptional week of Pre-Camp | Week 2 camp. It doesn’t matter if your camper Session 2 | Week 3 has never played a sport at all or if your camper is a sports enthusiast. Post Camp Ignite a passion for all sports in this fun-filled camp. Improve kicking, running, jumping and throwing skills while focusing on teamwork and good sportsmanship. Sports include: basketball, soccer, volleyball, floor hockey, tetherball, kickball, wiffle ball, relay races, games and more.

JR. TENNIS

See page 18 for more information

JR. WRITERS IN SCHOOLS (WITS)

NEW! JR. MUSICALS

This brand new one-week camp is a SESSION OPTIONS perfect introduction to the world of musical theatre. Campers will spend Pre-Camp | Week 2 their days learning fun songs and dances from hit Broadway shows, all while learning teamwork skills, making friends and building confidence. At the end of the week, campers will present a fun showcase for friends and families.

JR. NOTHING BUT NET

This camp is led by our in-house SESSION OPTIONS basketball coach Michael Beall with Session 2 | Week 2 various former NBA pros visiting weekly. This camp is co-ed and will focus on the fundamentals of the game – dribbling techniques, offensive/defensive maneuvering, shooting and conditioning. Through drills that work on dribbling and passing as well as the basic techniques of shooting, we strive to build confidence and emphasize having fun through the sport of basketball. Mixed in will be learning good sportsmanship, how to be a team player and other skills that your kids won’t even know they are learning. 10

WITS programs give children an SESSION OPTIONS opportunity to learn by reading literature, practicing writing in a variety Session 2 | Weeks 3 & 4 of genres and sharing their work as published authors. WITS campers demonstrate improved reading and writing skills, increased confidence and enhanced creativity. WITS focuses on the writing process and addresses original voice, inventive word choice, sentence fluency and clear organization. WITS writers build skills in reading and analysis, expose students to multi-cultural literature and emphasize the importance of revision. At the end of the session, your student will share finished pieces in a celebration, and you will take home a portfolio of their own work.


SPECIALTY CAMPS

CAMPERS ENTERING 1ST–8TH GRADES FALL 2019* Located at the Weingarten Building** Specialty Camps are a way for campers to try new things, learn skills and focus on certain areas they are interested in. Sports, arts, STEAM, music and more are options available through J Camps. In addition, campers will swim recreationally, participate in all-camp activities and spend time with all of their friends. * Grades vary by camp. Check individual camp descriptions. **Many specialty camps travel offsite. Check the descriptions for details

AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR

NEW! CHESS CHAMPIONS

CAMPERS ENTERING 3RD-5TH GRADES FALL 2019

CAMPERS ENTERING 3RD-5TH GRADES FALL 2019

Sam Sann, American Ninja Warrior SESSION OPTIONS competitor and trainer, is going to show our campers the ropes! Kids will Session 1 | Week 3 learn a fun approach to fitness as they Session 2 | Week 4 work on strength, conditioning, flexibility, problem solving, coordination and overcoming obstacles. Sam’s trainers will challenge campers with obstacles from the show scaled down for their age and skill level. Obstacle courses can include running, jumping, climbing, crawling and balancing elements with the aim of testing speed and endurance. We will bus the campers to their new gym at I-10 and the Beltway!

J Camps is excited to partner with Chess Masters of Houston to offer this SESSION OPTIONS amazing camp. Campers will leave this Session 1 | Week 4 camp with new chess knowledge and lots of playing experience. The well-organized lesson plans allow beginners and advanced players to excel in this camp. Beginners will learn the chess board, the pieces, the Golden Rules of Chess and so much more. More advanced players will expand on their knowledge by including calculations, chess puzzle practice, time management and more.

AQUATIC ADVENTURES

CAMPERS ENTERING GRADES 1ST-8TH GRADE FALL 2019

CAMPERS ENTERING 3RD-5TH GRADES FALL 2019 Campers will enjoy a new aquatic adventure every day. This camp may include highlights such as Typhoon Texas, Schlitterbahn, Wake Nation and Splash Town. Trip events may change due to weather and availability. Campers will be required to pass the J swim test to participate.

SESSION OPTIONS Session 1 | Week 1

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NEW! #BIGIDEA AT J CAMPS

CAMPERS ENTERING 3RD-7TH GRADE FALL 2019 #BIGIDEA @ J Camps is the ultimate day camp for curious, creative kids and tweens. Each day blends technology workshops with traditional camp activities in the spirit of Israel’s high-tech industry. Summer is not for school; it’s for experimenting and creating while having loads of fun. #BIGIDEA @ J Camps offers all of this and more. #BIGIDEA is the leading Israel tech education organizer since 2008. They are our partners in bringing Israeli innovation to Houston. The program and instructors provide an expertise in technology along with a commitment to launching the next generation of entrepreneurs and thinkers.

CIRCUS OF THE KIDS

A big welcome back to Circus of the SESSION OPTIONS Kids! This national circus program (led by Bruce Pfeffer) returns to offer a truly Pre-Camp | Week 1 remarkable circus experience with enhanced programming for campers while they are not in rehearsal. Campers will have the opportunity to work on skills like trapeze, Spanish web, juggling, balloon making, face painting and other circus routines. Your child will need to audition either Tuesday May 28 OR Thursday May 30. Rehearsals will begin on Sunday, June 2. The performances will be Thursday, June 6 and Friday, June 7. Each camper will receive two free tickets to each performance. Campers can choose two workshops per two-week camp from these workshop options: 3D Modeling,

Animation Lab, Graphic Design, Minecraft Gaming Lab, Lego Robotics, Web Design, Programming, YouTube Show, DJ Mixing, and Mobile Apps.

SESSION OPTIONS Session 1 | Weeks 1 & 2 Session 1 | Weeks 3 & 4

Session 2 | Weeks 1 & 2 Session 2 | Weeks 3 & 4

We empower campers to explore, learn, engage and achieve. The spirit extends beyond the tech workshops to our unplugged activities. Each day blends time spent on computers with classic camp fun – swimming, sports, art, games and more. *Workshop availability is based on the campers enrolled each session and what they choose. Workshops must meet a minimum number of campers interested to run.


CULINARY CREATIONS

CAMPERS ENTERING 3RD-5TH GRADES FALL 2019

CAMPERS ENTERING 3RD-5TH GRADES FALL 2019

Campers will travel to Central Market SESSION OPTIONS for Culinary Creations with a great team led by Juan. Campers will learn Session 1 | Week 2 about ingredients, work on their knife Session 2 | Week 2 skills and use pots and pans on the stove. Baking, sautéing, building, and more, campers will make their own lunch each day. Camp will be Kosher style so no pork, shellfish or mixing milk and meat. Allergies will be taken into consideration when the menus are built. All recipes will be given to campers to make again at home.

Campers will have a blast exploring everything that Houston has to offer outdoors! Campers will go kayaking, canoeing, paddle boating, horseback riding, hiking, archery and more. Camp will also include a “lock-in” at the J on Thursday, July 18.

EXTREME SPORTS

CAMPERS ENTERING 3RD-5TH GRADES FALL 2019 Campers will have the opportunity to SESSION OPTIONS try some non-traditional sports. By Session 1 | Week 4 visiting venues across the city, participants will experience new adventures. Trips can include rock climbing, skateboarding, ropes course, fencing, canopy tours and more. Put on your daredevil shoes, and don’t miss out on this action-packed week!

HOMETOWN HOPPERS

Come to the J and experience some amazing adventures! We will see the sights of Houston, experience all that our city has to offer and get to hang out with our friends. Hometown Hoppers will feature a field trip each day, games, movement, sports, arts & crafts and, of course, swimming!

SESSION OPTIONS Session 2 | Week 1

PICTURE THIS!

CAMPERS ENTERING 3RD-5TH GRADES FALL 2019 Houston Center for Photography will SESSION OPTIONS introduce campers to the art form of photography through various Session 1 | Week 2 photography media and approaches. Campers will also learn about the science and history behind the camera and will have the opportunity to create a portfolio to take home. Learn about composition and how to “read” a photograph. Learn how to use a point and shoot digital camera while going on scavenger hunts indoors and outdoors. Apply what you have learned to practice creating strong images of various objects, people, and landscapes.

NEW! SWIMMING FOR GOLD

CAMPERS ENTERING 1ST-5TH GRADES FALL 2019

CAMPERS ENTERING 3RD-5TH GRADES FALL 2019 SESSION OPTIONS Pre-Camp | Week 1 Pre-Camp | Week 2 Post Camp

JUST ADD BEATS

CAMPERS ENTERING 3RD-5TH GRADES FALL 2019 Explore the world of sound with this SESSION OPTIONS creative audio production camp. Session 2 | Week 3 Campers will work together in small groups to learn how to write and record original songs, produce a podcast or add sound effects to video games. Campers will have a copy of their high-quality original audio at the end of the week.

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NEW! OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

This camp is designed for any SESSION OPTIONS swimmer who is looking to improve technique across all strokes Pre-Camp | Week 2 including starts and turns. Swimmers will focus on a specific stroke or skill each day where they will improve their technique through a progression of drills. After the skill work in the water, we will incorporate some speed and endurance work so the swimmers will be able to see and feel their improvement. We will also work with the swimmers on improving their overall strength by incorporating dry land activities each day.

WRITERS IN THE SCHOOLS

CAMPERS ENTERING 3RD-5TH GRADES FALL 2019 WITS programs give children an SESSION OPTIONS opportunity to learn by reading Session 2 | Week 1 literature, practicing writing in a variety of genres and sharing their work as published authors. WITS campers demonstrate improved reading and writing skills, increased confidence and enhanced creativity. WITS focuses on the writing process and addresses original voice, inventive word choice, sentence fluency and clear organization. WITS writers build skills in reading and analysis, expose students to multi-cultural literature and emphasize the importance of revision.


VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS CAMPS CAMPERS ENTERING 3RD-5TH GRADES FALL 2019 Located at the Weingarten Building Visual and Performing Arts Camps are the way to spark your camper’s creativity this summer! No formal training necessary, these camps motivate and inspire your camper to be who they want to be and create masterpieces on canvas, with their voices and their bodies.

ART CAMP AT THE J

BEACH PARTY!

Art Camp at the J is the place to let your camper’s imagination shine. Each week will be a new experience with a different theme and/or using a different medium. Campers will imagine, create and bring home their magnificent masterpieces. Guided through the week by an accredited art teacher, campers will work on the skills necessary to be the next Picasso. All campers will have recreational swim daily.

ART MASTERS PAINTING CAMP

What do Chagall, da Vinci, Kahlo, SESSION OPTIONS Modigliani, Pissarro and Rothko have in common? They were all famous Session 1 | Week 1 painters and Jewish (at least in part), so who knows, they might have gotten their start at J Camps! Paint like a famous art master and explore the various movements, styles and expressions that made each famous painter museum-worthy. Moustaches not included.

ART OF THE WORLD

Explore the art from all over the world. We will explore a different region each day including different mediums, art types, and more. Day 1: Asia/Middle East Day 2: Europe Day 3: Africa Day 4: South America Day 5: North America

SESSION OPTIONS Session 1 | Week 2

ART OF FASHION DESIGN

Learn how to design and create your very own fashion forward pattern and transform it into fabulous, fun and totally cool wearable art using simple stitching and crafting techniques for fabric.

SESSION OPTIONS Session 1 | Week 3

Spend your week creating art all about the beach. Think about sand art, ocean-scapes, surf board painting and more. Many mediums will be used to create amazing beach themed art projects.

SESSION OPTIONS Session 1 | Week 4

ART, ROCK & ROLL!

Combine music and art to create our own musical instruments and sounds, paint our favorite musical masterpieces, draw and create to music, design our own concert posters and more!

SESSION OPTIONS Session 2 | Week 1

CERAMICS I & II: ANCIENT ISRAEL

Unearth the rich history of ancient SESSION OPTIONS Israel by learning about and recreating our own archeological discoveries Session 2 | Weeks 2 & 3 through clay. Can you dig it?! Make an oil lamp, oil jug, tile mosaic, menorah, Kiddush cup/goblet, dreidel, Seder plate, challah plate, candlesticks or whatever ritual artifacts you can imagine discovering on this exciting journey through 2,000 years of space and time.

NATURAL WONDERS

Create recycled and natural kinetic art SESSION OPTIONS such as mobiles, wind chimes, pinwheels, jewelry or optical illusion Session 2 | Week 4 sculpture using items found outside, in nature, and up-cycled everyday materials such as wire, string, cardboard, plastic bottle caps and aluminum foil. Learn how to use manmade and natural resources thoughtfully to create beautiful and stunning works of kinetic art inspired by the famous works of Alexander Calder and Yaacov Agam.

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HIP-HOP AND YOU DON’T STOP

Campers will focus on the different styles of hip hop, including break dancing, pop and lock and crumping. Watch historical footage of original b boy dancers, and take master classes from experts in the industry.

PERFORMING ARTS

SESSION OPTIONS Session 1 | Week 4

SESSION OPTIONS

New this year, PAC will be 3-week Session 1 | Weeks 3 & 4 sessions! Each 3-week session offers & Session 2 | Week 1 children the opportunity to be part Session 2 | Weeks 2-4 of a full–scale theatre production of A Year with Frog and Toad. Based on Arnold Lobel’s well-loved books, the jazzy, upbeat musical tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons. Campers will experience all aspects of theatre, both onstage and off, and grow not only in their theatre skills, but also in creativity and confidence.

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE

Classes with experts in styles of dance including: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Ballroom, SESSION OPTIONS Musical Theater, Hip Hop and more! Learn the history, evolution and Session 1 | Weeks 2 & 3 technique of each style! A SYTYCD style showcase will take place at the end of this two week camp.


Join on your terms

A membership for everyone starting at $216/yr. Family Memberships Available!

REFER A FRIEND AND GET A $50 J PROGRAM CREDIT! It’s as simple as 1-2-3: 1. Refer a friend! As a member, telling one of your friends about us is the best compliment you could give! 2. $50 for you. $25 for them! When they join and write your name as the person referring them on their application. You’ll get a $50 program credit, and they’ll get a $25 program credit. 3. Enjoy a new program with that FREE credit. Everyone gets to try something new! *J Program Credit issued after new member joins and issued in the form of a promotional $50/$25 credit card. Referrer must be a J Member in good standing. See terms and conditions on the card for redemption details.

For more information, visit erjcchouston.org/membership. Give the Gift of the J! Gift Cards Available at the Front Desk. 15


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SPORTS CAMPS

CAMPERS ENTERING 3RD-5TH GRADES FALL 2019 Located At The Weingarten Building* Sports Camps at the J will knock your socks off! Learning skills and perfecting your shot will just be part of it. Whether your camper will be using our amazing gymnasium or traveling to an alternate location, Sports Camps will teach them how to be a team player while having fun and being safe. Additionally, campers will learn how to be a good sport, Jewish connections to sports and more. All campers will have recreational swim daily. *Some Sports Camps travel offsite. Check the descriptions for details

HIT A HOME RUN

This baseball camp will offer an SESSION OPTIONS opportunity for players to receive valuable instruction on the Session 1 | Week 1 fundamental skills of baseball. Campers Session 2 | Week 4 will have a blast playing baseball, working on hitting, fielding, and more. Drill progressions will be encouraged to develop good habits in all aspects of the game. Players will learn general courtesy, respect for teammates and opponents and the importance of hard work. Campers need to bring a glove, bat, hat, cleats (or tennis shoes) and helmet.

GET YOUR KICKS

Coaches and counselors will teach SESSION OPTIONS soccer techniques to our kids in a fun Session 1 | Week 2 and confidence-building environment. The focus will be on first-touch, passing, Session 2 | Week 2 dribbling and shooting. With a mixture of drills and games, we will build the skills necessary for your children to improve their soccer game. Campers will progress through skills, and the week will culminate with soccer play and a picnic at a nearby field.

NEW! GIRLPOWER SPORTS

This girls-only camp will allow campers SESSION OPTIONS the opportunity to try all kinds of sports. We have a goal of encouraging Session 1 | Week 1 strong, active and goal-driven girls through playing sports. Not only will campers get to play team sports like basketball and volleyball and practice individual sports like running and tennis, they will also have a chance to learn about women in sports, good sportsmanship and how nutrition plays an important role in one’s life. 18

NOTHING BUT NET

Campers will focus on the basic SESSION OPTIONS building blocks needed to become a superstar on the court. Through drills Session 1 | Week 3 that work on dribbling and passing as Session 2 | Week 3 well as the basic techniques of shooting, we strive to build confidence and emphasize having fun through the sport of basketball. Mixed in will be learning good sportsmanship, how to be a team player and other skills that your kids won’t even know they are learning.

NEW! SPIKE IT! We are very excited to offer this new SESSION OPTIONS volleyball camp! This girls-centered Session 1 | Week 2 camp will focus on game fundamentals, offensive and defensive Session 1 | Week 4 positioning and game strategy. Whether 3 on 3 or full team, we will be doing live game coaching as the participants actually play mock games to reinforce the fundamentals being taught throughout the week.

SPORTS OF SORTS

Our multi-sport camp option offers the SESSION OPTIONS best of all our sports conveniently packaged into one exceptional week. It Pre-Camp | Week 2 doesn’t matter if you have never played Post Camp or if you are a sports enthusiast. Improve kicking, running, jumping and throwing skills while focusing on teamwork and good sportsmanship. This camp is co-ed, specifically designed for grades 3-5 and features a different sport each day. Each morning with start with a general Taekwondo warm-up led by our very own Sensei John Gonzales and then move into basketball, volleyball, whiffle ball, indoor soccer and pickleball.


GYMNASTICS CAMPS

TENNIS CAMPS

CAMPERS ENTERING 1ST-8TH GRADES FALL 2019

CAMPERS ENTERING 1ST-8TH GRADES FALL 2019

Gymnastics are a great way for kids to be introduced to or continue learning the very exciting and dynamic sport of gymnastics. Our USA Gymnastics Certified Staff will focus on fundamentals of both gymnastics and general physical fitness in our state-of-the-art facility. Campers will swim recreationally every day.

Tennis Camps are a blast with our USPTA Certified Tennis Professionals. Taking advantage of our beautiful state-of-the-art indoor tennis facility, Tennis Camp is a place for your camper to work on tennis skills, make new friends and participate in all camp activities.

JR. GYMNASTICS

JR. TENNIS

CAMPERS ENTERING 1ST–2ND GRADES FALL 2019

CAMPERS ENTERING 1ST–2ND GRADES FALL 2019

Our Junior Gymnastics Camp, led by our USA Gymnastics Certified Staff, will electrify campers with technique, quality, active games, superior state-of-the-art equipment and fun! Campers will learn gymnastics while getting exercise and developing socially. Gross motor skills, strength, flexibility and agility are just part of what your campers will learn. Daily recreational swim and special Friday fun days are part of the Jr. Gymnastics camp experience.

Experience the junior version of our tried and true tennis camps. Campers will learn new skills, practice backhands, forehands, serves and more depending on skill level. Obstacle courses, games and special events are just part of the fun. Jr. Tennis will have recreational swim every day.

GYMNASTICS

CAMPERS ENTERING 3RD–8TH GRADES FALL 2019 Campers will get to enjoy learning skills and drills that could lead them into our class or even competitive programs. Our camp program is designed in a way that campers will have a lot of fun, with daily recreational swim and special Friday field trips. The campers will come away from Gymnastics Camp better prepared not only to continue with gymnastics but also for any other sports they may find an interest in or have an aptitude for.

SESSION OPTIONS Pre-Camp | Week 1 Pre-Camp | Week 2 Session 1 | Week 1 Session 1 | Week 2 Session 1 | Week 3 Session 1 | Week 4 Session 2 | Week 1 Session 2 | Week 2 Session 2 | Week 3 Session 2 | Week 4 Post Camp

TENNIS

CAMPERS ENTERING 3RD–8TH GRADES FALL 2019 Tennis campers will focus on skill development and movement. Coaches will work with campers to establish the fundamentals of tennis, including technical work on all strokes while campers make new friends in a fun and exciting environment. In the afternoon, campers will have the option to swim or play tennis games designed to reinforce what they learned during the morning. The most important part of tennis camp is having fun, improving overall skills and giving your camper a sense of accomplishment.

SESSION OPTIONS Pre-Camp | Week 1 Pre-Camp | Week 2 Session 1 | Week 1 Session 1 | Week 2 Session 1 | Week 3 Session 1 | Week 4 Session 2 | Week 1 Session 2 | Week 2 Session 2 | Week 3 Session 2 | Week 4 Post Camp

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TEEN CAMPS

CAMPERS ENTERING 6TH-9TH GRADES FALL 2019 Located at the Weingarten Building* Teen Camps give entering 6th-9th graders the opportunity to spend time with friends, learn new things and travel around Houston getting to see the sights. Many of the camps allow teens the opportunity to split the afternoon into two hours: one social hour which could be swimming, book club, board games, etc. and the second hour in chugim (electives) such as Jr. Lifeguard Training, Fitness & Conditioning, games, song leading, Hebrew language, open gym and more. *Many teen camps travel offsite. Check the descriptions for details

NEW! BROADWAY BOOT CAMP

EXTREME SPORTS

This new offering is perfect for the SESSION OPTIONS advanced theatre student! This camp is designed to provide teens with an Post Camp intensive study of musical theatre to build skills in acting, singing and dance. Campers will get the opportunity to work with master instructors in their fields, all in a nurturing and fun environment.

Campers will have the opportunity to SESSION OPTIONS try some non-traditional sports. By visiting venues across the city, Session 1 | Week 2 participants will experience new adventures. Trips can include paintball, rock climbing, fencing, skateboarding, ropes course, canopy tours and a trip to Sam Sann’s America Ninja Warrior adventure. Put on your daredevil shoes, and don’t miss out on this action-packed week!

NEW! CHEER Master chants, cheers, jumps and SESSION OPTIONS stunts in this one-week cheerleading Session 1 | Week 3 camp. Our expert cheer coach will provide a warm and welcoming environment to collaborate on writing cheers, creating stunt groups and perfecting cheer choreography in this athletic cheer camp. No previous cheer experience required. Get ready for those middle and high school cheer and drill team auditions with this awesome camp!

CULINARY CREATIONS Campers will travel to Central Market SESSION OPTIONS for Culinary Creations with a great team led by Juan. Campers will learn Session 1 | Week 4 about ingredients, work on their knife skills and use pots and pans on the stove. Baking, sautéing, building, and more, campers will make their own lunch each day. Camp will be Kosher style so no pork, shellfish or mixing milk and meat. Allergies of campers enrolled will be taken into consideration when the menus are built. All recipes will be given to campers to make again at home. 20

NEW! JUST ADD BEATS Just Add Beats teaches campers SESSION OPTIONS important 21st-century skills like critical thinking, communication, collaboration Session 2 | Week 1 and creativity through our projectbased learning curricula focused on beat making, podcasting and sound design. With an audio professional guiding them, campers learn media literacy through hands-on audio design challenges where they access, analyze, evaluate and create original audio works and stories. Instructors give industry-specific context to the students' new skills and illustrate the countless career pathways involving audio from audio engineering to online journalism to sonic branding to filmmaking. No previous audio production or music training is necessary.

MAX EFFORT Teens will have the opportunity to SESSION OPTIONS learn about health, fitness and conditioning with some of our Session 1 | Week 4 certified personal trainers. Using the Session 2 | Week 3 J's state-of-the-art Fitness Center, the group will learn proper techniques of exercise, stretching and more. The experience will include group fitness classes, correct ways to use the exercise equipment and nutritional education.


NEW! NOTHING BUT NET

TEEN TREK

Teen Basketball Camp will be a great SESSION OPTIONS way for Teens to expand their basketball skills and knowledge. Teens Session 2 | Week 1 will be split into teams of five and mornings will be spent on game strategy, offensive/defensive maneuvers and positioning. Afternoons will be for daily tournament style half-court play with a focus on using and reinforcing the skills worked on during the morning hours.

Tour through the city and experience places such as Main Event, the Houston Zoo, ice skating, bowling, Pleasure Pier in Galveston and more. These weeks will give teens the opportunity to relax and socialize with friends while exploring the sights of the city and beyond. Teens will participate in a Tikkun Olam (Repair the World) project once a week. (Weekly itinerary will be set closer to the summer.)

PERFORMING ARTS CAMP Newly expanded SESSION OPTIONS to three weeks, the Teen Theatre Pre-Camp | Week 2 & Camp offers the Session 1 | Weeks 1 & 2 opportunity to rehearse and perform in the production of Xanadu. Inspired by the cult classic movie, the musical is a moving, electrifying tale of a Greek muse that inspires love, laughter and the world’s first roller disco! Campers will also delve into the core elements of acting through scene and character study, as well behind-the-scenes tech work.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE This is our most advanced dance SESSION OPTIONS offering for teen campers. Classes with experts in styles of dance including: Session 2 | Week 3 Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary Modern, Ballroom, Musical Theater, Hip Hop and more! Learn the history, evolution and technique of each style! A SYTYCD style showcase will take place at the end of this one-week camp!

SESSION OPTIONS Pre-Camp | Week 1 Pre-Camp | Week 2 Session 1 | Week 1 Session 1 | Week 3 Session 2 | Week 2 Session 2 | Week 4 Post Camp

NEW! TEEN WITS This WITS session is designed to get SESSION OPTIONS teens excited about creative writing. Campers will write daily and learn Session 2 | Week 2 about various forms and techniques, including prose, memoir, short stories and poetry. They will discuss the nuts and bolts of writing, and through fun, interactive writing exercises, campers will develop their own voice, be inspired by words and explore their imagination. Our professional writers and teachers will show campers to use writing to explore issues that are important to them. At the end of the session, they will share finished pieces in a celebration, and you will take home a portfolio of their own work.

NEW! SPIKE IT! We are very excited to offer this new SESSION OPTIONS volleyball camp! This girls-centered camp will focus on game Session 1 | Week 2 fundamentals, offensive and defensive positioning and game strategy. Whether 3 on 3 or full team, we will be doing live game coaching as the participants actually play mock games to reinforce the fundamentals being taught throughout the week.

9th and 10th graders are invited to apply for the J Camps Counselor In Training (CIT) program. Applications will be available online beginning March 1st. Accepted applicants will receive classroom leadership training, on-site, and hands on experience, as well as be eligible for community service hours upon completion of the program. Contact Anna Shabtay at 713.551.7208 or ashabtay@erjcchouston.org for more information. 21


PM Care includes 1 healthy snack per camper.

EXTENDED DAY OPTIONS Located at the Weingarten Building Extended Day is available for campers grades K-6 enrolled in J Camps. Campers will be escorted to camp and from camp by counselors. Campers have time to eat their breakfast, play games, read books, color, etc. during AM Care. Campers who arrive alone before 8:40 AM will be escorted to AM care, and their parents charged the daily rate. Camp activities continue after regular hours during PM Care with additional arts & crafts, sports activities or a visit to gymnastics or tennis. If a camper would prefer to unwind after a full day of camp fun, they may relax and play games in the game room. Additional snack provided. Campers will be divided by age. Parents must walk child in and check in with AM Care counselors.

AM CARE | 7:00 AM–9:00 AM | $70 PER WEEK AM CARE | 8:00 AM–9:00 AM | $35 PER WEEK

NEW: Only need AM Care that starts with an 8:00 AM drop off? We’ve added that option!

PM CARE | 3:30 PM–6:00 PM | $90 PER WEEK

PM Care includes 1 healthy snack per camper.

$20 DROP IN DAILY FEE

ROAMING Campers in grades 7 and higher are allowed to be dismissed from their camps without parental supervision. Campers will be required to check-in and check-out with a staff person in a designated roaming spot. Activities will also be pre-arranged for those campers who want to take advantage of them. Roamers and parents of roamers must complete a roamer acknowledgement form in order to participate. A roamer orientation will be required of the campers at the beginning of each camp week. Questions? Contact Eli Pollack, Teen Philanthropy Director, at epollack@erjcchouston.org or 832.408.3529. 22


Splash into Summer WITH SWIM LESSONS FOR KIDS AT THE J YEAR-ROUND PRIVATE, SEMI-PRIVATE AND GROUP LESSONS FOR ALL AGES CERTIFIED RED CROSS INSTRUCTORS/LIFEGUARDS SWIM TEAM | HEATED INDOOR POOL

WINTER SESSSION January 6–May 2

MAY JUMP START INTO SUMMER May 5–May 30 Get ready for summer camp by building your child’s confidence in the water! Swimmers will be placed in camp swim groups at the end of each session.

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29TH ANNUAL CHILDREN SCHOLARSHIP BALL BENEFITING THE IRVIN KAPLAN CHILDREN’S SCHOLARSHIP FUND

SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2019

ROYAL SONESTA HOTEL

Honoring Marci Rosenberg & Ben Samuels


J CAMPS POLICIES AND PROCEDURES IMPORTANT INFORMATION • C amper’s membership must be valid through August 2019 to participate in all camp programs. • Requests for camper placements with friends will be honored as space and registration allow. • A ll campers are required to have medical insurance. Parents are responsible for all medical costs. • C amper Health Forms (required by the City Health Department) will need to be completed by parents through CampMinder no later than May 16, 2019. Campers will not be allowed to come to camp without these forms submitted. • Children will not be released from the camp grounds or buildings to anyone other than custodial guardians or those designated in writing as authorized for pick-ups. • The J reserves the right to cancel any program if the actual number enrolled is not sufficient to absorb costs and operate a quality program. • Parents must provide a snack and a lunch for the campers each day. Lunch is available for advanced purchase through Laykie’s Café at the J.

PAYMENT AND REFUND POLICY

Applications will not be accepted without a deposit. Applications submitted with expired memberships or accounts which have outstanding balances for membership dues or program tuition will not be processed. For registrations submitted prior to March 8, 2019: • A . deposit is required for each session of camp. The deposit is applied to your total camp fees and is non–refundable. • $50 per session deposit • W . hen you register for camp in person or via phone, you will make payment arrangements for your total camp fees. Payment arrangement options include: • Cash, check or credit card payment in full at time of registration • Payment through up to four Electronic Fund Transfers (EFTs) on March 16, April 16, May 16, June 16 • A credit card payment on April 22, 2019 for balance owed • Online payment arrangements include: credit card payment in full or a credit card deposit and a final credit card payment on April 22, 2019 for balance owed. For registrations and camp additions submitted after March 8, 2019: • C ash, check or credit card payment in full at time of registration • P ay a deposit as stated above and arrange three Electronic Fund Transfers (EFTs) on April 16, May 16, June 16 • P ay a deposit as stated above and leave a credit card on file to pay balance owed on April 22, 2019. For registrations and camp changes/additions submitted after April 8, 2019: • Cash, check or credit card payment in full at time of registration • P ay a deposit as stated above and leave a credit card on file to pay balance owed on April 22, 2019. 24

For registrations and camp changes/additions submitted after April 22, 2019: • Cash, check or credit card payment in full required

Camp Changes/Refunds • Deposit amounts will not be refunded. • No refunds will be granted after the beginning of the camp session registered. • If a member drops a camp and adds another at a higher price, payment for the difference will be due at the time of change requested. • If a member drops a camp and adds another at a lower price, the difference will be applied to the member account for use at another time. • There will be a $10 change fee for any camp change request after April 1, 2019.

SUMMER CAMP FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Financial assistance is available on a limited basis for Summer Day Camp. Please note there is a FIRM DEADLINE of Monday, March 4, 2019 to complete the application. The procedure for applying for financial assistance is: 1. Ensure that membership is valid or is purchased for the camper(s) prior to camp enrollment. For more information about membership options, please contact the membership department at 713.729.3200 or membership@erjcchouston.org. 2. Apply online for assistance at online.factsmgt.com/aid beginning Monday, January 21, 2018. If you have not yet registered for camp, please use the camp brochure to estimate the costs of your family’s camp needs. 3. Enroll your child(ren) into the desired program(s) and pay the required deposits to secure space on Sunday, February 10, 2019. 4. Completed applications, including supporting documentation, must be received by Monday, March 4, 2019 in order to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the Scholarship Committee. 5. The Scholarship Committee will meet and consider all complete applications. 6. You will receive notification of your award by early April 2019. 7. Payment plans (including form of payment) for the balance not covered by financial assistance must be finalized prior to April 30, 2019. Children will not be allowed to come to camp without these payments pre-arranged. **Please note: Financial assistance is not available for the following contract camps: American Ninja Warrior, Aquatic Adventures, Baseball, #BIGIDEA, Chess Champions, Circus of the Kids, Culinary Creations, Just Add Beats, or WITS. J Camps Families: Contact Nohemy Vasquez, Scholarship Coordinator, at 713.729.3200 ext. 3255 or scholarships@erjcchouston.org with any questions. Families with children at Bertha Alyce or West Houston Preschools and in J Camps: Contact Raven Lindsey, Early Childhood Financial and Scholarship Coordinator at 713.551.7221 or rlindsey@erjcchouston.org.


camps Camper First Name

Camper Grade by September 2019

Camper Address (Street)

2019 J CAMPS APPLICATION

Complete a separate application for each child registering for camp. Incomplete applications will be returned.

Camper Last Name

My camper receives accommodations or special support services at school: o YES o NO

By answering this question, you are helping J Camps serve your camper better. If you select yes, a member of the J Camps team will contact you to discuss your individual camper’s needs.

City, State, Zip Code

Parent 1 Name (Last, First)

Parent 1 Email

Phone Number #1

Parent 2 Name (Last, First)

Parent 2 Email

Phone Number #2

PLEASE INITIAL BY EACH STATEMENT: ____________ A deposit of $50 per session must accompany this application. Sessions with multi-weeks will be calculated accordingly. DEPOSITS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE FOR ANY REASON. ____________ J Membership, in good standing, must be maintained current throughout the camp session(s) your camper is enrolled in. ____________ I have read J Camps Policies and Procedures on page 22 I agree to be responsible for 100% payment of all fees as prescribed and adhere to all procedures as stated. ____________ J Camps payments must be complete by June 16, 2019. All additions and changes to camps must be paid in full at time of change. ____________I understand that the credit card on file will be charged for the remaining J Camps balance if it is not paid by June 16, 2019. ____________ I give permission for my child to take part in all activities including swim and trips away from camp. In the event of an emergency, if my child’s physician is not available, I hereby grant permission to call another licensed physician. I authorize the camp staff to act for me according to their best judgement. I understand that I am responsible for paying all medical costs incurred. All campers are required to carry medical insurance. ____________ Participation in any Evelyn Rubenstein JCC activities and use of any recreational facilities involve risk of accidental injury despite all safety precautions. Having been informed of the activities to be conducted by the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center J Camps, I/We, as an individual or as a parent or guardian of the participant named herein, assume all risks and hazards incidental to the activities, and release from responsibility and agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston, its officers, directors, independent contractors, volunteers and all employees for any illness or injury to me or my children or family members occurring during his/her/our participation in any camp activities, trips, or use of any recreational facilities at or conducted by the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston J Camps Programs. ____________ I understand that I must complete all forms in CampInTouch by May 16, 2019 for my camper to be able to attend J Camps including health insurance information and most up-to-date shot records. Login information will be sent via email no later than April 1, 2019. ____________ I understand that if I have specific concerns or questions regarding camp, I should contact the Camp Director.

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2019 J CAMPS APPLICATION CAMP SESSIONS

Place a check in the box next to the session/day/time of each camp you would like to register. Once you have chosen your child’s camp schedule, total the amount at the bottom of the application. SESSION 1 (S1) | June 17-July 12*

SESSION 2 (S2) | July 15-August 9

POST-CAMP (POST) | Aug. 12–16

PRE–CAMP (PRE 1) | June 3–7 PRE–CAMP (PRE 2) | June 10–14

SESSION 1, WEEK 1 (S1, W1 ) | June 17–21 SESSION 1, WEEK 2 (S1, W2) | June 24–28 SESSION 1, WEEK 3 (S1, W3) | July 1–5* SESSION 1, WEEK 4 (S1, W4 ) | July 8–12

SESSION 2, WEEK 1 (S2, W1) | July 15–19 SESSION 2, WEEK 2 (S2, W2) | July 22–26 SESSION 2, WEEK 3 (S2, W3) | July 29–Aug. 2 SESSION 2, WEEK 3 (S2, W4) | Aug. 5–9

*No Camp 7/4

TRADITIONAL CAMPS

SPECIALTY CAMPS

SPORTS CAMPS

TEEN CAMPS

AQUATIC ADVENTURES  S1, W1 $375

GET YOUR KICKS  S1, W2 $375  S2, W2 $375

CAMP BAMI AM = 9 AM–1 PM | PM= 9 AM–3:30 PM AM/PM = 7 AM–6 PM PRE 1  PM $350  AM/PM $420 PRE 2  PM $350  AM/PM $420 S1  AM $1000  PM $1,400  AM/PM $1,680 S2  AM $1000  PM $1,400  AM/PM $1,680 POST  PM $350  AM/PM $420 KINDER CAMP

 PRE 1 $350  PRE 2 $350  S1 $1,400

 S2 $1,400  POST $350

CAMP K  S1 $1400  S2, W1 $350  S2, W2 $350  S2, W3 $350  S2, W4 $350 CAMP KAYITZ KEF @ CAMP K  S1 $1,400  S2 $1,400 CAMP KALEIDOSCOPE 3.0  S1, WKS 1 & 2 $780  S1, WKS 3 & 4 $780  S2, W1 $350  S2, W2 $350  S2, W3 $350  S2, W4 $350

JUNIOR SPECIALTY CAMPS JR. CODING  PRE 1 $375 JR. GET YOUR KICKS  S2, W4 $375 JR. HIP-HOP AND YOU DON'T STOP  POST $375 JR. HIT A HOME RUN  S2, W1 $375 JR. MUSICALS  PRE 2 $375 JR. NOTHING BUT NET  S2, W3 $375 JR. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE  S2, WKS 1 & 2 $720 JR. SPORTS OF SORTS  PRE 2 $375  S2, W3 $375 JR. WRITERS IN THE SCHOOLS  S2, WKS 3 & 4 $720

AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR  S1, W3 $300  S2, W4 $375

#BIGIDEA AT JCAMPS  S1, WKS 1 & 2 $770  S1, WKS 3 &4 $770  S2, WKS 1 & 2 $770  S2, WKS 3 &4 $770 CHESS CHAMPIONS  S1, W4 $375 CULINARY CREATIONS  S1, W2 $375  S2, W2 $375 CIRCUS OF THE KIDS  PRE 1 $485 EXTREME SPORTS  S1, W4 $375 HOMETOWN HOPPERS  PRE 1 $375  PRE 2 $375  POST $375 JUST ADD BEATS  S2, W3 $375 OUTDOOR ADVENTURE  S2, W1 $375 PICTURE THIS!  S1, W2 $375 SWIMMING FOR THE GOLD  PRE 2 $375 WRITERS IN THE SCHOOLS  S2, W1 $375

VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS CAMPS ART CAMP AT THE J  S1, W1 $360  S1, W2 $360  S1, W3 $360  S1, W4 $360  S2, WKS 1 & 2 $720  S2, W3 $360  S2, W4 $360

HIP-HOP AND YOU DON'T STOP  S1, W4 $360 PERFORMING ARTS  S1, WKS 3, 4 & S2, W1 $1,110  S2, WKS 2, 3 & 4 $1,110 SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE  S1, WKS 2 & 3 $720

HIT A HOME RUN  S1, W1 $375  S2, W4 $375

BROADWAY BOOT CAMP  POST $375 CHEER  S1, W3 $292 CULINARY CREATIONS  S1, W4 $375

GIRL POWER SPORTS  S1 W1 $375

EXTREME SPORTS  S1, W2 $375

NOTHING BUT NET  S1, W3 $300  S2, W3 $375

JUST ADD BEATS  S2, W1 $375

SPIKE IT  S1, W4 $375

MAX EFFORT  S1, W4 $375  S2, W3 $375

SPORTS OF SORTS  PRE 2 $375  POST $375

NOTHING BUT NET  S2, W1 $375 PERFORMING ARTS  PRE 2, S1, WKS 1 & 2 $1,110

GYMNASTICS CAMPS

JUNIOR GYMNASTICS  PRE 1 $360  S2, W1  PRE 2 $360  S2, W2  S1, W1 $360  S2, W3  S1, W2 $360  S2, W4  S1, W3 $288  POST  S1, W4 $360

$360 $360 $360 $360 $360

GYMNASTICS  PRE 1 $360  PRE 2 $360  S1, W1 $360  S1, W2 $360  S1, W3 $288  S1, W4 $360

$360 $360 $360 $360 $360

 S2, W1  S2, W2  S2, W3  S2, W4  POST

TENNIS CAMPS

SPIKE IT  S1, S2 $375 TEEN TREK  PRE 1  PRE 2  S1, W1  S1, W3

$375 $375 $375 $300

 S2, W1  S2, W2  S2, W3  S2, W4  POST

$360 $360 $360 $360 $360

TENNIS  PRE 1  PRE 2  S1, W1  S1, W2  S1, W3  S1, W4

 S2, W1  S2, W2  S2, W3  S2, W4  POST

$360 $360 $360 $360 $360

 S2, W2  S2, W4  POST

$375 $375 $375

TEEN WRITERS IN SCHOOLS  S2, S2 $375

EXTENDED DAY

JUNIOR TENNIS  PRE 1 $360  PRE 2 $360  S1, W1 $360  S1, W2 $360  S1, W3 $288  S1, W4 $360 $360 $360 $360 $360 $288 $360

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE  S2, WK 3 $375

AM CARE  7:00-9:00 AM $70 PER WEEK  8:00-9:00 AM $35 PER WEEK  PRE 1  PRE 2  S1, W1  S1, W2  S1, W3  S1, W4  S2, W1  S2, W2  S2, W3  S2, W4  POST

PM CARE $90 PER WEEK  PRE 1  PRE 2  S1, W1  S1, W2  S1, W3  S1, W4  S2, W1  S2, W2  S2, W3  S2, W4  POST

Prices do not reflect February 10 Early Bird Discount.


Sunday, January 27 DAY CAMP MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS 2:30 PM–5:00 PM To register for J Camps, you must have a valid membership through end of summer and login Bounce House | Face credentials to register online for Paint camp.

Price Booths | Games PROGRAM MEMBERSHIP – $216/PERSON Enjoy member pricing for an entire year on all events, Giveaway for 1 Free Week programs, classes and summer camp for one low price. of Camp!

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CAMP REGISTRATION DAY

SUMMER HEALTH, SPORTS & FITNESS MEMBERSHIP Your entire family will enjoy access to all the J has to offer One&Day Only Savings! with a Health, Sports Fitness Membership. Benefits include access to fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, access to summer camp and member pricing on all Evelyn Rubenstein Sunday, 10 JCC programs, Sunday, May 27, February 2019 through Monday, September 3, 2019. 9:00 AM–1:00 PM TENNIS MEMBERSHIP ONLINE AT& Fitness Enjoy all the benefitsREGISTER of our Health, Sports Membership, plus access to our outdoor tennis courts, erjcchouston.org indoor tennis center, tennis leagues, clinics and lessons.

HEALTH, SPORTS & FITNESS MEMBERSHIP You’ll be provided with all the benefits of Program Membership, plus access to our state–of–the–art fitness For more information contact Member Services at center, group exercise, personal training, massage, indoor Membership options available for as little as $18 per month You can 713.729.3200 or membership@erjcchouston.org. and outdoor pools, plus an option to upgrade to executive also at joinerjcchouston.org/camps. online at erjcchouston.org/join. For more information, visit us online locker rooms.

The Merfish Family Infant Care Program Discovery • Exploration • Multi-Sensory

Karol Musher STARS Early Childhood Intervention Program Young Toddlers • Preschool • Pre-Kindergarten

6 WEEKS–5 YEARS YEAR ROUND CARE HALF DAY & FULL DAY OPTIONS JEWISH ENRICHMENT

Designed to develop the social, emotional, physical and intellectual well-being of each child (through our developmental milestone curriculum)

Embraces creative and meaningful Jewish programming, which includes weekly Shabbat, holiday celebrations and intergenerational experiences

Safe and nurturing environment offering opportunities for discovery and exploration

REGISTRATION BEGINS IN FEBRUARY FOR 2019-2020

SPACE IS LIMITED!

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