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ALL NEW ROPES CHALLENGE COURSE Ropes challenge courses present a series of rope obstacles and physical challenges for kids which help develop confidence, problem solving abilities, teamwork and are just super F-U-N!

• 100 country like wooded acres including 2 lakes in the heart of the Greenbelt • 3 Olympic sized swimming pools • Multi-purpose athletic fields including baseball field • Shaded picnic areas and playgrounds • Outdoor basketball, volleyball and Ga-Ga courts • Outdoor amphitheater • Archery Range


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Dear Camp Families, We are committed to providing a SAFE, quality day camp experience with a focus on FUN, SPIRIT, FRIENDSHIP and COMMUNITY. Our JCC camp programs offer campers a SUPPORTIvE and NURTURING environment which enables them to make new connections, learn new skills and develop appreciation and CONFIDENCE in their abilities. Please join us this summer for a fun-filled, rewarding and enriching summer program. We promise that JCC campers will learn, grow and develop lasting friendships and magical memories. Glenn & Stephanie

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The success of any camp depends on the quality of its counselors and supervisors. We go to great lengths to get the very best! Our staff features: • JCC PROFESSIONAL staff supervising each program and age group • ENERGETIC, devoted, child-friendly counselors and unit directors, many of whom were JCC campers themselves • Trained specialists with ExPERTISE in their fields • CPR AND FIRST-AID CERTIFIED unit directors and assistant directors • Extensive pre-camp and on-going TRAINING in the areas of child development, supervision, child safety, and camper sensitivity • HIGH STAFF RETENTION RATE with most of our counselors returning to re-experience the magic of camp and many of whom work year round in the JCC Youth Department


Superior Staff

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Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Program

We offer swim twice daily under the direction of the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy. Lenny Krayzelburg is a four time Olympic Gold Medalist who has taught water SAFETY to thousands of children. Krayzelburg’s method focuses on providing campers with CONFIDENCE and safety in and out of the water in addition to mastering new SKILLS.

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Sports Instruction


With tons of options, campers take part in a SPORTS ExTRAvAGANzA! With popular oerings such as baseball, soccer, football, basketball, volleyball, and unique sports such as ga-ga, archery, ropes challenge course and martial arts. Campers learn new skills, discover STRENGTHS and talents and build CONFIDENCE in their athletic abilities. Taught by high quality and well trained sport specialists, the sports programs provide campers with an understanding of game rules and teach the vALUES of RESPECT, TEAMWORK and GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP.

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Camp is a place for a child’s IMAGINATION and CREATIvITY to shine. We offer a wide variety of cultural arts programs that tap into all the senses including: ARTS & CRAFTS, MUSIC, DRAMA, NATURE, ANIMAL ENCOUNTER and FUN WITH FOOD. So whether you’re a future Picasso, Academy Award winner or the next American Idol, there is something for you at our camp.

Cultural Arts

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Camp is an AMAzING JOURNEY as campers trek to some of the area’s most ENTERTAINING amusement destinations. Depending on the age of the camper, the summer calendar is sure to include stops at AMUSEMENT and WATER PARKS, PROFESSIONAL SPORTING EvENTS, zOOS and more such as Great Adventure, Dorney Park, Club Getaway overnight, Hershey Park, movies, roller skating, bowling, Broadway show, Sesame Place, Camel Beach, Funplex, Funtime America, Hurricane Harbor, Turtleback zoo and New York Mets Game.

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Campers are CAPTIvATED and AMAzED with incredible shows such as Medieval Times, Jousting, Powerhouse’s Wild and Wacky Challenge, the traveling Israeli Caravan Musical Troupe and Extreme Magic. They are kept FASCINATED by one of a kind, hands on WORKSHOPS with fun themes such as circus arts, archeological digs, drum circles and frisbee tricks all instructed by professionals in the field. Camp is also highlighted with weekly SPECIAL EvENTS such as carnivals, Maccabi games, COMMUNITY SERvICE days, semi-formal dances, Israel day and parent visiting day.

Spectacular Shows and Special Events

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Throughout camp, Jewish cultural tradition is linked to FUN and JOY. Children experience it through activities like singing songs, baking challah bread and CELEBRATING with spirited camp wide festivities. A POSITIvE CONNECTION TO ISRAEL is fostered by Israeli counselors who share their knowledge and love for Israel with the children.


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Special Features

For added CONvENIENCE we offer FLExIBLE OPTIONS to accommodate our diverse group of camp families. Our ExTENDED HOURS program allows children to keep the fun going from early in the morning until late in the evening. Our DELICIOUS hot and cold Kosher lunch program is kid-friendly and nutritious. We offer TRANSPORTATION from anywhere on Staten Island and for those who just can’t get enough of the camp experience we offer both PRE and POST CAMP programs that extend the summer fun.

Lego Robotics Specialty Course! Grades K - 5 6 weeks - July 8 - August 12 Mondays from 5:30 - 7pm * taught by Bonnie King of Building Robots * program LEGO creations that actually move * build LEGO models with working motors and sensors * develop skills in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, literacy and language * design creations with click and drag techniques * fun activities for both boys and girls

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Traditional Camps K’Ton Ton, Shalom, Chalutz & Maccabiah Camp dates: July 1 - August 23

Camp K’Ton Ton K’Ton Ton Ba Bayit Ages 2.3 - 3 years 9:00am - 1:00pm BUILDING ONLY PROGRAM Program is available at the Bernikow, Avis/South Shore and Aberlin/North Shore JCC buildings.

K’TonTon at Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds Ages 3 years - entering Kindergarten (must be toilet trained) Options: 3 Full Days (any three) 5 Half Days (1:00 pm dismissal) 5 Full Days

K’Ton Ton campers have additional weekly shows and special events such as magic, musical performances and inflatables.

Camp Shalom

Children entering grades 1 and 2 5 full days

Shalom campers participate for the first time in our night time semi formal dance, local trips and archery!


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Campers enjoy up to eight weeks of a FUN and ENRICHING camp experience filled with tons of INCREDIBLE ACTIvITIES. We offer music, soccer, nature, drama, kickball, pioneering, basketball, swimming, Israeli culture, archery, dance, football, outdoor cooking, arts & crafts, softball, volleyball, boating, Animal Discovery, ga-ga and more, all led by our team of HIGHLY qUALIFIED specialists. Our caring and diverse team of camp counselors fill the campers’ days with outdoor fun and create an atmosphere which promotes SELF-ESTEEM, POSITIvE vALUES, SKILL DEvELOPMENT and GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP. Camp is further enhanced by trips, exciting theme weeks, special events and spirited Friday celebrations and our annual camp-wide Maccabi games. Campers develop and enhance their swim skills through daily instruction and enjoy free swim periods to just have fun!

Camp Chalutz

Children entering grades 3 and 4 5 full days

Chalutz Hobby Hour Chalutz Campers get to select their favorite specialists and visit them again one extra time per week. So, if football is your thing you get to enjoy it a second time around!

Camp Maccabiah

Children entering grades 5, 6, & 7* *Teens entering grade 7 have the option of attending Camp Maccabiah or Camp Nesiyah Teen Travel Camp 5 full days

Club Maccabiah Supreme Maccabiah campers have a say and select their activities two days per week. For 2 periods per day Maccabiah campers choose activities such as: • Robotics • Football • Photography • Cheerleading • Inflatable boxing • Jewelry design

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Teen Programs

Camp Nesiyah Travel Camp

Ages: Teens entering grades 7 - 9* 5 full days Travel to your favorite summer locations and explore some new ones...every day. Camp Nesiyah features great day trips and amazing overnights. Every day, you and your friends will visit the best water parks, bowling alleys,arcades, amusement parks, sporting events and movie theatres that the metropolitan area has to offer. Destinations are sure to include Club Getaway, Mountain Creek Waterpark, Camel Beach, Manhattan, outdoor laser tag, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum and a Broadway Show. The summer is highlighted by incredible overnights. * Teens entering grade 9 have the option of attending CIT I or Teen Travel Camp.

CIT I - Etgar Teen program that combines counselor training, travel, and community service work Ages: Teens entering Grade 9 and 10 5 full days (Upon completion of a successful season, each CIT will receive a $50 honorarium.) CIT I/Camp Etgar is the ideal program to meet the unique needs of the teen interested in increasing responsibility and teen travel. CIT I/Etgar teens get a taste of being a camp counselor, go on great trips and play a role in healing the world. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, teens work with children and begin to learn the skills of being a camp counselor. On Mondays and Wednesdays, they go on trips like Camel Beach and Dorney Park and on Fridays they participate in fun and meaningful community service projects, such as organizing a car wash, that help to make the world a better place. Leadership Training, Camp Counselor Skills Development and Great Trips Ages: Teens entering grade 10 & 11* 5 full days (Upon successful completion of program, each CIT will receive a $100 honorarium.) Make a difference in the life of a child. Spend your summer with the JCC getting on the job training and experience working with children. As a CIT, you will learn basic information on kid relating skills, child development and how to lead games. CITs also go on great weekly trips to places like Great Adventure, Dorney Park, Camel Beach and a two day/one night overnight. CITs are required to attend training and orientation sessions prior to and during the camp season. Upon successful completion of the program, participants are eligible for employment at the JCC camp. *Teens entering grade 11 have the option of CIT II or applying to work as a Junior counselor.

CIT II -Gesher


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Special Needs Camps

Marvin’s Camp for Children with Special Needs

Ages: 6 - teens 6 week program This program provides an educational, creative, socially and emotionally safe environment for children and teens with special needs. Children experience a full day of recreational activities, including daily swimming, sports, arts and crafts, music, boating,dance, pioneering, special event days and more. The program also includes weekly trips to places like amusement parks, cultural events, and shows. Marvin’s Camp employs a staff which receives special training in working with children with special needs. Our small groups and low camper to counselor ratio enables us to provide excellent care and attention to each camper. The camp is committed to providing children with a positive and enriching day camp experience and to enhancing the camper’s activities of daily living.

Camp Independence Summer Camp for Children with Diabetes 4 week program Camp Independence is a four week summer camp program for children with diabetes. Children experience a full day of recreational activities including daily swimming, sports, arts and crafts, music, boating, dance, pioneering, special event days and more. The program also includes weekly trips to places like Sesame Place and Fun Time America. Besides the wonderful activities at the camp, the children receive special training and information regarding diabetes and are encouraged to share their concerns with staff and their fellow campers. Camp Independence employs a dedicated staff which receives special training in diabetes care. In addition to the camp’s full time nurse, another nurse with a strong background in diabetic care works exclusively at Camp Independence as a staff member. This nurse travels with the children throughout the camp day.

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Camp Good Grief

Camp Good Grief is an overnight weekend camp experience offered several times per year for grieving children and teens. Using art, drama, music, journaling, sports and play, trust activities and non-religious ritual, participants are able to express emotional needs, share experiences, and bond with one another in a safe and supportive setting. The program fosters a sense of community and provides coping skills which they can draw upon as they grow and mature. Open to Staten Island youth ages 7-16 who are grieving a significant loss. Camp Good Grief is staffed by securityscreened trained counselors and volunteers. It is offered at no cost to the families of Staten Island, regardless of their ability to pay. The camp was conceived by Linda and Irwin Steinman, Staten Islanders whose own children lost a parent. It is sponsored by Richmond County Savings Foundation, Northfield Bank Foundation, the Staten Island Foundation and the generosity of individuals, businesses and corporations. For more information please call 888.507.4474, email or visit

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Pre- and Post-Camp Programs!

Post camp programs take place at the Bernikow JCC and meet from 9am to 4pm. Camp will include swim, crafts, cooking, sports and trips! Extended hours are available from 8am to 9am and 3:30pm to 7pm.

Pre-Camp dates: Thursday, June 27 & Friday, June 28 Post-Camp dates: Monday, August 26 - Friday, August 30

NEW! now includes trips!

We are partnering with the New Jersey “Y” Camps to offer campers a one-week overnight experience on a beautiful 1,250-acre location in Milford, PA, just 90 minutes away from NYC. The facility includes beautiful cabins, two lakes, two swimming pools, extensive ropes challenge courses, and incredible sports and arts facilities. Campers may choose one of two options. Option 1: SLEEP-A-WEEK: Ages: Children entering grades 3 through 6. July 22 - July 29 Fee includes meals and all activities. Campers participate in a wide variety of activities including outdoor adventure, aquatics, arts, athletics and evening activities. Staff is carefully selected and are skilled in dealing with issues that might arise with first time overnight campers. Option 2: SLEEP-A-WEEK SPECIALTY: Ages: Children entering grades 1 through 10 DATES: AUGUST 4 - AUGUST 9 Fee includes meals and all activities. Campers experience the overnight camp adventure described above, plus get to immerse themselves in one activity that they love for four hours a day, six days a week. Select SLEEP-A-WEEK and add a concentration in one of the following activities, all taught by well trained and highly regarded specialists.




The Arts

The Sciences

• Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Camp • Herb Brown Basketball Camp • Ron Blomberg Baseball Camp • Maccabi Great Britain Soccer Camp • Israel Tennis Center Tennis Camp • Max Seibald Lacrosse Camp

• 92nd Street Y • Ceramics Camp • Painting Camp • Jewelry Making Camp • Ergo Media Cinematography Camp

• Biology Camp • Chemistry Camp • The Planetary Society Astronomy Camp • Physics Camp • Physiology and Kinesiology Camp

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Gymnastics Camp

Children ages 3 to 17 Camp Director: Mary Fontana Full and half day program options Gymnastics Camp begins July 1 Avis/South Shore JCC, 1297 Arthur Kill Road The JCC and Richmond Gymnastics Center have partnered to offer the most comprehensive and exciting summer gymnastics program on Staten Island. The air conditioned gymnastics facility, Staten Island’s largest, is located at the Avis/South Shore JCC. The JCC/Richmond Gymnastics Center, with more than 30 years of experience, has trained Staten Island’s finest gymnasts. A typical day, which adheres to the USA Junior Olympic program guidelines, includes training on uneven parallel bars, floor tumbling, balance beam and vault. The JCC/Richmond Gymnastics Center is committed to promoting the physical and emotional health of children. For additional information contact Mary Fontana at or 718.475.5275.

SB4U/JCC Soccer Camp July 1- August 23 The goal of the 8 Week SB4U/JCC Soccer Camp is to teach your child a variety of fundamental and basic skills of soccer. It is for kids whom have never played soccer before and need to learn the basics of the game. We teach the children how to dribble, pass, and shoot the ball, as well as other simple steps in learning soccer. We keep each session fun for kids by playing different games to keep them interested. Specific focus is given to: • Agility, balance and coordination • Physical awareness • Movement paerns and sequences • Spatial awareness • Listening skills

Ramah Sports

Shoot For Success Basketball Camp July 8 -12; 15 - 19; 22 - 26 July 30 - August 3; August 12 - 16 Campers at Basketball Camp will develop and improve basketball skills such as shooting, passing, dribbling, rebounding and defense. Gerry Mosley’s Basketball Camp immerses campers in the sport, giving them the kind of focused, intensive training that is essential to improvement. Over the course of the camp week, self-confidence will grow along with skills and overall appreciation of the game. For more information contact Mike Reape at or 718.475.5212.

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Year Round Programming Camp never ends at the JCC! We believe that the FRIENDSHIPS and FUN should continue to develop and be nurtured by our staff year round! Campers can sign up for KIDz KLUB AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS and be bused right from school to the JCC, Camp Nights, COURSES such as Lego Robotics, Animal Encounter and Junior Chef, JCC University one shot WORKSHOPS, school’s out TRIPS, boy and girl SCOUTS, SPORTS programs and music lessons! Teen campers can choose from programs such as Leaders of Tomorrow and Youth Board, which are TEEN DRIvEN and enable teens to plan, organize and run their own events and trips.


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General Information

Early Bird Campers receive a FREE camp bag


Membership JCC Gold or Platinum Family Membership is required to enroll your child in camp. Both memberships are good for one year from the time your camp application is received. Memberships that expire during the camp season must be renewed by May 31. JCC Gold Family Membership allows your family to participate in programs and activities at both JCC buildings, and use of the Fitness Center at the Avis/South Shore JCC. JCC Platinum Membership entitles your family to all of the benefits of Gold Membership and allows your family to use the Fitness Center, indoor swimming pool and outdoor swim club at the Bernikow JCC. For more information contact Jill Gottlieb, Membership Director at 718.475.5223.

Fee Deposit/Refund A $200 deposit must accompany each application for each child registering for camp. In accepting a deposit, the JCC reserves a place for each camper. Therefore, deposits are non-refundable. There is no reduction or refund of fees due to absence, illness or withdrawals.

Credit Cards You may use a credit card (American Express, Mastercard or Visa) to pay for your camp deposit. You may also spread your camp payments out through May 31, 2013 via credit card authorization. (Early Bird only until April 15, 2013).

Early Bird In order to receive the Early Bird fees, the following conditions must be met: 1) Deposit must be made by February 15, 2013. 2) Membership, camp and bus fees must be paid in full by April 15, 2013.

Sibling Discount The JCC will deduct $100 for each additional child after the first, when you enroll each child in camp for 5 full days a week for the 8 week session.

For an additional fee bus transportation is available to and from camp each day.

Camp Hours Traditional camp car drop off at Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds is between 8:00am and 8:45am. After 8:45am the parking lot gate is closed and parents must park their car and escort their child to the camp office. The regular camp day ends at 3:45pm for campers dismissed at Bernikow JCC and 4:15pm for campers dismissed at Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds.

Special Needs Camp administration should be made aware of any special needs of the individual camper. Advance notice and an intake interview are required.

Lunch Program We are offering fresh, hot and cold kosher lunches this summer. The menu of kid friendly lunches will include pizza, chicken nuggets and more. All meals are served with fresh fruit and water. There is an additional fee for this program.

Project Challah As a service to our families we sell Kosher challahs for Shabbat. The challahs are distributed on Friday afternoons. See camp application for price.

Extended Hours Extended Hours give kids an opportunity to have even more fun at camp while allowing busy parents more flexibility. Extended Hours are offered Monday through Friday from 7:15 - 8:00am and 4:00 - 7:00pm. Morning extended hours are at the campgrounds. Campers are supervised by JCC camp staff and participate in activities such as swim, sports, arts and crafts and more. Campers may be signed up for morning hours, afternoon hours or both. There is an additional fee for this program.

General Information

Late Payment If full payment is not received by May 31, 2013, there may be a delay in sending out your child's bus and group cards. Please make every effort to pay your bill in a timely manner since arrangements for an efficient camp must be made in advance.

• A completed health form must be submitted by May 31, 2013. (or with registration if after May 31st) in order to attend camp. • Each camper receives two camp T-shirts. (teen travel campers receive 3) • Kosher snacks and drinks are provided to all campers daily.

Scholarship Confidential fee adjustments and payment plans based on need may be arranged by contacting the JCC. Applications are processed on a first come, first served basis. Fees are based ONLY on applicant's ability to pay; they do not apply to Early Bird rates. Scholarship not available for transportation fees and some camp programs. For scholarship information please contact Stacey Mathies at 718.475.5261.

Refer A Family Program Do you love the JCC Camp and brag about it to your friends? Why not get some credit for spreading the word? Refer a new family to camp and save $150 or invite the camp directors to conduct a fun, fact filled gathering for 3 or more families in your home and save $250.

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Jewish Community Center of Staten Island 1466 Manor Road Staten Island, NY 10314

Susan Sappin, President David Sorkin, Executive Director Sheila Lipton, Assoc. Executive Director Vicki Roitman, Asst. Executive Director Camp Co-Directors: Glenn Wechsler, Stephanie Feldman Camp Committee Co-Chairs: Susan Perel, Melissa Rabinovich

CAMP DATES July 1 - August 23 plus pre & post camp For ages 3 - 16

CAMP OPEN HOUSE DATES Meet the directors, see the camp video. Joan & Alan Bernikow JCC, 1466 Manor Road

SUNDAYS, JANUARY 20, FEBRUARY 10 & MARCH 17 12 noon - 2:00pm visit the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds 1131 Manor Road Tour the beautiful wooded campgrounds and see our camp facilities.

SUNDAYS: APRIL 21, MAY 19 & JUNE 2 noon - 2:00pm The JCC/Lillian Schwartz Day Camp is accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA) What does this mean? * The JCC/Lillian Schwartz Day Camp has passed a rigorous review of its operations including standards such as emergency management, first aid and health care, staff training and development, programming and staff to camper ratios. * Reviewers included experts from the American Camping Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Red Cross and other youth serving agencies. * Camp families can be assured that their camp of choice is commied to providing their children with a safe and nurturing environment. For more information about the American Camping Association you can visit their website at

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