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JCC Summer Camps

Summer fun starts at the JCC!

By Sarah Frane Editor-Publisher Macaroni Kid York February 23, 2021

Summer camps are a great time for kids to try new things, nurture unique interests, meet new friends, stretch their creativity, and the JCC York has tons of summer fun! The York Jewish Community Center has been a huge part of the camp scene in York County for  over 35 years, and they are looking to make some big changes for summer 2021! One of their new goals for this summer is to strengthen what is already great about  J Camps, while offering NEW specialty camps and programs throughout the summer. The York JCC'S, number one priority is to provide campers with every chance to get something out of their summer that is unique, valuable, and experiential. Whether you're looking for a traditional day camp setting or a fun specialty camp you're guaranteed to find something on this list that your kid will be excited about! 


Early Years Discover Camp


Together, teachers and children explore weekly themes in a spirit of play both inside the classroom and outside on the play yard. Experienced teachers encourage and guide children in music, art, literature, games and science activities. Teachers help children renew old friendships and discover new ones. Weekly themes include:

Week 1: June 7 – 11 | Fairy Tales
Week 2: June 14 – 18 | Camping
Week 3: June 21 – 25 | Superheroes
Week 4: June 28 – July 2 | Reptiles
Week 5: July 5 – 9 | Space
Week 6: July 12 – 16 | Mad Science
Week 7: July 19 – 23 | Beach
Week 8: July 26 – 30 | Art
Week 9: August 2 – 6 | Music and Sound
Week 10: August 9 – 13 | Pet Care

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Aleph Camp 




Our youngest J camp will give campers an opportunity to get a real taste of what camp means while providing them with activities, counselors, field trips, and an overall setting that is more geared toward their needs. This is a fantastic way to familiarize campers with all of the great aspects of a school-age camp in a smaller, home-based setting. Aleph campers will participate in everything that Camp has to offer but it’s tailored to suit their needs! General swim will be provided each week as part of registration. Breakfast, lunch, and two snacks will be offered daily.

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Camp at the J

Campers will enjoy an exciting summer of fun, friendship, and learning at JCC Summer Camp through a variety of sports, activities, field trips, special events, swim, and many other options. Yes, OPTIONS! True, we follow a regular schedule, but within that schedule, we want our campers to have a say in what they do each day, since it is their summer too! While at the JCC, campers may also sign up for sports and swim programs outside of our camp. We will provide drop-off and pick-up for any sports camp or swim lesson while here. General swim will be provided each week as part of registration. Breakfast, lunch, and two snacks will be offered daily.

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Repair the World Program 



Get ready for a summer filled with fun, social action, and community leadership! Loosely based on the Hebrew saying, “Tikkun Olam,” Repair the World (RTW) gives 7th and 8th-grade students the chance to implement and accomplish service projects of all kinds. RTW seeks to take action in our community to bring awareness to certain causes and programs. Through RTW, students learn about the significance of volunteerism and the positive results that it yields through community service projects, charity, and fundraising. RTW participants also take part in all of the activities that J-Camp has to offer. A general swim will be provided each week as part of registration. Breakfast, lunch, and two snacks will be offered daily.

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Art Camp


Art will allow children not only to explore their creative side through art but to learn about a few of the most famous artists throughout history. Art Camp will encompass and utilize different types of art like painting, sculpting, and collage while learning about Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, and Michelangelo. Each day will be tailored towards a new artist and style of art. Full daycare can be added to this camp for an additional fee.

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Loose Parts Camp


Loose Parts camp will allow young thinkers to use just that, loose parts. During the week, each camper will have a variety of materials at their fingertips to explore and create whatever is their vision. The possibilities are endless with this camp. Full daycare can be added to this camp for an additional fee.

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Robotics Camp


Robotics Camps will be taught by Mr. Ray from Young Thinkers of York Inc. This camp will allow campers to dig into how robots work and the engineering behind them.

Full daycare can be added to this camp for an additional fee.

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Tiny Chef’s Cooking Camp



Tiny Chef’s cooking camp will be taught by local Corporate Executive Chef, Dave Clarke from O.N.E. Hospitality. The camp will explore a variety of foods and teach children the basic skills they will need to be successful in the kitchen.

Full daycare can be added to this camp for an additional fee.

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Science in the Kitchen Cooking Camp


Science in the Kitchen camp will be taught by local Corporate Executive Chef, Dave Clarke from O.N.E. Hospitality. The camp will explore how cooking not only allows you to be creative but how science happens in every recipe. The camp will explore different foods from different regions of the world. Full daycare can be added to this camp for an additional fee.

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Twirl, Jump, Spin Dance Camp


Twirl, Jump, Spin Dance Camp will be taught by local Dance teachers from the surrounding area. Each day will be dedicated to a new style of dance, such as ballet, jazz, interpretive, musical theater, and hip hop. Full daycare can be added to this camp for an additional fee.

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Rugby Camp


Are you looking for a great, inclusive, team-building, confidence-boosting sport for your child? Join the fastest-growing sport in the nation! During our rugby summer camp, All-American and All-Star player Amber DeFabio will take your child from the basics of rugby to game-ready skills. Amber currently coaches York College Women’s Rugby and is USA Rugby Coaching certified. All levels of experience welcome!

Coach DeFabio will lead your player through the basics of rugby rules, ball-handling skills, and body positions for rucks, scrums, lineouts, and mauls. Camp will be filled with fun rugby games and team-building and communication activities to help the player grow confidence in the sport and in themselves. All games will be touch. There is no contact. Full daycare can be added to this camp for an additional fee.

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