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JCC Summer Camps of Greater Columbus
Columbus, Ohio

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1125 College Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43209

CAMPER AGES: 2 years old - 9th grade


CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.


BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: JCC Summer Camps provide a commitment to the highest quality camping experiences within unique Jewish environments. Campers are encouraged to learn new skills and master old ones, to make decisions, take responsibility, be independent, respect others, form lasting friendships built on memories and most of all…have fun. Campers develop a deeper understanding of and appreciation for Jewish heritage and traditions while also developing a true sense of community

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPERS: Campers experience days filled with traditional summer camp activities like adaptive physical education, adaptive movement, music, Judaics, adaptive art, swim lessons, socialization and free swim.

Campers travel in small groups to each activity, and groups are formed based on developmental and social skill levels.

Campers enjoy a rustic and intensive camping experience at Camp Hoover, which includes exploring the Hoover Reservoir, biking, swimming, hiking, canoeing, paddle boating and participating in a high ropes obstacle course, overnights, late nights and fieldtrips.

Arye campers can be mainstreamed into a group from one of our typical day camps

Theater, Basketball, Football, Soccer, Tennis, Waterfront/Aquatics, Science, Adventure, Travel, and more. Ropes Course, Zip Line, Archery, Climbing Wall
Extended Field Trips For 7th/8th Graders

CAMP LOCATION: We are located in Central Columbus, Ohio area with one offsite camp.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: JCC Summer Camps provide a safe nurturing environment where campers gain self esteem, confidence, learn new skills and tackle new challenges. We encourage campers to try new activities and gain a love for the outdoors with meaningful Jewish experiences.

A summer at the JCC is spent immersed in daily camp life highlighted by dynamic and innovative programming. Activities include swimming, sports of all kinds, music, nature, Israeli culture, and Judaics. Every Wednesday has a special theme with exciting activities related to the weekly theme. Campers will experience Maccabi games, an Olympic-style sports program that encourages team work, team building, sportsmanship, where they can interact in an atmosphere of fun and physical fitness.

JCC Summer Camps offer many options and flexibility. Campers can sign up for a minimum of two weeks up to eight weeks with a three day and five day option

CAMP LEADERSHIP CIT/LIT PROGRAMS: The Counselor In Training Program (CIT) is a rewarding, challenging and fun training program. The CIT program is for those entering 9th grade and are ready for a new challenge of hands-on leadership. Our CITs are individually selected because they have demonstrated the strong potential to successfully make the transition to staff member because of their maturity, responsibility, good judgement and teaching potential.

The CITs will learn from our experienced counselors, participate in community service and rotate throughout all our camps.

CITs will have the opportunity to become CPR, First Aid, and AED certified through the American Red Cross. These certifications will better prepare CITs to handle situations that might arise at camp and throughout the academic year.

The benefits of participating in the Counselor in Training (CIT) program are endless! Upon completion of the program, all CITs are awarded with a certificate, a reference letter to use for future jobs. Additionally, all CIT participants will receive a summer membership to the JCC which grants access to the pool, gym, Hoover family park, and more! CITs can choose to continue volunteering for the duration of camp if they so choose at the discretion of the CIT Director.

CITs MUST fill out a staff application, which can be downloaded in the staff section of the website, and turn that into the Camp office in addition to the registration form.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Financial Assistance available, please contact us.

Camp begins June 8 - July 31st.
Weekly options
Kick off camp - June 1 - June 5th
Safari Camp (Post Camp) August 3rd - 7th

The JCC is looking for energetic people who love working with kids, to be role models, motivate campers and do everything in their power to make each camper’s summer experience the most memorable.  Must be fun loving, patient and genuinely concerned for the welfare and development of young people. Work as camp counselors, special needs camp counselors, lifeguards, specialists and unit heads, 1125 College Avenue or at the JCC’s Hoover Reservoir site in Westerville.

The JCC hires the highest quality of experienced staff members – from Unit Heads to Junior Counselors. Many JCC camp staff return for multiple seasons. All staff are selected through an interview process which examines education, professional training, prior camp experience and the ability to work with children.

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