Summer is right around the corner, and summer camp registration is now open at the JCC. Camp begins June 26 through August 18, 2023, Mondays-Fridays from 9am to 4pm. Camps are open to both members and non-members of the JCC, and registration is ongoing until all spots are filled. Early registration is encouraged. 

“The whole camp is transformed for a huge summer camp experience,” said Amy Bisnett, associate director of Children’s Programming at the JCC. “We see kids who come year after year, and watch them grow. It’s a really special place and rewarding time for the kids, the staff, and everyone.” 

Camp groups are split into three different age groups:

  • Early Childhood Camp (for kids 6 weeks to 5-years old), which runs for eight weeks and offers both indoor and outdoor activities as well as daily Red Cross swim lessons.
  • School-Aged Camp (for children in grades 1-6) which also runs for eight weeks. For this age group families can choose between traditional Nitzanim Day Camp which follows a weekly theme of activities, and weekly field trips, or Specialty Camps to explore a particular area of interest. Some of this year’s Specialty Camps include various sports camps (CrossFit, circus, horseback riding, pickleball, lacrosse, fencing, etc.), art camps, and science camps.
  • The SyraCruisin’ Teen Travel Camp (for children in grades 7-10) runs for five weeks beginning July 5. Teens go on daily field trips including going fishing, apple picking, visiting amusement parks, and more.

Last summer was a record-breaking year of attendance, and JCC staff is hopeful for similar success this year. “It’s always wonderful to see the kids interact with each other on a social level where they can have fun, gain skills, and new experiences in a variety of different interest areas,” said Pam Ranieri, director of Children’s Programming at the JCC. 

Children in grades 1-6 who are intermediate and advanced swimmers can also join the J-Rays Swim Club for the summer. The team practices three mornings each week before summer camp, and participates in an inner squad meet at the end of the season. Swim lessons are also available outside of camp hours. 

The JCC is also hiring for a handful of summer positions. Teens who are ages 14 and 15 can apply for Teen Camp Aid and Counselors in Training (CIT) positions. Camp counselors and lifeguards are also needed. Lifeguard training/certification can be provided. 

To register and learn more about the JCC’s camp offerings, visit jccsyr.org/summer-camp/ or reach out to Amy Bisnett at 315-445-2360 or [email protected].