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The Meaning of Camp

J&R is a place full of growth and adventure for the children and staff

My favorite part of the day was watching the kids run off the bus with pure excitement for the day ahead of them. They would immediately proceed to ask what activities we would be doing for the day and anxiously await flagpole. This brief moment every day was what made me realize how big of an impact we had on each and every kid.


Growing and Learning at J&R

A staffer shares her love of camp

After two summers at J&R, it’s a place I hope to never leave. Everything there has a special place in my heart like flagpole, the pool, the art shed, the gaga pit and even the steep hill up to the garden and ropes course. However, what makes camp truly special are the children that come every day.

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Why does ACA accreditation matter?

J&R Day Camp went through its latest accreditation process in the summer of 2019, and we just received word that we scored 100% on our visit.  Emma Kaufmann Camp is already looking forward to its next ACA accreditation visit in the summer of 2021.  In the meantime, we look forward to providing a top-notch summer experience for your camper and the entire family.

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Creating a vision for inclusion

I recently had the privilege of attending a conference on Disability and Inclusion hosted by the Heinz Endowments and the FISA Foundation. ...We spent the day exploring how to eliminate barriers and examining our role and the change that we can bring about for disability inclusion and access. 

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Celebrating Camp on Wear Your Camp T-Shirt Day

Whether it is winter, spring, summer, or fall, camp professionals are the lucky ones.  We get to eat, sleep and breathe summer camp all year long.  Spending time engaging our campers, parents, staff and community partners is a critical and special part of the work we do.  Whether it’s recruiting new campers or staff, posting memories year-round on social media, visiting past and present staff on college campuses, or bringing everyone back together for camp reunions, each of these experiences brings a reminder of the joy that camp brings us.

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We Prepare Kids for Life’s Journeys

Rachael Speck on on her new role as Children, Youth and Family Director

Day camp is the beginning of the journey to becoming independent.  It can create the foundation needed for successful longer-term experiences away from home. 

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JCC Performing Arts Camps: Show-Stopping Experiences

Posted by Kathy Wayne on May 6, 2019

Do you have a child who is driven to act, sing or dance? Send them to a JCC Performing Arts Camp! At JCC Performing Arts Camp, kids entering grades 4 to 10 learn the fundamentals of theater, music and dance as they put on a show.

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At Camp, We Focus on the Whole Person

Posted by Katie Warren Whitlatch on May 1, 2019

In a world fueled by test scores and state mandated curricula, camp is in the fortunate position of being a place where the focus can be on the camper as a whole, individual person.

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Children Experience the Miracle of Nature at JCC Day Camps

Posted by JCC Day Camps on April 24, 2019

Children have an innate affinity for nature, sensory play and experiential learning that we see every day at JCC Day Camps. The Torah teaches us a lot about the importance of nature. From the start, the book of Bereshit details God’s creations of heaven and earth. Each time God created something in this epic beginning story of the world, the Torah says, v’erah elokim ki tov or God saw that it was good.

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“Send them to camp.”

Posted by Lewis Sohinki on April 18, 2019

Camp is special in creating opportunities for learning and growth for children. At camp, we provide an environment where each child has the ability to strengthen and build on becoming the best versions of themselves. Now, as the Director of our Squirrel Hill Day Camps, I have the unique opportunity to pay it forward and offer the same life-learning opportunities to others throughout our community.

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