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Lessons from camp: guiding the social and emotional growth of children

When the JCC launched All Day at the J, a program that creates pods of students in which staff support virtual learning, we were focused on ensuring that the academic needs of the children were being met.  But, as camp professionals, it was not long before we recognized the need to incorporate what we do best – camp – into the daily routines of the children.  Let’s use our expertise at encouraging and guiding the social and emotional growth of children with the children that walk through our doors every day.

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JCC DAY CAMPS ENHANCED HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS

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Specialty & Performing Arts Camps Summer 2020 FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Updates are in effect until it’s been deemed safe to resume our normal schedule and activities at Specialty Camps and Performing Arts Camp (PAC).

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South Hills Day Camps Summer 2020 FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Updates are in effect until it’s been deemed safe to resume our normal schedule and activities at South Hills Day Camp. Please refer to South Hills Day Camp’s Parent Manual for  all standard camp procedures unrelated to the current health climate.

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J&R Summer 2020 FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Updates are in effect until it’s been deemed safe to resume our normal schedule and activities at J&R Day Camp.  Please refer to J&R Day Camp’s Parent Manual for all standard camp procedures unrelated to the current health climate.

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Camp Would Help Re-Entry to a “New Norm”

Camp in the summer of 2020 would provide a welcome means of re-entry to our kids.  I am a true believer in the power of camp as a means of furthering the social and emotional growth of our children.  We, as camp professionals, have the added responsibility (and honor) of helping to guide your children from a difficult time full of uncertainty and confusion back into a time of happiness and comfort. 

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Covid-19 Update

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Social Distancing is not in my DNA

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Neurodiversity: A Normative View

The lens we use to view someone’s strengths and weaknesses through, is the same lens that can make or break someone’s ability to be seen as worthy of inclusion. If we are truly evolving as a species, we can only hope that neurodiversity will become the normative view to replace perspectives such as xenophobia, affinity bias, and the long list of “isms” that have been at the core of our society throughout history.

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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.

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