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SQUIRREL HILL SPECIALTY CAMPS: Grades 1-6

At JCC Specialty Camps, kids get the chance to focus on the things they love to learn and do. Led by expert instructors and enthusiastic staff, Specialty Camps provide campers opportunities to explore interests and gain knowledge, skills and proficiency. Choose from a variety of exciting one-week options, and customize the summer based on your child’s interests and your family’s schedule. Free swim and gym times allow campers to move around and mix with friends attending other JCC Specialty Camps. Snacks and lunch served daily unless otherwise noted. Before-and after-camp care is available for all camps.

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Take it to the Net! Basketball

GRADES 1-6 | July 13-17 | August 3-7 | Squirrel Hill

Drill 4 Skill’s team of talented coaches give young athletes a fun, exciting introduction to basketball with individual instruction and practice drills focusing on ball handling, passing and shooting, and game play. The week ends with a big game for family and friends. $350 July 13-17: Grades 1-3 August 3-7: Grades 4-6

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MADSCIENCE NASA Academy of Future Space Explorers

GRADES 1-6 | July 6-10 | Squirrel Hill

3-2-1 blast-off! From Earth’s atmosphere to the outer reaches of our solar system, this hands-on program sends campers on a quest to explore the universe. Campers learn about comets, planets and stars as well as the four forces of flight and the challenges of space for an out-of-this-world experience. $350

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DROBOTS Roblox 3D Game Development Adventure & Racing Games

GRADES 3-6 | July 20-24 | Squirrel Hill

Gamers, do you want to learn how to make your own games? In this exciting camp for beginners, campers learn the Roblox Studio game creation engine and the Lua scripting language to build their own adventure map. Campers master important coding concepts such as conditionals, loops and functions, and learn a powerful scripting language used by pro developers around the world. $450

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NEW! Sing to Me! “Without Borders” Choral Camp

Girls, grades 1-6 | July 20-24 | Squirrel Hill

We are partnering with Pittsburgh Girls’ Choir for our first choral camp and festival, Without Borders. Both experienced choristers and new choristers are welcome. Campers learn healthy vocal production, basic musical literacy and ensemble singing, with musical games and percussion instruments incorporated throughout. The week culminates with a performance of music from around the world for family and friends. $350

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DROBOTS Junior Scratch Ninja Adventures

Grades 1-2 | August 10-14 | Squirrel Hill

Using Scratch, a popular computer coding program, campers make games, apps and movies, including Fruit Ninja, Pong and Breakout. Originally created at MIT, Scratch offers a simple environment for campers to learn about general coding concepts such as loops, conditions and variables. At the end of the week, campers will have worked through problem-solving activities individually and as a collaborative group. $450

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SNAPOLOGY Amusement Park Adventure

Grades 4-6 | July 13-17 | Squirrel Hill

STEM + imagination = hair-raising fun as kids build an amusement park using LEGO bricks and other building materials to make coasters, bumper cars, carousels and other awesome rides. In the afternoon, campers enjoy some classic favorites such as Slime, Fidget Spinners and Escape Snapology. $350

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Crafty Creations with Little House Big Art

GRADE 1‐6 | July 13-17 • July 27-31 | Squirrel Hill

Campers can get messy, try it out, and have all the fun as they explore a variety of crafts including ceramics, jewelry-making, fiber arts and mixed media portraits. Camper creations are featured in our grand showcase at the end of the week. $350

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NEW! Little Veterinarian School

grades 1-6 | July 27-31 | Squirrel Hill

Campers will woof with joy as they learn about caring for their animal friends. Our partner, Little Medical School, provides this unique program of hands-on activities, role play and interactive demonstrations during which campers learn how to perform a nose-to-tail exam, perform a tick check and identify animal body language. Campers graduate from the program at the end of the week.

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SNAPOLOGY Planes, Trains and Automobiles

grades 1-3 | August 3-7 | Squirrel Hill

We explore the world of transportation by building planes, helicopters, spaceships, skyscrapers or whatever vehicle you’re inspired to create. We also learn about energy, wheels, axles, air resistance and much more. Campers build in groups as well as working on their own projects. In the afternoon, campers experience some of our favorite Snapology classes, such as Slime, Fidget Spinners and Escape Snapology. $350

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MADSCIENCE Underground Explorers Dig up the Ancient Past

grades 1-6 | August 17-21 | Squirrel Hill

Solve real-life mysteries and learn about archaeology and the techniques scientists use to excavate long-lost cities. Study bone fragments, pottery shards, amber deposits and fossils to understand what they can tell us about history. Make and take home projects like a fossil reproduction, an amber time capsule and coins from around the world. $350

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Adventure Awaits with Venture Outdoors

grades 3-6 | August 3-7 • August 10-14 | Squirrel Hill

Get ready for adventures in the great outdoors, whether you’re a newbie or experienced! Venture Outdoors will lead us to outdoor excitement at some of the best spots Pittsburgh has to offer, such as Kayak Pittsburgh, Washington’s Landing and the Bicycle Heaven Museum. We’ll go kayaking, fishing, shelterbuilding, geocaching, biking and on a farm tour. $435

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NEW! Repair the World

grades 2-6 | July 6-10 | Squirrel Hill

Give back to the Pittsburgh community with Repair the World. We will come together to plant, weed and harvest at a community garden; cook a meal for those living below the poverty line and much more. Through games and crafts, we reflect and learn about important issues facing the Pittsburgh community and how we can build the world we want to see. This camp is open to kids who are excited to explore and give back to their city. Learn new things, support your community in real ways and build lasting friendships and connections with new friends. $350

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NEW! Steeltown Film

grades 3-6 | August 17-21 | Squirrel Hill

Lights, camera, action! Steeltown Entertainment guides campers through the movie-making process. They learn the language of cinema as well as the basic technical building blocks needed to make a movie—such as acting, writing, camera, lighting, audio and editing. They have the opportunity to operate gear and eventually shoot their own project as a group. $450

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NEW! Weird Eric Magician and Balloon Workshop

grades 1-6 | August 10-14 | Squirrel Hill

The secrets of magic and more are revealed as campers work side by side with professional magician Weird Eric to learn the skills necessary to perform basic illusions and magic tricks. You also learn how to make some fantastic shapes out of balloons— classic animal shapes, flowers, and of course whatever your imagination comes up with! $350

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DAILY SCHEDULE

7:30-9:00 AM

Before care

 

9:00‐9:15 AM

Morning flagpole

 

9:15‐10:30 AM

Specialty activity

 

10:30‐10:45 AM

Morning snack

 

10:45‐12:30 PM

Specialty activity

 

12:30‐1:00 PM

Lunch

 

1:00‐2:00 PM

Specialty activity OR Campers Choice*

 

2:00‐3:00 PM

Specialty activity OR Campers Choice

 

3:00‐3:30 PM

Afternoon snack

 

3:30 PM

Dismissal

 

Afternoon activities depend upon the specific camp. Campers Choice activities can include swimming, a trip to the library or Davis Park, no bake cooking, gym games, wacky sports, board game tourneys and more.

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