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Summer Camps

A Typical Day

Campers’ days are fun-filled with a nice balance of outdoor time in the sun and indoor air-conditioned activities, always under the expert care of our counselors and directors.

Each morning begins with play time and greetings at your child’s pick-up site. We strive to meet parents’ scheduling needs, and can arrange early drop-off beginning at 7:45 am should you need it. Parents can drop off between 8:30 am and 9 am, with all campers in attendance by 9 am so we can begin the day’s adventures.   JCC Brooklyn Summer Day Camps are headquartered at three locations: Windsor Terrace, Park Slope, and our beautiful, gated 177-acre outdoor campus in Bay Ridge. Our Windsor Terrace site is located at 1224 Prospect Ave. and houses the preschool camp, summer day camp for children 4 – 6 years old and drop off/pick up for day camps for all ages. Our Park Slope site is located at the Park Slope Jewish Center at 1320 8th Avenue and houses summer camps for ages 7 and up, soccer camp, basketball camp, Hebrew dual language. We offer two free pick-up and drop-off locations in Clinton Hill and North Williamsburg.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, the children board air-conditioned buses for a short 15-minute ride to our Bay Ridge campus. Think of it as our own private 1/4 of Prospect Park – just for us! We enjoy acres of verdant fields with views of the Verrazano Bridge, and the breeze blowing off the water. We also have exclusive use of a private Bowling Alley, Theater, Gym, and Pool.

They begin with instructional and recreational swim time in the pool under the expert guidance of our swim instructors and lifeguards. All the swim teachers are trained by our ex-Olympian head of Aquatics, Eugene Prokhin [2001 Olympics in Sydney], and in addition to our own lifeguards. Safety is the first priority. Next is fun! Students who attend consistently throughout the summer typically progress 1-2 swim levels. We meet students where they are, and are happy to provide alternate poolside activities if your little one would rather not swim; we are always here to learn about your child and tailor Camp to their needs!

Lunch is a picnic in the shade, or indoors in our private Bowling Alley. Children bring their own nut-free delicacies. After lunch, campers play – or even bowl!

The afternoon finds Soccer and Basketball Division campers building skills with experts in those sports. Day Campers rotate between a variety of activities with teaching artists and specialists, including Martial Arts, Theater in a 400-person auditorium on stage, Yoga, Archery, and Dance. Hebrew Dual Language Campers hear Hebrew from native Hebrew-speaking counselors throughout their day, and have a daily play-based Hebrew language lesson as one of their daily activities. Everyone travels back together to the pick-up sites for snack and play time.

In the afternoons, we provide late pick up option until as late as 6 pm.

A Tuesday highlight is a big show as a whole camp, ranging from acrobats to improv, live musicians to reptiles.

Thursdays, campers look forward to a Trip Day. Trips this summer include Coco Key Water Resort, LegoLand, NY Hall of Science, Dave and Busters, and more!  Alternative activities will be provided for children not attending our field trips.

Welcome Day

7:30-8:30

8:30-9:30

Early Room

Welcome, Play Time and Breakfast

9:30-10:00

Travel and change for pool

10:00-11:00

Instructional and Recreational Swim

11:30-12:30

Lunch (and sometimes bowling!)

12:30-12:45

Camp Sing

12:45-1:30pm

Specials: Archery, Soccer, Theater, etc.

1:30-2:15

Specials: Martial Arts, Yoga, Basketball, etc.

2:15- 3.00

Specials: Dance, Basketball, Sports, etc.

3-3.30pm

Wrap up activities and travel back to camp

3:30-4pm

Snack & Play Time

4:15

Dismissal; Late stay available until 6pm