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Hebrew Mud Camp

Hebrew Mud Camp

JCC Brooklyn Windsor Terrace, a project of the Kings Bay Y, is excited to pilot Hebrew Mud Camp this summer in Prospect Park!

We believe that children are makers of meaning through their joyful interaction with the world. We are a community center inspired by secular Jewish values. Following the emergent curricular framework of our Bank Street and Reggio-inspired school, children and counselors will be inspired by the natural world of our park to explore, create and connect with one another and nature. Through active engagement with our world, we believe children are empowered to change society for the better.

This camp is designed for children entering pre-K through children entering 1st grade in fall of 2018, ages 4-6. We will have a maximum of 16 Mud Campers with 4 counselors, at least two of whom will be Hebrew-speaking. You can let us know if you prefer for your children to be spoken to primarily in Hebrew or in English!

We will be outdoors in the park in all weather, using trees for shade and weathering rain with appropriate clothing and our own temporary shelters. In the event of dangerous weather such as a thunderstorm, we will either be at JCC Brooklyn Windsor Terrace at 1224 Prospect Avenue or inside a park structure, and will let parents know as soon as possible if this changes our drop-off or pick-up location.

Dates

  • Monday, July 16- Friday, July 20

Rates

  • 5 Days: Full Days $650 | Half Days $425
  • 3 Days: Full Days $405 | Half Days +$370
  • 2 Days: Full Days $270 | Half Days $180
  • Transportation- Door to Door: $14 per day
  • Transportation- Bus Stop: $13 per day
  • Early Drop-off: (7:45am) $7 per day
  • Late Stay: (6:00pm) $8 per day
  • Combo: (Early Drop-off & Late Stay) $12 per day

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Our Daily Rythm

Camp will begin each day with a walk through Prospect Park to the area we will explore. There, we will provide children with open-ended materials to create, collaborate, and appreciate the park and one another. It might be strings to create a curtain or cascading leaves, or structures made of recycled materials in response to children imagining a chipmunk’s burrow. Counselors will support children in their creative ideas. Group games and dramatic play will emerge, as well as mud-stomping and found treasure-collecting.

Mid-morning children will pause for songs in Hebrew and English and fresh fruit and bread. We will ask that each parent sign up for one morning to provide snack for the group so all can join in this shared ritual. As children eat, we will read a gorgeous picture book related to our explorations, laugh, and enjoy each others’ company.

The explorations and projects will continue throughout the morning inspired by our park surroundings: bucket brigades at the water pump, watercolor paintings on Butterfly Hill, our own ant colony… we are open to the hundred directions each moment can take us.

We will journey back to the lake and sing a closing song to say farewell to our half-day campers. Full-day campers enjoy a picnic lunch outdoors before returning to JCC Brooklyn Windsor Terrace for a little air conditioned rest time. Non-nappers will draw or write in their Nature Notebook and listen to a story and make a restful art project with that morning’s collected nature treasures. At 2:30pm, we will have an afternoon snack and say goodbye to full-day children, who will be picked up at 1224 Prospect Avenue. From 3-6pm Late Stay children will head back to Prospect Park for exploration, stories another snack and art and get picked up at the Vanderbilt entrance to Prospect Park at Prospect Park Southwest.

We will have an optional Family Potluck Picnic Friday night, July 20th at 6pm.

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