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J Camp for Members & Guests, Age 2-13

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J Camp Update:

We are excited to announce that we will be operating J Camp this summer! However, we are making some changes in our schedule and adding new health and safety practices. J Camp will operate June 8 – July 31. See the update information in the newsletter.

Safety Practices + Procedures   View Camp Newsletter

J Camps encourage diversity by genuinely welcoming Campers into a fun and inclusive environment at this exceptional summer camp in Kansas City. We strive to instill a sense of real community, so Campers end each day highly anticipating the next day of summer camp. Jewish values are integrated into our programs in a manner which appeals to parents and children of all faiths and backgrounds. Campers will participate in a variety of activities, programs, sports, and, of course, swimming in our Olympic sized outdoor pool and Waterama splash area!

 

"My child had a great experience once again at J Camp. The counselors from last year remembered him and immediately made him feel comfortable. He enjoyed seeing friends he made last year that he didn’t see all year. Thank you so much for providing such a great Camp for our community!" - J Camp Parent

 

J Camp 2020 Weekly Sessions: June 8 - July 31 

Online Enrollment Is Now CLOSED for 2020

Enrollment Details

Additional Dates:

*July Jamboree - June 29-July 3
*Last Blast - August 3-7

2020 Schedule + Fees   View All Camps

 

J Camp Provides Everything You’re Looking For!

Super-convenient
  • Located in the heart of Johnson County near I-435 and Nall
  • Full-time and Part-time Camp Options
  • Extended Summer Options June 8 - August 7
Unparalleled facilities
  • Including an on-site swimming pool with slides, sports courts, and more!
Variety of Premier and Specialty Camps
  • Including arts, sports, swimming, archery, STEM, dance, and theatre camps
  • School Age Camp: Youth entering 1st through 8th Grades
  • Child Development Center Camp (CDC): Age 2 through youth entering Kindergarten
  • Field trips, special activities, Undernights, and more!
  • Learn new skills with structured recreational and educational activities
  • Jewish values and Israeli cultural activities

What's NEW this summer?

  • New Camp choices for LEGO® Camp, STEM Camp, and Culinary Camp!
  • New themes and program activities for Barney Goodman and BOOM
  • Summer Stock Theatre production of Disney's Frozen Jr. held in the White Theatre

2020 Schedule + Fees   View All Camps

 

Great Staff
"We love the reliability of staff knowing and attending to our family! It makes my kids feel welcomed and comfortable. Keep up the great work with quality staff! At pick up and drop off, all the counselors know our kids by name and that’s so friendly!" - J Camp Parent

Our skilled and trained staff create a safe environment and lead activities which establish cooperation and socialization skills.

Most of our staff were once Campers at The J, so they know the impact of great role models, fun activities, and positive Camp spirit!

Israeli Counselors: Each summer we hire Israeli young adults as Shlichim (Emissaries). The Shlichim enrich the camp experience with Israeli cultural activities and special projects.

 

Campers with Special Needs

The Jewish Community Center is able to support a limited number of children with special needs for J Camp, primarily through funding by Sasone and the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City. If your child has special needs or requires assistance to successfully function in a group setting and wants to attend J Camp, before enrolling, contact the appropriate J Camp Director to request an application for Para assistance. In addition to the J Camp enrollment fee, families are asked to pay a portion of the Para cost. Space is limited. Financial assistance is available for Para support.

DD Gass, School-Age J Camp Director
DebraG@thejkc.org or 913-327-8079

Machaela Whelan, Child Development Center (CDC) Camp
MachaelaW@thejkc.org or 913-327-8051 

Sasone, a department of the Jewish Federation, provides critically needed support for children identified with developmental or special needs to participate in a group in J Camp programs. With the help of Sasone, and other funders, we work with Staff to modify and adapt program experiences and provide Para support as available.

 

Camp Financial Assistance Available

The Jewish Community Center welcomes all families to consider participation in our programs. For questions regarding financial assistance, contact us at financialaid@thejkc.org or at (913) 981-8878.

More Financial Assistance Information

 

We're Hiring!

Interested in becoming a part of the J Camp team for 2020? Each year we look for enthusiastic, self-motivated summer staff members to provide program activities and supervision for our Campers.
We prefer full-time staff who are available May 26 - August 7, Monday through Friday.

Staff needed: Camp counselors, directors, specialists, Para-Educators, and substitute staff.

J Camp Leader-in-Training Volunteer Opportunity: This is a volunteer position for 14 or 15-year-olds to be a day camp assistant at J Camp. LITs work with Barney Goodman Day Camp, Sports Camp, the Child Development Center (CDC), BOOM! Camp and a limited number of positions are available for specialty camps.

Apply Now - Staff   Apply Now - LIT

 

Questions? Contact us!

DD GassDirector of J Camps + Youth Programs
(913) 327-8079 | debrag@thejkc.org

Machaela Whelan, Child Development Center Director
(913) 327-8051 | machaelaw@thejkc.org

Barry Birkmeyer, Assistant Director of J Camps + Youth Programs
(913) 327-8098 | barrybirk@thejkc.org

 

Contact J Camp  Parent Resources

 

J Camp Orientations

Parents and Campers are encouraged to attend a Camp Orientation session to meet the Staff and receive program information.

J Camp Parent + Camper Orientation: June 3, 2020 | 6:30 pm | Virtual - ZOOM

Please contact DD Gass, Director if you need Orientation information.

 

J Member and Guest pricing available

Families who have a J Family Membership or Single Family Membership are eligible to pay the J Member pricing for J Camp. Contact our Membership staff to find out about Membership options.

 

Camper Referral Program

Camper Get Camper is the J Camp referral program. You can get rewarded by referring new families to the fun of J Camp!

Learn More About Camper Get Camper

 


 

J Camp of Greater Kansas City is proud to be accredited by the American Camp Association. Developed exclusively for the Camp industry, this nationally recognized accreditation focuses on program quality, health, and safety issues, and requires us to review every facet of our Camp operation. J Camp is also licensed by the State of Kansas.

 

J Camp is generously supported by the following partners:

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