The JCC’s Bulletin dates back to the 1930s, when it was a premier source of news for the local Jewish community. We are proud to continue this tradition of keeping our JCC community informed via our virtual Bulletin.
The bulletin circa 1974
Our camp prides itself on not only providing kids with a summer of fun and adventure, but simultaneously preparing them to be compassionate, well-rounded adults. In all that we do, we focus on relationship-building and universal values like respect, perseverance, and kindness. While we strive to live out these values every day at camp, we also have a special day devoted to them— the Day of Caring and Sharing!
On our annual Day of Caring and Sharing, campers are given the opportunity to do something good for those in need. Activities in the past have included holding a carwash and donating the proceeds to charity, visiting nursing home residents, preparing sandwiches and cookies for homeless Staten Islanders, making cards for homebound seniors, collecting pajamas and food for families in need, and holding a walk-a-thon to support Sunrise Day Camp for kids with cancer.
One of the highlights of our summer, the Day of Caring and Sharing reminds our campers that it is better to give than to receive and demonstrates that we can all make a positive impact on the world around us. This year, it’s more important than ever that we celebrate these values as we see the power of lending a helping hand in times of need. We are so proud of our campers for participating in this special day and can’t wait for this year’s Day of Caring and Sharing!
We are so excited to announce our new Core 24 Summer Basketball Camp, under the direction of Mike Reape, our Director of Sports & Recreation!
Core 24 Basketball Camp will help kids become well-rounded basketball players through drills that develop game IQ and skills like ball handling and shooting. Our program includes activities tailored to every child’s age and skill level. When they’re not practicing or having friendly competitions, campers will have fun playing board games and swimming! Learn more HERE!
This message was written by Camp Co-Directors Glenn Wechsler and Stephanie Feldman.
Rabbi Milton Steinberg told a story about stepping outside after a long illness that had kept him cooped up in his house. Steinberg said that as he crossed the threshold, sunlight greeted him. The sky overhead was very blue, very clear, and very, very high and everywhere in the great vault between earth and sky the golden glow of sunlight touched him with friendship, warmth and blessing. As he basked in its glory, Steinberg said the words of the prophet Malachi ran through his mind: "The sun shall some day rise with healing on its wings."
We remain hopeful that come June 29, JCC Day Camp will be up and running, providing the children with a safe, healthy environment where they can have the superior camp experience our camp families have come to expect and appreciate.
As we speak, camp directors continue to plan for the summer season. We are hiring and training staff, planning trips, creating programs, and designing schedules. After weeks of being stuck indoors, we know that kids are looking forward to so many camp activities like swimming in the pool, playing baseball, basketball, and soccer, exploring the Animal Kingdom with Brian Wild, competing in the Wild and Wacky Challenge show, and uniting as a camp community for Shabbat and the spirited Maccabi Games. We are especially excited about our 2020 camp theme, The World of Stories, and new offerings, including a Performing Arts Camp, woodworking, and a Teen Travel overnight trip to Virginia.
For nearly 90 years, our JCC has provided thousands of children with the summer camp experience of a lifetime. It’s a second home where the sound of children laughing fills the air and the colorful display of flowers and lush green trees, adventurous hiking trails, peaceful ponds, the soaring of birds, and the smell of freshly cut grass fill our senses. Times are undoubtedly difficult but we remain faithful that better days are ahead. We are certain that the sun will rise again with healing on its wings and thousands of JCC campers will again experience the touch of friendship, warmth and blessing.
Here at the JCC, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to create great summer camp memories. To us, camp is an essential part of the childhood experience, and one that everyone should feel included in, regardless of ability. Our Marvin’s Camp for Children with Special Needs is committed to providing an educational, creative, social, and safe environment for kids and teens with special needs.
We offer three Marvin’s divisions: Marvin’s Juniors, for kids entering grades K-8, Marvin’s Camp, for grades 9 and up, and Marvin’s On the Road Everyday (M.O.R.E.), for kids ages 15-21. All Marvin’s programs are led by highly experienced staff with degrees in special education, social work, and school psychology. We maintain low staff-to-camper ratios to ensure excellent care and attention for each child.
Children in Marvin’s Juniors and Marvin’s Camp participate in a wide array of fun and enriching activities, including swimming, sports, music, and arts and crafts. They also go on trips, such as going to the movies, bowling, and visiting the zoo!
M.O.R.E Camp provides campers with an opportunity to engage in and explore their community. Each day of camp, they will visit fun destinations like amusement and water parks, sporting events, arcades, and more!
We have so much fun in store for our marvelous Marvin’s campers this summer. Learn more about Marvin’s Camp for Children with Special Needs here.
When we think of summer camp, we tend to think about our experiences as younger children. However, at the JCC, we know that positive, safe summer camp experiences are just as important to older kids as they are to little ones. This is why we offer Camp Nesiyah, better known as Teen Travel, for kids entering 8th and 9th grade.
Recognizing that teens’ interests differ from our younger campers’, we tailor our Teen Travel program to include trips teens will enjoy most, while remaining true to the core principles of JCC Camp—friendship, discovery, and fun. Teen Travelers have the opportunity to adventure and try new things every day, while also building strong friendships with their fellow campers.
Each day of camp, Teen Travelers will visit favorite summer locations and discover new ones. Trips in the past have included water parks, amusement parks, Broadway shows, sporting events, museums, boardwalks, hands-on activities, rock climbing, laser tag, and much more! Campers will also enjoy overnight trips, including a 3 day trip to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA in Williamsburg, Virginia! As we gear up for Summer 2020, our camp staff is hard at work to plan even more awesome excursions for this year!
Does your teen want to spend their summer going on fun adventures with their friends? Be sure to sign up for Teen Travel camp at camp.sijcc.org!
One thing that makes the JCC’s Camp special is that we offer year-round programming so that the fun doesn’t have to stop when summer ends! This month, our campers had so many opportunities to hang out with their friends from camp!
Campers started off the new year together at the 13th annual Camp Reunion on January 5. They were treated to a fun afternoon complete with bouncy inflatables, entertainment by Jester Jim, and a build-your-own sundae bar! The kids loved seeing all of their friends and counselors from camp! Check out some great photos from the event here:
Next up were Camp 365 and Middle School Madness, two monthly programs that allow campers to enjoy a variety of camp-like activities while their parents enjoy some quiet time on a Saturday night. Noting the chilly January weather, the kids made cute penguin crafts and some tasty penguin treats!
On January 19, the campers got together again for a Frozen-themed Sunday Funday. After watching the film, the kids were inspired by the catchy tune, “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?” so everyone built their own edible snowman out of donuts!
This cold weather has us dreaming of sunny summer camp days...but summer won't seem so far away when you join us for our Camp Reunion! Reunite with your friends and counselors from camp and enjoy bouncy inflatables, Jester Jim’s Juggling Show, and a make-your-own-sundae bar!
Sunday, January 5, 4-6pm
Bernikow JCC, 1466 Manor Road
$10 per child / Bring a new friend to camp and each pay only $5
Contact Glenn Wechsler at email@example.com to register by January 2.
Who says camp fun has to end when summer does? Our campers have a blast year-round with Camp 365—one weekend each month, we host campers for a few hours of fun and friendship. It’s a great time for the kids to reunite with their friends from camp and parents love having a few quiet hours, knowing that their children are having fun in a safe environment.
Since our campers weren’t together on Thanksgiving Day, they celebrated the holiday at their December Camp 365 event. They made turkey headbands and gobble-gobbled up some tasty treats!
We can’t wait to see our campers again at our 13th Annual Camp Reunion on January 5 and at our next Camp 365 event on January 11!
Day camp is a JCC tradition that dates back to the 1930s, and in 2019, it’s still going strong! In addition to our traditional day camp, we also have Marvin’s Camp for Children with Special Needs, also located at Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds. Sports camps based out of our Bernikow and Avis Buildings instruct children in soccer, basketball, aquatics, and gymnastics. Sunrise Day Camp, which runs out of Mount Loretto, is a camp for children with cancer and their siblings that is completely free of charge to families. The JCC also operates camps at our Beacon sites and Cornerstone Community Centers.
Check out photos of our happy campers from several of our locations!
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1466 Manor Road
Staten Island, NY 10314
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