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Providing summer day camp experiences for over 60 years!
It’s time for Endless Summer Fun at Camp JCC!
The non-stop excitement returns to JCC summer camps in 2017. From incredible elective classes to sports specialties, campers will be kept engaged and enriched all summer long, and create life-long memories. Campers will participate in themed programming and activities and learn about different cultures.
Our camp staff is trained to work with various age groups and meet the needs of all children. Each child is provided with individualized attention in a safe and caring environment. We pride ourselves on the delivery of the highest quality programs and fun all summer long!
Camp programming is designed so that families receive the high quality care and value they deserve. Campers in our Preschool Summer Camp, Day Camp, and Sports Camps enjoy the use of the JCC’s well-equipped 80,000-square-foot facility, including indoor and outdoor pools, full-size gym, outdoor fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, art studio, and more! Children are provided with a camping experience that is rich in athletics, swimming, arts, and culture. Travel camps take teens to amazing places in New England.
For your convenience the forms are available to download below and complete. Registration forms can be submitted via mail, fax to 508-754-3373 or in person at the Worcester JCC kiosk in the front lobby.
Camp Registration Forms
Camp Information Packets
Click here for important Preschool Reminders.
Click here for important Day Camp Reminders.
Click here for important information regarding registration deadlines.
For more information please contact the Summer Camp Directors at 508-756-7109 or email listed below:
Sandy Scola, Co-Director, Preschool Summer Program x 258, [email protected]
Robin Burwick, Co-Director, Preschool Summer Program x 225, [email protected]
Megan Catlin, Day Camp, LIT & CIT Director x 238, [email protected]
Bob Berman, Sports Specialty Camps Director x 233, [email protected]
Kelly Sampson, Aquatics/Gymnastics Camp Director x 235, [email protected]
Preschool Summer Camp
An amazing summer experience designed for young children!
Our “home base” is the JCC’s beautiful air–conditioned Early Childhood Center with fully equipped preschool classrooms. Our caring professional staff is dedicated to creating an environment where your child will explore and share many adventures including Red Cross swim, music, sports, arts, cookouts, Israeli culture and nature. The preschool camp staff is composed of licensed preschool teachers and experienced counselors who warmly welcome your child every day. All campers receive a camp T-shirt.
Your child’s day may include:
Arts & Crafts
Our new art specialist will inspire children’s imagination and self-expression with hands on activities; painting, sculpting, drawing collage, crafts and more.
Born to Move
Children will fall in love with music and movement! They will experience the joy of moving to music that lets them master moves quickly. Let their confidence soar to new heights.
5 year old campers reach new heights in their climbing skills! Our trained staff provide instruction and proper use of safety equipment.
GaGa Ball is a fun game that our campers love to play. The goal of the game is to avoid being hit below the knees as other players knock the ball toward you. The game helps children develop hand-eye coordination and critical thinking skills. Join us for a summer of fun playing unlimited GaGa in our NEW outdoor GaGa Pit!
Music and Movement
Join in the fun with camp songs, creative movement, improvisation and rhythm games. With our music specialist: Angela Garvin.
A unique program designed specifically for young children. Kid Fit will offer the children a rotation of Happy Feet Soccer, Hooray For Hoops Basketball, Kool Kicks Kickball and more. Children practice gross motor skills while practicing balance, coordination and agility.
Children use their natural curiosity to investigate and explore the world around them through hands-on activities.
Red Cross Swim
Our Red Cross certified instructors look forward to helping the children improve their swimming skills in a clean, safe and fun environment.
Sports Summer Camp
Our co-ed Sports Camps provide expert instruction in a supportive atmosphere of fun and camaraderie. Our emphasis is on skill and technique paired with an appreciation of teamwork and strategy. Campers make use of the JCC’s athletic facilities: newly renovated gymnasium, outdoor ball fields, basketball and tennis courts, 25 yard indoor and outdoor pools, gymnastics studio and new outdoor gaga pit.
Soccer Camp - Grades 1 - 8
Director Adam Strogoff is the former head coach of the Worcester Academy Girls Varsity Soccer team and led the team to three N.E. Championships, compiling an overall record of 102-14-23 in the process. Under his guidance, the team won the NEPSAC Class A title in 2011, its first year of Class A play, and NEPSAC Class B championships in 2008 and 2009. The team was a New England finalist in 2010, semifinalist in 2005 and 2007, and quarterfinalist in 2006 and 2012. In 2008 Adam was named the NSCAA Massachusetts Private School Coach of the Year. He brings years of soccer camp experience having worked at numerous soccer camps throughout New England. STAFF...Top high school & college coaches assisted by college players.
Basketball Camp - Grades 1 - 9
Expert staff composed of top high school and college coaches, help campers better understand the game of basketball, develop fundamentals and understand the concepts of teamwork and good sportsmanship in a fun and safe environment.
Grades 1 – 4 Players will participate in daily drill sessions and will also participate in fun skills competitions and games throughout the day.
Grades 5 – 9 Players will participate in a week long tournament leading to a championship game, helping them learn concepts of teamwork and team play.
All Sports Camp - Grades 1 - 9
Campers will receive instruction in a variety of sports, skill sessions, contests, scrimmage games, daily swim option plus elective periods. Baseball, basketball, soccer, gaga, Jr. Olympic skills competition, NHL street hockey, track and field, lacrosse, team handball, tennis, NFL flag football, dodgeball, Mass Wiff whiffle ball tournaments and capture the flag.
Rich Gedman Baseball Camp - Grades 1 - 7
Program Coordinator RICH GEDMAN: Hitting Coach of the Boston Red Sox Triple A Minor League affiliate Pawtucket Red Sox and former Can-Am Manager of the Year with the Worcester Tornadoes. Rich brings 12 years of Major League experience. He played with the Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, and St. Louis Cardinals and participated in two American League Championship Series and the 1986 World Series. He was the 1981 Sporting News Rookie of the Year and a two-time American League All-Star Catcher.
TAF Junior Triathlon Camp - Grades 3 - 6 and Grades 7 - 10
The TAF Junior Triathlon Camp is designed to introduce kids from grades 3 - 10 to the exciting sport of triathlon. Focus is on skill development and fun. Instruction includes swim stroke improvement, bike handling / safety, run skills, warm up routines and nutrition. TAF Junior Triathlon Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is the promotion of a healthy lifestyle that young triathletes can develop for a lifetime.
SARA LEVEY Head Coach - Sara has seven years of triathlon experience including racing in 3 junior/youth national championships. Recently she coached at the USA Triathlon Northeast Development Camp.
MATT VALYO Asst. Coach, Program Director - Matt is the Regional Athlete Development Coordinator for USA Triathlon Northeast and the Team Director of the TAF Racing Junior Elite Race Team. Matt is one of 5 coaches who run USA Triathlon’s Junior Skills and Elite Select Camps as well as the Northeast Collegiate High Performance Camp.
Camp cookout Thursday, July 13, lunch provided
Gymnastics Camp - Grades 1 - 4
This program provides interactive recreational gymnastics delivered in a fun, creative and safe environment. Incorporates tumbling, balance beam, spring board, dance and more. Perfect for first time gymnast. Quality instructors safely challenge the limits of individual abilities.
Wahoo Swim Camp - Ages 7 - 18
This full day, week long noncompetitive technique based program focuses on building strong components of skills in all four racing strokes through drills and activities. Increasing strength and performance in swimming, flip turns, starts and fundamentals. Each day will be a new stroke with instructions through a drill circuit at the outdoor pool in the morning, dryland strength development, video analysis and discussion session, finished off with a swim team style practice to tie in lessons of the day together. Wahoo Swim Club coach; Ben Tucker and Aquatics Director; Kelly Sampson will be directing all activities and instruction.
Swimmers must be evaluated by Ben Tucker in the 50yd Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and 25 Fly before registering.
Our program focuses on activities that enable children to grow, build relationships, and develop self-esteem throughout the summer. Sports, swimming, climbing tower, nature, arts and crafts and much more. All campers receive a camp T-shirt.
ENTERING GRADES 1 OR 2 IN THE FALL OF 2017
2 swims daily, instructional swim taught by American Red Cross certified instructors and free swim. If a child participates in 3 weeks of swim lessons, they will receive a Red Cross certificate of achievement at the appropriate achievement level.
- Weekly cookout
- Coed groups
ENTERING GRADES 3 - 6 IN THE FALL OF 2017
Campers register for a single elective that runs 5 mornings each week; 10:30am—12pm.
Maccabi games Week 8 replaces most electives. Instructional swim taught by American Red Cross certified instructors and free swim. If a child participates in 3 weeks of swim lessons, they will receive a Red Cross certificate of achievement at the appropriate achievement level. An alternate activity is offered for upper unit campers who opt out of swim lessons.
- Daily free swim
- Weekly cookout
At Camp JCC’s popular LIT program you will discover hidden talents and hone in on your leadership skills while making new friends and having loads of fun! Enjoy working with campers of all ages, under the guidance of our camp staff and LIT Coordinator. You will make a difference for others and yourself with a summer you’ll never forget!
Weeks 1 & 2 - June 20—July 1 Weeks 3 & 4 - July 3 & July 5—15 (no camp July 4)
Weeks 5 & 6 - July 18—July 29 Weeks 7 & 8 August 1—12
Our CIT Program encourages responsible young teens to work with a variety of age groups and specialists with a strong focus on developing leadership capabilities, communication skills, and patience. CITs get “on the job” training and gain experience managing their time, working as a team, as well as planning and implementing camp programs. Participation in the CIT program does not guarantee a counselor position in the future.
Volunteer community service internship. In this unique summer internship program, you will learn about being a role model to campers, acquire tools for working with children and peers and develop leadership skills. Application and interview are required to be considered for participation in our Camp JCC Teen Internship. Contact Meg Catlin, [email protected]
Week 4 - July 10—July 14
• Six Flags
• Kimball’s Farm
• Wacky Wednesday Mystery Trip*
• Whale Watch
• Water Country
We have some really fun trips planned for this week. There will be mini-golf and bumper boats, waterslides and wavepools, roller coasters and whales jumping out of the ocean. Also, back by popular demand, we have our Wacky Wednesday Mystery trip. Come join us for some fun in the sun!
*Wacky Wednesday Mystery Trip: campers and parents will know where the campers are going on Wednesday morning. Hints will be given during the week…can you guess where we are going?
Week 6 - July 24—July 28
• Six Flags
• Tree Top Adventures
NEW Overnight Trip – Zoar Outdoor, Charlemont, Ma
• Brownstone Park, Portland, CT
Are you ready for the most amazing week of your life? We will start off with some Rollercoasters and Water parks and then on to some Tree Top adventures. Next we will be heading out for our overnight trip to Western, Ma, where we will be Whitewater Rafting one day and Zip-lining through the canopies the next! Then, back by popular demand, we end the week at the extreme Brownstone Park!
Overnight Trip: Our trip will be to Zoar Outdoor, who run their professional organization with industry leading safety and core values. We will be Whitewater Rafting the first day with a lunch on the river and will be staying over in their cabin tents that night after having a cookout for dinner. We will then be waking up to breakfast and off to Zip-Lining the Canopies of Charlemont, Ma.
• All food/drink provided
• Sleeping bag required
• Detailed packing list provided once registered
Financial Assistance: A limited number of need based scholarships are available. Interviews required for 1st time applicants. Early application for scholarship is strongly encouraged. Submit camp registration with a refundable deposit of $25 per week/per child with the financial application. If the deposit is a hardship registration, the registration will be put on hold until the application can be reviewed. To be considered in the first round, all paperwork and required interviews must be completed by Friday, April 7, 2017.
First round applicants will be notified by Monday, May 1, 2017 and must respond by Monday, May 15, 2017 to indicate whether or not the child will be attending or the camp space may be forfeited. Requests, after the first round, will be considered if funds are still available. Additional financial assistance will be processed as received until scholarship funds are depleted.
Click here for the financial aid application. Please make sure you read the instructions for the application process so that all information is submitted in a timely manner.