It can sometimes be difficult for young Jewish children to connect with their roots. A lot of important Jewish traditions go largely ignored by society and culture—for example, Hanukkah and Passover don’t get as much public attention as Christmas and Easter. That’s why Jewish Community Center (JCC) summer camps are so important. They give Jewish kids an opportunity to explore their heritage while having a great time in the process.
At first glance, the average JCC camp looks like any other summer camp. There are both day and overnight JCC camp programs, and some have options for either one. They’re generally coed, and most have programs to accommodate children of all ages, from kindergarten through the high school years.
JCC camps feature a lot of typical camp activities, like athletics, arts and crafts, swimming and canoeing, etc. Some have drama programs and A/V facilities as well. What sets them apart from other summer camps is the focus on fostering a sense of community among Jewish youth.
JCC summer camps help give children a better understanding of what it means to be Jewish. They’ll learn about Jewish history, culture, and values alongside other Jewish kids in a safe and friendly environment. Not only will they have opportunities to engage in fun activities and develop a variety of skills, but the friendships they develop will help build self-esteem and teach them that they’re not alone.
Our camp directory features a variety of JCC camps for Summer 2020 all over North America. Use the map to find the camps nearest your area and explore what each one has to offer your children.
The skills your kids learn and the bonds they forge at a JCC summer camp will help them better appreciate their culture and heritage. JCC camps give Jewish kids the tools they need to be proud of who they are and grow into confident and well-rounded Jewish adults.