The Neil Klatskin Day Camps at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades are now registering for their summer season, offering children, ages 3 to 7, a non-stop summer adventure, where campers enjoy the outdoors, learn new skills, make new friends and explore personal interests. Families can sign up for the full eight weeks, or choose from a wide range of options.
NKDC features dynamic, age-appropriate programming including sports, Red Cross instructional and recreational swim, Tae Kwon Do, yoga, art, drama, music, Judaic programming, special events and much more. Plus, NKDC is all-inclusive, providing lunch, snacks, towel service and camp swag, so parents don’t have to think about all those extra details. Camp takes place on a beautiful 21+ acre campus with 3 pools, a sprinkler park, sports facilities, a low ropes course with zip line, indoor rainy-day facilities and more. Children ages 3 and 4 are home based in air-conditioned rooms with head counselors who are certified educators. Registration options include 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 weeks. Children with special needs, ages 5-9, have the opportunity to participate as well.
Camp units include:
KADIMA: For children 3 to 4 years old (Must be 3 by October 17)
Half Day: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; three-quarter day: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; full day: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Kadima campers thrive in a nurturing, enthusiastic, supportive and structured environment. Special attention is given to the social growth, emotional development and physical needs of each individual camper. Campers are home based in air-conditioned classrooms, with most activities taking place outdoors. New this year, camp will be offering native Hebrew-speaking children, ages 3 & 4, with a group led by Hebrew-speaking counselors.
GEDOLIM: For children entering kindergarten-second grade
Campers enjoy a wide range of activities in a Jewish environment that encourages independence and growth. Camp activities take place both outdoors and indoors. Special emphasis is placed on development of social skills, self-esteem and sportsmanship. Each day campers entering first grade get the opportunity to choose a regular camp activity they would like to participate in more than once a week. Campers entering second grade enjoy unique programming that reflects their developmental needs and abilities, including more challenging opportunities and adventures such as “majoring” in a special discipline for a two-week period, off-site trips and late nights.
START-UP NATION: For native/fluent Hebrew speakers entering kindergarten-second grade
This Israeli summer experience is full of fun, opportunity and unforgettable moments. Campers enjoy a wide range of Hebrew and Israeli cultural activities with native Hebrew-speaking counselors and specialists that include music, scout activities, cooking and more. Campers entering second grade enjoy the challenging opportunity of choosing a “major” for a two-week period offered through the JCC’s Big Idea Specialty Camp, which allow campers to explore nature, science, robotics and more.
TIKVAH: For children with special needs ages 5-9 (Must be 5 by June 1)
Tikvah is designed to meet the special needs of children ages 5-9 with communication, social, behavioral and learning differences. Special attention is given to each camper to ensure a summer filled with enjoyment and learning. Full Day, ½-day and ¾-day options are available.
Neil Klatskin Specialty Camps:
NKSC at the JCC offers 8-15-year-old campers an incredible variety of camp specialties that run all summer, Monday, June 26-Friday, August 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Camp offerings include fine arts, science, Big Idea hi-tech, multi-sports, basketball & tennis, dance, musical theater, Broadway performance, comedy and theater, chamber music and more. Classes can be mixed and matched for a full summer experience or taken for just select weeks. Camps are all-inclusive, providing lunch, snacks, daily swim and towel service. Campers also have access to transportation and extended care services. There are also full-day, fun mini-camp options in dance, sports, music and more to fill in the time between school + camp and camp + school.
JCC membership is required for all sports camps, and for children under 10 years in art, dance, drama, science, and Big Idea high-tech camps. The JCC offers many membership options, including camp family membership for $750. To find out more about membership and the many options available, call 201-408-1448. To register or schedule a tour, contact Melissa Peters at [email protected] or 201-408-1485. To reach the camp office, email [email protected] or call 201-567-8963
Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.