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January 12, 2018  RSS feed

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Jewish Community Camp announces 2nd year

The Jewish Community Camp, a project of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties, will once again offer a full summer of community-oriented day camp experiences for children across the region with some new features including a camp-within-a-camp for middle schoolers.

Three sessions of three weeks apiece will be offered as well as a “Taste of Camp” session spanning from May 29 through June 1. The Jewish Community Camp home base is at 1685 S. Belcher Road in Clearwater, on the campus of Temple B’nai Israel.

Campers enrolled at the Jewish Community Camp are grouped according to the grade they are entering in the Fall of 2018; campers must be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2018 to register.

“We’re taking all that was great and loved about our first year of camp and making it even better,” said Maxine Kaufman, the Federation’s director of Arts, Culture, and Education. “Campers will enjoy all of the ruach (spirit) of Color War, challah baking, family Shabbat, and Israeli dancing while still getting the campy experiences like swimming, flagpole, rock climbing, archery, arts and crafts, and best of all: friendship.”

In 2017, campers enjoyed nine different field trips that included cheering on the Rays at a baseball game, ziplining, experiencing a dolphin-watching cruise, and participating in a luau at a water park. Campers also cheered on Israel’s team at the world championships of women’s fast-pitch softball and spent a day with the Friendship Caravan, a special performance group of Israeli young people who build bridges through person-toperson relationships.

Campers challenged themselves personally to earn “fandanas” (stretch bandanas) that represented each of the camp’s six core values: compassion, community, tenacity, courage, integrity, and responsibility.

In 2018, the camp will have an Israel Ambassador on staff, Yael Mor, who is visiting the community for one year as part of the Federation’s Schlicha (emissary) program. Mor will offer a personal perspective on the arts, customs, slang, and culture of Israel as she leads campers on amazing activities.

Also new to the 2018 year will be the introduction of the Middle School Mitzvah Makers program, a week-long camp targeting middle school campers seeking more than the traditional day camp. This one-week program will be offered three times during the summer, and in each week middle school students will enjoy teen-targeted experiences such as an escape room, theme park, and water sports while also exploring a self-improvement theme (purpose, gratitude, and compassion) and completing up to 20 hours of documented service at local nonprofits.

This camp-within-a-camp will offer an age-appropriate option for the ages that may have outgrown traditional day camp, or need the flexibility to allow for summer travels and enrollment at sleepaway camp, Kaufman said.

“It’s right at the center of our name: community. We designed this camp to be for the entire community, and we’ve done our best to make this fun and convenient for families,” said Emilie Socash, Federation executive director.

Camp dates are:

• Session 1: Monday, June 4 - Friday, June 22

• Session 2: Monday, June 26 - Friday, July 13

• Session 3: Monday, July 16 - Friday, Aug. 3

The camp will again offer transportation to and from camp with pick-up locations in Saint Petersburg and Palm Harbor for a fee.

Discounts are available for early registrations, saving families $100 per camper per session until January 15 and $50 per camper per session until Feb.15. Additional discounts for siblings (10 percent) and full-summer registrations (one week free) are available with no deadlines.

Scholarships applications are available on the Federation website.

For full information, including dates, rates, and ongoing updates to the activity schedule, visit or call (727) 530-3223.

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