Day Camps (SH)
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Top 10 Reasons to Send Your Child to JCC Day Camps
- Every child ages 2-16 will become comfortable in the pool and learn skills essential to becoming swimmers.
- Children will form lifetime friendships & memories.
- Children will learn new skills in the areas of art, nature, sports, and drama.
- Children will improve their socialization skills and make new friends.
- Children will experience Israeli culture by interacting directly with our Israeli Shlichim (emissaries).
- Children will learn new sharing and helping skills through interaction with our inclusive Merck program made up of highly-functioning children with autism.
- Children will learn about helping the less fortunate in our community by voluntarily participating in a weekly contribution of a non-perishable food item given to one of our local food banks and a voluntary weekly Tzedakah (monetary) contribution to be distributed to local food banks.
- Children will be encouraged to perform mitzvot (good deeds done for others) and recognized for doing so on our Mitzvah Tree.
- Our motto is “fun & safety”; your children will be safe and will have fun.
- Your children will learn the life skills of sharing, making their own decisions, responsibility for their belongings and actions and working as a team.
JCC–South Hills Day Camps provide children with an enriching summer filled with fun activities. We promote an environment of respect, cooperation and caring where children can discover new interests and talents. A special ruach (spirit) permeates our camp.
Our qualified, professional staff helps each child learn and grow, improving his or her skills in sports, arts & crafts, nature, music and drama. Children take advantage of the resources available, including a sports field, playground, wooded hiking trails and shelters. American Red Cross-certified instructors super vise free and instructional swim.
Groups and Units
Children are grouped according to age and grade, and each unit has its own special activities. A senior and junior counselor supervise each group of 12 to 15 campers. You may request that we group your child with friends the same age and in the same grade.
A typical day may include instructional and recreational swimming, ar ts & crafts, sports, games, nature, hobby time and creative Jewish and Israeli programming. We arrange the schedule so that the daily routine is appropriate to the needs of each group.
In addition to proper swimming techniques, our American Red Cross certified instructors emphasize safety when in or around the water.
Our swimming program is a modified version of the American Red Cross “Learn to Swim” program. We begin by assessing the skills of each camper for assignment to the appropriate swim group. Through group and one-on-one instruction, campers expand skills at their own pace. When they have mastered specific skills, they advance to the next swim group.
We provide daily, kosher-style lunches, drinks and snacks. Children have a cookout lunch once a week. We regularly serve fruits and cut-up vegetables.
Campers grades K-6 participate in an area of special interest each day. These nclude sports, art, drama, nature, Israeli dance, newspaper, jewelry making and much more. Campers can choose a different chug every week.
Our counselors and supervisory staff focus on the growth and learning of each child at camp. The camp directors are available to answer any questions you may have as well as to discuss your child’s personal growth.
Each year, Israelis from the Misgav/Karmiel region spend the summer at camp to help us learn about life in Israel and see Jewish history come to life through stories, songs and dances. We incorporate special themes into the program such as a “Trip to Israel” or a Maccabiah (sports tournament), or an Israeli themed scavenger hunt.
Every Friday, we set aside time for Kabbalat Shabbat. The camp gathers to welcome Shabbat with blessings, songs and dance. Some groups get a chance to bake their own challah.
Health and Safety
For your child’s safety, we close the entrance to camp once all the campers have arrived. A certified medical assistant is on duty at all times to dispense medication and handle illnesses and minor injuries.
Half the camp day is spent in the sun, playing or walking to and from activities. Counselors help children apply sunscreen lotion as needed.
Inclusion Program for Children with Special Needs: grade K-age 11
South Hills Day Camps are committed to serving children of all abilities. Professional staff coordinate a program so that children may participate in the mainstream camp program. A collaboration with the John Merck Program of Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic provides support for children within the group.
For further information call 412-235-5405.
JCC summer day camps are supported in part by The Philip Chosky Charitable & Educational Foundation, Massey Charitable Trust, Morris & Fannie Skilken Family Foundation and The Edith L. Trees Charitable Trust with additional support from the Aviraz-Rosenfeld Family Enrichment Fund, Stanford and Ada Davis Young People's Theater Fund, JCCA/Legacy Heritage Fund, Dora and Joseph Marcus Camp Scholarship Fund, Beatrice Schutte Foundation, Gladys and Abraham Endowment Camp Fund, Max and Gussie Shore Children's Scholarship Fund, Sandy and Edgar Snyder Israel Experience Fund and the Rhoda Lee Tabachnik Children's Theater Fund.