JCC to Offer New Themed Specialty Camps This Summer

By Brenda Finberg
JCC

The Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley will be offering a series of specialty camps this summer geared toward all different interests. The camps will be held at the JCC building in Allentown and run concurrently with the eight-week Camp JCC day camp in Center Valley.

Week 1 (June 18-22) will be NASA Academy for Future Space Explorers with Mad Science. This hands-on program for children kindergarten through 8th grade will bring them closer to the stars, planets, comets and more. Learn about living in space, getting away from gravity and looking for space phenomena, and participate in a rocket launch!

Week 2 (June 25-29) is our J Art Camp for kindergarten through 8th grade. Morning session will be very fun and super messy! Campers will be inspired by the work of artists such as Robert Indiana to create 3D letters or logos using cardboard, plaster, paint and more. We will learn about logos, design/composition, construction and balance, embellishment and craftsmanship, all while having a blast creating something personally meaningful and easily displayed at home.

Afternoon session students will have a great time drawing, painting, sculpting and collaging all kinds of animals from cute dogs to icky snakes. They will also learn to draw animals from popular cartoons from famous TV shows including Disney. Mediums such as watercolors, acrylics, Sculpey clay and pastels will be used as they also learn basic art skills. Live animals will also be brought to class as realistic models just to add to the excitement.

Weeks 3 and 4 (July 2-13) is our new J Band Camp. This two-week long program will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and is geared toward campers ages 7-17. Five and 6-year-olds may participate, but must first audition and receive approval from the directors. Here, the children are divided by age and experience level, where the youngest campers get an introduction to classic and modern rock music, and more experienced musicians may choose from The Beatles, Legends of Rock, Modern Rock and some songwriting and recording their music. Each week, kids spend time learning and playing songs with a band, absorbing music history and practicing their instruments. The two-week camp concludes with a concert.

We will also be offering our J Chefs camp in Week 4 (July 9-13) for kids kindergarten through 8th grade, featuring a “Bon Appetite Lunch” for families on July 13. You don't have to pack your bags to go on this cooking adventure. Children cook their way across the globe, making several stops around the world all inside our kitchen. With a focus on safe practices and fresh, whole food ingredients, kids will learn various cooking methods as they dice, slice and sauté their way through the exciting flavors of the world. All recipes are nut-free; dietary laws observed.

 Weeks 5-7 (July 16-Aug. 3) will be Stagemakers “Do Re Mi” Theater Camp for kindergarten through 8th grade. Campers will perform a showcase on Thursday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m. and Friday, Aug. 3, at 3 p.m. featuring  songs from Roger and Hammerstein. Our focus will be on learning and maintaining basic stage skills, singing, acting and dance. Stagemakers camp provides a unique opportunity for the campers in that they create their own “scene work” with the assistance of an instructor and director. Broadway songs and show music are added with choreography to create a camp show during our three-week session that utilizes the personality of each camper. 

Week 8 (Aug. 6-10) is our new Cupcake Craze Camp for kindergarten through 8th grade. Let’s go crazy over cupcakes as we learn to make a watermelon cupcake, a grill cupcake and a bonfire cupcake – so many cute and different ways to make and create different cupcakes. There will be a taste-off on Aug. 10 at 3 p.m.

Interested in learning more? Come to our Back to Camp Night on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. to learn all about our specialty camps being offered this summer or contact Brenda Finberg at bfinberg@lvjcc.org. Learn more about summer camps in the pullout section of the February HAKOL.