Summer days filled with activities to keep your child excited, interested, active and loving every moment of camp.

Get ready for the most exciting, most surprising and most fun-filled summer at the JCC of Bayonne yet! We are already known for our wonderful camp experiences but now we are making them even bigger and better. Our Kadimah group is expanding to include 1st to 4th graders while Kadimah Travel is bringing together 5th to 9th graders, ultimately building a stronger community through shared experiences.

We can’t wait to show you what we have planned for Summer 2019! Your children will not want to miss a moment!

Camp Kadimah is licensed by the New Jersey Department of Health, Consumer, Environmental and Occupational Health Service.


Kaitlyn Flannery,
Kiddie Kadimah Director
(201) 436-6900
kaitlyn@jccbayonne.org

Mike Prendergast,
Camp Kadimah Director
(201) 436-6900
mike@jccbayonne.org


What makes Camp Kadimah different from other camps?

Each child is treated as an individual and provided with a unique and enjoyable summer experience. Camp Kadimah offers children a chance to learn and grow, to try new activities and to make new friends. Our staff is a remarkable group of individuals - experienced, thoughtful and responsible. We create a camp experience that fosters a true sense of family.

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Camp Kadimah

Entering Grades 1 - 4

Campers entering 1st - 4th grades get the chance to learn, make new friends, explore new places, and have a truly unforgettable summer. Each grade will have the opportunity to attend exciting field trips such as zoos, theme-parks, waterparks, and much more! However, the fun doesn’t stop there. Campers will get to enjoy a wide variety of activities throughout the week as well. Whether they are on a trip, or in the building, your campers will be making lifelong friendships and a lifetime of memories here at Camp Kadimah!

Grades 1 - 4

  • Campers will enjoy swimming in our indoor swimming pool

  • Athletics

  • Art

  • Special event days

  • Weekly field trips

Kadimah Travel

Entering Grades 5 - 9

Kadimah Travel is all about adventure, new experiences, independence, challenging yourself, and learning and growing. Old friends and new friends will be enjoying a summer adventure that will not be forgotten.  Join us for an exciting summer as our Kadimah Travel Camp explores new sights, enjoys new trips, and make lifelong memories and friendships along with way. Our campers in our Travel group get to hit the road multiple times a week. Campers will also get to enjoy group activities and take part in exciting guest entertainment that allow for the campers to get a sense of family and unity that goes along with the camp experience.  Summer camp means Kadimah Travel!

Grades 5 - 9

  • Campers will enjoy swimming in our indoor swimming pool

  • Athletics

  • Art

  • Special event days

  • Weekly field trips

  • Guest entertainment

  • Overnight trips

 
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Camper Activities

The 2019 camp season promises to be one of the best summers ever. Campers will be kept engaged and enriched all summer long and create life-long memories. With more emphasis on the community of a camp experience, more activities will be offered each day. Each child is provided with individualized attention in a safe and caring environment. We pride ourselves on the delivery of the highest quality programs and fun all summer long.

Aquatics

Our aquatics program focuses on water safety. Supervised by our Red Cross-certified lifeguards, children will get the chance to become confident and safe swimmers. All campers will undergo deep-water testing in the first week of camp to assess their abilities to swim. 

Art

Campers will be able to take their imaginations to new limits this summer. Our art program is all about teaching children new artistic abilities or expanding on the abilities they already have. We provide our campers an entertaining and educational experience all summer long.

Athletics

At Camp Kadimah, we hope to instill in our campers a positive sense of self and boost confidence in their athletic abilities, all while having tons of fun. All sports and activities are conducted with realistic and age-appropriate expectations. Our counselors help demonstrate respectful behavior, fair play, sportsmanship and perseverance. Our campers will get to enjoy various sports and activities, both indoor and outdoor, multiple times a week. 

Weekly Trips

All campers get the chance to explore new places this summer. From boardwalks and amusement parks, to waterparks and lakes, all campers are expected to have an adventurous summer here at Camp Kadimah! 

Meals

Hot lunches and beverages are provided twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the regular 8-week camp session. The camp calendar will have icons to indicate the days lunch will be provided to your children. In the event there is a schedule change, a letter will be sent home with all campers. *As a reminder, camp is nut-free.* 

REGULAR CAMP HOURS
9AM - 4:30PM

Supervision is provided for the children at these specific camp hours. Prompt arrival and pick-up of your children is necessary.

EXTENDED HOURS
Early Drop-Off
6:30 - 8:45AM
Late Pick-Up
4:30 - 6:30PM

Extended hours are available at an extra fee.

 

Camp Kadimah FAQ’s:

What’s the staff to camper ratio?

  • Camper to staff ratio as mandated by the State of New Jersey, is 15:1. We staff our camp groups accordingly to properly maintain that ratio.

Are there both male and female counselors?

  • Yes, our facility has both male and female counselors. 

What does camp tuition include?

  • Camp tuition includes supervision by a trained -staff, daily snack and water, weekly field trips, and overnights. 

Is transportation provided?

  • Parents must transport their children to and from the JCC.

Do I provide lunch for my child every day?

  • Yes, except for days indicated on our Camp Calendar that state we provide lunch. It is up to parents’ discretion to send in money to purchase lunch on a field trip.

How much does camp cost?

  • You can find our prices for camp in our registration packet.

Does Camp Kadimah offer Financial Assistance?

Is your camp staff trained?

  • Yes, all directors and Lead Counselors are trained in CPR and First Aid. All camp staff and directors are required to take a two-hour New Jersey mandated reporter training course on neglect and abuse. All staff is also required to take a four-hour course on health and safety basics, and transportation safety as well. In addition to these training courses, all staff undergoes two staff orientations.


Kiddie Kadimah

2’s | 2½ years
PreK - 3 | 3 years
PreK - 4 | 4 years
Kindergarten | 5 years

Early childhood summer programs at the JCC of Bayonne are designed for children 2½-5. The summer season program is structured around a unique theme each week and tailored to the development levels of each age group. The goal is to offer an educational experience together with wonderful summer activities to further your child’s self esteem, independence, friendship and creativity. We strive to incorporate our school year philosophy into a vital, active and, most important, fun summer program for children.

Learn a New Activity

Creative expression is encouraged through our theme weeks. Our staff coordinates to bring these themes to life through literature, art, science, movement and other activities. Outdoor play is an essential component to a full summer experience. Every day, our children have the opportunity to experience the outdoors in a variety of ways. Science and nature are explored in our park; gross motor skills are strengthened on the playground. Outdoor sensory tables, bubbles and sprinklers lend themselves to discovery through water play.

Make New Friends

Our program brings together children of all religions and backgrounds. They are grouped with their age appropriate peers based on each child’s birth date. It is the perfect place for an incredible summer experience and to build friendships.

Typical Day Structure

Activities are structured around weekly themes. Guest specialists or groups that may feature music, skits, dancing and art entertain the children. Dress -up themes during the summer are enjoyed by all.

Aquatics

Pre-K4 and Kindergarten children have an opportunity to be introduced to our pool. Our aquatics Program this summer will be directed by The British Swim Center. They are highly professional and well trained in their skills to teach water safety and swim techniques. This experience for our campers will be one of the best aquatics program in the Hudson County area. We are delighted to work with them this summer.

Toddlers and Pre-K3 children will have water play in the sprinklers at Hudson County Park.

Trips

All expenses for trips are included in your camp fees. 2’s and PreK - 3 go on 1 trip per 4 weeks of program. PreK - 4 and Kindergarten go on two trips per 4 week session.

Lunch

Hot lunches are provided twice a week during the regular 8-week camp session unless otherwise notified. Children must bring lunch all other days of the week.

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SCHEDULE OPTIONS
Monday - Friday

5 Half Days
8:30AM - 12PM

5 Full Days
8:30AM - 4:30PM

Early-care options are available beginning at 6:30am and extended-care options are available until 6:30pm. A minimum of 4 weeks required.

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Location & Facilities

Located on Kennedy Boulevard in Bayonne, the JCC is situated across from the Stephen R. Gregg Park. The building has air-conditioned facilities that include a full size gymnasium, newly renovated indoor pool, large theater auditorium, as well as accommodations to continue activities in inclement weather. It is the perfect place for an incredible day camp experience and to build lifelong friendships.

Staff

We have assembled a caring, sensitive, professional and talented staff that shares our vision of creating a developmentally appropriate, socially enriching camp experience for every child. Camp staff is comprised of teachers, coaches, students and specialists who combine extensive training with their diverse backgrounds in education, sports and arts to develop high quality programming for our campers. Each group has staff that is trained in CPR. All staff is put through a thorough screening process that includes fingerprinting, background checked through the C.A.R.I report, approved by the State of New Jersey, Department of Children and Families.

Membership

Center Membership is required to enroll your child in camp. Members are accepted on a non-sectarian basis, without regard to race, creed or religion.

Financial Aid

Financial assistance is available for eligible families. For more information, please contact Sophie Ayad, Financial Account Director, at (201) 436-6900 or sophie@jccbayonne.org.

Health Forms

All campers must submit a complete up to date camp medical form (with immunization history) and authorization for emergency treatment. All forms are required in order for your child to begin attending.

Medication Policy

Children are not permitted to take any kind of medication during camp hours. Staff is not permitted to administer any medication to campers. This policy applies to prescription and over the counter medications.

Special Needs

Camp administration must be aware of any special needs or limitations of the individual camper. Advance notice and intake interview are required. The JCC reserves the right to refuse admittance if the JCC feels the child’s needs cannot be met.