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. The time your child spends at the JCC will be reorganized to introduce improved programs headed by new specialists in their field such as sports, aquatics, art appreciation, and improv.

We can’t wait to show you what we have planned for Summer 2018! 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

Mike Prendergast,
Kadimah Travel Director
(201) 436-6900

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 offer 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.


Camp Kadimah

Entering Grades 1 - 4

Every day of the summer is filled with fun and excitement! We have tons of theme days. Color wars, our annual amazing race challenge and guest appearances by Dinosaurs Rocks, Snakes and Scales, U.S. Sports and the Game Truck. We have Wet ‘N Wild water fun days right in our park with water balloons, water relays, and water shooters. The water fun continues with pool Olympics and water themed trips. 

Each grade will have weekly opportunities to attend field trips. Some of the places will include: Pirates on the Manasquan, Sahara Sams, Medieval Times, Turtleback Zoo, Tomahawk Lake, Sesame Place, Keansburg Amusements and Water Park, Jenkinson’s, IPlay America and more!

Grades 1 - 2

  • Campers enjoy recreational and instructional swim

  • Sports

  • Art

  • Themed activities

  • Special event days

  • One day trip each week

Grades 3 - 4

  • All Grade 1 & 2 activities

  • 1 - 2 day trips each week

Kadimah Travel

Entering Grades 5 - 9

A lifetime worth of memories and friendships everlasting all begin when thoughts of summer turn to camp days at the JCC of Bayonne. Old friends and new friends sharing a summer adventure never to be forgotten. From boardwalks, amusement parks, waterparks, museums summer means Kadimah Travel!

Kadimah Travel hits the road multiple times a week. Spend a summer traveling with friends in an exciting camp designed for our senior campers. Our Travel camp does not just stop with the kids traveling, they also spend time doing  fun group activities and take part in exciting themed entertainment that allow for the campers to get a sense of family and unity  that goes along with the camp experience.

Grades 5 - 9

  • All Grade 1 & 2 activities

  • Guest entertainment

  • Multiple trips per week

  • Two 2-night overnights during the summer. Both trip locations allow the camper to have wonderful and fulfilling experiences. Trips change each camp season. *Camper must register for a minimum of six weeks to attend both overnights.* 


Camper Activities

The 2018 camp season at Kadimah 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 of our specialists this summer are highly trained in their respective fields. 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.


Our aquatics Program this summer will be directed by The British Swim School. 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.

The aquatics program focuses on skill development and water safety. Swim is offered to campers daily in our heated, Olympic-sized swimming pool. Campers are tested during the first week of camp and placed in groups of ability and skill.


Our art program will be expanded to include more artistic techniques with self-expression. We will provide an entertaining, educational children’s artistic experience that inspire the artist within each camper


Our Sports Director, David Manzalaoui, comes to us from Fort lee where he is a teacher for Physical Education and Health. His previous background was in England as a sports development officer trained in a variety of sports programs for children. With his skills, this year’s programs will be filled with a variety of sports including baseball, volleyball, football, lacrosse, floor hockey, etc.

Our sports specialist pays individual attention to campers’ growth, successes and hurdles as they develop throughout the summer. Campers will work on skills in basketball, soccer, flag football, field hockey, and relay races. With the use of Stephen Gregg Park, we are able to encourage our campers to partake in other sports including, track, baseball, and tennis.

Weekly Themes

Summer camp is a place for children to celebrate summertime with fun experienced with friends. Creating weekly activities influenced by a theme will encourage campers to participate and entice them to learn about new things. There are a variety of them-related events each week, being a specialist or a special trip.

Weekly Trips

Depending upon the group, travel can range from trips once or several times of week to beaches, water and amusement parks, aquariums, zoos, ballparks, etc. Kadimah travel includes two overnight trips to fun and interesting locations.


Hot lunches and beverages are provided 2 times a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, during the regular 8-week camp session. This summer, campers will have the option to have breakfast daily and cold lunches Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Those not ordering cold lunches must bring their own on those days. Children must also bring their own lunches and beverages during the entire pre-camp week. *As a reminder, camp is nut-free.*

9AM - 4:30PM

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

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

Extended hours are available at an extra fee.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


Transportation to and from camp is available at an extra fee. The service is provided for the eight weeks of camp. Drop-off location must be the same as pick-up location. Only one location will be accepted for the entire summer and locations cannot be changed day to day. Transportation is only available on a round trip basis.

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.