Camp Chalutz
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Ages: Children entering grades 4 and 5

Full Day program

Camp Chalutz is a one stop destination for a spirited camp program where life-long friends are made, values are promoted and experienced, and activities are educational and fun.  The program strikes a healthy balance between structure and creativity, competition and teamwork, organized specialties and open-ended activities which reflect camp tradition. With new experiences and skills, children are given the opportunity to grow, learn and develop at their own pace.

Under the direction of the (Olympic Gold Medalist) Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy children swim twice daily (including an instructional swim period) in our beautiful aquatic complex. They receive instruction in a wide variety of sports activities including baseball, basketball, archery, boating, soccer, a challenge course and volleyball on our beautiful campground, and are culturally enriched by activities such as music, arts and crafts, dancing, outdoor cooking, drum circle, and Israeli culture.  Their minds are expanded by activities such as Fun with Science and Animal Discovery, where they learn about and interact with live animals.  The weekly schedule is further enriched by spectacular weekly shows and special events such as the camp carnival,  Independence Day celebration, community service oriented Day of Caring and Sharing, and Family Visiting Day.

Chalutz campers go on weekly trips to popular destinations including: IPlay America, Keansburg Amusement Park, Sesame Place, Luna Park and FunTime America. 

The program is led by highly experienced staff with degrees in education, social work, and school psychology and is staffed by highly trained, energetic, devoted, and child friendly counselors.  We maintain low staff to camper ratios to ensure excellent care and attention to each camper.    

Special options include: door to door transportation, a hot lunch program, an early and late extended hours program and more

Unit Director: Meaghan Denesopolis

Meaghan has been a staff member in the Marvin’s Division of the JCC Lillian Schwartz Day Camp for the past two summers; where she held positions as a senior counselor as well as the social skills specialist.  Meaghan is a member of the SIJCC Kidz Klub Afterschool and Youth Department staff; where she supervises organization of daily activities, chaperones elementary and middle school age children on field trips, and teaches the “Art for Kids” enrichment class held at the Bernikow building. 

Meaghan attended East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, where she studied Speech-Language Pathology and received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree.  She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Childhood Education and Special Education (grades 1-6) at Saint John’s University on Staten Island and anticipates graduating in the Spring of 2019. 

Meaghan’s goal is to create a fun, engaging, and inclusive environment for all children to enjoy and she is excited to be the new Unit Director of the Chalutz Camp!