Camp Chalutz
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Ages: Children entering grades 4 and 5
Camp Director: Heather Ascher
Camp Dates: Monday, July 3 – Friday, August 25
Full day program

The Camp Chalutz 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. Campers swim daily; instructional and free swim are both part of our program. Children participate in structured sports leagues which include skill development, sportsmanship, and team participation. Music, nature, drama, arts and crafts, Mad Science and dance programs encourage creativity. Oneg Shabbat and Israeli cultural programs help develop Jewish identity. Weekly trips have included Sesame Place, sporting events, Keansburg Amusement Park and other exciting destinations. Extended trips which return after 4 pm will use air-conditioned, restroom equipped coach buses. Children may purchase lunch through our lunch program or they may bring their own which will be refrigerated. Kosher snacks are provided.

Heather-Pic-300x253Unit Director: Heather Ascher

Heather Ascher is a licensed social worker and also has experience as a special education teacher. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology with an emphasis on applied behavior analysis from Binghamton University, her master’s degree in teaching with an emphasis on childhood education and students with disabilities from Pace University, and her master’s degree in social work with an emphasis on practice with children and families from New York University. Heather has worked with children and their families in many different settings and capacities. She is excited about going back to camp this summer as the Unit Director of Camp Chalutz!

Heather has been a camper, counselor, assistant unit director, and unit director at JCC camp. She has missed camp for the past few summers! Heather is looking forward to a fun summer with Camp Chalutz, where all campers can feel safe, develop their skills, grow individually, and build friendships!

  • Year round position: Social Worker for the New York City Department of Education
  • Favorite Camp Memory: Arts and Crafts as a camper
  • Favorite Musician/Musical Group: Bon Jovi
  • Favorite Food: Pizza
  • Favorite TV Show: The Bachelor/Bachelorette
  • Something Most Do Not Know About You: I love elephants!
  • Favorite Spot at Camp: The pool
  • Favorite Vacation Destination: Aruba