Marvin’s Camp
for Children with Special Needs
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Marvin’s Camp for Children with Special Needs

Ages: Children ages 6 – 21

Program Supervisor: Jessica Walder

Camp Director: Nick Plataroti

Camp Dates: Monday, July 9 – Friday, August 17, 2018 (6 week program) &

Monday, July 9 – Friday, August 24 (7 week program)

Full Day program

(Interviews required for all new campers)

Marvin’s Camp for children with special needs provides an educational, creative, socially and emotionally safe environment for children and teens with special needs.  The camp is committed to providing children with a positive and enriching day camp experience and to enhancing the camper’s activities of daily living.

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.

Marvin’s campers go on weekly trips to popular destinations including: IPlay America, Keansburg Amusement Park, Sesame Place, Medieval Times, and Bounce U.

The program is led by highly experienced staff with degrees in special 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

2018 Camp Calendars

Unit Director: Nick Plataroti

Nick Plataroti has been a part of Marvin’s Camp at the JCC for seven years. He spent four years as a counselor, and two years as an Assistant Director. Nick is thrilled to be coming back to camp this summer as the Unit Director of Marvin’ Camp. During the school year, Nick is a Substitute Teacher for the NYC DOE (Department of Education), a counselor in Kidz Klub Afterschool program for the youth department, and the Coordinator for Afterschool Juniors program, which is an afterschool program for children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders). Nick is very excited to be returning to camp this summer and hopes that it will be the best summer yet!

Favorite Camp Memory: Watching campers have fun at all activities!

Favorite Musician/Musical Group: Sum 41

Favorite Food: Chicken Cutlets

Favorite TV Show: Shades of Blue

Something most do not know about you: I have two siblings with special needs

Favorite Spot at Camp: The pool

Favorite Vacation Destination: Aruba