Marvin’s Camp
for Children with Special Needs
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A few weeks ago, Governor Cuomo announced that summer camps would be permitted this summer. However, we were uncertain how this would affect children enrolled through Medicaid Waiver for Inclusion and Marvin’s Camp. Since the Governor’s announcement, we have been in daily contact with OPWDD seeking guidance and authorization to open enrollment for Marvin’s Camp.

We recently received notice that Camp respite has not been authorized to resume services since the COVID-19 PAUSE has been put in place. The JCC, as the waiver provider, is on hold by OPWDD from providing that service at this time. Furthermore, parents/guardians would not be paid or reimbursed through self-direction/Medicaid if parents chose to pay out of pocket for camp.

All of us at the JCC are heartbroken over the decision not to open Marvin’s Camp this year, but we must abide by this OPWDD mandate. We will continue to reach out to care managers to collect the required documentation in the event that OPWDD changes its decision.

While we are saddened by this news, we remain hopeful and look forward to serving your family in the future. If you have any further questions, please contact Tim Esposito at



Marvin’s Camp for Children with Special Needs

Ages: Children ages 6 – 21

Camp Dates: Monday, July 6 – Friday, August 21 (7-week program)

Full Day program

(Interviews required for all new campers)

The Lillian Schwartz Day Camp & Marvin’s Camp are approved to accept funding through Medicaid Waiver & Self-Direction. If your camper does not have funding through OPWDD, please contact Timothy Esposito at for additional information about fees for camp.

  • Marvin’s Camp – Juniors:

Campers in Grades K-8

3:1 camper to staff ratio

  • Marvin’s Camp

Campers in Grades 9+

3:1 camper to staff ratio

  • Marvin’s on the Road Everyday (M.O.R.E.)

Campers in Grades 9+

5:1 camper to staff ratio

All Marvin’s Camp programs are 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.

  • Marvin’s Camp & Marvin’s Camp- Juniors provide 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. Campers swim twice daily (including an instructional swim period) in our beautiful aquatic complex. They receive instruction in a wide variety of sports activities, a challenge course, 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. Campers go on weekly trips to popular destinations including iPlay America, Keansburg Amusement Park, Sesame Place, Medieval Times, and Bounce U.
  • Marvin’s on the Road Everyday (M.O.R.E.)  provides campers with an opportunity to engage in and explore their community. If your camper thinks the best part of camp is the trips, then Marvin’s On the Road Everyday (M.O.R.E.) is how your camper should spend his/her next summer. Campers (ages 15-21) are invited to pack their backpacks, grab their sunscreen, and hop on the bus to the coolest destinations in the tri-state area.

Door to Door Transportation and Hot Lunch are available for an additional fee.

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