Camp Philosophy

The JCC Lillian Schwartz Day Camp has more than 85 years of experience providing children with a quality day camp program designed to enhance each child’s physical, emotional, social, and intellectual growth while providing opportunities to take pride in their Jewish heritage. Our exceptional team of day camp professionals devotes itself to the happiness and safety of our campers. Our camp offers a wide range of activities which includes sports, arts, nature, Jewish and Israeli culture all taught by our highly qualified and caring staff.

Picturesque Site
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75 country like wooded acres including 2 lakes in the heart of the Greenbelt

  • 3 Olympic sized swimming pools
  • Multi-purpose athletic fields including baseball field
  • Shaded picnic areas and playgrounds
  • Outdoor basketball, volleyball and Ga-Ga courts
  • Archery Range
  • Outdoor Amphitheater
  • Ropes Challenge Course

Superior Staff
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The success of any camp depends on the quality of its counselors and supervisors.

We go to great lengths to get the very best!

Our Staff features:

  • Professional staff with degrees in education, social work, and school psychology.
  • Energetic, devoted, child-friendly counselors many of whom were JCC campers themselves.
  • Trained specialists with expertise in their fields.
  • CPR and First-Aid certified unit directors and assistant directors.
  • On-site medical office staffed with full-time EMT/RN
  • Extensive pre-camp and on-going training in the areas of child development, supervision, child safety, and camper sensitivity.
  • High Staff Retention Rate with most of our counselors returning to re-experience the magic of camp and many of whom work year-round in the JCC youth department.

Lenny
Krayzelburg
Swim Academy
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The JCC Lillian Schwartz Day camp offers campers swim twice daily under the direction of the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy. Lenny Krayzelburg is a four-time Olympic gold Medalist who started a swim program in 2005. He has taught water safety to thousands of children and educated them on the importance of knowing how to swim.

Krayzelburg utilizes the SwimRight Method, which has the swim-float-swim technique as its foundation, and focuses on providing campers with confidence and safety in and around the water.

Campers are taken from the beginning stages of swimming and progress to all four major strokes – freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. As campers master new skills, they are recorded on a swim card which is given to parents at the end of the summer so that parents are aware of their child’s progress.

  • My daughters have been with this camp for 5 years!  They love it!

    Stacie B.
    Parent

Sports Instruction
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With lots of options, campers take part in a Sports Extravaganza! With popular offerings such as:

  • baseball
  • soccer
  • football
  • volleyball

and unique sports such as:

  • ga-ga
  • archery
  • ropes challenge course
  • boating.

Campers learn new skills, discover strengths and talents and build confidence in their athletic abilities.

Taught by high quality and well-trained sports specialists, the sports programs provide campers with an understanding of game rules and teach the values of respect, teamwork, and good sportsmanship.

Cultural Arts
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Camp is a place for a child’s imagination and creativity to shine. We offer a wide variety of cultural arts programs that tap into all the senses including: 

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Nature
  • Dance
  • Animal Encounter
  • Fun with Food.

So whether you’re a future Picasso, Academy Award winner or the next American Idol, there is something for you at our camp.

  • My son loved it, he can’t wait to go back next summer!!! He had so much fun and the staff was very kind and caring!

    Tara G.
    Parent

Trips
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Camp is an amazing journey as campers trek to some of the area’s most entertaining amusement destinations.

Depending on a camper’s age, the summer calendar is sure to include stops at:

  • Great Adventure
  • Dorney Park
  • Club Getaway overnight
  • Hershey Park
  • movies
  • roller skating
  • bowling
  • A Broadway show
  • Sesame Place
  • Camel Beach
  • Funplex
  • Funtime America
  • Hurricane Harbor
  • Turtleback Zoo
  • a professional baseball game

Spectacular
Shows &
Special Events
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Campers are captivated and amazed with incredible weekly shows such as:

  • Improv Show
  • Super Sloppy Camp Challenge
  • the traveling Israeli Caravan Musical Troupe
  • Extreme Magic.

They are kept fascinated by one of a kind, hands-on workshops with fun themes such as:

  • circus arts
  • archeological digs
  • drum circles
  • Frisbee tricks

Camp is also highlighted with weekly special events such as: 

  • carnivals
  • Maccabi games
  • Community Service days
  • semi-formal dances
  • Israel day
  • parent visiting day
  • They were awesome. I put both my children last yr. First time and they had a blast, 3 and 8 yrs olds. They can’t wait to go back!!

    Venus S.

Tradition
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Throughout the JCC Camp, Jewish life is linked to fun and joy. For that reason, we offer experiential, hands-on, interactive and spirited Jewish themed activities. Thus, children, experience Judaism through activities like:

  • singing songs
  • baking challah bread
  • celebrating with spirited camp wide festivities

A positive connection to the people and the land of Israel is fostered by employing shlichim, an Israeli specialist and young Israeli counselors who share their knowledge and love for Israel with the children. Our camp calendar also includes an Israeli Day celebration. 

The Jewish values of tikkun olam (repairing the world), gimilut Chasidim (acts of kindness), and tzedakah (charitable giving) are promoted throughout the camp season and culminates in a community service event during which campers are given the opportunity to give back the community.

In short, we offer experiences that emphasize the joy and values of Judaism and that creates an environment where children through positive Jewish encounters feel connected to the Jewish people and the world around them and experience the warmth of a caring community.

Friendship
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We place a high value on friendship and relationship building. Creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere in which every child feels valued, respected and cared for is central to our mission. Successfully fostering meaningful friendships and a strong sense of community leads to relationships that last’s a lifetime.

Spirit
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There is real magic in enthusiasm- spirit is at the center of a memorable camp experience. The feelings brought about at camp remain long after other camp memories fade away.

Singing, dancing, chanting, special events and camp-wide activities with friends are the essence of an unforgettable and spirited summer.