Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a JCC member to attend Camp JCC?

JCC membership is not required to attend Camp JCC. However, members do receive 25% off of camp fees.

Do I have to be Jewish to attend Camp JCC?

Camp JCC welcomes everyone and is designed for campers of all ages and interests, regardless of ethnic and religious background. Campers will learn about Jewish culture and values through programming, music, and Shabbat traditions.

How is Camp JCC handling COVID-19?

JCC of Youngstown successfully operated Camp JCC during the pandemic in 2020 and 2021. We will implement plans based on what we learned in the last two years and continue to follow all safety guidelines recommended by the state of Ohio, the American Camp Association, and the Jewish Community Centers Association of North America. Your child’s safety is our number one priority.

Who is your staff?

Camp JCC’s most significant responsibility is to ensure the health and safety of each child entrusted in our care. Campers are under the direct supervision of a trained staff member at all times. All of our staff are First Aid and CPR certified, and leadership staff are trained to recognize communicable diseases and child abuse/neglect. All staff members also undergo pre-employment background checks and drug testing.

What is the difference between a specialty camp and day camp?

Camp JCC day camp is open to all children entering grades 1-8 with daily activity rotations such as arts and crafts, cooking, sports, and swimming. Specialty camps are one or two week camps that focus on a specific area of interest such as theatre, art, or science. 

Can my child be with their friend?

Children are grouped according to their age and grade. However, campers are free to interact with each other regardless of their designated groups during activities such as lunch and swimming.

Where and when can I drop off my child and pick them up?

Camp JCC campers can be dropped off Monday-Friday in the parking lot behind the JCC off of Granada Avenue between 8:30-9:00 a.m., and can be picked up at the same location at 3:30 p.m. Rainy day pick up is at Akiva Academy located at the back of the JCC. Campers in AM or PM care can be dropped off and picked up at Akiva Academy. 

What if I need child care outside of Camp JCC pick up and drop off hours?

Camp JCC offers both AM and PM extended care options for an additional fee. AM care opens at 6:30 a.m., and PM care closes at 6:00 p.m. each day.

Are meals provided for campers?

Parents/guardians can pack their camper a bagged lunch daily or register their camper for hot lunches for an additional fee. While the JCC does not maintain strict kosher guidelines, families may not pack pork or shellfish products. Refrigeration or reheating is not available.

What should campers bring to camp?

Campers will need to wear comfortable play clothes and sneakers, sandals or Crocs are not permitted. A bathing suit and towel is needed for swimming activities every day, even those enrolled in specialty camps. Campers need to bring sunscreen or put sunscreen on every day before coming to camp. Camp JCC t-shirts will be provided and must be worn every Wednesday. All campers not registered for hot lunches will need to bring a bagged lunch. We want to encourage interactions with peers and alone time without electronics or multimedia equipment. If a camper brings an item of this nature, it will be collected by a staff member, labeled, and held in the camp office until the end of the day.

What does Camp JCC do to help campers stay cool on hot summer days?

Water coolers are placed throughout the JCC campus and refilled throughout the day as needed, so campers will always have access to water. We try to keep campers outside as much as possible, but activities may be moved to shaded areas or indoors when necessary.  

What if my child gets sick or hurt? 

At least one staff member that is trained in First Aid, Communicable Diseases Recognition, Child Abuse Prevention and Recognition, and CPR/AED will be present at all times. When a camper shows signs or symptoms of illness, the Camp JCC Director will immediately notify the parent or guardian of the camper’s condition. Depending on the situation, the child may be isolated from their group until a parent or guardian can pick them up. In the case of a minor accident or injury, staff will administer basic first aid and deliver a “health-o-gram” to parents upon pick-up. If the injury is more serious, staff will administer first aid and contact parents immediately to decide on an appropriate course of action.

If any injury is life-threatening, staff will contact EMS, notify parents, and accompany the camper to the hospital with all available health records. Only parents or EMS will transport.

What if my child does not want to swim?

All campers should be prepared for swimming daily. Camp JCC views swimming as a life skill, and we encourage children to build confidence in the water. We work with all children to teach them to enjoy the water within their own personal comfort zones; therefore we strongly encourage all campers to participate in the swim program.

What is the registration process? 

CLICK HERE to begin the enrollment process

Any questions about  the enrollment process. If you have questions, contact the camp office at 330.746.3250 ext. 140 or camp@jewishyoungstown.org

Are there any opportunities to receive financial assistance?

We offer various discounts on camp fees. Please contact the camp office for more information.

 


Don’t see your question listed here?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have!

Please give us a call at 330.746.3250 ext. 140 or email us at camp@jewishyoungstown.org.

We look forward to having your camper join us for another stellar summer!

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