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Junior Camp

Junior Camp (grades K - 2nd)

Junior Camp is designed to instill confidence and enjoyment in campers while they start to grow independently. Days are filled with fun, friends, and wonderful activities on the fields and green space around the JCC as well as the wooded areas of the Irving M. Shuman Campgrounds. Jewish values, tradition, ruach (spirit), Israeli culture and special guests are woven into camp days through song, swimming, nature, art, stories, sports, drama, games, and celebrations.

Kindergarten: Sharon  שרון

Sharon groups have a top-notch experience of programs, clinics, special events and so much more. Sharon campers have the choice to attend camp three or five days per week.

With a low camper to counselor ration, our youngest campers will explore all Camp Centerland has to offer and (based on weeks enrolled), may participate in two stay late programs during the summer. 

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Grades 1 & 2: Negev נגב

Campers entering 1st and 2nd grades attend Camp Centerland five days per week. Children will explore Camp Centerland with a taste of crafts, sports, adventure, nature, Jewish learning, and swimming instruction.

The activities for Negev are designed to nurture creativity and build skills while allowing campers to explore, have fun and be part of our camp community. Negev campers are the youngest group to get to scale the rock wall!

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Tell Me About....

...A Typical Day for Junior Campers

Sample Daily Schedule (Actual times and activities may vary)

9:15-9:50 a.m. Arrival & Morning Circle
10:00-10:30 a.m. Camp Activity (ex. Arts & crafts, Painting, Nature)
10:45-11:15 a.m. Camp Activity (ex. Sport, Dance, Music)
11:30-12:00 p.m. Instructional Swim
12:15-12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45-1:15 p.m. Rest/Quiet Play Period
1:30-2:00 p.m. Recreational Swim
2:30-3:00 p.m. Camp Activity (ex. Low-level ropes course, teamwork activities, or drama)
3:15-4:00 p.m. Snack, Afternoon Circle & Dismissal…See you tomorrow!

...Stay Lates for Junior Campers

Junior Campers, based on weeks enrolled, will have an opportunity to participate in two stay lates. A Stay Late is a special, camper-group only theme night with games, swimming, activities, and a cook-out dinner. Please view our calendar for Sharon and Negev Stay Late dates this summer!


Camp Centerland Is Inclusive

Consistent with the JCC's mission; children with physical, mental and emotional challenges have been welcomed and included in our camp program. Early registration is strongly recommended. An interview is required so that we can understand and meet your child's needs.