Welcome to Camp Centerland
Camp Centerland is committed to providing the highest quality program. We have three goals for our campers every summer:
Belonging: Every child this summer should say “this is MY CAMP”. This will allow them to take ownership of their actions and be committed to creating a better world around them.
Achievement: We don’t subscribe to the “everybody gets a trophy” philosophy, but instead help redefine success for them, by allowing them to set their own goals then helping them to achieve them.
Relationships: Our staff will be the positive role models in the life of every camper, who in turn will learn to be positive role models for their peers.
How do we implement these goals? First, the quality of the counselors makes the biggest difference. Staff go through a rigorous hiring and background check process. Once they come on as staff they participate in 40 hours of staff training before they are with a group.
Second, our traditional summer day camp offers outstanding activities and adventures in the great outdoors while building close friendships that last a lifetime. Learning new social skills, connecting with nature, growing more independent, and motivating kids to be active are just a few of the proven benefits of an enriching summer long experience. These changes come slowly, over many days at camp, and they reveal themselves gradually each night when your children return home.
Thank you for choosing Camp Centerland for your child’s summer experience. I am always available to meet and talk or give a camp tour.
-Michael Garcia; Camp Centerland Director
The JCC’s Camp Centerland provides a stimulating and nurturing environment based on Jewish values for kids of all faiths and backgrounds.
Camp Centerland is a place where each child develops the confidence to be the best that he or she can be, and in turn, a contributing member of the greater community.
Camp Centerland’s philosophy is rooted in the belief that teaching and demonstrating the Jewish values of Chesed (kindness), Kehillah (community) and Tikkun Olam (healing the world) is as important as splashing in the swimming pool, enjoying a popsicle on Wednesday, or singing favorite camp songs. Limud is the Hebrew word for learning, which is at the heart of everything we do. Limud (learning) is the foundation of our diverse camp community and it enables everyone to gain a deeper sense of identity and belonging.
Safety Is Important To Us
Even though summer is filled with fun, safety is our number one priority. We take the care of your children seriously. Annually our camp is registered with the State of NY Local Health Department and is licensed as a Summer Day Camp. Our annual inspection ensures we are in compliance with all safety standards.
In 2019 camp Centerland will be visited by representatives from the American Camp Association (ACA) for accreditation. The ACA is a community of camp professionals who, for over 100 years, have joined together to share our knowledge and experience and to ensure the quality of camp programs. The mission of the American Camp Association is enriching the lives of children, youth and adults through the camp experience.
Some additional safety measures that camp ensures include: a sunscreen policy that allows the camp to make sure all campers are covered a certified Professional Registered Nurse on staff, CPR/First Aid certified staff, and background checks on all camp employees.
Annually the Amherst Police and University of Buffalo Police are notified when camp is in session. Amherst Police conducts checks throughout the camp season.
Day’s Structure/ Typical camp day
Monday through Thursday
Camp Centerland is broken into five daily 45 minute Mods (periods) Monday through Thursday. Each week all campers will engage in these activities at least once. Your child’s activities consist of: Swimming, Omanut (Art), Teva (Nature), Meddah (Science), Tarbut (Israel Culture), Music, Theater, Sports, and Team-building. - Negev will be introduced to Rock Climbing.
Senior Camper swill also have High Ropes, Archery, and Rock Climbing.
All Campers Swimming- your child will have a 45 minute Mod everyday that will consist of swim lesson and free swim. Our Water Safety Instructor will swim test each week and place your camper into a swim group where they will work to grow in the their water ability.
Senior Camp will have Chugim (choice periods) the last Mod of each day. Each week we will have different activities that they will get to choose from. Chugim will be broken up by Monday/Wednesday & Tuesday/ Thursday.
Each Wednesday at camp we are celebrating WACKY WEDNESDAY! We have themes for your campers and staff to dress up. Check out the list of themes on our Rates/Dates page.
Each week we will be hosting a special camp activity. Campers will join together for ice cream social or all camp staff show. Check out the list of themes on our Rates/Dates page.
Looking at the true meaning of Shabbat Camp Centerland will be introducing recess the summer of 2019. By Jr (Sharon & Negev) & Sr Camp (Yehuda, Atid & Discovery) Units will have time in the field to interact in a open but supervised environment. Time for campers to lead the choice of activities. Some specialist activities will be open to them.
Each Friday at the end of the day all camp will meet in the Rein Family Amphitheater for our Shabbat closing of the week. Lead by staff each Shabbat includes songs, performances, and a special feeling of togetherness!
Camp Through A Jewish Lens
JCC Association has completed a large scale study of Jewish Day Camps. Directly from the study we now know that Jewish Day Camps have unparalleled potential to:
• Meaningfully engage the youngest members of the Jewish community.
• Influence the lives & Jewish futures of young staff members.
• Shape entire young Jewish families, including parents & siblings.
Now, with the research supporting what we already know, we will continue to work hard instilling values into everything we do here at camp. These values in our Camp Philosophy are role modeled by our staff every day. We externalize these values through specific activities.
Shabbat is not just the activity of lighting Candles (signified by hand gestures), breaking Challah with friends and partaking of the fruit of the vine (represented by Kosher grape jelly beans). Shabbat is a feel of the camp that will be infused into Friday activities. It is an important part of our culture here at Camp Centerland.
Each Friday camp will have “recess” - a 45 minute mod that allows campers to self-direct play. Activities will be available for them and they will choose what to do in mixed age groups while being supervised by staff. This open format allows us to hold the truest meaning of Shabbat.
We are a Jewish camp, like our Mission states: “The JCC Camp Centerland provides a stimulating and nurturing environment based on Jewish values for kids of all faiths and backgrounds.” This is our culture and we are here for everyone.
Sunscreen at Camp
Sunscreen: Parent/guardian s should apply sunscreen to children before they come to camp in the morning. Sunscreen will be reapplied after swim or water based activities, mid-morning and again mid-afternoon. Counselors will use camp provided sunscreen as specified.
Parents are able to provide their own sunscreen. If you choose please put the sunscreen in your child’s backpack with a name on it. If the sunscreen is in a soft container please put this inside a zip-lock bag to protect it from “popping” inside the child’s bag. Campers will not be permitted to share sunscreen
Camp supplies sunscreen: Camp use Rocky Mountain Sunscreen SPF 50. If you would like please indicate by filling out the sunscreen form on line to let us know it is OK to use camp’s supply. We will not apply our sunscreen without written permission from the parent/ guardian.
If the child does not have sunscreen the camp may contact you and ask to apply camp’s. A written email with permission must be sent to the office to confirm application is acceptable.
Bug Repellent: Parents may apply bug repellent before coming to camp. Camp will not reapply bug repellent throughout the day unless a medical note is provided.