2017 Parents Manual

Dear 2017 Day Camp Families:

    Shalom and welcome to the JCC Summer 2017! We would like to welcome you and your child/children to our day camps. They will learn many new skills, develop socially, emotionally, and physically, as well as enhance his/her identity while having a great summer in the outdoors.

    The JCC Parent’s Hand Book contains valuable information that will answer many of the questions that may arise throughout the summer. It will also help you and your child get the most out of your JCC Day Camp experience. Please read through this carefully and keep it for future reference. What happens during the camp day is successful only if parents are knowledgeable and involved.

    Ensuring the safety of our children is our top priority at the JCC Day Camp. Before camp we will begin an extensive orientation and training for our carefully selected, enthusiastic and caring staff. The JCC Day Camp is known for its outstanding facility, experienced staff and excellent programming. Your child/children is sure to have a safe, fun-filled, memorable camp experience with us. Should you have any questions after reading this manual, please feel free to contact Rick Evans, Camp Director at 570- 824-4646 or during the summer months, at the day camp at 570-639-1889.

    Please check our web page, jccdaycamp.com, frequently for information concerning camp including menus, camp trips, special activity days and our camp newsletter. There are also a variety of parent resources available. Please also be sure to follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/WVJCCCamp.

    In order to stay up to date with important updates, such as busing delays and other emergency information, please enroll in our text alert system. Text @wbjcc2015 to 570-664-9769. Standard text messaging rates apply.

    We are delighted that you have decided to share your child with us this summer. We are sure that this will be a most rewarding and exciting summer for our campers! I look forward to seeing you at the Camp Open House on Wednesday, June 11th beginning at 6:00 pm at the campsite (rain or shine).

Sincerely,
Rick Evans
Camp Director



 

CAMP DATES, AGE GROUPS & TIMES

June 19th-August 18th, 2017 (No camp, Tuesday, July 4th)
 
K’Ton Ton                   2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 year olds                 9:30am – 3:30pm
Nagila                        2nd, 3rd & 4th graders                    9:30am – 3:30pm
Mitzvah                      5th,  6th & 7th   graders                  9:30am – 3:30pm

CIT                                8th & 9th graders                           9:30am - 3:30pm 

The Campers             July 10th-August 4th                    11:30am-4:45pm
 
 

 

EARLY MORNINGS & LATE AFTERNOONS

Before and after camp child care will be available this year at the campsite and JCC in Wilkes-Barre for all campers for $25 per week for pre- or after care, or $5.00 per day. If your child is coming early to camp or staying late at camp, or at the JCC, please advise the camp director in advance and make checks payable to the JCC Day Camp. Before Care: 8:00 am-9:30 am; After Care: 3:30 pm-6:00 pm
 
 

JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER DAY CAMP OBJECTIVES

At the Center of the Camping Experience, is the heartbeat of the camp itself, its people and programs, its soul and its sprit. The greatest gift parents can give their children is the gift of roots of tradition and wings of creativity. Such is a summer experience at the JCC Day camps. Founded in 1931, our traditions have enabled campers to develop deep roots enhancing growth, self expression and confidence.

            Through K’Ton Ton, Nagila, Mitzvah, CIT & Autistic Programs, the Center aims to:
1.    Provide each individual camper with opportunities for personal enjoyment and enrichment through increased skills, techniques, and broadened interests in social, cultural and recreational activities.
2.    Help the campers to learn to live in a group and function in relation to others; to develop good citizenship through the understanding and use of the democratic process; and, to aid the camper to become a valuable and useful member of this total community.
3.    Help the individual develop security and satisfaction in his religious and cultural background.
 
 

THE PROGRAM

            Our Camping philosophy is best described by ACTIVE PARTICIPATION WITH A JEWISH FLAVOR. Campers participate in regular and special activities which utilize the richness of our Jewish religion and culture. Active means a day of scheduled activities in which campers are actively involved and doing something creative in every program that camp offers, regardless of age. Theses program areas include:
1.    Judaic programming and Friday afternoon Shabbat experiences.
2.    The Arts: Arts & Crafts, Music, Drama, Dance, Theater, Ceramics.
3.    Athletics: Tennis, soccer, t-ball, softball, newcomb, whiffleball, basketball, kickball, gymnastics, football and hockey, Instructional and recreational;
4.    Swimming: Instructional and Recreational
5.    Clubs: Special interest groups chosen by the campers: nature, cooking, Jewish culture, camp arts & crafts, outdoor skills, Ropes Course, golf, and archery.
6.    Specials: Trips, Special Performances Theme days,  Etc.
 
There will be times when the campers will have input into their schedules. The older campers will have more input as part of the development of their responsibility.
Our campers are on the go and are very active!
 

PREPARATION FOR CAMP:

Camp Fees:  The policy for all fees is stated in the camper’s application form.
ALL CAMP FEES MUST BE PAID IN FULL BY JUNE 1st, 2017 UNLESS OTHER SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE WITH RICK EVANS, CAMP DIRECTOR. The policy of the JCA and camp is that children are NOT scheduled for camp or bus pick-up if fees have not been paid.
 
REQUIRED FORMS
We must have the following forms on file before your child can attend camp:
·      Camp Agreement  & Invoice
·      Health History
·      Emergency information and Pick Up Authorization
·      Authorization to medicate (if necessary)
 

 

 ADJUSTED FEES & SCHOLARSHIPS

            Adjusted fees may be made by contacting Rick Evans, Camp Director at 824-4646 for a confidential interview.
 
 

TRANSPORTATION

Prior to the start of camp, you will be receiving information concerning your child’s bus stop. Your child’s bus ride to and from camp will be a safe and enjoyable one. The BUS LEADER is the liaison between the driver and the children and is in charge of the bus. IF YOU HAVE ANY MESSAGES TO BE SENT TO CAMP, PLEASE GIVE THEM TO THE BUS LEADER IN WRITING OR CALL THE CAMP OFFICE BEFORE 1:00PM.

The routes and stops will be carefully checked prior to the start of camp. A few days are needed for the bus schedule to run smoothly so PLEASE BEAR WITH US.

Our Camp office is in direct contact with the camp busses by “Radio”. The radio is turned on at 7:00am and is kept on until every child is dropped off. In addition, he carries his cell phone to speak to the bus company.

The camp is in touch by bus radio at all times the children are on the bus.

The camp day officially begins when your child boards the bus. Parents must supervise their children especially younger ones at the bus stop. In order to help us, please read the following:
 
1.    Have your child at the bus stop a few minutes early. Bus counselors will wait at each stop ONLY if the bus arrives early. If your child is late, it is YOUR responsibility to get him/her to camp. If for any reason, we do not arrive at your stop (mechanical problems do occur), call the camp after allowing at least 5-miniutes delay.

2.    If, on the return home, any bus is more than 20 minutes late, please call camp. On rainy days, busses are always a bit slower, so have a little extra patience.

3.    Any transportation changes, including a different bus stop for the morning or afternoon, being picked up or dropped off at the camp, or going home with a friend, MUST be communicated to the camp in writing or via the camp phone line in advance!

4.    Any busing delays in both the morning and afternoon will be communicated via our text alert system. Enroll by texting @wbjcc2015 to 570-218-4768
 
 

LATE ARRIVALS, EARLY DEPARTURES PICKUPS
 

If a child is brought to camp late; the parents MUST BRING THE CAMPER INTO THE CAMP OFFICE to sign in. Under NO circumstances should you drop off your child on the camp grounds and drive away.

 

CLOTHING

Children should arrive to camp each day wearing comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes. Please send your child to camp only in clothing that can get dirty, as the campers participate in arts and crafts, outdoor games and other activities throughout the day. Also, please include a jacket or sweatshirt, particularly on field trip days. Each child wears their camp t-shirt every Friday. Please label all clothing, towels, shoes and bags!
 

 2017 CAMP T-SHIRTS

Summer Day Camp T-Shirts have been ordered for each camper according to the size indicated on your camp application. All campers wear Camp T-Shirts every Friday. As all shirts look alike, be sure to label your child’s t-shirt.
 

Grouping Requests

We will accept grouping request for each camp session until 2 weeks prior to the start of each session. Requests must be made in writing on the application. We will make every effort to honor the grouping request, but we cannot guarantee placement.
 

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES & TRIPS

The JCC does not assume any liability whatsoever for damage to or loss of personal possessions or failure of campers to adhere to strict dietary requirements while on a long trip sponsored by the camp. Every effort will be made to find kosher food while campers are traveling.
 

CAMP STRUCTURE AND STAFF

Staff Orientation
The Jewish Community Center operates 6 camp units. All activities are carefully conducted by competent, professional staff and counselors who insure the fun and safety of all campers at all times. Staff members are chosen on the basis of their warmth and feeling for campers, knowledge and understanding of young people and their mastery of camp skills.
 
The Center staff screens dozens of applications in order to select those persons whose qualifications and background or experience will contribute to the maintenance of the camp’s high standards. All aquatics staff are fully certified by the American Red Cross.

All staff participates in an intensive orientation program prior to the start of camp and is involved in ongoing training and supervision throughout the summer by the camp’s supervisory staff.
 

GRATUITITES

Camp policy states that no gratuities are given our staff. This includes both gifts and tipping. We request that you respect our policy on this matter. However, if you wish to show your appreciation to a staff member for your child’s enjoyable summer at camp, may we suggest a donation to the camp scholarship fund in that staff member’s name
 
 

INDIVIDUAL CONFERENCE

The purpose of this guide is to provide parents with much needed information. If we missed an area of concern to you please feel free to call Rick Evans, Camp Director.

Parents may request a meeting to discuss their child or the camp program with the camp director or unit head prior to the start of camp, or by calling the camp director to set up a time during the camp season.

Please do not hesitate to call with any questions or concerns you may have. We do want to maintain close contact with all parents, making this a most rewarding and enjoyable summer camping experience for all campers, parents and staff.
 

MEDICATION

A full time nurse is in the camp each day from 9:15am-3:30pm. Medications will be administered only on the written, dated and signed request of a licensed physician. The original label must be on the container with the physician’s instructions and the physician’s name. All non-prescription medication must be labeled with the child’s name and a dated request with specific instructions on how to dispense the medication.

DO NOT PUT ANY MEDICATION IN YOUR CHILD’S LUNCH OR SWIM BAG! This applies to prescriptions and non-prescriptions drugs. The Camp Director will be responsible for dispensing medication. If your child currently takes medication (other than antibiotics) that you intend to suspend before or during camp it is important to note that changes in medication can produce changes in health and behavior.

No one is better qualified to recognize and respond to the changes than you, as parents. The JCC therefore recommends against “medication vacations”. If you or your child’s physician feels strongly about suspending a medication within 6 weeks of your child’s camp experience, please contact Rick Evans, Camp Director; prior to the start of your child’s camp session.

 
 

ILLNESS/INJURIES

Please do not send your child to camp with a fever or infection. Your child must be fever and infection-free for 24 hours before returning to camp. If your child is sent to camp sick, he or she will not be permitted to stay, and you will be called to pick him or her up.

If your child should become ill at camp, she/he will be brought to the Camp Office, and the Camp Director will call you. Your child will rest in the Camp Office until she/he is picked-up.
In the course of normal supervised play, children occasionally get injured. For more severe cases, the Camp Nurse will make an assessment about future medical attention. In most cases you will receive a phone call explaining the incident. Depending on the severity of the injury, your child may be taken to the hospital, and you will be notified immediately. A JCC staff member will stay with your child until a parent arrives.
 
While every effort will be made to maintain the health of each child, our camp, like others, may be subject to pediculosis (head lice). We offer several steps to keep such a situation under control.
1.    Campers are encouraged to wash their hands regularly.
2.    Campers are not allowed to share combs, brushes, hats or other grooming aids with non-family members.
3.    Discovery of lice requires that the camper be sent home and treated. All nits must be removed before the child can return to camp. Upon their return, the child’s scalp will be inspected by a camp staff member.
If a case of lice is discovered at home, please report it to the camp. We keep details of reports and incidents confidential, but we need to alert parents about them.
 

SOME HELPFUL HINTS FOR PREPARING YOUR CHILD FOR CAMP

Most children adjust to camp very quickly and easily, and, in fact, look forward to it. Occasionally, the experience may be questioned by the child, especially if it is a first-time experience.

1.    Talk about camp as a place where children go to have fun.
2.    If you know someone else who is going to camp or if you know a staff member, let your child meet them to talk about the interesting things campers will do.
3.    Keep the night before opening day as calm and restful as possible.
4.    Amidst the excitement and anticipation of your child’s first day of camp, you can assure that he/she will be at his/her best by providing him/her with a substantial and nutritious breakfast.
5.    You should accompany your child to the bus stop, particularly with younger children.
6.    Try to avoid a long list of instructions, do’s or don’ts, etc. Trust the camp staff to exercise their judgment as to the welfare of your child.
7.    Give your child a warm send-off, indicating that you will be waiting for his/her return in the afternoon.
8.    The camp director Rick Evans is available if you would like to have your child meet with him before camp starts.
 
 

 CAMPING TO THE CHILD

To the child, camp is many things. It is an exciting time when the sun shines and one can be outside wearing light clothing, going swimming, and hiking, yelling, jumping and being with others.
 

CAMP & HOME

Each evening talk with your child about camp. Ask him/her specific questions about camp activities, his/her counselors and specialists, and other campers. Younger children often need your help in remembering what they did at camp that day. Persistent resistance to talk about camp by campers is often an indication of a problem; do not hesitate to notify the camp director.
 

LOST & FOUND

If Items are clearly marked with the child’s name, lost items are easily returned to the owner. Unlabeled items will be available for campers to search though each day. The camp is not responsible for lost items.  Lost and Found is located next to the front office.
 

FOOD Meals, Snacks, Kashrut

The policy of the JCC is to observe Kosher dietary laws at camp. All food and drinks served to our campers at lunch, cookouts, overnights, trips, snacks, etc., are strictly kosher.
Our Staff will be serving nourishing and varied lunches each day. Campers are encouraged to eat as much as they can, but are never forced to eat. Snacks are provided to all campers and staff. A camp menu for the entire summer will be available on our website, jccdaycamp.com prior to the start of the camp season.
 

TOYS & VALUABLES

Campers may not bring cash, toys, trading cards, money or expensive items to camp. We would feel awful if these were to get lost or broken. We are not responsible for toys, games, electronics and valuables lost or damaged at camp.
Aggressive toys such as pretend guns, knives, swords or any other type of weapon are never permitted at camp. Thank you for your cooperation.
 

ACTIVITIES AT CAMP

            Through participation in group activities, each camper will have an opportunity to add new skills and knowledge to that which is already familiar to him. A wide range of well-balanced activities, directed by a corps of trained counselors and specialists, is intended to help each camper get the most from his or her participation in camp life.

ARTS & CRAFTS                                                    DANCE
Tie dye                                                                      Creative dance                                Banners                                                                   Israeli folk dancing
Weaving
Gimp
 
                                                                                 
 NATURE                                                                            COOKING & BAKING
Hiking
Overnight campouts
Nature studies of the outdoors
Love of the outdoors.
 

LEARNING

Each age group explores a variety of Jewish themes through discussion, projects, guests, and activities with the Israeli Scouts and shlichim.
 
Oneg Shabbats are very special at camp. This is an inspiring time on Friday afternoons when the Shabbat is welcomed by the traditional candle lighting, blessing, and campers’ skits, dances and storytelling.
 

Rainy Day Activities

Camp never closes (except Tuesday, July 4th). Don’t let rainy days deter you from sending your child to camp. But please, include a raincoat, hat and boots. Some rainy day activities are scheduled at the Alan Rosenberg Memorial Indoor Facility at our campsite.
 

BACKPACKS

Your child should bring their clothes in a bag which closes securely.  Please write your child’s name on the outside of the bag.  Having a backpack makes it easier for your child to carry their swimwear, carry projects and daily items like sunscreen.  We will have a place for your child to store their backpack during the day.  Please do not send irreplaceable or expensive items.  See the checklist for suggested contents.  If you are sending a note, medication or other vital items, please let the Camp Office know in advance.  Be sure to include a large zip lock plastic bag for wet bathing suits.  Please check your child’s bag each day for important notes and projects sent home!
 
 

SWIM and SWIM CLOTHES

            Successful participation by a child in any group activity is determined by physical, mental and emotional maturity. Learning to swim is a challenging (and sometimes difficult) experience but at the same time, one of the most enjoyable and rewarding. Campers should prepare for swim each day at camp, bringing their swimsuits and at least 2 towels. Swim lessons are provided to all campers on all days except Fridays. Free swim will be available at the end of each camp day.

            The aquatics program at camp is based upon the AMERICAN RED CROSS swimming skills progression. Our major concern will be building positive attitudes toward being safe while in or around the water. The aquatics staff will strive to provide each and every camper with a rewarding and fun-filled summer.
 

BIRTHDAYS

Birthdays that fall during the summer are wonderful to celebrate and we recommend it! If there is a birthday you would like to celebrate on your child’s behalf, contact the camp five (5) days in advance. In observance of Kashrut (Kosher dietary laws), baked goods must be ordered by Sara Pisarz for camp @570-639-1889 or 570-357-4650.
 
  

HOLIDAYS and SHABBAT

We celebrate Shabbat every Friday, with a sing-along blessing recitation and special snack of challah and grape juice. We have found that this tradition is fun for all campers, even those who do not observe Shabbat at home. We say blessings for the candles, “wine” (grape juice) and challah. The blessing (brachot) are listed below for your convenience.
 
For the candles: Baruch atah Adonai, elehainu melech ha’olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav vitzivanu l’hadlik ner shel Shabbat.
Blessed are you, our G-d, ruler of the universe, who has commanded us to kindle the Sabbath lights.
 
For the Wine or Grape Juice: Baruch atah Adonai, elohainu melech ha’olam, borei pri hagafen.
Blessed are you, our G-d, ruler of the universe, who has created the fruit of the vine.
 
For the Challah: Baruch atah adonai, elohainu melech ha’olam, hamotiz lechem min ha’aretz.
Blessed are you, our G-d, ruler of the universe, when has given us bread from the earth.
 
Independence Day: There will be no camp on Tuesday, July 4!
 
Tisha B’Av: We will hold camp during Tisha B’Av and we will observe the holiday appropriately. No meat will be provided during the nine days
 

WYOMING VALLEY JCC SUMMER CAMP CHECKLIST
              FOR K’TON TON & NAGILA

Everyday Items:
vBackpack or bag that closes securely
vSwimsuit
v2 Towels
vFull water bottle
vHat
vPlastic bag for wet swim items
vSunscreen
vInsect repellent in stick or lotion form (No spray bottles or containers)
vComfortable play clothes
vClosed-toed, rubber-soled shoes (No Sandals)
vA change of clothes for younger children
 
Optional Items:
vPoncho or rain jacket
vPool shoes and/or goggles
vSunglasses (unbreakable)
 
Please do not bring:
vGlass containers or bottles
vToys, cash, trading cards or valuable items
vPocket knives, blades, or any other type of weapons
vOpened-toed shoes or sandals
vElectronics (including cell phones)
 
PLEASE LABEL EVERYTHING!!!

 

IMPORTANT:
CAMP BEHAVIOR POLICY

The Jewish Community Alliance strives to provide a safe, well supervised, and fun experience to all of its campers.   While it understands that campers sometimes have behavioral issues and does what it can to support a camper, at no time will these issues be permitted to endanger the safety of the camper, of other campers, or of camp staff.
 
These issues:  intentional kicking, hitting, biting and bullying are never permitted at camp.  They will result in the following steps being taken as outlined below.  Please assist us with explaining to your child what behaviors are and are not appropriate at camp and what the consequences are of inappropriate behavior.
 
First Occurrence:  The first time an incident happens will result in a phone call home.  Your child’s Unit Head will explain to you what happened and that such behavior is not acceptable.  The camper may automatically be given one day suspension from camp, with no refund for that day.  Staff will explain the policy to the parent.
The Unit Head will also contact the parent of the recipient of the incident, so that they are aware of what has occurred and assured that the matter is being dealt with appropriately.
 
Second Occurrence:  The second time an incident occurs will result in a second phone call home from the Unit Director.  At least one day suspension will be given, if not more (with no refund) and it will be explained to the parent that the next occurrence will result in the camper’s expulsion from camp without a refund.
 
The Unit Director will also contact the parent of the recipient of incident, so that they are award of what has occurred and assured that the matter is being dealt with appropriately.
 
Third Occurrence:  The third incident will result in immediate expulsion from camp without refund.  The Camp Director will make final determination for expulsion.
 
The Camp Director will also contact the parent of the recipient of incident, so that they are aware of what has occurred and assured that the matter is being dealt with appropriately.
 
If you have any questions or comments about the camp behavior policy, please contact
Rick Evans, Camp Director at 570-947-6766.
 

Closing

Camp is a fun and rewarding experience for children. Many generations of families have come to the JCC Day Camp and enjoyed every minute of it. However, should you find that your camper(s) are not, let us know! Our camp staff want to make your child(ren)’s camp experience amazing. Rick Evans, Camp Director and the rest of the camp directors are available to meet with families at any time during the summer, should there be any concerns you wish to address.
 
 

Important Camp Phone Numbers

 
Rick Evans – Camp Director – 570-947-6766 (cell)
Sara Pisarz – Assistant Camp Director – 570-357-4650 (cell)
Camp Phone – 570-639-1889 (available between 8:00am and 4:30pm)
JCC – 570-824-4646 (available from 8:30am – 7:00pm)