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J Day Camps – Chesterfield

Chesterfield Summer Camps

Camp Creve Coeur  |  Camp Chesterfield

Campers in Chesterfield begin their day along the shaded edge of our baseball field, where they gather together for carpool and flagpole, plus any special guests or outdoor activities. In addition, campers use the outdoor field for soccer, flag football games, sack races and capture the flag. Campers also splash down in our outdoor pool, complete with two water slides! Indoors, they make arts and crafts, dream up elaborate skits and dance routines and more. Register now for our Chesterfield summer camps!

Chesterfield campers will be able to choose from various activities including sports, arts, science, cooking, swimming and more. One camp community provides a safe space to be a kid and do kid things alongside kind, caring and safety-conscious counselors.

For more information about J Day Camps in Chesterfield, please contact:
Contact: Jess Bauer, 314-442-3431

Camp Essman: K-2nd Grade

K-2nd graders get a taste of everything with preset schedules, including four swim lessons per week.

For more information, please contact:
Jess Bauer, 314-442-3431

Essman Focus: 3rd-6th Grade

3rd-6th graders customize their schedules for the week with the opportunity to mix-and-match focus activities including sports, arts, climbing wall and more.

For more information, please contact:
Jess Bauer, 314-442-3431

Katan: Preschool Camp (Ages 3+)

This early childhood camp is full of music, storytelling, art, swimming (both swim lessons and free swim), sports, nature, and more. Guided by early childhood educators, activities are catered to our youngest campers. Campers staying for the afternoon will be given a rest period. Campers must be toilet trained (potty mastery) and at least 3 years old by the start of camp to participate in Camp Katan. Camp Katan is run by the J’s Early Childhood Center. Full day camp hours are 9am-3pm and half day hours are 9am-12:30pm. Before and after care is not available. Lunch is provided by camp for Camp Katan participants. Camp runs until August 11.

For more information about Camp Katan, please contact:
Kathy Coldiron, 314-442-3450

Parent Resources

Lunch and Snacks

  1. What should I pack my camper for lunch?
    Campers are to bring lunch in a reusable soft lunch sack (or a brown paper bag). Out of concern for the health of our campers, please refrain from bringing items containing nuts. Due to the different food needs of all our campers and staff, individual lunches may not be shared. Your choice of items to send is vast; the most important elements are nutrition, variety and hydration.
  2. Are there any other lunch options besides the sack lunch?
    If you choose to use our Plus Lunch program, we will provide your camper with a Kosher, nut-free lunch each day. This will include a main entree, vegetable/fruit and dessert daily for only $36 per week. The Plus Lunch program can be added any time up until one week in advance. To add Plus Lunch, please contact Jess Bauer at 314-442-3431, (Fox).
  3. Can I send my camper with snacks?
    We provide campers with a Kosher, nut-free snack daily. If your camper has dietary restrictions, please contact Jess Bauer at 314-442-3431, (Fox), before sending a snack from home.


  1. What should my camper bring to camp?
    Each day, campers should bring a lunch in a reusable soft lunch sack (unless registered for Plus Lunch), a swimsuit and towel, goggles, sunscreen to reapply during the day, a water bottle, closed-toe shoes, socks, a backpack and a smile.
  2. What should be left at home?
    Please leave the following at home: toys and stuffed animals, cellphones and other electronics, swimsuits with metal rivets or accessories as these cause damage to our slides and play equipment, tote bags or backpacks with wheels, and opened-toe shoes such as flip flops and sandals.
  3. What should my camper wear to camp each day?
    Please send your camper in closed-toe shoes with socks each day. They should wear something comfortable and suited for the activities of their camp program. Please apply sunscreen to your camper each day before leaving home. We regularly remind campers to reapply their sunscreen. Don’t worry! We can help your little camper reapply throughout the day as well. Please make sure all your camper’s belongings are clearly labeled.
1:1 Support

Many campers benefit from additional staff support, but we do not assume that all children with disabilities will require 1:1 support. Our Life Enrichment Manager will work with you to determine if 1:1 support will be beneficial and available for your child. If it is determined that your child will benefit from additional staff support, the level of support will be based on the specific needs of your child. Our goal is to fully integrate your child into the camp program. We observe each child in the Life Enrichment program throughout the summer and communicate with counselors and parents to help ensure success and make modifications when needed.

You must register for camp and speak with Erik Carlson,, to receive Life Enrichment services. We strongly recommend that you submit both your camp registration and Life Enrichment intake forms as early as possible. Preference will be given to those families who register before Feb. 28, for the entire summer. Next preference will be given to families who register before February 28, for the greatest number of weeks. In addition, all J Day Camp registration forms and Life Enrichment intake forms must be completed and submitted no later than April 1 to be considered. Life Enrichment services will be offered until the week of July 31.

  • Support is dependent on the availability of staff and the recommendation of our Life Enrichment Manager.
  • Preference will be given to families who register before February 28 for the greatest number of weeks.
  • Contact: The Life Enrichment Department, 314-442-3295.

Click here to learn more about Life Enrichment services.

Financial Assistance Scholarships

To apply for financial assistance, download a scholarship application or contact In order to be considered for financial assistance, a Day Camp Registration, non-refundable deposit, and scholarship application must be on file within two weeks of registering. Due to the high volume of applications, the scholarship process takes three-four weeks. Day Camp scholarship applications will only be accepted through April 15. However, scholarship dollars are limited and awarded on a need-based first come-first served basis.

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