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J Day Camps – Chesterfield

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2018 Camp Dates:
May 29 – August 17

Camps offered in Chesterfield at the Marilyn Fox Building

Blast Off

There’s no better way to kick off summer than with the best of camp: a little sports, a little arts and crafts, a little swimming and a lot of fun!

Maccabi Sports Camp

Campers entering grades K-2
Our J Sports Camp combines the best of everything sports, including recreational games, sports clinics and field trips! Attend one week or all 10 to experience this awesome opportunity to compete!

 Maccabi Specialty Sports Camp

Campers entering grades 3-8
Campers focus on specific sports. Drills, gameplay and strategy are covered in each clinic.
June 5: Football
June 12: Soccer
June 19: Basketball
June 26: Baseball
July 3: Wet & Wild Week (Field trips each day)
July 10: Football
July 17: Basketball
July 24: Ninja Obstacle Course
July 31: Soccer
August 7: Wide World of Sports

Girls Got Game: All Girls Maccabi Sports Camp

Two weeks where the spotlight is only on the girls! This camp is separate from the other Sports Camp.

Gymnastics Camp

Jump, roll and flip! Run by enthusiastic instructors, campers build agility, speed, coordination and confidence.

Cheer, Dance & Spirit

Learn to cheer, jump, tumble, dance and build self-confidence, teamwork and friendships. Focus includes healthy heart awareness, community service project, arts and crafts, and fun in the pool. Campers receive a t-shirt and poms. Families are invited to a culminating pep rally.

Camp Essman Gadol

Our traditional camp, featuring a little bit of everything: nature, cooking, science, arts and crafts, sports, and Israeli culture, plus special activities like lip syncs, talent shows, relay races, trivia and more.

Camp Essman Katan

Campers age 3-5 years
Campers enjoy music, storytelling, art, nature, cooking, sports and building a foundation for fun Jewish experiences. Campers must be fully toilet trained. Space is limited.

Camp Potpourri

Campers ages 18 months-3 years, with an adult
Themed weeks include circle time, arts and crafts, music, free play, snack and more! Attend camp on Tuesdays at SFC and/or Thursdays at Fox.

STEAM Camps in partnership with Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School

New this summer, in partnership with the Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School, J Day Camps offers STEAM Academies which build skills through the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math while children make friends and have fun! Whether your child wants to program robots or conceptualize what a future city will look like, it’s full STEAM ahead! These programs do not include swimming.

Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School
348 S Mason Rd, Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Pre and Post Care

Campers entering grades K-6
7am – 9am and/or 3pm – 6pm
Ideal for working families! Campers may extend their days with even more fun and structured activities. Campers are grouped by age. Dropoff and pickup occur at The J in Creve Coeur. A bus will transport campers to Mirowitz at 8:40am and return campers to The J at 3:20pm each day.

STEAM Academy

Campers entering Pre-K – K
In our outdoor learning labs, art studio and gymnasium, leaders take your children on an intellectually and creatively stimulating journey. Each day includes music, water play, a mitzvah project and physical activity, and will follow a theme that integrates STEAM principles… all through a Jewish lens.

Builders’ STEAM Academy

Campers entering grades 1-2
Campers build a fort in the woods, an obstacle course and a brick structure with a professional mason. Explore how architects integrate STEAM into their decisions and learn more about the magnetic force that pulls objects toward the Earth.

Cities of the Future

Campers entering grades 3-4
What will future cities look like? Young innovators explore ecosystems, renewable energy sources, building materials, planning and zoning. Each participant will understand the role of the city planner by creating proposals for mock cities and then building them from recycled materials.

Robotics STEAM Academy

Campers entering grades 5-6
Campers entering grades 3-4
Participants explore the basics of NXT Robotics Engineering. Science teachers guide each team as they build, test and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS™ technology. Teams become proficient with programming software which allows them to direct a robot to solve specific missions in a game.

Architects in Training

Campers entering grades 5-6
Campers learn the practical value of geometry, measurement, scale and proportion as they design a campus, draw floor plans and create three-dimensional scale models. STEAM, economics and civics take on new relevance with every task these young urban planners complete.

For more information about J Day Camps, please contact:

Camp Director: Brad Chotiner (Chots), 314-442-3423

J Day Camps includes certified swim instruction
Both J locations have multiple indoor and outdoor pools and offer certified swim instruction or free swim daily. Our swim program helps campers achieve confidence and success in the pool.

Camp is offered weekly
You may sign up for one week or a full summer of fun. Mix and match among sports, arts, gymnastics and more.

All Camps
With an outdoor baseball field, space to run around and a loopy water slide at the outdoor pool, J Day Camps in Chesterfield is the place to be! Campers can make new friends while playing sports all day, performing a dance routine or flipping through the air and landing on their feet. Campers also enjoy all-camp programs such as Juggling Jeff, Mad Science and Friday Shabbat. All full-day campers swim daily. All camps run 9am – 3pm and are for K-6th grade unless otherwise noted.

Pre and Post Care…
7am – 9am and/or 3pm – 6pm
Ideal for working families! Campers may extend their days with even more fun and structured activities, including arts and crafts, games, science and swimming. A kosher snack is provided in the afternoon. Campers are grouped by age, and enrollment is by the week.

…Plus Lunch
Take a break from making lunch! For only $28 per week, campers can enjoy a delicious, nutritious, kosher lunch. Register for lunch when you register for camp. Lunch registrations must be completed at least one week in advance. All meals include a side, drink and dessert. Sorry, no substitutions.

The J welcomes and invites all persons, including those with disabilities, to participate in its camps and other programs. Program participation is based upon an appropriate match between the individual and a particular program. Where feasible and suitable, the J provides necessary supports, including individualized programming.

The Inclusion program provides the opportunity for children with special needs to attend camp with their typically developing peers. Our goal is to include all campers. In order to best assess if a child is a good fit for our program, families must participate in an intake process. If a child is aggressive, a threat to him/herself or others, or even with extra support from our staff cannot participate in our program safely, J Day Camps may not be a good fit.

Inclusion Counselors are hired specifically to work with children with special needs. They have backgrounds in special education or a related field and/or other life experiences that provide them with the necessary skill set. Additional training is provided and required for all inclusion counselors. All of our staff must participate in an application, interview and background check process. All Inclusion Counselors are First Aid/CPR certified and must be at least 18 years old with a high school diploma.

There is no additional fee (in addition to the J Day Camps fee) for inclusion support at J Day Camps up to 40 hours/week. A nominal fee may be assessed for campers who attend camp more than 40 hours per week. Limited space available so please inquire early.

Contact: Sara Carpenter, 314-442-3295

Click here to learn more about inclusion.

Registration instructions


Check back in early 2018, for next summer’s registration information.