Chesterfield Summer Camps
2019 Camp Dates: May 28 – August 9
Early Bird Pricing Ends March 7
Weekly registration closes the Wednesday before each camp week
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. Most campers also splash down in our outdoor pool, complete with two water slides! Indoors, Essman Gadol spreads out across the spacious Wool Conference Center, the indoor heart of J Day Camps. There, they make arts and crafts, dream up elaborate skits and dance routines, create science experiments and more. Register now for our Chesterfield summer camps!
Chesterfield Summer Camps at the Marilyn Fox Building
Blast Off Week | May 28-31
- Basketball Camp (Grades K-6)
Campers enhance their skills on the hardwood, including passing, dribbling, shooting and defense.
- Cheer, Dance and Spirit (Grades K – 6)
Campers learn to cheer, jump, tumble, dance, build self-confidence and friendship. Families are invited to a pep rally at the end of the week.
- Please note: Inclusion support, swimming and Plus Lunch are not available during Blast Off Week.
Camp Essman Katan
June 3 – August 2
3- to 5-year-olds (not attending Kindergarten in the fall)
Full Day: 9am – 3pm | Half Day: 9am – 12:30pm | Combo: 3 Full Days and 2 Half Days
Summer is for camp! Swimming daily (including lessons), making new friends, exploring the joy of nature, cooking, art, yoga, storytelling, music and so much more, all while learning Jewish values. We provide a safe, educational environment for your child all summer long with trained teachers who offer years of professional experience. Camp Katan, where children create memories that will last a lifetime! Campers must be toilet trained.
Camp Essman Gadol
June 3 – August 9
Grades K – 6
A great way for kids to enjoy a little bit of everything: swimming, sports, arts and crafts, science, team building, nature, dance, and cooking. Campers participate in scavenger hunts, lip syncs, games, relay races, trivia and more. All kids choose their activity during focus time. Make new friends and have a blast this summer!
Specialty Sports Camp
June 3 – 28 & July 8 – August 9
Maccabi Specialty Sports Camps are designed with the athlete in mind. Campers learn the skills and strategies, and then play the game. There is no swimming or other camp activity in this program. All activities and games will focus on the sport of the week. For campers who want to extend the day and stay past noon, join us for OVERTIME (12-3pm). During OVERTIME, campers will eat lunch, enjoy free swim and participate in activities with the Essman Gadol Campers. Activities during OVERTIME are not limited to the sport of the week.
- June 3 – 7: Hi-NRG Ninja Obstacle Course & Bounce Camp
HI-NRG’s positive, enthusiastic coaches offer this camp for those who enjoy learning flips, tumbling, climbing and fun new challenges. Children will foster feelings of confidence, joy and pride as they successfully complete new obstacles and pick up new tricks on trampoline. Our specialized ninja obstacles are a fun, engaging way to cultivate coordination, balance, upper body strength and core stability.
- June 10 – 14: Hi-NRG Gymnastics
Tumble, flip, balance and stick the landing with HINRG. Gymnastics builds strength and flexibility. Campers will learn skills from knowledgeable coaches.
- June 17 – 21 & July 15 – 19: Fred McConnell Baseball Camp
Coach Fred McConnell is a baseball fixture in St. Louis. He won numerous championships (including four State Titles) in his illustrious career as a baseball and softball coach for Parkway South and John Burroughs. He has been inducted to the Missouri High School Baseball Hall of Fame and the Missouri Softball Hall of Fame, among others. He brings his knowledge and enthusiasm to the J to teach campers fielding and hitting skills.
- June 24 – 28 & July 22 – 26: Larry Hughes Basketball Camp
The Larry Hughes Basketball Academy is the premier basketball development program in the St. Louis area. The academy provides skill development, basketball education and leadership opportunities for young athletes. At an LHBA camp you can expect top level instruction from the best skill developers in the area, as well as opportunities for competition and, of course, a lot of fun.
- July 8 – 12 & July 29 – August 2: Scott Gallagher Soccer Camp
The Scott Gallagher Soccer Club has trained soccer players for more than 40 years, and they’re bringing their expertise to the J. We will focus on individual ball skills, developing proper technique, and there will be plenty of time to play.
- August 5 – 9: Missouri Rush Lacrosse Camp
Learn to play the original American pastime. We place an emphasis on individual player fundamentals, team play, competitive drills, and making it fun as the young players establish a passion for the greatest sport! This camp is designed for beginners. No equipment is needed.
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.
Chesterfield Summer Camps are 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 Chesterfield Summer Camps
More than just a summer of fun, J Day Camps provide a lifetime of memories. Campers make new friends, learn new skills and have fun all summer long. Whether your camper wants to play sports all day, create works of art or try a little bit of everything, we have a camp for him or her. We also offer awesome, all-camp programs such as Maccabi Color Day, morning flag pole, Wacky Wednesday and Friday Shabbat. All full-day campers swim daily. All Chesterfield summer camps run 9am – 3pm and are for K-6th grade unless otherwise noted.
Special Days This Summer
We partner with a variety of organizations to bring exciting, entertaining and educational experiences to the J. Mark your calendar!
our Afternoon Focus gives our oldest campers, grades 3-6, the opportunity to select their afternoon activities. Each Monday, campers will select two focuses and enjoy these activities Tuesday through Thursday. (Campers enjoy one focus on Friday and the second activity is all-camp Shabbat.) Focuses range from arts and crafts, to sports, singing, nature and science.
Pre and Post Care…
7am – 9am and/or 3pm – 6pm
For grades K – 6. 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.
Take a break from making lunch! The J will provide your camper with a kosher and nut-free lunch, which includes a vegetable/fruit, drink and dessert for $30 per week. Register for lunch when you register for Chesterfield summer camps. Lunch registrations must be completed at least one week in advance. Sorry, no substitutions.
Monday: Hot Dog
Tuesday: Cheese Quesadilla
Wednesday: Chicken Nuggets
Thursday: Pizza Bagel
The J invites and welcomes all children, including those with disabilities, to participate in camp and other programs. Individualized inclusion support is available to qualifying campers with disabilities who may need additional support throughout the camp day. The Inclusion team works with parents and campers to deliver services best suited to meet your child’s needs. In order to qualify, your child must have a diagnosed disability that requires an IEP during the school year, the J team must determine that we are capable of meeting your child’s needs, and you must complete all required intake forms. In order to receive inclusion support, you must contact Inclusion Supervisor Shamecka Nichols, 314-442-3295.
Inclusion support for qualified campers is dependent on availability of staff, and preference will be given to those families who register for the entire summer before March 7. Next preference will be given to families who register for the greatest number of weeks before March 7. In any case, families will receive official confirmation of support only when inclusion staff is hired, committed and assigned to campers. In addition, all camp registration forms and intake forms for inclusion support must be completed no later than May 3, 2019 to be considered. Enrollment in J Day Camps for those requiring support is complete and only upon final receipt of two separate email confirmations: 1) from the J Day Camp Registrar and 2) from J Inclusion Supervisor Shamecka Nichols. 1:1 Inclusion support is limited, and we may not be able to accommodate all families who apply. In the unfortunate event that support is not available, we will issue a full refund of any payments that have been made. Please 2 note that Inclusion support is available beginning June 3.
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2019 Inclusion Camps
Teen Skills Jr.
Campers with developmental disabilities entering grades 6 – 9
Campers work on acquiring essential social and daily independent living skills as they enjoy traditional camp activities, such as recreational swimming, arts and crafts, cooking, sports, Shabbat, and nature. Additionally, campers will take day trips to St. Louis attractions and engage in volunteer opportunities. Throughout the week, Teen Skills Jr. campers also work longside Teen Travel Camp to provide an integrated and individualized experience. Participants can be supported in a 1:1 staff ratio.
Teen Skills Sr.
Campers with developmental disabilities entering grade 10 – age 21
Campers work on acquiring essential social and vocational skills as they transition into adulthood. Participants spend time in the community, engaging in a variety of interesting volunteer and recreational activities, and at the J, working on interviewing skills, money skills and interpersonal skills that are vital once they enter the workforce. Participants also enjoy many traditional camp activities such as recreational swimming, cooking, fitness classes and nature. Participants must be successful in a 1:4 staff-to-participant ratio.
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Q. Do I need a J account to register?
A. Yes. If anyone in your family has ever participated in a J program, you have one! If not, you can create one at jccstl.org and log in as ‘public.’
Q. I’m not sure if I have an account. How do I find out?
A. Contact the Camp Registrar at email@example.com
Q. Is “camp grade” my child’s current grade, or the grade she’ll enter next fall?
A. Campers are grouped by the grade they will enter in the fall.
Q. How do I edit my camp registration?
A. Contact the Camp Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. Is there a sibling discount?
A. Yes! The second, and any additional, child receives 10% off. Sibling discounts are added by the registrar and refunded to the card used for payment.
Q. How do I apply for inclusion support?
A. Complete registration by May 3 and contact Shamecka Nichols
Q. I registered for camp. What additional paperwork do I need to submit prior to camp?
A. Please fill our our “Physician’s Statement and Consent to Treat” form, as well as the “Protocol for Administering Medication and Basic First Aid/Behavioral Policy” form. These can be found online. Please submit these forms to email@example.com by May 1, 2019.
- Physician’s Statement and Consent to Treat
- Protocol for Administering Medication and Basic First Aid/Behavioral Policy
Q. What is the last day I can register?
A. Wednesday at midnight before each camp week for which you wish to register. Registration less than one week before a session begins will incur a $25 processing fee.