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J Day Camps – Chesterfield

Chesterfield Summer Camps

2021 Dates: June 7 – August 20
Camp Creve Coeur  |  Camp Chesterfield

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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, please contact:
Contact: Brad Chotiner, 314-442-3423

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Blast Off Week | June 7-11

Half-day pricing: Members $165 | Public $180
Save $15 with Early Bird registration through March 5

Campers create their own week from a menu of half-day options! Options include arts, sports, STEAM, theater and more.

Come for half or all day…
Blast Off Week Camps have you covered in the morning (8am-12pm) and in the afternoon (1-5pm). There will be a supervised, one-hour lunch/recess period for campers registered for both the morning and afternoon sessions. Please note that Inclusion support and swimming are not offered during Blast Off Week.

Blast Off Course Options

  • Scott Gallagher Soccer: 
    Camp programs are designed to introduce players to the game of soccer. Camp programs will focus on individual ball skills, developing proper technique and small-sided games – all in a fun learning environment.
  • Basketball Camp:
    Enhance your game on the hardwood, including dribbling, passing, shooting, and defense. We will be working on fundamentals and playing games.
  • Little Medical School Dr: Basic Anatomy, Medical Instruments & Prepping for Surgery
    Through role-play and activities, students will learn the key responsibilities of a doctor and explore the heart, lungs, and digestion. Students will use real medical instruments (stethoscope, reflex hammer, and blood pressure cuff) and practice scrubbing, suturing, and tying knots like a real surgeon. (Ages 6-12)
  • Little Medical School Dr: Dog/Vet Office Functions
    Students will role-play the key staff functions performed at a veterinary office and how to keep their “adopted” plush puppy healthy. These future veterinarians will explore digestion, the different parts of the canine eye, animal body language and how X-rays are used to diagnose and treat common illnesses. (Ages 6-12)

Day Camps | June 14 – August 20

Entering grades K – 6
Members $245 | Public $270
Save $20 with Early Bird registration through March 5

Chesterfield campers will be able to choose from various activities including sports, arts, science, cooking, swimming and more. Activities abound! Older campers can choose to participate in daily swimming, sports, arts, team-building, cooking, nature and more.

For more information about J Day Camps, please contact:
Contact: Brad Chotiner, 314-442-3423

Camp Essman Katan | June 14 – August 13

Age 3 to entering Pre-K
Full Day: 9am – 3pm | Half Day: 9am – 12:30pm
Full-day pricing: Members $245| Public $270
Half-day pricing: Members $165 | Public $180
Save with Early Bird registration. Call for details.

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 by the start of camp to participate in Camp Essman Katan.

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

Parent Resources

Schedules

K-2nd Grade Sample Schedule | 3rd-6th Grade Sample Schedule

Swim Program

Our aquatics mission is that each camper has a safe and enjoyable experience while developing skills they can use for a lifetime. Each camper will be assessed on their first day of camp and placed into a corresponding swim class. All campers, except all camps during Blast Off week, are required to participate unless they bring a note from their parent stating the reason to excuse them from swimming for that day. During Instructional Swim, campers will work with our certified instructors to improve their comfort and skills in the water. During Free Swim, campers have the chance to use their new skills in the pool appropriate for their abilities and on our water play equipment. All swimming activities are supervised by certified swim instructors and the watchful eyes of our summer camp counselors.

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 vegetable/fruit, drink, dessert and main entree daily for only $30 per week. The Plus Lunch program can be added any time up until one week in advance. To add Plus Lunch, please contact the Camp Director, Brad Chotiner, 314.442.3423.
  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 speak with the Camp Director, Brad Chotiner, 314.442.3423, before sending a snack from home.

Packing

  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 mask, a swimsuit and towel, 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.

Parent Handbook

Parent Manual coming in spring 2021.

1:1 Inclusion Support

Many campers benefit from additional staff support, but we do not assume that all children with disabilities will require 1:1 support. Our Inclusion Supervisor 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 Inclusion 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 Shamecka Nichols to receive Inclusion services. We strongly recommend that you submit both your camp registration and inclusion intake forms as early as possible. Preference will be given to those families who register before March 5, for the entire summer. Next preference will be given to families who register before March 5, for the greatest number of weeks. In addition, all J day camp registration forms and inclusion intake forms must be completed and submitted no later than May 1 to be considered.

  • Inclusion support is dependent on the availability of staff and the recommendation of our Inclusion Supervisor.
  • Preference will be given to families who register before March 5 for the greatest number of weeks.
  • Contact: Shamecka Nichols, M.Ed, Inclusion Supervisor, 314.442.3295

Click here to learn more about inclusion.

Financial Assistance Scholarships

To apply for financial assistance, download a scholarship application or contact Sally Lang, 314-442-3241. 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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