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J Day Camps – Creve Coeur


2018 Camp Dates:
May 29 – August 17

Camps offered in Creve Coeur at the Staenberg Family Complex

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!

Hyman Multin Multi-Sports Camp

The right balance of traditional and recreational sports. Along with baseball, basketball, soccer and floor hockey, campers will enjoy wiffleball, lacrosse, ga-ga, capture the flag, wall ball & more! Older campers select their afternoon focuses.

Girls Got Game – All Girls Hyman Multin Multi-Sports Camp

Two weeks where the spotlight is only on the girls! This camp runs separately from the other Sports Camp. Older campers choose their afternoon focuses.

Gymnastics Camp

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

Kelvin Lee Basketball Camp

Campers entering grades 1-6
St. Mary’s Head Coach Kelvin Lee leads a week of basketball training. Campers enhance their skills on the hardwood including passing, dribbling, shooting and defense.

Racquetball Focus

In the morning campers participate in Hyman Multin Multi-Sports Camp. In the afternoon, campers participate in drills, games and match play. This camp includes professional instruction and concludes with a competitive tournament. Equipment is provided but those with their own are welcome to bring it. Non-marking athletic shoes are required.

Milton Frank Camp of the Arts

Campers experience all forms of art and let their creativity shine. Professional art teachers guide campers as they work hands-on with drawing, painting, pottery and other visual arts.

Camp Sidney R. Baer

Our traditional camp, featuring a little bit of everything: nature, cooking, science, arts and crafts, sports, Israeli culture, team-building and more. Older campers choose their afternoon focuses.

Camp Nat Koplar

Campers ages 3-5 years
Campers have tons of fun with music, storytelling, art, swimming, sports and nature in our one-of-a-kind wooded campground. Camp is uniquely designed for the young children and their interests. Campers must be fully toilet trained. Space is limited.

Teen Travel Camp

Campers entering grades 7-9
New and improved! Teen Campers take three-day trips each week to St. Louis attractions. When not on the road, campers enjoy recreational swimming as well as sports, art and team-building. Teen Campers earn community service hours as well. Teen Camp includes two lock-ins, June 15-16 and Aug. 3-4. The week of July 17, Teen Camp gets out of town, heading to Nashville for some fun. We depart Tuesday morning and return for carpool Friday afternoon. The trip is the only option for Teen Camp that week.

Counselor in Training (C.I.T.)

Campers entering grade 10
Our CIT program is the bridge from camper to counselor. CITs receive both hands-on training and guidance from our most senior and experienced staff. CITs participate in pre-camp orientation and ongoing training by our CIT director. CITs have the opportunity to work with a variety of different age groups and camps throughout the summer, gaining experience and skills necessary to become a counselor in future summers. CITs also receive community service hours for school.

CITs are required to fill out a staff application and must go through the interview process. There is no fee for the CIT program.

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
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. There is an optional trip to Camp Sabra (additional fee of $125 applies), our overnight camp at the Lake of the Ozarks, for campers entering grades 3-5. This summer’s trip is July 19-21. All camps run 9am – 3pm and are for K-6th grade unless otherwise noted.

New this summer!
We are pleased to announce Afternoon Focus, giving 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
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 registration information.