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J Day Camps – Arts Camps in St. Louis

Arts Camps at the J

Arts Camps

2019 Camp Dates: May 28 – August 9
Early Bird Pricing Ends March 7
Weekly registration closes the Wednesday before each camp week

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Arts camps are a great opportunity for campers to explore their imagination! All arts camps are led by professional art instructors. Each camper should bring clothes which can get dirty, their imagination and a smile. Let’s start creating! Camps are held at the J’s Staenberg Family Complex in Creve Coeur.

For more information about J Day Camps, please contact:
Camp Director: Brad Chotiner (Chots), 314.442.3423

Milton Frank Camp of the Arts

June 3 – August 9
Grades K – 6

Campers let their creative side loose in Camp of the Arts. This is a great opportunity to explore various forms of art, including drawing, painting, pottery, and craft projects. Our counselors guide campers through a curriculum designed by our professional art instructor. Campers also swim and participate in all camp programs.

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 Arts 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 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!

Afternoon Focus
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.

…Plus Lunch
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 camp. 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
Friday: Hamburger

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.

Click here to learn more about inclusion.


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.

Click here to see detailed information about Day Camp registration. 

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 jdaycamp@jccstl.org

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 jdaycamp@jccstl.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 financial aid?
A. Complete a scholarship application and submit to Sally Lang.

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 jdaycamp@jccstl.org by May 1, 2019.

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.