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J Day Camps – STEAM Academies

STEAM Camps in partnership with Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School

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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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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! STEAM Camps do not include swimming. Campers should bring their lunch daily.

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

For more information about J Day Camps, please contact:
Camp Director: Brad Chotiner (Chots), 314-442-3423

Summer STEAM Academy

June 17 – 21 & June 24 – 28
Pre-K through K

In our outdoor learning labs, art studio and gymnasium, STEAM educators will take your children on an intellectually and creatively stimulating journey. Each day will include music, waterplay, a mitzvah project and physical activity, and will follow a theme all through a Jewish lens.


Builders’ STEAM Academy

June 17 – 21 & June 24 – 28
Grades 1-2

Build a fort in the woods, create a solution to a proposed problem, and design a variety of your own creations. Explore how architects and engineers integrate science, technology, engineering, art and math into their decisions about the structures they build.


Innovations and Important Creations from Israel

June 17 – 21
Grades 3-4

Did you know that the USB flash drive, the game Rummikub and the cherry tomato were all invented in Israel? Campers will learn about the innovations of our “Start-up Nation” that have changed the world, and develop your own innovations using inspiration from Israel. Spend the week inventing and being inspired by Israeli innovators.


Robots and Skateboard Science

June 24 – 28: Grades 3-4
June 17 – 21: Grades 5-6

Explore physics by building three-dimensional models of skate parks. Once constructed, campers will demonstrate concepts of physics including potential and kinetic energy, friction, and momentum. In the afternoons, campers explore the basics of EV3 Robotics Engineering. Build, test and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS technology. This STEAM experience incorporates the core values of discovery, teamwork and gracious professionalism.


da Vinci and Design: Inspiration to Innovation

June 24 – 28
Grades 5-6

Campers learn about one of the world’s most important innovators and artists of the Renaissance; Leonardo da Vinci. They will study sketches from da Vinci’s own notebook as inspiration for designing catapults, bridges, ornithopters, parachutes and more. Students will combine da Vinci’s innovations with their imagination to build a model theme park that lights up at night, and work with dimensions, perimeter, area, and scales to create a park map.

For more information about J Day Camps, please contact:
Camp Director: Brad Chotiner (Chots), 314-442-3423

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 STEAM 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 STEAM 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.

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.