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Life Enrichment at the J Day Camps

Become An Inclusion Counselor Inclusion Camper Options

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.

Teen Skills

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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1:1 Support – J Day Camps

The Life Enrichment program provides the opportunity for children with special needs to attend camp with their typically developing peers. Our goal is to include all campers. 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.

Life Enrichment 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 Life Enrichment counselors. All of our staff must participate in an application, interview and background check process. All Life Enrichment 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 Life Enrichment 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.

Register Your 1:1 Support camper

What is Life Enrichment?

The Life Enrichment department at the J provides accommodation and accessibility services to ensure that everyone can access and participate in our wonderful programs, regardless of ability or diagnosis. We also provide programs specifically designed for individuals with disabilities.

What do Life Enrichment services look like for Day Camp?

During camp, we provide specialized staff to provide various supports to qualifying campers so they can participate fully and get the most out of camp alongside their peers. These supports are individualized to the camper and can include behavioral, social, emotional, and physical support with up to a 1:1 staff to camper ratio.

How much do these additional support services cost?

Inclusion Options

Creve Coeur Pricing

Member Public
Grades 3-6 | Baer Focus (9am - 3pm) $320 $345
Grades 7-9 | Baer Adventures (9am - 3pm) $340 $365
AM Care (7:30-9am) $55 $60
PM Care (3-6pm) $85 $90
15-21 year-olds with development disabilities | Teen Skills $340 $365
Plus Lunch! $40 $40

Chesterfield Pricing

Member Public
Grades 3-6 | Essman Focus (9am - 3pm) $310 $335
AM Care (7:30-9am) $55 $60
PM Care (3-6pm) $85 $90
Plus Lunch! $40 $40

Last week of Life Enrichment Services is the week of July 29

Who qualifies for Life Enrichment support?

Typically, one of the following diagnoses is required to qualify for Life Enrichment services.

  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Epilepsy
  • Head Injury
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Learning Disability
  • Mental or Physical Impairment

Please note that we are unable to support individuals who…

  • Elope (run away)
  • Create an unsafe environment to themselves or others
  • Are not bathroom independent
  • Destroy property
How do I register?

Families can register their camper on the day camp registration page on the JCCSTL.com website. Please select the course option of “J Day Camps for Campers who Require Additional Support & Accommodation Services” to register to receive Life Enrichment services during camp.

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Who do I talk to if I have questions?

For any questions about Life Enrichment services, eligibility, or the registration process you can contact our Life Enrichment & Camp Services Manager, Erik Carlson at ecarlson@jccstl.org or at 314-442-3295.

Other Important Information

Day Camps Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

  • Notify the Day Camp Registrar in writing of any cancellations by contacting Registrar Emily Brimberry.
  • Cancellation of registration, at least 14 days prior to the start of each registered week results in a full refund; less the non-refundable deposit.
  • No pro-rated or full refund shall be permitted if a camper leaves before the end of the period for which he or she has been registered.
  • No refunds for missing camp due to illnesses. We do not offer partial payment for days missed.
Financial Assistance Scholarships

Financial assistance for the J Day Camps is open! Please contact scholarships@jccstl.org for more information on scholarship applications.

In order to be considered for financial assistance, a J 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.

Life Enrichment Contact

Erik Carlson

Manager, Life Enrichment & Camp Services,
314-442-3295

 


Become A Camp Counselor

Our caring and enthusiastic Inclusion Counselors provide one-on-one support to children and youth with developmental disabilities as they participate in regular camp programming and participate along with campers in a variety of activities including swimming, outdoor activities, crafts, drama, sports and nature. Camp runs Monday-Friday, May 27th-August 2nd.

Counselors will follow general direction and perform other duties as assigned of by the Day Camp Site Director, Unit Heads, and/or the Director of Sports, Recreation, and J Day Camps. Utilize sound judgment and discretionary skills in accordance with The J policies. Maintain positive relationships with many diverse people, including staff, parents, volunteers, and program site administration. Ensure The J policies and guidelines are always followed. Maintain an environment that ensures children’s safety and well-being. Plan and implement developmentally appropriate activities. May serve as support staff based on needs of program participants, ensuring approved levels of support, assistance, and record keeping. Counselors organizing team games such as soccer, softball, and basketball, explaining the rules and acting as referee or umpire throughout the game. Leading activities such as crafts and art, demonstrating various techniques and encouraging children to produce ideas. Communicating with parents, providing updates where required and answering questions about the camp. Providing guidance, motivation and support all camp visitors.

Counselors work daily form 8:45AM – 3:15PM. Counselors will be scheduled for pre-care and post-care shift weekly but will not be daily.

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