Taking #throwback to groovey new levels at camp this summer

JCC-movienightAll you need is love and peace, two definitive words that can change one’s lifestyle if practiced on a daily basis. In the mid 1960s, the hippie subculture perpetuated this from New York City to San Francisco, going global shortly after.

Today’s hippies are a more broad generation. They range from music festival enthusiasts to vegans and health conscious Yogis, to the bearded fellows and stylish young ladies seen around Wynwood and Midtown, commonly described as “hipsters”, a word that has been around since the 1940s as a prelude to the word “hippie”.

This year for Summer Camp, we are throwing it back to the aesthetics of tie-dye shirts and road trips. The JCC will transport campers back through the decades with weekly themes including the Flintstones and disco fever, highlighting some of the many fab #CampThrowback memories that will be made this summer. Again this year, there will be no camp registration fees, creating more affordable possibilities of giving our campers a summer to remember. There are also new additions to camp; Robotics specialty camp is a neat two-week program for kids entering 1- 5 grades, where campers build and control their own LEGO robots utilizing hands-on, project-based learning.

Transportation will be offered to and from camp for residents east of US1 for an extra fee with pickup from Dixie Point Shopping Center.

JCC Teen Tour is our grooviest new addition this year. From July 14 to Aug. 4, teens from 7-9 grade will fly out of sunny Florida to partner with the Katz JCC in New Jersey. From there, the road trip fun begins, making stops including the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum, the Sears Tower, Elvis’ Graceland, the Great Smoky Mountains and much more.

Summer Camp is open to everyone; you don’t have to be a JCC member. Our wellrounded staff is led by camp director Elyse Molk and co-director Dave Madden.

Specialists in swimming, cooking, fitness, child development and nature all contribute to our family. An abundance of activities are all within reach ? drama, dance, fishing, canoeing, gymnastics, arts and crafts, computers and awesome field trips, just to name a few. Specialty camps include robotics, teen tour, sports, performing arts and special needs.

Preschoolers are nestled in a separate building with a low camper-to-counselor ratio enjoying countless activities. Campers three years and up can take swimming instruction in our junior Olympic pool. There are over 40 Hobby Hour choices, including: martial arts, jewelry making, computers, rocketry, kayaking, dance, fitness and sports. Teens can get work experience and leadership training by earning community service hours at summer camp and take-home pay depending on the age and level.

We are also looking for senior counselors to join our fun staff this summer. In addition, each year we host an Israeli specialist as part of the Shlichim program, to lead the “Ruach” or Jewish spirit at camp. They are part of a program in Israel where over 1,000 Israeli young adults work at camps throughout North America. If you or someone you know is interested in housing our Shlichim for all or part of the summer, call the camp office at 305-271-9000 ext. 271 or 263.

On Sunday, March 22 at 7 p.m., we’ll kick off Spring Break with a movie night under the stars for members, families and friends. The 2015 Academy Award winner, Big Hero 6, will be featured. There will be food trucks and on this night only, anyone registering for camp will receive $75 off eight weeks or $50 off four weeks per child. Bring a blanket or chair, hang with us and save big on camp.

Registration is open for everyone. Call the camp office at 305-271-9000, ext. 271, email camp@alperjcc.org or visit www.alperjcc.org.

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