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Summer J Camp Descriptions

2021 Summer J Camp | June 21 – Aug. 27

From our core camps to partnered specialty camps, here is the place to find out more about each camp. All camps located at the Stroum JCC on Mercer Island, unless otherwise noted.

Core Camps:
Camp Katan (PreK-K) | Camp Kef (1st-5th) | Sports Camp (1st-5th)
CIT Program (9th-10th) | J Camp After Party (1st-5th)

Specialty Camps (by partner):
Ellen Hochberg Studios | Girls Rock Math | Karate X | Smart with Art
Snapology | Specialty J Camps | Youth Theatre Northwest

2021 Summer Camp Dates:
Camp runs from 9:30 am-4 pm, Monday-Friday

Week 1: June 21-25Week 6: July 26-30
Week 2: June 28-July 2Week 7: Aug 2-6
Week 3: July 6-9 (no camp July 5)Week 8: Aug 9-13
Week 4: July 12-16Week 9: Aug 16-20
Week 5: July 19-23Week 10: Aug 23-27


 

Core Camps

Camp Katan
In Camp Katan, your days are filled with art, science, drama, cooking, storytelling, and outdoor exploration. Kids enjoy a low camper-to-counselor ratio, tons of fun, and the relaxing downtime they need to recharge. Wednesdays bring special guests and a trip to our waterfront.

Weeks: 1-9
Grades: PreK through K
Cost: $360 member | $400 guest

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Camp Kef
Kef means fun in Hebrew and that’s exactly the kind of summer you’ll have: active group games, energetic song sessions, messy science experiments, and creative art projects with our specialists. We group kids by grade so activities are age-appropriate.

Weeks: 1-9
Grades: 1st-5th
Cost: $360 member | $400 guest

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Sports Camp
Run, jump, swim, grow, laugh, challenge yourself, and make friends! We’ve got fun at every skill level; sports vary weekly. We group kids according to grade for daily age-appropriate activities. Sports Camp is offered in two half-day sessions: 9 am-12:15 pm and 12:45-4 pm. Mercer Island location to be announced.

Weeks: 1-9
Grades: 1st-5th
Cost: $180 member | $200 guest

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CIT Program
Explore leadership and philanthropy (tzedakah) through hands-on project management experiences in this new and rejuvenated program for 9th and 10thgraders. You’ll learn how to how to be a camp counselor at the SJCC while fine-tuning your leadership skills with emphasis on group dynamics, curriculum creation, project management, and problem solving. In this two-week training program, you will work as a counselor’s assistant and learn how to facilitate a group of kids with confidence, work with a team, and create a program and bring it to fruition.  We’ll provide daily check-ins, guidance, guest speakers, interview training, and final project opportunities. The CIT Program is available in three sessions—sign up for one or all three and join this amazing cohort of future leaders for a life-changing summer experience!

Weeks: 3 + 4; 5 + 6; 7 + 8 (two-week camp)
Grades: 9th-10th
Cost: $360 member | $400 guest

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J Camp After Party
Join us for J Camp After Party to celebrate the end of an amazing summer! Enjoy all your favorite camp activities like swimming, boating, dancing, and much more.

Week: 10
Grades: pre-k-5th
Cost: $360 member | $400 guest

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SPECIALTY CAMPS

 

Ellen Hochberg Studios

Art of Giving: Microloans
Combine being an artist, a global citizen, and an entrepreneur. In this two-week camp, we’ll create our own company—complete with a logo and marketing strategy—that makes and sells original, handmade artwork. The money we make will be used to fund a microloan program, which gives small loans to people in developing countries.

Weeks: 7 + 8 (two-week camp)
Grades: 5th-8th
Cost: $780 member | $860 guest

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Castles + Dragons
We’ll draw and create our own castles and dragons both in 2D and sculptures. Explore your medieval mind as we use imagination to create our own world.

Week: 6
Grades: 1st-4th
Cost: $390 member | $430 guest

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Harry Potter: Brooms + Wands
Are you a Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin, or Ravenclaw? Get sorted into one of the Hogwarts houses and then work together to turn our camp into this famous wizarding school. We’ll design wands, robes, and broomsticks as we enter the world of Hogwarts.

Week: 4
Grades: 1st-4th
Cost: $390 member | $430 guest

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Pokémon Plus Moviemaking
Ready to go from Pokémon-maker to stop-motion movie guru? Design your own characters and bring them to life. We’ll create stop-motion movies and our very own Pokémon cards to trade with friends.

This camp is full – join the waitlist!

Week: 5
Grades: 1st-4th
Cost: $390 member | $430 guest

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Girls Rock Math

At Girls Rock Math, “We have strong and clear values of inclusion and equity: If a child identifies as a girl, they are welcome at Girls Rock Math. Our curriculum was created especially for girls and is based on current research on the gender equity gap in STEM and best educational practices that promote confidence and enjoyment of STEM subjects. All of our curriculum is “girl-centric” with stories about girls and women, posters, materials designed with girls in mind.” Read more >>

Alice in Numberland
Take a trip down the rabbit hole and visit Alice’s Numberland. We’ll meet the white rabbit who is always late (and practice telling time), solve the riddles of the Mad Hatter, grow and shrink (while doing lots of measurement activities), and explore decks of cards (with games and puzzles) alongside the Queen of Hearts. This fun-filled week of stories and fantasy will have your camper painting the roses red! (Designed for campers who identify as female)

Week: 7
Grades: 1st-2nd
Cost: $390 member | $430 guest

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Camp SMArt
SMArt stands for Science, Math, and Art, and that’s exactly what we’ll do in this hands-on, fun-filled week of camp. We’ll engineer a zooming car for stuffed animals, drop pom-poms down a gravity maze, dance a computer code, make a robot to take home, and even design some SMArt art projects to wear. Get ready to show off your smarts!

This camp is full – join the waitlist!
Week:
 8
Grades: 1st-2nd
Cost: $390 member | $430 guest

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Get a Clue
Calling all spies! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to immerse yourself in the math and science of espionage. Enter the GRM forensics lab to help solve a crime by developing code-breaking skills, using fingerprint and handwriting analysis, cryptography, and more. Each mission requires campers to use teamwork to crack the case as we explore the hidden math and science of sleuthing. We’ll wrap up the week with an escape room adventure!

Week: 8
Grades: 3rd-6th
Cost: $390 member | $430 guest

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Mystical Math
Are you ready to spend a week in the wizarding world? Come in costume and get ready for a week of mystical mathematical spells! Explore Hermione’s favorite subject, Arithmancy; use geometry to make a Marauder’s Map; determine what probability has to do with grabbing the right Bertie Bott’s bean; learn the art and science of making wands; catapult a flying snitch; and more!  At this camp, you’ll believe math is magic! (Designed for campers who identify as female)

Week: 7
Grades: 3rd-6th
Cost: $390 member | $430 guest

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Crafty Math
Glue, glitter, gems, and geometry! Creativity and computation! Explore a variety of math concepts and topics all while getting messy with math and crafts.  From fraction face self-portraits to measurement bracelets, you’ll make math into art with every twist of your glue stick and splash of paint. (Designed for campers who identify as female)

Week: 6
Grades: 1st-2nd
Cost: $390 member | $430 guest

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Fold-tastic Mathematics
Fold, twist, cut, and create using paper of all kinds as you problem-solve your way through this week of mathematical, mind-bending, paper-folding fun. Explore math, art, and engineering design through origami and other paper-folding activities. Discover the mysteries of the hexa-hexaflexagon, engineer a BIG paper project, build your own 3-D fractal tetrahedron, and have all kinds of fantastic fun! Are you ready to get into the fold? (Designed for campers who identify as female)

Week: 6
Grades: 3rd-6th
Cost: $390 member | $430 guest

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Girls Count
From constructing castles to finding out just what is at the end of the rainbow, we’ll make art with numbers, solve problems together, play strategy and probability games, and discover how awesome math is in this week of countless fun! (Designed for campers who identify as female)

Week: 5
Grades: 1st-2nd
Cost: $390 member | $430 guest

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Girl Power
From running and jumping like Wilma Rudolph to making and breaking codes like Hedy Lamar, we’ll explore hands-on activities involving math and science to show you what “girl power” is all about. You’ll be introduced to a new superhero each day from various walks of life who embody the term “girl power.” After diving deep in the ocean with Sylvia Earle or launching into space with Katherine Johnson, we’ll explore mathematical concepts and make art relating to these real-life superheroes! (Designed for campers who identify as female)

Week: 5
Grades: 3rd-6th
Cost: $390 member | $430 guest

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Karate X

Karate Camp PromoKarate
Join Karate X for a disciplined, challenging, and fun week of camp! Learn and practice karate skills with punching bags, breaking boards, blocking drills, kicking targets, and more. Belt rank testing is held at the end of each session, giving students goals to aim for and recognition of their accomplishments. From beginners who have never tried karate, to athletes of any sport, this camp will challenge and grow bodies and minds!

Week 7 is full for 1st & 2nd grade – join the waitlist!
Weeks:
7, 8
Grades: 1st-2nd; 3rd-4th
Cost: $390 member | $430 guest

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Smart with Art

Cartoon Camp PromoCartoon + Character Design
Kick your imagination into high gear! Learn to draw with charcoal, graphite, and more as we design cartoons and create our own characters.

Week: 7
Grades: 3rd-6th
Cost: $390 member | $430 guest

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Ceramics + Mosaics CampCeramics + Mosaics
Design, discover, and create with clay and mosaics. We’ll work with a variety of clay products, including bisqueware that we’ll glaze, and pieces that’ll be fired in the kiln.

Weeks: 9
Grades: 3rd-6th
Cost: $390 member | $430 guest

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Fantastical Fairies CampFantastical Fairies
Bring your creativity, unleash your imagination, wish on some fairy dust, and make lots of fairy friends! We’ll create fairies and a garden world using glitter, beads, sculptures made from natural materials, paint, and collage. What enchanting creatures live in the woods waiting to be discovered?

Week: 10
Grades: 1st-2nd; 3rd-6th
Cost: $390 member | $430 guest

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Pant and CreatePaint + Create
Break out the paint brushes and let’s get creative! We’ll explore different paint techniques – from acrylics to watercolors to tempera paints. Join the fun, dress for mess, and get your creative juices flowing!

Week: 2
Grades: 1st-2nd; 3rd-6th
Cost: $390 member | $430 guest

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Secret Life of Pets CampSecret Life of Pets
Join us on a pet adventure and get ready to spoil your furry friends. Paint a portrait of your favorite pet, bake edible treats for your pet pal, and design wearable art.

Week: 9
Grades: 1st-2nd
Cost: $390 member | $430 guest

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Spy KidsSpy Kids
We’re on the case! Use your creative detective skills to design secret art projects to help solve Operation: Stolen Masterpiece. We’ll have daily top-secret briefings and then use our special spy skills for undercover art-training missions throughout the week to decode secret messages, solve puzzles, and gather clues. Hurry, time is running out — we need to make sure that this masterpiece doesn’t escape forever!

Week: 3
Grades: 1st-2nd; 3rd-6th
Cost: $390 member | $430 guest

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Snapology

Adventures in Star Wars CampAdventures with Star Wars
We’re heading to a galaxy far, far away. We’ll create Star Wars®-themed activities using LEGO® bricks and other interactive learning tools; re-create scenes from the movies; and build ships, lightsabers, and more. May the force be with you!

Week: 4
Grades: 1st-2nd; 3rd-6th
Cost: $390 member | $430 guest

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Amusement Park EngineeringAmusement Park Engineering
Design your own amusement park using LEGO® bricks and other building materials. We’ll create our own roller coasters and other awesome rides. Can you design the next Disney World?

Week: 9
Grades: 3rd-6th
Cost: $390 member | $430 guest

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Castles & Dragons CampCastles, Kingdom + Wizards
Enter a magical world of dragons, crowns, knights, and swords. We’ll create our own castles using LEGO® bricks and more. Let the magic begin!

Week: 1
Grades: 1st-2nd; 3rd-6th
Cost: $390 member | $430 guest

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Drone Commander CampDrone Commander
Fly into the world of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) as you learn how to control and manage this exciting technology. Learn about the types of UAVs, how they’re created, basic drone safety, and a variety of flying maneuvers. We’ll test out some of the newest advances in robotics and take your knowledge of engineering to new heights!

Week: 3
Grades: 3rd-6th
Cost: $390 member | $430 guest

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Foundational EngineeringFoundational Engineering: Machines + Contraptions
Love to tinker and create new things or break them apart to see what’s inside? Get all the tools you need to understand mechanical movement and the importance of simple machines. See the moving parts up-close as we build various machines and contraptions, develop new design ideas, test out physics concepts, and play games. Whether you’re the creative-constructive type or prefer the inquisitive-deconstructive way of learning, this camp will spark your engineering interests!

This camp is full – join the waitlist!
Week:
 9
Grades: 1st-2nd
Cost: $390 member | $430 guest

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Game BotsGame Bots
Do you want to create your own games and robots? Explore the science behind gear ratio, sensors, programming, and pulleys as we create our own awesome games. Whether you make a robotic hockey player, pinball machine, or a ring toss, you’ll have fun building, learning, and playing with us!

Week: 2
Grades: 3rd-6th
Cost: $390 member | $430 guest

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Minecraft Basics CampMinecraft Basics
Travel to the Nether—but watch out for those creepers! Bring Minecraft® to life using LEGO® bricks to create your own world, including animals, creepers, and your very own Minecraft® character.

Week: 5
Grades: 1st-2nd
Cost: $390 member | $430 guest

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Minecraft Moviemaking CampMinecraft Moviemaking
Create amazing Minecraft® movies with stop-motion animation using LEGO® bricks. You’ll produce your very own movie, complete with dialogue and sound effects. Movies will be uploaded to a secure site to share with family and friends!

Week: 5
Grades: 3rd-6th
Cost: $390 member | $430 guest

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Pokemania CampPokémania
Are you ready to become the best Pokémon trainer ever? Build and explore the world of Pokémon as you create your own Pokémon gyms, battles, and even your very own generation of Pokémon. Learn about real-world science as you learn about the habitats of the Pokémon you’ve created.

Week: 3
Grades: 1st-2nd
Cost: $390 member | $430 guest

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Robo Pets CampRobo Pets
Explore the world of robotics as we create our own robotic animals. We’ll build fish and alligator models using the fundamentals of robotic design, and the science of how gears, wheels, and axles create movement.

Week: 2
Grades: 1st-2nd
Cost: $390 member | $430 guest

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Specialty J Camps

Photography CampPhotography Camp
Do you have a curious and artistic eye? Join us for this introduction to photography. We’ll focus on framing, lighting, and composition, and even take field trips to visually intriguing places. Bring your own digital camera or ready-to-load film camera and film each day!

Week: 3
Grades: 3rd-6th
Cost: $390 member | $430 guest

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Swim CampSwim Camp
Do you love being in the water? In Swim Camp, you’ll gain confidence and have fun while learning competitive strokes, starts, and turns. Every day includes stroke-specific drills, dry-land training, and fun water games. Pre-requisite: Must be able to swim 25 yards freestyle and tread water for 30 seconds.

Weeks: 1, 2, 4
Grades: 1st-3rd
Cost: $390 member | $430 guest

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Waterfront CampWaterfront Camp
Just can’t get enough canoeing, paddle boarding, and kayaking? Hang with J Camp’s Aquatics team on Lake Washington and take extended trips out on the water. You’ll learn about water safety and build great friendships while soaking up the sun.

This camp is full – join the waitlist!
Week:
6
Grades: 5th-8th
Cost: $390 member | $430 guest

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Youth Theatre Northwest

Out of this World Drama CampOut of this World Drama
Explore a galaxy of drama as we embark on a space-themed adventure filled with guided imagination, beginning theater skills, confidence, teamwork, and out-of-this-world fun.

Week: 7
Grades: 1st-2nd; 3rd-5th
Cost: $390 member | $430 guest

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Theatre Magic CampTheatre Magic
Explore the mystical realms as we embark on a magical-themed drama experience, learning beginning theater skills, confidence, teamwork, and hocus-pocus fun.

Week: 8
Grades: 1st-2nd; 3rd-5th
Cost: $390 member | $430 guest

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