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                             Our Shalom (Rising 1st-Rising 2nd grade) and Noar (Rising Kindergarten) units are full. We are no longer accepting registration for these units. We apologize for the inconvenience. Our Giborim is on a waitlist for week 10 + Tiyul is on a waitlist for weeks 1, 2, 3, 7, + 8. There is still space available in other units, please see below for more information. 

The Best Day Camp in Tucson

We are honored that you’re considering our award-winning and ACA accredited Camp J for summer 2024! Camp J provides an intentional summer experience where all campers can discover, learn, and grow We take pride in the life skills campers inherently learn through play and activities throughout the summer, including:

  • Arts and Crafts – Imagination and freedom of expression
  • Target Sports – Patience and grit
  • Athletics – Collaboration and teamwork
  • Cooking – Creativity and attention to detail
  • Music and Drama – Confidence and communication
  • Discovery (STEM and Experiential Learning) – Critical thinking and perseverance
  • Woodworking – Focus and confidence
  • Chugim (Choice) – Independence and exploring curiosity
  • Tikkun Olam (Repair the world) – Social responsibility and initiative
  • Campfire Corner – Story telling and immersive connection

Our goals are centered building community, turning summer memories into lifelong stories, and making camp a meaningful and successful experience for every camper.  

Summer Camp J is Tue, May 28-Wed, Jul 31

*No camp on Mon, May 27 (Memorial Day) or Thu and Fri, Jul 4 and 5 (Independence Day).

*Week 10 is shortened to account for the start of the school year and meet your teacher days.

Contact Robin Kelley, Director of Camping Services, with questions or concerns at rkelley@tucsonjcc.org.   

Updated Policies + Procedures

Please note that when a registration form is submitted, it is sent directly to the Camp Director and processed manually. You will receive a confirmation email when your form has been processed. 

Payment Policy  

Starting this summer, we are requiring that all Camp J fees are paid in full by Friday, May 10th. Upon registration, we will collect a $50 registration fee per camper and a $20 deposit per week, per camper. You will notice an additional question on the registration form asking if you would like to set up a payment plan. You will be able to choose either weekly or monthly payment as well as specify your preferred payment plan start date. Your schedule will then be individualized and detailed on your confirmation email. If you bypass the payment plan details on the registration form, we will be under the assumption that you would like to pay in full on May 10th.  

Cancellation Policy  

  • If you must cancel any weeks of Camp J you must do so by Friday, April 19th to receive a full refund of fees paid to date, aside from the $20 non-refundable deposit per week. 
  • If you cancel any weeks of Camp J by Friday, May 3rd your payment due will be reduced to half and you will be responsible for paying the remaining half. 
  • If you cancel any weeks of Camp J by May 10th or after, you will be responsible for paying your camper’s registered weeks in full. 

Noar (Youth): Rising Kindergarten

Hours: 9am-4pm  

Weeks 1-5 and 7-9 | $325 Members | $380 Guests

Weeks 6 and 10 | $215 Members | $255 Guests

Noar is especially designed for rising Kindergarteners to enjoy the full camp experience, a perfect primer before heading off to full-day school. Our expert counselors and instructors guide campers in age-appropriate camp programming designed to meet the needs of their developmental level, fostering social and emotional skill development and forging new friendships that will continue for summers to come. All Noar campers receive daily swim instruction as part of their summer fun, in addition to activities like arts and crafts, sports, STEM, cooking, and more. 

*This unit was added after registration opened. 

Shalom (Peace): Grades K-2

Hours: 9am-4pm  

Weeks 1-5 and 7-9 | $325 Members | $380 Guests

Weeks 6 and 10 | $215 Members | $255 Guests

A program designed for campers to enjoy the traditional day camp experience and explore all the Tucson J has to offer. Grouped by age and led by our experienced and enthusiastic instructors, our Shalom groups partake in programming designed to meet the needs of their developmental level and participate in Chugim (electives) every Friday. Social and emotional skill development is paramount for this age group – being in community allows campers to grow together and create lasting friendships. All Shalom campers receive swim instruction as part of their summer fun.

Giborim (Heroes): Grades 3-5

Hours: 9am-4pm

Weeks 1-5 and 7-9 | $370 Members | $435 Guests

Weeks 6 and 10 | $245 Members | $285 Guests

Throughout our Giborim groups, campers enjoy weekly activities designed to nurture creativity, build skills, explore new things, and have fun. During the week, Giborim campers participate in Chugim (electives) led by experienced specialist instructors, deepening their interests and gaining access to higher level instruction. On Fridays, Giborim campers venture outside the J for field trips. Science of Sport is coming back: Giborim Campers experience the many ways math and science enter the athletics world through hands-on activities created and lead by Science of Sport coaches.

 

Tiyul (Trip): Grades 6-8

Hours: 9am-4pm

Weeks 1-5 and 7-9 | $420 Members | $475 Guests

Weeks 6 and 10 | $265 Members | $315 Guests

Our Tiyul program is designed to give campers a unique experience programmed with the needs of ‘tween and teen participants in mind. Campers will cultivate their independence and gain self-confidence by building new skills, engaging in teamwork, making new friends, and developing awareness of self and the world around them. Each week will include day trips and either an overnight at the J on Thursday or a multiday travel trip to locations outside of Tucson.

Gesher (Bridge): Grades 6-8

Gesher is a camp experience for 6-8th graders with developmental disabilities. Designed to have similar programming to Camp J’s Tiyul program (without the overnights) with many opportunities for joint programming. Gesher campers enjoy a unique summer experience, cultivating their independence and social skills, engaging in field trips and activities, and making friends along the way. While Gesher primarily serves middle schoolers with developmental disabilities, we value the impact of inclusive spaces for camper’s social development. We encourage all campers who would have a successful experience in this camp setting to reach out for enrollment and details!  

 For more information about this program please contact Charlie Paige at cpaige@tucsonjcc.org

Nisayon (Experience): Grades 9-10

Session 1: June 3-28 | $1400 ($350/Week) Members / $1600 ($400/Week) Guests  

Session 2: July 1-26 | $1400 ($350/Week) Members / $1600 ($400/Week) Guests 

Nisayon is Hebrew for Experience. We have planned an intentional 2 session experience for rising 9th and 10th graders centered around personal growth in leadership and independence. There will be two, 4-week sessions. Session one will be held June 3rd-June 28th, Session 2 will be held July 1st-July 26th. Throughout each session Nisayon Leaders can expect to experience team building activities, assist specialists, and learn life-skills such as resume building, interview skills, and more.

Topics that will be touched on throughout the summer:

Teamwork

Personality Traits

Leadership Styles

Adaptability

Job Skills

Planning and Facilitating Activities

Professionalism

Critical Thinking

Early Childhood Camps

Campers entering kindergarten in August 2024 and on the ECE 12-month contract are automatically enrolled into the Camp J Shalom Unit. Campers entering kindergarten in August 2024 on the ECE 10-month contract are not enrolled in Camp J Shalom Unit and may contact the Camp Director, Robin Kelley for availability.

Camp Yeladim (Children)

3-Years Old by Sep 1, 2024

(Dob Between Sep 1, 2020 – Aug 31, 2021)

Yeladim campers enjoy the full preschool program, loaded with fun, and new activities. Teachers guide campers through days of adventure and exploration based on the children’s interest. Experiences are developed with a play-based approach where creativity and inquiry are encouraged. Yeladim campers receive bi-weekly instructional swim, weekly visits to the splash park, daily visits to the newly renovated preschool playground, and multiple trips to the indoor, air-conditioned Play Space. 

Camp Chaverim (Friends)

4-Years Old by Sep 1, 2024

(Dob Between Sep 1, 2019 – Aug 31, 2020)

Our Chaverim group experiences developmentally appropriate programming from experienced educators while engaging in active learning and play. We take these energetic campers on a summer journey where they can experience an emergent play-based curriculum of inquiry, experiments, and fun! Chaverim campers receive bi-weekly instructional swim, weekly visits to the splash park, daily visits to the newly renovated preschool playground, and multiple trips to the indoor, air conditioned Play Space.

Summer Camp J is Tue, May 28-Wed, Jul 31

*No camp on Mon, May 27 (Memorial Day) or Thu and Fri, Jul 4 and 5 (Independence Day).

*Weeks 6 and 9 have been shortened to account for the
4th of July weekend and teacher relief days. These weeks
will be prorated. Early Childhood Camps will not run during
Week 10.

Contact Joline Riddle, Senior Director of Early Childhood Education, with questions or concerns at jriddle@tucsonjcc.org.

Disability Program Services Summer Programs

Gesher (Bridge)

Middle School Campers Entering Grades 6th-8th

Gesher is a camp experience for 6-8th graders with developmental disabilities. Designed to have similar programming to Camp J’s Tiyul program (without the overnights) with many opportunities for joint programming. Gesher campers enjoy a unique summer experience, cultivating their independence and social skills, engaging in field trips and activities, and making friends along the way. While Gesher primarily serves middle schoolers with developmental disabilities, we value the impact of inclusive spaces for camper’s social development. We encourage all campers who would have a successful experience in this camp setting to reach out for enrollment and details!

Summer Taglit (Discovery)

Campers Entering Grades 9th-12th

Summer Taglit is a camp experience for teens and young adults with developmental disabilities who are high-school aged. Through engaging activities and summer camp programming, Summer Taglit campers are encouraged to develop new skills that meet their social, emotional, and recreational needs. By emphasizing wellness, team-building, skill development, and social action, we strive to give our campers tools to explore their community in new and exciting ways while encouraging their individual growth. 

Arts For All For Young Adults

Arts for All offers creative arts programming, including a hands-on approach to drawing, painting, pottery, music, dance, and drama. Summer arts camp activities will help adults with disabilities build confidence, gain meaningful relationships, and develop performing and visual arts skills. This program takes place at the J’s oracle location.

Contact Charlie Page, Senior Director of Disability Program Services, with questions or concerns at cpaige@tucsonjcc.org.  

Inclusion Statement

At Camp, we believe in the value diversity brings to our camper’s experiences. Through intentional staff training, we ensure our team has the knowledge and skills to foster diverse perspectives at Camp in a respectful way, while honoring the unique experiences each camper brings to our inclusive environment. Through intentional programming, we ensure that all campers have the opportunity to engage in activities that foster their social growth around diversity and inclusion.

The Tucson J is a community where all are welcome, regardless of identity or ability. If you believe your camper requires additional support during camp, please contact the J’s Camp Director, Robin Kelley at rkelley@tucsonjcc.org

 

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

There is currently a waitlist for both weeks of Winter Camp J

Winter Camp J

Send your kids in grades K-5 and 6-9 to spend winter break with us! Winter Camp J provides parents with childcare while school is out of session and gives kids a safe, fun place to play during the holiday season. Registration is per day, so you can customize a schedule that works for your family!

Winter Camp J is Tue, Dec 26-Fri, Jan 5

*We are closed Christmas + New Year’s Day

Cost is $55/day J Members $65/day Community, and $155/$210 for the Siyur Overnight.

 

Winter Camp J: Grades K-5

Hours: 7am-6pm  

For kids in kindergarten-5th grade, Winter Camp J includes winter-themed in-house programming like cooking, art, scavenger hunts, bounce house and so much more! Each week includes at least two field trips.

Field Trips (subject to change)

Tue, Dec 26 – Wild Katz
Thu, Dec 28 – Catalina State Park (Canyon Loop Trail 2.4 miles)
Tue, Jan 2 – Defy Tucson
Thu, Jan4 – Triangle Ranch Y Camp


With questions, please contact Robin at rkelley@tucsonjcc.org

 

Siyur Winter Camp J: Grades 6-9

Hours: 9am-4pm

SIYUR WINTER CAMP IS *FULL* FOR 2023!

Siyur Winter Camp is an unforgettable way to spend winter break! Enjoy activities at the Tucson J and the wonderful facilities it has to offer combined with daily field trips to captivating fun venues around Tucson. Siyur Winter Camp will also venture up to Phoenix for our two overnights. Campers will have the opportunity to visit a plethora of sites including ranches, a trampoline park, missile silos, an outer space habitat in our own backyard, major sporting arenas and the great outdoors.

Week 1

Tue, Dec 26 – Biosphere
Wed, Dec 27 – Competitions at J, PHX for Jake’s Unlimited (Overnight at The J)
Thu, Dec 28 – Sabino Canyon 7 Falls Hike
Fri, Dec 29 – Defy Trampoline Park

Week 2

Tue, Jan 2 – TRAK, Therapeutic Ranch for Animals & Kids
Wed, Jan 3 – Madera Canyon Hike, PHX for Suns Game (Overnight at The J)
Thu, Jan 4 – Triangle Y Ranch
Fri, Jan 5 – Titan Missile Museum

Overnight Information:
Overnights will be spent in the Tucson J  Ballroom. It is recommended that you pack your camper with water bottle, towel, toothpaste/toothbrush, clothes for two days, pajamas, sleeping bag, sleeping pad/air mattress, pillow and anything else they require to be comfortable sleeping on the ballroom carpet. Meals provided for overnight will be Lunch and dinner the first day of the overnight and breakfast and lunch the following day. Dinner will be Pizza or an adjacent option that we can eat as a group in Phoenix. Breakfast will be Bagels + cream cheese, cereal + milk, PB+Js, yogurt and fruit. If not interested in Overnights, please register for Thursday individually, Wednesday will be offered solely as an overnight due to the schedule.

With questions, please contact Davis at dhubbell@tucsonjcc.org

Inclusion Statement

At Camp, we believe in the value diversity brings to our camper’s experiences. Through intentional staff training, we ensure our team has the knowledge and skills to foster diverse perspectives at Camp in a respectful way, while honoring the unique experiences each camper brings to our inclusive environment. Through intentional programming, we ensure that all campers have the opportunity to engage in activities that foster their social growth around diversity and inclusion. 

The Tucson J is a community where all are welcome, regardless of identity or ability. If you believe your camper requires additional support during camp, please contact the J’s Inclusion Coordinator, Haylee Davis at hadavis@tucsonjcc.org