Top Ten Best Reasons to Sign Your Child Up for Camp JCC Delaware

Posted by: Matt Moran on Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Reasons to Sign Your Child Up for Camp JCC

Top Ten Best Reasons to Sign Your Child up for Camp JCC Delaware

  1. What Your Camper Gets out of It

    Our camp is not a passive experience; our campers come here to do. Whether it is constructive competition or unstructured play time, activity is built into ever camper’s schedule. At Camp JCC Delaware, there is no sitting on the sidelines. We make it so that there is participation available at every comfort level, designed for the developmental needs of each group.

    Engagement is the tool we use to accomplish our goals, as it is one of the most powerful motivations in a child’s life. We focus on 21st Century Skills, not just measuring whether or not a camper can complete a task, but how they process the tasks before, during, and after, and how they communicate those thoughts to others. Through the act of play, the staff members of Camp JCC Delaware guide campers in becoming the insightful, self-valuing person they are meant to be.

  2. Where They Will Grow

    Our campers are not just participants; they are the activity makers. As they grow through the program, campers are given more and more agency in how their schedules reflect their needs and desires. Our program is built with campers’ developmental needs in mind, and it scales as campers age through the program. As such, campers stay with us for years, growing up with us as we provide the empowerment they need. If there was any camp that listened to their campers and gave them the power to make a difference, Camp JCC Delaware is it.
  3. Top-Level Staff Interactions

    We take the term “Counselor” seriously. Our staff members aren’t here to baby-sit; they are here to make an impact in every child’s life. We counsel our campers through the challenges that come up in a camp environment: how to handle losing a game when you’ve put forth your best effort; how to apologize when you have made a mistake or a bad choice; how to resolve conflicts with peers, especially when it is a close friend. Our staff are trained to meet campers at their level and to speak respectfully, behaving like a leader while also allowing the campers to make their own decisions. We remind our staff that we were all once children, and that we should always be the person we needed when we were younger.
  4. New Experiences

    Every year brings something special to Camp JCC Delaware, whether it is a new guest, a field trip to a place we’ve never been, or an activity we’ve never tried. We listen to our campers’ input and look to the horizon for what the next big thing is, balancing the amazing traditions and past programs campers know us for with the expectation that no summer is ever the same and there is always something new to try.
  5. Outside is the Best Classroom

    Our 32 acre campus gives us the benefit with which most classrooms cannot compete: wonder. There is so much to this world that children just do not often get a chance to see. At Camp JCC Delaware, we bring the world to the campers. Our wooded areas are places to explore, both about and from which we learn. We bring in experiences of other cultures and speak to the differences that make us unique and the similarities we share. This is the camp where the children are encouraged to explore themselves.

    We struggle as adults to remember things we were taught in our childhood: a2 + b2 = c2; four score and seven years ago…; mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell. But, we can vividly remember that butterflies come out of chrysalises because we stood in a tent as one came out then fluttered onto our shirt. We remember how the angle of our Lego car’s wheels made it go the fastest down the hill, and how the way we pointed our toe when we tossed the frisbee made it fly straighter. We remember the things we learn when we are having fun because we are having fun.

  6. A Place to be Creative

    Camp is one of the few places where children are allowed to be creative, and we take that as the best opportunity to bring that creativity out. Whether it is song, dance, crafting, painting, acting, or any form of expression, every camper at Camp JCC Delaware is given the chance to be as wacky and creative as possible with no shame. It is the best place to share ideas and make something new.
  7. A Place to Make Mistakes

    At Camp JCC Delaware, we know that the only way to learn is to make mistakes, and the only way to have fun is to try. Tests, homework, and essays make kids feel like they have to get something right the first time, or they shouldn’t even bother to try in the first place.

    At camp, we learn that making mistakes and getting stuff wrong is just part of growing. We teach our campers that no one is born knowing how to kick a ball or what every type of leaf is. Trying, guessing, and making attempts never has a negative consequence, and as such they are rewarded with new experiences they would have never known.

  8. Bonds to Remember

    Here’s the big secret of the last day of camp: our campers end the day crying. Now, I know that might not seem like a selling point at first, but let me tell you that there is no connection made as strongly and as quickly as a camp friendship. Camp JCC Delaware prides ourselves as the place where each person in every group has an unforgettable memory with every other person in that group. The friends we make at Camp JCC Delaware are the ones we have for the rest of our lives. Even as we grow up and move away, our camp friends stay with us in our hearts with everything they taught us, about themselves and about who we are as a person.
  9. Home Away from Home

    I’ll put it simply: Camp JCC Delaware is a second home for our campers. There isn’t another day camp where every camper has a story to tell about every location on campus. Whether it was the time we made s’mores and competed to see who could get the most golden marshmallow without setting it on fire, to the time we painted our faces like turtles in the picnic grove because our group was on the green team, to when we were chosen to come up on stage at the Amphitheater to sing Boom-Chicka-Boom, the memories we make will stick with every camper that steps foot on our site.
  10. A Place for Family

    As Camp JCC Delaware is based out of the Siegel JCC, it is not just the campers who get to enjoy our space. If you choose to add on a membership to the JCC as well as joining us as a camp family, not only will your rate for the summer drop, but you will get access to our entire family campus, including: Outdoor and Indoor pool, Fitness Center, Babysitting, Sauna and Steam Room, Fitness Classes, Gymnasium, access to our training staff as well as discounts on all our year-round school-age programming. The JCC is the place to be, and where your family can make their second home.

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