Top Five Best Reasons Why Campers Return to Camp JCC Delaware

Posted by: Matt Moran on Friday, September 15, 2017
Best Reasons Why Campers Return to Camp JCC

Top Five Best Reasons Why So Many Campers Return to Camp JCC Delaware

  1. Top-level staff relationships

    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.
  2. Amazing Activities

    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.

  3. A Place to Grow as a Person

    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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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