For more than 80 years the JCC of Staten Island's Lillian Schwartz Day Camp has provided thousands of children on Staten Island with a safe, quality Jewish day camp experience with a focus on fun, spirit, friendship, and community. The camp is situated at the lush Henry Kaufmann campgrounds in Staten Island's Greenbelt and features 100 country like wooded acres, 2 lakes, boating ponds, ball fields, hiking trails, an outdoor amphitheater and 3 Olympic sized swimming pools. At the camp, children participate in a full array of sports activities including swimming, baseball, basketball, karate, archery, and hockey. In this environment, children learn new skills, discover strengths and talents and build confidence in their abilities. Camp is also a place for a child's imagination and creativity to shine. Arts and Crafts, music, drama, Israel culture, nature, animal encounter, and fun with food tap into all of the children's senses. The program also includes spectacular shows, and special events. On a given week, campers may be participating in an archeological dig or drum circle, raising money for charitable organizations, or competing in the camp-wide Maccabi Games. The camp program is rounded out by weekly trips to place like Sesame Place, Fun Time America, Keansburg Amusement park, and a New York Mets game. The Jewish character of the camp is one of its most outstanding features. Throughout camp, Jewish cultural tradition is linked to fun and joy. Children experience being part of a Jewish community through activities like singing songs, baking challah, and celebrating with spirited camp wide Friday Oneg activities. A positive connection to Israel is fostered by Israeli counselors who share their knowledge and love for Israel with the children. The Camp employs child-friendly, energetic and dedicated staff. The majority of JCC counselors were campers themselves, who now want to give back and share the magic of camp with younger children. Counselors receive extensive pre-camp and on-going training in the areas of child development, supervision, child safety, and camper sensitivity. Additionally, there are special needs camp divisions for children with diabetes and children with developmental disabilities. These children receive the additional support they need so that they can be full participants in the JCC camp program.
JCC of Staten Island Lillian Schwartz Day Camp
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