STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – In addition to the traditional summer camp, The Joan & Alan Bernikow JCC of Staten Island will offer specialized programs for campers this summer.
Specialized sports programs will include Core 24 Basketball Academy Camp, JCC Soccer Academy Camp, USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Training Camp, and Trident Aquatics Camp.
The programs are designed to teach campers at all skill levels, from beginners to more advanced competitors. Outside of athletic skills, campers will learn sportsmanship and socializing skills.
Basketball, soccer and gymnastics camps will take place from June 28 to August 20. Campers can be registered for up to eight weeks. Aquatics camp will take place from June 28 to July 30. Campers can be registered for up to five weeks. Sibling discounts will be available for all sports camps.
The JCC will also offer a performing arts camp, run by IlluminArt Productions. The program introduces child campers to all aspects of theater, including improvisation, acting, dance and music. At the end of the program, campers will participate in an original play to showcase their new skills.
Parents and guardians can choose one of two weeks for performing arts camp. They will take place the week of July 12 and the week of Aug. 2. The JCC will provide a discount when campers from the performing arts program refer a friend.
Last summer, the JCC implemented COVID-19 safety protocols to provide campers with a safe and fun environment. “Whether your child is returning to camp, joining us after missing last summer or signing up for a JCC program for the very first time, know that our campers’ safety is our top priority,’’ said Orit Lender, CEO of the JCC. “Our specialty camps are a great opportunity for kids to do the things they love, or discover a new passion, stay active, and socialize. We know how important these programs are to so many children because of how much they’ve missed in this past year.”
The JCC’s specialty camps are part of a robust menu of camp offerings, including traditional day camp, Marvin’s Camp for Children with Special Needs, Lucille & Jay Chazanoff Sunrise Day Camp-Staten Island, and free community camp programs at sites across the Island.
“We ran Marvin’s Camp for Children with Special Needs for a month last summer,’’ said Allison Cohen, director of marketing and communications for the JCC of Staten Island. “I am proud to say in all of our camps we have no COVID-19 cases. We follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities guidelines for the program with regard to COVID-19 regulations. We have smaller groups, mask requirements, social distancing, cleaning and sanitation.”
To learn more about the JCC’s specialty camps and register, visit here.