At Kaleidoscope, campers enjoy a mix of arts and science classes, swimming, cooking, non-competitive sports and nature exploration.
 
Our staff of talented artists, directors, teachers and counselors provides guidance and encourages learning in the arts and sciences. Sports and recreation specialists lead non-competitive activities that emphasize teamwork and fun in the gym, playing fields, and indoor and outdoor pools. Campers also enjoy the nearby Charles River for nature and boating.

Kaleidoscope is the best camp ever! I can’t wait to go back next year.

Kaleidoscope camper, age 8
Camper in costume

Campers unleash their creativity at Kaleidoscope!

The Kaleidoscope program consists of two 4-week sessions culminating in Arts Night performances and exhibits. Upper campers choose their classes weekly, while younger campers enjoy a well-rounded day. Whether it’s performing in the camp musical, swimming in the outdoor pool or dressing up for special theme days, Kaleidoscope campers have fun, try new things and build self-confidence.

In a culture of kindness and caring, Kaleidoscope campers feel safe to explore their emerging interests and freely express themselves. Our talented staff of artists, performers and educators inspires campers to try new things in a pluralistic Jewish setting that embraces campers of all backgrounds, faiths, and beliefs.

View a typical day at camp

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Activities for Every Interest

Happy campers in arts and crafts

Visual Arts

Ceramics, costume and fashion design, film, jewelry making, mosaics, painting, poster art, scene design, animation

Campers playing music

Performing Arts

Dance (hip hop, jazz, ballet, modern), improvisation, music (guitar, percussion, piano, voice), scene study, stage combat

Camper with a microscope

Science

Buildings and structures; electricity and magnetism; geysers and volcanoes; nature exploration; rockets and kites

Campers swimming

Sports and Nature

Swimming, canoeing, hiking, basketball, gaga, kickball, pillow polo, ping pong, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, fencing

Camper performing

Special Programs and Events

Arts nights, carnival, evening activities (grade 6+), daily camper performances, Shabbat celebrations, visiting artists/performers

Campers having fun

Other Ways to Be Creative

Cooking, creative writing, knitting, needlework, tie-dye

campers enjoying a show

Get Creative at Camp Kaleidoscope

Camp Kaleidoscope Special Programs

Campers with Special Needs

Camp Kaleidoscope’s inclusive program seeks to enhance the social, emotional, physical and developmental needs of all children. All bunk groups are inclusive.

Campers with mild disabilities participate in all camp activities under the guidance of experienced counselors. Upper Campers (entering grades 4 and up) choose electives prior to camp and transition independently throughout the camp day. Parents may provide one-on-one aides or other support if necessary.

A limited number of spaces are available for children with mild developmental disabilities. Interviews are required.

For more information, contact the Camp Director at kaleidoscope@jccgb.org or 617.558.6523.

Special Needs Pre-registration Form

Day and Overnight Camp Combo

Designed for prospective first-time overnight campers, this is an opportunity to enjoy Camp Kaleidoscope and try Camp Kingswood, JCC Greater Boston’s overnight camp located in southern Maine. Register for at least two weeks each at Kaleidoscope and Kingswood for a combined special rate.

Counselor in Training (CIT)

Campers in grades 9-11 gain leadership skills by assisting Kaleidoscope’s experienced counselors and specialists. CITs spend half the day participating in electives (for example, the Upper Camp musical, arts classes, sports and swimming) and the other half assisting with campers and activities. In addition, they participate in special outings and workshops, lead the camp in tzedakah (helping others) projects, and plan and help with all-camp events.

CITs go through an application process and pay a reduced tuition rate. They must attend camp for a minimum of four weeks.

CIT application

Ninth Week of Camp

For families needing coverage between the end of camp and beginning of school, the JCC Specialty Camps for boys and girls ages 5-12 (entering K-6).

Next Steps

Campers having fun

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