Considering Kaleidoscope

What sets Kaleidoscope apart from other arts and science camps?

  • Campers return to Kaleidoscope year after year. Here's why:
  • Kaleidoscope speaks to the inner artist in each child. Campers who love to express themselves are given many opportunities during the camp day - in daily performances; in art, music, dance, cooking or drama classes; and even in hands-on science activities. Campers connect with others and learn self-expression in a nurturing environment.
  • Programming at Kaleidoscope is varied, including sports, swimming and outdoor activities, which complement the arts and sciences.
  • Jewish values including kindness, community, and caring for others permeate all of Kaleidoscope's activities and programs.
  • Tuition fees are reasonable and financial assistance is available.

Does Kaleidoscope have specific enrollment policies?

A minimum enrollment of two weeks is required. Programming consists of two 4-week sessions, with flexible enrollment within the sessions. Each session culminates in Arts Night, where families view campers' accomplishments. Most campers attend an average of four or more weeks, which helps facilitate strong relationships with other campers and staff. Many campers attend all eight weeks.

My child has special needs. How will you address this?

Campers with mild disabilities are welcomed by the camp community. They 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. Please contact the camp director for more information.

 

Camp Life

What should campers bring to camp?

Every camper should bring a kosher (vegetarian or dairy) lunch with a drink, water bottle, sunscreen, bathing suit, towel and swim cap (for campers taking swim lessons). Water fountains are found all over camp and campers are encouraged to stay hydrated. Campers may pre-order kosher lunches prior to camp for an additional charge.

We recommend that campers wear sneakers or other footwear appropriate for outdoor activities. Please apply sunscreen at home; camp will reapply at your request.

My child is not interested in sports and is not competitive at all. What is the camp’s culture like?

Many Kaleidoscope campers are more interested in creativity than competition, and appreciate the air-conditioned classrooms and studios on hot summer days. Cooperation is stressed more than competition. However, physical activity is an important part of camp. Daily sports classes for younger campers consist of games and high energy activities enjoyed by all. Upper Campers (grades 4-8) choose their electives for two weeks at a time from a huge variety of classes including both active and more focused offerings. Swimming is offered every day, weather permitting, and upper campers may swim twice a day.

My child is afraid to swim. How do you handle this at camp?

Many young children are fearful of the water. The JCC camps view swimming as a life skill, and the experienced JCC Aquatics Staff encourage children to build confidence in the JCC pools through the acclaimed Lenny Krayzelberg Swim Academy. It is not our policy to force children to swim, but we do work with all children to teach them to enjoy the water. The JCC Outdoor Pool has zero-depth access, so even non-swimmers have a place to cool off and participate in water play. Parents are welcome to contact the Camp Director with any questions or concerns.

What is the camp’s Jewish content?

Kaleidoscope campers learn traditions and culture through Israeli and Hebrew music, art projects with Jewish themes, and weekly Shabbat celebrations. Jewish values are woven throughout all activities at camp. Campers of all faiths, backgrounds and beliefs are welcome at Kaleidoscope.

All food provided by the camp is certified kosher.

Is Kaleidoscope “boy-friendly”?

Kaleidoscope is a co-ed camp and attracts children of all ages, genders and abilities. Activities are designed to be appealing to both boys and girls, and campers have an increased number of choices as they get older. While we have some all-girl bunk groups, most of the groups are co-ed.

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