General Camp Information
Camp runs this summer from June 27, 2017 – August 18, 2017. We offer 8 week or 4 week sessions. Our camp day is 9 am – 4 pm. Early Drop-Off (7:30 am) and Late Pick-Up (6:00 pm) options are available. The longer you stay, the more you save!
Camps are “Green”. Our newsletter and notices will be available via email and posted on our Facebook page. You must check daily. Please notify your camp director if you not have access to a computer. Very important/emergency/last minute notices will still be handed out to your child. Thank you for helping us to “save a tree.”
Our Swim Program is staffed with instructors certified by the Red Cross. Group swim lessons are provided in the morning and recreational swim in the afternoon. Cards are issued to each camper at the end of their stay in the camp. Most campers swim twice a day. A knapsack type bag with 2 bathing suits and towels should be brought to camp daily. We are pleased to offer the Schering-Plough Aquatics Center and beautiful private outdoor pool.
Daily lunch is now included in your camp tuition. Jerusalem Restaurant of Elizabeth, (under the supervision of Rabbi Teitz) the camp lunch provider, offers a wide and creative lunch menu which is included in your camp tuition. All lunches come with a main, two sides & water meeting 1/3 the RDA daily requirement. The menu includes two meat days per week, including a weekly BBQ. Alternatives will be available. A full menu will be included in your camp packet.
Provided by Durham School Services, with an outstanding safety record, seatbelts & radios. Drivers have passed criminal background checks, drug & alcohol testing. Transportation available in selected areas, please inquire.
Jerusalem at the "Nosh"
The snack bar will be open from 8:45 am – 4:30 pm providing additional drinks, snacks, novelties & healthy selections. Canteen accounts are welcome.
In compliance with NJ State camp licensing, a health professional is on staff during regular camp hours. We will need an updated signed medical form for each camper. Without this your child(ren) may not be allowed to participate in activities or leave the building. It is essential that you list all allergies, medications and special needs.
(7:15am) Late Pick-UP (6:00 pm) are available. Camp Ahava will have their own late camp room. Additional activities, games, movies & snacks will be supervised.
Lost & Found
Please do not bring fancy or expensive items to camp. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items. Items not claimed by Labor Day will be washed and donated to charity.
A shirt will provided for your child’s specific camp. Extra shirts are available for $10. You must order with your camp registration by March 29th 2013. After that date we cannot guarantee shirt size.
Each year a new medical form is requested by state law. Call your physician and make an appointment early. Nobody will be allowed in camp without a proper authorization form. These are due back to the “Y”, by June 1, 2015. They are included in this brochure. An EMT is on duty during camp hours. We accept the Universal Health Form.
Early Drop-Off and Late Pick-Up
Experienced counselors will be available to watch children and provide games and activities before camp begins (7:30AM) and after camp ends in the afternoon (until 6:00PM).
Our C.I.T Program
Our C.I.T program is limited to 10 campers age 15 and entering Grade 10. Requirements – camper must have completed 3 years in our camp, be a current Y Family member, recommended into the program by a Camp Director or Educator. They also must complete a successful interview. Deadline April 30th.
Many aspects and polilices of our camp program are developed and approved by the camp committee. This is open to any interested parents who have the time and inclination to service the “Y” and the community. We would like to thank the Committee Members for all their time and dedication.
We are very selective about our camp staff. Aside from in-depth interviews and criminal checks, we require character references and a comprehensive detailed training program. Specialists are hired in areas of Sports, Crafts, Dance, Music, Drama, Nature, Jewish Studies and Cooking. Junior counselors must be entering Grades 11 & 12. Senior counselors must have graduated from High School. Prior camping/education experience is a must. We are proud to have over 75% of our staff returning.
Our Shlichim Program
The “Y” is proud to be a participant in the “Jewish Agency For Israel” (JAFI) counselor program. Carefully selected and trained young men & women from Israel join us for the summer, bringing “ruach” & a taste of Israel into our camps. Our own camp families take turns in hosting.
YM-YWHA of Union County
President: Laura cohen
Camp Chairperson: Eve Hecht
Executive Vice President: Bryan B. Fox, ACSW
Assistant Executive Director: Jani Jonas
A special thanks to the following for helping support our Camp Program:
Karma Foundation, Happy Pezzio, Lebau Family, The Helene Melcher Fund, Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey, Union County Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Mrs. Clara Kramer and individuals who contributed generously to our Scholarship Fund.