2016-03-16 / Voice at the Shore

JCC’s Camp by the Sea Summer has options for every interest and budget

By CATHLEEN KUNKLE Director of Marketing, Katz
JCC Margate

JCC’s Camp By the Sea provides trips to fun places, including the Ocean City boardwalk. JCC’s Camp By the Sea provides trips to fun places, including the Ocean City boardwalk. It may not feel like summer now, but blink, and it’s going to be here. The time is now to start planning what you will be doing with the kids during summer break. No need to worry, the Milton & Betty Katz JCC’s summer camp, Camp By The Sea, has been delivering fun in the sun with memories to last a lifetime for 70 years.

A trusted resource for South Jersey families, the JCC’s Camp By The Sea summer camp program is conveniently located in its Margate facility. Featuring day trips to local amusement parks, water parks and state parks, as well as seaside activities including surf lessons, stand-up paddle boarding, bay kayaking and even parasailing, the JCC is truly the place to be this summer. With flexible scheduling up to a full eight-week enrollment, the program is open to children ages two through tenth-grade.

The camp makes great use of the shore’s greatest treasure: the beach The camp makes great use of the shore’s greatest treasure: the beach “Because of the nature of our ‘visiting’ community, we have camp programs with no minimum number of weeks. Campers in kindergarten and up can sign up for one week, two weeks or enjoy the entire summer with us,” according to Camp Director Josh Cutler.

With close to 600 children per summer, the Camp By The Sea program is separated by age and grade level to keep activities and trips age appropriate, safe and organized.

The youngest campers are in the Shacar Camp for ages two through four. “Shacar is based out of the JCC’s modern and secure early childhood wing, complete with a majority of the staff comprised of year round teachers who are very familiar with the needs of our youngest campers,” explained Early Childhood Director Jan Higbee. “Our youngest campers have the option of two, three and five day options, with a half day available as well – but most stay for the full week and full day because they do not want to miss any of the fun!”

Campers in kindergarten through sixth-grade are divided into divisions and travel between two to three times per week to fun-filled locations including Great Adventure, Morey’s Piers and Ocean City water parks. In addition, many trips focus on connecting campers to nature and the local state parks. Cutler commented, “Many parents remember their summer camp experience of hiking in the woods, fishing and canoeing. We have incorporated weekly visits to state parks including Wharton, Bass River and Belleplain to connect this generation with the nature and beauty that surrounds our amazing beach community.”

Additionally, Camp By The Sea offers 17 different Specialty Camps tailored to your child’s specific interests from sports, performing arts and science, to museums, creative arts, and even a camp for the Legomaniac. Both budget and schedule friendly, Specialty Camps are one-week programs making an experience-rich summer accessible to everyone.

If travel is your teen’s passion, Camp By The Sea is offering three amazing Teen Tours with its Road Rulz Travel Camp. Trip One: The Southern Sojourn travels along the coast, stopping at fun-filled places including Savannah, Myrtle Beach, Atlanta and more before rooting down in Orlando to spend July 4th weekend at Universal Studios. This trip runs June 27 through July 8. Trip Two: California Dreaming is the ultimate road trip and goes where no JCC trip has gone before – Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, San Diego, Los Angeles and Scottsdale. This epic journey will depart on July 13 and return on July 24. Trip Three: New Orleans and New Horizons – an excursion to great cities including Washington, DC, Charlotte, Panama Beach, New Orleans and Atlanta. This trips runs from July 28 through August 12.

For full Camp By The Sea program details visit campbythesea.org or contact Josh Cutler, Camp Director at 609-822-1167, Ext. 138, or email him at jcutler@jccatlantic.org. 

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