SCHENECTADY–The Schenectady Jewish Community Center (SJCC) will hold an interest meeting for its Camp Chaverim on Sunday, March 5, at 12:30 p.m. at the Clifton Park Public Library, 475 Moe Rd., Clifton Park to gage interest in its Jewish summer camp by families in Saratoga and Clifton Park. Lunch and supervised activities for future campers will be provided.
“The goal of the interest meeting is to spread the word that a Jewish camp experience is available at our facility in Niskayuna, said Mark Weintraub, the SJCC executive director. He added, “We know that families lead very busy lives. By committing to transportation from Clifton Park and Saratoga, we are able too add a reasonable additional cost to camp fees and save families time and traffic worries.”
The initiative is led by a volunteer committee, and the chairwomen are two Saratoga moms, Ali Doyle and Pam Hammer. “Jewish camp was such an important part of our childhoods and who we’ve become as adults,” said Doyle. “We want to be able to pass a similar opportunity to our children, the next generation,” said Hammer adding, “We want our kids to build their own memories and appreciate the virtues of our Jewish faith and culture through the camaraderie and experience of camp.”
Camp at the SJCC has been offered for over 80 years. This year, 300+ kids (from age 2 to 15) will participate in eight weeks of programming (facilitated by 70+ staff members). The camp is divided into two age groups —Camp Chaverim is for campers through 6th grade, Tween Camp is for campers entering 7th grade/14 years old.
This year’s theme, Camp Chaverim Travels Through Time will take campers (3 years to 6th grade) on adventures that explore simulated different time periods from prehistoric times and into the future. New programs for this year include CSI Crime Lab Chemistry Camp, Mixed Media Arts Camp with KidzArt, Challenger Rookie Rugby Camp and a Star Gazing event.
An interest meeting was also held in Saratoga at Temple Sinai in February.