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Camp Achva in Fairfax, VA

(Rising K-10th grades)

Since 1969, Camp Achva has been the premier Jewish day camp in Northern Virginia! Whatever type of camp your school-age child is dreaming of, it’s likely that Camp Achva can deliver through its many programs! Whichever J Camp you choose, we promise a unique blend of camp activities, Jewish culture and fun-loving and experienced staff members to facilitate a summer of fun and exploration. Register early to ensure that your child’s space is reserved for a summer of fun and a lifetime of memories!

All camps include:

  • Swim lessons/free swim
  • Field trips/outings
  • Special guests
  • Shabbat celebrations
  • Family nights
  • Mitzvah projects
  • General Camp activities: sports, music, cooking, science and nature, and more!


Special Needs Camps

Admission Process: Each child who submits an application to Camps Kadima or Chaverim must have an interview. Applications are dated and time-stamped as space in the camps is very limited.

INCLUSION AT JCCNV SUMMER CAMPS: We support the inclusion of all children in camp. We follow the model that all people deserve to be included in society, no matter one’s physical, social, or emotional needs. Camp is a place to learn, grow, and have fun! We encourage everybody to experience camp sometime in their lives. If your child needs additional support to successfully participate in Camp Achva, for an additional fee we can arrange for an Inclusion Support Specialist that would be a good fit for your child. We look forward to supporting you and your child in a successful and fun-filled summer! Need accommodations? No problem. Accommodation requests and registration must be submitted by June 13. Please contact Jessica Tischler, Special Needs Director, at [email protected] or 703.537.3031

Camp Kadima (Forward)

Kadima is a recreational, social skills camp, led by a school psychologist, for children with Level 1 Autism (formerly known as Asperger’s), ADD/ADHD, and related disorders. Kadima means “forward” or “let’s go!” which is meaningful because the goal of campis to provide positive experiences for children to absorb life skills to move forward in making individual progress. Kadima’s mission is to improve social and emotional skills in a safe and nurturing environment. The camp is designed to provide opportunities to build self-esteem, social competence, independence and self-awareness, and to foster positive friendships. Campers learn and grow dynamically. The camp is designed for social success in an inclusive environment. Parents have an opportunity to attend weekly meetings designed to provide feedback regarding their children, ask questions, and build camaraderie with the other camp families.

The camp day includes social skills therapy in conjunction with typical camp activities such as swimming, sports, arts and crafts, and music.

Social Skills curriculum includes but is not limited to:

  • Team-building and teamwork
  • Winning/losing
  • Impulse control
  • Coping strategies
  • Anger management
  • Friendship building
  • Conversation skills


Children & Family

Contact Us

Fairfax: Infant-5 yrs

Infant Toddler, Preschool, Enrichment

For Inquiries


Alexandria: 16 months-4 yrs

Infant Toddler, Preschool, Enrichment

For Inquiries


Grades K-8

Before- & After-School Care (BASE), Enrichment, Camp

For Inquiries

703.537.3092 program

Children-Adult Dance Classes

For Inquiries


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