Contacts for Parenting & Family

Family Services Department

Director
Amy Brinko
703.537.3039
Amy.Brinko@jccnv.org

Accounts Manager
Adi Eilat Crowley
703.537.3077
Adi.Crowley@jccnv.org

Early Childhood Services
Fairfax - JCCNV

Director
Amy Vermillion
703.537.3038
Amy.Vermillion@jccnv.org

Early Childhood Learning Center Director
Amit Hickman
703.537.3051
Amit.Hickman@jccnv.org

ECLC Program Coordinators
Laura Cooper
703.537.3065
Laura.Cooper@jccnv.org

Kelsey Lanza
703.537.3086
Kelsey.Lanza@jccnv.org

Jewish Values and
Culture Coordinator

Debbie Blonder
703.537.3067
Debbie.Blonder@jccnv.org

ECS Programming and
Events Coordinator

Juliana Quinteros-Mian
703.537.3016
Juliana.Quniteros@jccnv.org

Early Childhood Services
Alexandria - Beth El Hebrew Congregation

Director
Dina Backer
703.537.3084
Dina.Backer@jccnv.org

Early Childhood Learning Center Assistant Director
Ali Kerlin
703.537.3084
Alison.Kerlin@jccnv.org

School-Age Services & Camp Achva

School-Age Programming Director
Joelle Kelenson
703.537.3091
Joelle.Kelenson@jccnv.org

School-Age Programming Assistant Director
Jessica Vandell
703.537.3096
Jessica.Vandell@jccnv.org

Camp Achva Director and Teen Community Liaison
Nori White
703.537.3041
Nori.White@jccnv.org

j.dance program

Director
TBA

Dance Coordinator
Brenda Forsley
703.537.3057
Brenda.Forsley@jccnv.org

Community Engagement

Community Engagement Director
Laurie Albert
703.537.3064
Laurie.Albert@jccnv.org

Community Engagement Coordinators
Jennifer DiAngelis
703.537.3045
Jennifer.DiAngelis@jccnv.org

Jennifer Kanarek
703.537.3019
Jennifer.Kanarek@jccnv.org

JCCNV Community Shlicha
Dana Kalishov
703.537.3034
Dana.Kalishov@jccnv.org

Upcoming Events

JCCNV: A Great Fit for Me!

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When school is out...

BASE is the
place to be!

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Join us when school is out for teacher work days, holidays, and during inclement weather when area schools are delayed or closed!

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The Voice

Camp Achva

(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 JCCNV 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!

Click here to download the 2014 Summer Camps brochure.

Forms:

Click below to learn more.

General Camp Information

Registration opens January 19!
Camp Hours:
9am–4pm
Before- and After-Camp Hours: 7:30am–9am and 4pm–6pm

Camp Dates

Week 1: June 30–July 3 (no camp July 4)
Week 2: July 7–July 11
Week 3: July 14–July 18
Week 4: July 21–July 25
Week 5: July 28–August 1
Week 6: August 4–August 8
Week 7: August 11–August 15
Week 8: August 18–August 22

You can register for any combination of camps for a summer of variety and fun! In order to meet the needs of our camp families, you can now register for our general camps, Tzofim, Chalutzim and Olim, in one-week increments, with a minimum of two- weeks of camp. Camp choices need not be in consecutive order.

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!

Camp Achva (Brotherhood)

Tzofim (Scouts)

Rising Kindergartners
June 30–August 8

Camp Tzofim is designed to meet the needs of campers who are making the transition from preschool to kindergarten. In addition to our exciting camp activities, these campers enjoy a morning snack and a short menucha ( rest period) after lunch.
Cost per week: $370/ $290 member

Chalutzim (Pioneers)

Rising 1st and 2nd graders
June 30–August 8

Chalutzim provides active young campers with the wonder and excitement of a Jewish day camp experience. From the pool to the playground and beyond, the Chalutzim day is filled with laughter, singing, and ruach (spirit), all within a positive and nurturing environment.
Cost per week: $370/ $290 member

Olim Alef (Immigrants A)

Rising 3rd and 4th graders
June 30–August 8

Olim Alef campers spend their days immersed in active and engaging programming that keeps them busy inside and outside. They enjoy two field trips a week, swim lessons three times a week and Shabbat programming.
Cost per week: $470/ $365 member

Olim Bet (Immigrants B)

Rising 5th–7th graders
June 30–August 8

Olim Bet campers spend their days immersed in active and engaging programming that keeps them busy inside and outside. They enjoy three field trips a week; free swim most afternoons and Shabbat programming.
Cost per week: $490/ $380 member

Omanoot (Arts) Theater Camp: The Wizard of Oz

Rising 4th–8th graders
Weeks 1–6: June 30–August 8
Performance: August 7

Another summer of fun is coming to the JCCNV with the whimsical story of the Wizard of Oz! Join us for Omanoot’s six weeks of musical theater excitement! Whether you are a theater wizard or just a munchkin in your first show, this is the place for any camper looking for an awesome theater experience! As a cast, we will follow the yellow brick road through audition workshops, theater games, field trips, and the exciting and fun music and dances of the Wizard of Oz! Come join in the fun, as we get ready for our trip “somewhere over the rainbow!”
Six-week cost: $2,950/ $2,365

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 Jessica.Tischler@jccnv.org or (703) 537-3031

Camp Kadima (Forward)

Rising 1st–3rd graders
Weeks 1–4: June 30–July 25 (no camp July 4)
Includes swim lessons.

Rising 4th–6th graders
Weeks 5-8: July 28–August 22
Includes a 3-day/2-night trip to Capital Camps August 13–15

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

Cost per 4-week session: $2,499/ $1,999 member

NEW! Camp Chaverim (Friends)

Rising 7th–9th graders
Weeks 4–6: July 21–August 8

Join us for a fun and exciting camp for teens as we venture on three field trips a week, enjoy special events, swimming, arts and crafts, sports, and more! Campers will be included in the general camp with the support of trained and compassionate counselors.
Cost per 3-week session: $1,650/ $1,320 member

Optional Week 7: (August 11–August 15)*

Includes two days of field trips and a 3-day/2-night trip to Capital Camps!
Cost: $550/ $440 member

*Children attending Camp Chaverim weeks 4–6 have the option of adding a week 7.

Shavuon (Weekly)

One-Week Specialty Camps

Grades 3–7 (unless otherwise noted)

Make your child’s summer something special with our weekly Shavuon specialty camps. We’ve added a few new specialties this year, and have also kept some favorites from summers past. Every day Shavuon campers have the chance to enjoy free swim in the afternoon and every week they enjoy a field trip.

Shavuon Hits the Road to Capital Camps

Week 2: July 7–13 (extended through Shabbat)

Have you been thinking about an overnight camp experience? Are you curious what they do in the wilds of Waynesboro, PA? This is the week to find out, when Shavuon packs its bags and heads 90 minutes north for four nights and five days of sleep-away camp fun! We will have in-camp programming Monday and Tuesday, then head to Capital Camps Wednesday–Sunday afternoon!
One-week cost: $655/ $565 member

Tennis Camp

Weeks 2 & 3: July 7–July 18 (register for one or two weeks)

Join us on the courts and develop a solid foundation in stroke development, as well as targeting footwork to aid players at any level. There will be games and match play for all ability levels as well as racquetball and table tennis.
One-week cost: $660/ $570 member (includes transportation to and from JCCNV)

Dance Academy Clinic

Rising 1st–3rd graders
Weeks 2–4: July 7–July 25

An intensive three-week dance program that explores the different dance genres, costume design, dance history and performance techniques. As part of the clinic, dancers will participate in a field trip that will enhance the dance experience. You’ll be enchanted by each dancer during the end-of-program performance on the last day of the clinic.
Three-week cost: $1,300/ $1,065 JCCNV member or JCCNV Dance Academy Student

Golf Camp

Week 4: July 21–July 25

Spend a week learning the ins and outs of golf with the help of experienced instructors from Every Body Golf School. Campers learn putting, chipping, use of irons and woods, sand play, rules, etiquette, and course management.
One-week cost: $660/ $570 member (includes transportation to and from JCCNV)

Play-Well TEKnologies! Engineering FUNdamentals

Week 5: July 28–August 1

Power up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and more than 100,000 pieces of LEGOS®! Apply real-world physics, engineering, and architecture concepts through engineer designed projects such as arch bridges, skyscrapers, motorized cars, and the Battletrack! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. An experienced instructor will challenge new and returning students to engineer at the next level.
One-week cost: $495/ $405 member

Sailing Camp

Week 6: August 4–8

In partnership with Washington Sailing Marina, summer days will be spent sailing on the Potomac River. Meet new friends, sail in a safe environment and have fun. Hands-on experience is the best way to learn to sail, so our emphasis is on learning by doing. Children will be sailing 90% of the time (weather permitting). Students should wear shorts, shirts and rubber-soled shoes (no flip flops) and should bring other clothes appropriate for the forecast.
One-week cost: $725/ $630 member (includes transportation to and from the JCCNV)

Super Shavuon Specialty Weeks

We are offering two full weeks of specialty camps! Make the last few weeks of the summer super special by joining your friends at a week-long camp with a specialty of your choice! All camps include daily free swim, outside play, shabbat celebration, and a field trip.

Week 7: August 11–15

Rising Kindergarten

Wood Creations

Bang, bang, sand, sand... your hands and minds will build amazing wood creations this summer! We will become woodworkers as we design, then build, mini tree houses, totem poles, robots, cars, and many more fantastic wood creations.
One-week cost: $495/ $405 member

Whiz Kids

Grab your goggles and lab coat... we are heading on a scientific discovery mission to explore the world of science through everyday objects, experiments and encounters. This class will enhance the STEM education philosophies taught in your school’s science class.
One-week cost: $495/ $405 member

Worlds of Music/Worlds of Fun!

With the help of Little Hands, campers will experience music through songs, movement, rhythm and percussion instruments—all focused on music from around the world.
One-week cost: $495/ $405 member

Backyard Games

Get outside and PLAY! Kickball, Dodgeball, Capture the Flag, SPUD, and many more thrilling games. You’ll enjoy some good ol’ summertime backyard fun while building teamwork, critical thinking and gross motor skills.
One-week cost: $495/ $405 member

Grades 1-2

Play-Well TEKnologies! Engineering FUNdamentals

Power up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and more than 100,000 pieces of LEGOS®! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer designed projects such as arch bridges, skyscrapers, motorized cars, and the Battletrack! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. An experienced instructor will challenge new and returning students to engineer at the next level.
One-week cost: $495/ $405 member

Artistic Expressions

This camp guides campers on a worldwide exploration of creativity as we sample artistic styles from across the globe! Make sure you bring your creative hats for a week of artistic fun!
One-week cost: $495/ $405 member

Bubbe’s Kitchen

Every day is a holiday in Bubbe’s (Grandma’s) kitchen! Come create the most popular holiday foods of the Jewish culture. Learn how to prepare a variety of main dishes, light meals, snacks and treats.
One-week cost: $495/ $405 member

Tennis Camp

Join us on the courts and develop a solid foundation in stroke development and targeting footwork that aids players at any level. There will be tennis games and match play for all ability levels, as well as racquetball and table tennis.
One-week cost: $660/ $570 member (includes transportation to and from JCCNV)

Grades 3-7

Horseback Riding!

Campers will learn the ins and outs of riding and taking care of a horse! Morning lessons concentrate on developing basic equestrian skills. Afternoon lessons are all about having fun through our “Games on Horseback” series which allow for the practical usage of riding skills acquired during the morning lesson period. Campers are taught the history of the horse, breeds, colors, markings, anatomy, horse care, grooming and braiding techniques, determining a horse’s age by reading teeth, and much, much more.
One-week cost: $865/ $775 member (includes transportation to and from JCCNV)
Note: Campers will return to the JCCNV between 5pm-6pm, extended care until 6pm is provided at no additional charge.

Artist’s Studio

Join us for a week of out of this world art! Highlights include pottery, ceramics and more all from local artists and studios!
One-week cost: $495/ $405 member

Ideaventions: Ideabots!

By the end of this camp, robots will be running amok! An entire week of robotics gives campers a chance to build their own creations! They will get a complete introduction to the world of robotics by building robots from the ground up!
One-week cost: $660/ $570 member

Splashdown!

Come explore the wet and wild side of summer with daily field trips to some of the most exciting water spaces and places in our area.
One-week cost: $495/ $405 member

Week 8: August 18–22

Rising Kindergarten

Green Thumb Club

Catch a ladybug, chase a firefly and grow a garden... all while learning about the world around us through stories, songs, art, exploration and imaginary play. The Green Thumb Club will ignite your child’s passion for nature, recycling and learning about the earth through tactile activities and developmentally appropriate science investigations. It’s time to join the Green Thumb Club!
One-week cost: $495/ $405 member

Alphabet Art

Now I know my ABCs, won’t you come and draw with me? Make the alphabet come to life through a wide variety of arts and crafts activities. Alphabet Art will expose your budding scholar to learning letter-sound relationships, letter formation and sensory experiences. Get ready for an adventure into alphabet art!
One-week cost: $495/ $405 member

Backyard Games

Get outside and PLAY! Kickball, Dodgeball, Capture the Flag, SPUD, and many more thrilling games. You’ll enjoy some good ol’ summertime backyard fun while building teamwork, critical thinking and gross motor skills.
One-week cost: $495/ $405 member

World Travelers

Grab your passport, because you will be taking a journey around the world! Visit a new country each week through literature, games, art activities, geography and history. Discover the thrills of travel without leaving camp!
One-week cost: $495/ $405 member

Grades 1-2

Wood Creations

Bang, bang, sand, sand... your hands and minds will build amazing wood creations this summer! We will become woodworkers as we design, then build, mini tree houses, totem poles, robots, cars, and many more fantastic wood creations.
One-week cost: $495/ $405 member

Whiz Kids

Grab your goggles and lab coat... we are heading on a scientific discovery mission to explore the world of science through everyday objects, experiments and encounters. This class will enhance the STEM education philosophies taught in your school’s science class.
One-week cost: $495/ $405 member

Worlds of Music/Worlds of Fun!

With the help of Little Hands, campers will experience music through songs, movement, rhythm and percussion instruments—all focused on music from around the world.
One-week cost: $495/ $405 member

Golf Camp

Spend a week learning the ins and outs of golf with the help of experienced instructors from Every Body Golf School. Campers learn putting, chipping, use of irons and woods, sand play, rules, etiquette, and course management.
One-week cost: $660/ $570 member (includes transportation to and from JCCNV)

 

Grades 3-7

Horseback Riding!

Campers will learn the ins and outs of riding and taking care of a horse! Morning lessons concentrate on developing basic equestrian skills. Afternoon lessons are all about having fun through our “Games on Horseback” series which allows for the practical usage of riding skills acquired during the morning lesson period. Campers are taught the history of the horse, breeds, colors, markings, anatomy, horse care, grooming & braiding techniques, determining a horse’s age by reading teeth, and much, much more.
One-week cost: $865/ $775 member (includes transportation to and from JCCNV)
Note: Campers will return to the JCCNV between 5pm-6pm, extended care until 6pm is provided at no additional charge.

Land Adventure

Come explore the wild side of summer with daily field trips to some of the most exciting spaces and places in our area.
One-week cost: $495/ $405 member

Comic Creations

Do you have a knack for drawing? Do you like to write? We have the class for you! Come join us as we explore the world of comics. We will learn about the different styles of cartooning, create new characters, and build a portfolio of your work.
One-week cost: $495/ $405 member

Bubbe’s Kitchen

Every day is a holiday in Bubbe’s (Grandma’s) kitchen! Come create the most popular holiday foods of the Jewish culture. Learn how to prepare a variety of main dishes, light meals, snacks and treats.
One-week cost: $495/ $405 member

Teen Travel Camp

Rising 8th–10th graders
Weeks 6 & 7: August 4–15

Become a part of our Teen Travel program by earning community service hours with the perfect combination of volunteering, hands-on activities, adventure and fun:
Week One: Participate in local, one-day community service projects
Week Two: Overnight travel to New York City where service learning is combined with sightseeing adventures and other dynamic activities.
Two-week cost: $1,595/ $1,395 member

Summer Dance Intensive Workshop

Rising 4th-12th graders
Week 7: August 11–15

The JCCNV Dance Academy offers a comprehensive weeklong workshop, including ballet, jazz, modern, ethnic, tap, improvisation, and enrichment opportunities. We welcome and encourage all those seeking an opportunity to dance, and broaden their knowledge,skills and abilities, to participate. While the name implies intensive, we strive to create an environment that will benefit all skill levels and encourage campers to appreciate and enjoy the art of dance.
One-week cost: $575/ $505 member

JCC Maccabi Games® and JCC Maccabi ArtsFest®

Detroit, MI
JCC Maccabi Games® , Ages 13–16
JCC Maccabi ArtsFest® , Ages 13–17
Sunday–Friday, August 17–22
Register by April 15

Contact Nori White, JCC Maccabi Experience® Delegation Head, Nori.White@jccnv.org, (703) 537-3041

The JCC Maccabi Games® and ArtsFest® are going to Detroit, MI for an amazing event where thousands of Jewish teens meet, compete and have a great time, creating memories that will last a lifetime! It’s much more than just a week of sports and the arts. Teen athletes/artists participate throughout the week in tournaments, community service projects, exciting social events, and best of all... everyone is Jewish! Arts Specialties might include: rock band, glee, acting/improv, dance, visual arts, musical theater, vocal music, star reporter and culinary arts. Sports might include: boys baseball 14-U and 16-U, boys basketball 14-U and 16-U, girls basketball 16-U, boys soccer 14-U and 16-U, girls soccer 16-U, girls volleyball 16-U, girls softball 16-U, in-line hockey 16U, dance, bowling, swimming, golf, tennis, and table tennis.
Cost: $1,800/ $1,650 member

Camp Achva Add-Ons...

If you need it, we’re offering...

Before- and After-Camp Childcare (BASE)

Grades K-6

The Before- and After-Camp Childcare Program is designed to meet the needs of busy families. You may choose morning and/or afternoon childcare options. Swimming is offered Monday and Wednesday afternoons, as is play on our playground and in our BASE rooms. Curbside drop-off is once again available during our morning program.

Morning, 7:30am–9am
One-week session cost: $58/ $48 member

Afternoon, 4pm–6pm
One-week session cost: $105/ $85 member

Transportation*

Camp Achva offers supervised bus service during camp weeks 1–8 (June 30–August 22) to Beth El Hebrew Congregation (BEHC) in Alexandria. The campers will be picked up in the morning at BEHC. They will spend an extended afternoon at the Fairfax BASE location and will be transported back to Alexandria following snack and the opportunity to participate in all the fun BASE has to offer!

Alexandria: Beth El Hebrew Congregation
AM Pick Up: 8:15am
PM Drop Off: 5:45pm
One-week session cost: $140/ $125 member

*Minimum enrollment of 15 campers is required by June 2 in order for the bus to run. There is no bus transportation for preschool campers.