Special Needs Camps
Camp Kadima & Camp Chaverim
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
- 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.