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Explore. Learn. Create. Experience.

Also known as J Camps, Camp Achva at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia provides fun and formative summer experiences for school-age children from grades K–10. Celebrating its 50th summer, Camp Achva is the premier Jewish day camp in Northern Virginia. As a traditional day camp model, our vision is to create a safe space for campers and staff to learn and grow through building relationships with one another, engaging in meaningful programming, and embracing old and new camp traditions infused with Jewish culture.

Through daily scheduling, field trips, special events, and leadership opportunities, campers from our youngest unit (Tzofim) to our oldest (Olim Bet) will look forward to augmented programming each year until they reach CIT-status, and ultimately join our Camp Achva staff.

Camp Achva


Summer 2019 Dates: 

Full Summer (8 weeks): June 24–August 16

Closed July 4th for Independence Day

1st Session (4 weeks): June 24–July 19

Closed July 4th for Independence Day

2nd Session (4 weeks): July 22–August 16


Regardless of which camp experience you choose, here are some things you need to know about all of our camps:

  1. Our camps fill up quickly. Register early to ensure your child’s space is reserved.
  2. Campers are encouraged to sign up for sessions in order to maximize their camp experiences and build relationships with other campers and staff.

  3. All camps begin and end their day at the J. The camp day, unless otherwise noted, runs from 9:00am to 4:00pm. We start our day with mifkad (an all camp community gathering to get the energy flowing with dancing, singing, daily announcements, etc.) and end our day with carpool.

  4. Before- and After-Camp Care is available as an add-on between 7:30am - 9:00am and 4:00pm - 6:00pm.

  5. Campers should come to camp every day with a bagged nut-free, meatless lunch (i.e. dairy or vegetarian), unless signed up for Camp Lunch.

  6. Every camp day, all campers are required to wear sneakers and bring a reusable water bottle that they can fill throughout the day.

  7. All campers are required to bring a bathing suit, towel, goggles, and a change of clothes to camp each day.

Inclusion at Camp Achva

We support the inclusion of all children in camp, regardless of one’s physical, social or emotional needs. Camp is a place to learn, grow, and have fun! If your child needs additional support to ensure a successful summer in Camp Achva, we can arrange for an Inclusion Support Staff (Shadow) at an additional cost.

Priority will be given to campers who register by May 9 for either the full summer or a 4-week session. We look forward to supporting you and your child for a successful and fun-filled summer!

Please contact Arlene Lechner, or 703.537.3032, to arrange for an Inclusion Support Staff or for any other accommodations.


Camp Store

Stay tuned for Camp Achva 2019 merch!


Camp Achva 2019

Click here for the Camp Achva Registration Brochure

Online Registration: jcampsnova.campmanagement.com/enroll




Camp Contacts

Camp Hotline Camp Email: 703.537.3092 SchoolAgeServices@jccnv.org

If you have more questions or concerns, please contact our staff:

Director: Rich.Dinetz@jccnv.org • 703.537.3091

Office Manager: Rachel.Dannick@jccnv.org • 703.537.3096

Kadima Director • Special Needs Director: Jessica.Tischler@jccnv.org • 703.537.3031

Inclusion Coordinator: Arlene.Lechner@jccnv.org • 703.537.3032

j.dance Coordinator: Brenda.Forsley@jccnv.org • 703.537.3057

Aquatics Director: Teo.Albu@jccnv.org • 703.537.3053

Billing & Accounts Manager: Adi.Crowley@jccnv.org • 703.537.3077

Children and Family

Contact Us

Fairfax: Infant-5 yrs

Infant Toddler, Preschool, Enrichment

For Inquiries


Alexandria: 16 months-4 yrs

Infant Toddler, Preschool, Enrichment

For Inquiries


School Age Services and
Camp Achva

Before- & After-School Care (BASE), Camp, Vacation Day Program

For Inquiries


j.dance program

Children-Adult Dance Classes

For Inquiries


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