Have you heard of Camp LJCC? We have been “doing” camp for over 60 years and we’re really good at it! We know the value and importance of camp for all kids and we make sure they get all that in a fun, safe, nurturing atmosphere.
Camp LJCC offers day camps to the entire Birmingham community for kids entering grades K – 8. We offer camps 10 weeks of summer and most importantly, our camp has a “camp a la carte” system that allows you to plan your summer exactly as you wish – sign up for one week or all 10. You can mix and match weeks with Day Camp, specialty and/or sport camps. Day Camp is our traditionally styled day camp and includes activities such as swimming, swim lessons, field trips, sports, games, art, hiking, cooking and special events that provide a variety of experiences that are challenging as well as exciting. Specialty campers spend half the day with the Specialty Instructor (2018 Specialty Day Camps include Spero Robotics, Theatre, Chess, Science, Cooking, Art, Cheer and more) and the other half-day with camp staff doing campy things just like Day Camp. Sport Day Camps are designed for your child to improve skills and techniques in a fun environment (2018 sports camps include Tennis, Basketball, Football, UAB Soccer, and more for both boys and girls). These are recreational in nature and not intensely competitive.
Camp LJCC Day Camps offer something for everyone!
LJCC Summer Camps… a camping tradition since 1952. For over 60 years, we have had the honor of enhancing the lives of your children. We believe that our summer camps contribute uniquely to the growth and development of your children toward the kind of persons you want them to become. Our camps encourage them to be capable of good judgment, to establish firm beliefs, to gain new and warm friendships, to learn to work together effectively and play fairly with each other, and to make worthy contributions to the communities in which they belong. Your children, our campers, will develop strong character and self -identity through varied activities and experiences.
All summer day camps at the J are open and widely attended by people of all backgrounds and faiths. While not the camp’s ultimate mission, a part of our mission is to enhance Jewish identity through exposure to Jewish culture. These experiences result in acceptance, tolerance and support of the Jewish faith as adults. This is accomplished at camp by offering a framework of understanding, exploring and incorporating the Jewish virtue of “being a good person” into camp life. This is an important life lesson to experience.
At the end of summer, your children may leave our camps, but they take with them wonderful memories of fun, love, and laughter; Memories that will invariably stay with them for a lifetime, helping make them stronger people, kinder souls and better friends.
This is the tradition of LJCC Summer Camps, now and forever…Shalom.
LJCC Camp Philosophy
The goal of our day camp is to provide a happy, meaningful and enriching experience for our campers. We want to help children grow and feel good about themselves. We believe that kids can mature emotionally through their participation in a group with an interested, accepting role model.
One way children feel good about themselves is by learning skills. Skills acquisition, whether it is in art, sports, crafts, or drama, it gives a child confidence. For example, a child who learns how to swim by the end of the summer has achieved a great accomplishment. Creating also gives children satisfaction. A group that puts on a skit or makes a new crafts project feels positive about what they are doing.
Decision-making is an integral part of emotional maturity and camp life. We begin the process of teaching decision-making by giving children choices. We help campers get involved in program planning for their group. We have found that the most enjoyable and successful programs are those that the children chose to create.
We also help children grow by involving them in group problem solving. Some problems are individual and are handled by the counselor with the camper alone. Others are group problems and we involve the group in finding its own solution. This process of discussion is important for the group’s development. As counselors, your sensitivity to campers’ needs is important. We encourage expression of feelings, both in the group and individually.
We work with children through activities including swim, sports, arts and crafts, nature, singing, drama, dance, Israeli culture, special themed activities, show and trips. Our campers have fun, grow and feel comfortable with themselves!
The LJCC has been like a second home for my family. Both of my children love the CELC and we have had such wonderful, caring, and thought inspiring teachers! We love the gym, tennis, and the pool!