JCC Camps at Medford Experience
Growth & Development
At camp we aim for each of our campers to stand a little taller by the end of the summer. Self-esteem and confidence are a vital part of a child’s growth and success in the world. We provide an atmosphere for exploration of new and challenging activities with an encouraging and supportive staff guiding the way for achievement. Our Jewish values, which are infused in everyday life at camp, teach campers the importance of strong character, integrity, sportsmanship, team work, conflict resolution, leadership, understanding diversity and caring about the world around them.
At camp, we love when campers and staff try new and challenging activities such as moving up to the next swim cap level, performing on stage for the first time or creating a new masterpiece of art. Campers at JCC Camps at Medford gain vital life skills such as the expansion of creativity, the importance of free play and gross and fine motor skills.
Most importantly, camp is about building meaningful, life-long friendships. Our trained camp counselors create a safe and nurturing environment where campers learn how to successfully navigate social development. Campers are taught and practice the skills of both making and keeping friends in this caring environment which provides children with vital emotional and social skills that will help them succeed throughout their lives.
We want to ensure, that in the best way, the child who we greet on the first day of camp is not the same person that we wave goodbye to on the last day of the summer.
We consider everyone at the JCC Camps at Medford part of one of large camp family. During the summer campers and counselors create community amongst their bunks, in their specialty areas, and on the buses. Our goal is that each individual child and staff members learns how to play an important role in the happiness and well-being of everyone else around them.
Jewish Life and Shabbat
We strive to infuse everything we do with the Jewish values we feel are an imperative foundation of Camp. Additionally, we hope that through our Jewish themes and programming, our campers develop stronger Jewish identities. Campers explore a new theme each week of the summer through games, stories, arts and crafts, cooking, theater, and music.
We are proud to hire four Israeli shlichim (emissaries) each summer who teach campers about Israeli life and culture, and also are the force behind a special Israel Week during Week 5 of camp. Week 6 of camp is Ruach (spirit) Week, and campers and staff alike learn about giving to charity, all while dressing up in silly costumes for special theme days.
Shabbat at camp, which is held every Friday, is a special experience where we come together in song and through visits with special guests, while taking the time to reflect on the amazing camp week that has passed.