Revitalized J Camps Program Provides New Day Camp Options
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Houston, TX – Evelyn Rubenstein JCC’s day camp program, J Camps, is a summer favorite for children of all ages. This year, J Camps is even bigger and better, with a refreshed lineup including many completely new camps with a focus on STEM, sports and the arts.

“We were seeking to revitalize the J Camps program this summer with the goal of bringing some new and exciting camps while also offering our tried and true favorites. We thought about ways to enhance our programming across all ages from toddlers through teens. We have received a lot of wonderful feedback thus far about the changes we have made to J Camps and are so excited for this summer!” said Michelle Fingeret, Evelyn Rubenstein JCC Children & Camping committee chair. Many J Camps include instructional swim, particularly for the youngest campers. “Another exciting new feature is an updated swimming curriculum with digital swim reports,” Fingeret added.

Junior Camps and Kaleidoscope 3.0
For campers entering 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade, there are a number of exciting, new camps being held at the Merfish Teen Center. For 1st and 2nd graders, there are new Junior Camps (1-week offerings) during the second session that allow campers to specialize in sports, dance, science or creative writing. These Junior Camps are being held at the same location as the popular Camp Kaleidoscope 4-week program. Also new this year, specifically for 3rd graders is Kaleidoscope 3.0. By popular demand, J Camps has added an option for the first and second session that includes electives, instructional swim, field trips and a chance to experience a few days at an overnight sleep away camp.

Specialty Camps
For campers entering 3rd, 4th or 5th grade, the J has added or made changes to nearly a dozen of its specialty camps. This includes many popular, new camps in science and technology such as Minecraft Modding, engineering concepts and 3D modeling. Other new camps include art, dance, and sports, including Extreme Sports Camp, which allows campers the opportunity to try non-traditional sports such as paintball, skateboarding, ropes courses, canopy tours and more by visiting venues across the city.

Teen Camps
For campers entering 6th through 9th grade, J Camps has expanded its teen offerings and has nearly doubled enrollment so far this summer. Back is the popular Teen Trek program, which enables campers to take daily field trips throughout the city. New this year are Extreme Sports, Movie Production Camp, Drone Engineering and 3D Printing, and a Health and Conditioning camp. The teen Performing Arts Camp was so popular that an additional session was added to enable more kids to participate.

“I am thrilled to be working with an amazing team of people to lead J Camps this summer. This is my first summer in Day Camping, but I am no stranger to camping. I spent almost every summer of my life at a resident camp in Mississippi. I’m excited to see what our New Circus Camp provider, Chimal Circus Arts, brings to J Camps as well as many of the other changes and upgrades that we made this summer.  We want J Camps to be ‘Your Home for the Summer!’” said Children and Camping Director Anna Shabtay.

It’s not too late to join the fun! J Camps runs through August 17. Registration is open, and spaces are still available in many camps including: Art, Gymnastics, Tennis, WITS (Writers in the School), Cheerleading, Performing Arts and Dance. Learn more and register online at or contact the Day Camp Office at 713.551.7208.

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