Specialty Camps

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Specialty Camps are held at our main JCC East Bay location, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley.

With Specialty Camps, children of all ages can try out a new interest or dig deeper into the activities they already love. Led by experts in their fields, each camp offers a small-group setting and individual attention, making them ideal for novices and more experienced campers alike.

Choose from adventures in engineering, dance, art, cooking, and more to customize a summer that your camper will never forget! 

Fees:

  • All Camps: $350 Member/$425 General
  • Extended Care (Both Oakland and Berkeley):
    • AM Care: $40 Member/$55 General
    • PM Care: $60 Member/$75 General

Week 1 | June 19–23

Roleplaying Adventures (2nd-6th grade)

Campers will journey to the heart of a magical world—full of wizards, knights, elves, and anything else they can dream up—all through classic paper-and-dice roleplaying games. After inventing their own characters, they’ll work together to solve puzzles, fight monsters, and complete quests (developing their reading, math, and problem-solving skills along the way!).

Screen Printing and T-Shirt Design (K-5th grade)

Dive into the world of art and fashion design with this intro to Screen Printing and T-shirt class! Campers will design their own posters, postcards, t-shirts, and more. Campers will have the opportunity to work together and independently to bring all of their ideas to life!

 

Week 2 | June 26–30 

Groovlings: Hip Hop Dance (K-5th grade)

Campers will nourish body and spirit during this high-energy week! Days start with a focus on nutrition as campers learn how to prepare tasty, healthy snacks. Then, properly fueled, they’ll take to the dance floor to learn the basics of hip-hop—building confidence, forming friendships, and having a blast along the way.

Roleplaying Adventures Part 2 (2nd-6th grade)

Campers will journey to the heart of a magical world—full of wizards, knights, elves, and anything else they can dream up—all through classic paper-and-dice roleplaying games. After inventing their own characters, they’ll work together to solve puzzles, fight monsters, and complete quests (developing their reading, math, and problem-solving skills along the way!).

 

Week 3 | July 3–7*                          

Ninjaneering Using LEGO® with Play-Well TEKnologies (K-4th grade)

Enter the world of Ninjago and become an apprentice Ninjaneer! Learn the way of Spinjitzu, build the Fire Temple, race Skull Trucks, and encounter the mighty Dragon! Imagine and build unique and fun LEGO projects with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor while exploring the fantasy world of Ninjago. This is an ideal way to prepare young Ninjaneers for the challenge of Ninjaneering Masters with LEGO camp.

Amazing Animal Adventures (K-5th grade)

Amazing animals are all around us here in the East Bay! Campers will explore local creeks and hikes to check out the ecology and wildlife of the Bay Area. Visits from animal experts, like the East Bay Vivarium, will give campers an opportunity to get up close and personal with a wide variety of awesome animals!

 

Week 4 | July 10–14 

Break Dancing (2nd-6th grade)

In this class, students will learn not just a progressive range of Bboy/Bgirl movement from foundation to more intermediate techniques but will also learn about the history of the first dance of "Hip Hop."  Through movement drills and body awareness and conditioning exercises, the students will learn the basics and also receive individual feedback to pin point where he/she needs improvement and where he/she will excel. 

Junior Chefs (K-5th grade)

Campers will be guided through a week’s worth of delicious recipes, using the professional equipment at the Bay Area’s premier cooking school, Kitchen on Fire. Campers will learn how to prepare fun, nutritious meals—inspired by flavors and traditions from around the world—while developing valuable life skills.

 

Week 5 | July 17–21                 

Intro to STEM using LEGO® (K-4th grade)

Tap into your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO®! Build engineer-designed projects such as Boats, Snowmobiles, Catapults, and Merry-Go-Rounds. Then use special pieces to create your own unique design! New and returning students can explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor.

Junior Chefs (K-5th grade)

Campers will be guided through a week’s worth of delicious recipes, using the professional equipment at the Bay Area’s premier cooking school, Kitchen on Fire. Campers will learn how to prepare fun, nutritious meals—inspired by flavors and traditions from around the world—while developing valuable life skills.

 

Week 6 | July 24–28

Roleplaying Adventures (2nd-6th grade)

Campers will journey to the heart of a magical world—full of wizards, knights, elves, and anything else they can dream up—all through classic paper-and-dice roleplaying games. After inventing their own characters, they’ll work together to solve puzzles, fight monsters, and complete quests (developing their reading, math, and problem-solving skills along the way!).

Studio J: Artists at the JCC (K-4th grade)

Campers will set off on an exhilarating voyage as they learn about artists and traditions from around the world. They’ll draw, paint, build 3D constructions, and make folk crafts, all while learning to use different art materials like clay, wire, cardboard, oil/chalk pastels, paints, and more.