Specialty Camps

The JCC East Bay Summer Specialty Camp program will offer week-long, half day, specialized programs at our Berkeley branch. These camps provide a wonderful opportunity by allowing your child to spend a week or more focused on their specialty in an enthusiastic yet intimate group environment. 

Register for JCC Specialty Camps Online!

This summer we’ll be offering the following camp programs: Art Journeys, Craft Camp with Gaily, Go Girls Theater Workshop, Mad Science, Roleplaying Adventure, Legion Summer Camp, Chess, Mini Magicians, & Skateboarding. There is a half-day option (9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm) or full day (9am-4pm, including lunch coverage).

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Full day option is available. Lunch will be supervised (12-1pm) by JCC staff for those campers who attend both a morning and afternoon Specialty Camp. 

We are excited to host Go Girls! Camp again this summer at the JCC East Bay Berkeley branch because they offer strong programs for our community and have similar passion in working with children.

For more information on Specialty Camps, please contact Danny Stein at 510-848-0237 x113 or dannys@jcceastbay.org 

 

Extended Care

Extended-care is available from 8:00-9:00am and from 4:00-6:00pm for an additional fee.

8am-9am Morning Care
Members: $35 per week, $14 drop in per day

Non-Members: $50 per week, $20 drop in per day

4pm-6pm Aftercare
Members: $60 per week, $30 drop in per day

Non-Members: $70 per week, $45 drop in per day

 

2015 Berkeley Branch Specialty Camps

 

Date

 

AM Camps  9:00am-12:00pm

 

PM Camps  1:00-4:00pm

 

 

June 15-19

 

 

 

Craft Camp with Gaily

Role Playing Adventures 

LARP

 

 

Craft Camp with Gaily

Role Playing Adventures 

Jordan Richter Skateboarding Camp

 

 

Go Girls! Girls Can...Make (two-week camp)

 

June 22-26

 

 

 

Mad Science: Crazy Chemistry

Role Playing Adventures 

 

 

Jordan Richter Skateboarding Camp 

Role Playing Adventures

 

Go Girls! "Girls Can... Make" continues

June 26th week

No Camps

 

 

 

 

No Camps

 

 

No Camps

 

July 6-10

 

Pre-Engineering LEGO

 

Mad Science: Secret Agent Lab

Cooking Round The World

 

 

Engineering FUNdamentals: Mine, Craft, Build using  LEGO

Megan's Wacky World of Art and Science

 

 

Go Girls! "Girls Can...Rule!"(two-week camp)

 

July 13-17

 

 

Art Journeys

Cooking Round The World

Things Fall Apart

 

 

 

 

 

Mini Magicians

 Chess 

 

Go Girls! "Girls Can...Rule" continues

 

July 20-24

 

Mad Science: Eureka! Inventors Academy 

 

 

Mini Magicians

 

July 20th-31st 

Go Girls! "Girls Can..Shine!" (two-week camp)

 

August 17th-21st (Post Camp)

 

Art Journeys

Role Playing Adventures

LARP

 

 

 

LARP

 

 Aug 3-14

Go Girls! "Girls Can...Explore!"(two-week camp)

 Go Girls! "Reel Stories", 5th and 6th Graders (two week camp)

 

 

Full day option is available. Lunch will be supervised (12-1pm) by JCC staff for those campers who attend both a morning and afternoon Specialty Camps. 

 

Go Girls and Specialty Camp Descriptions

 Go Girls! Camp Summer 2015  Go Girls! Thru the Ages

Go Girls! Camp started in 2008. But, Go Girls! have been around waaaaaaay before that! Since the beginning, girls have been bold & brave, saying yes to hard things, and changing the world. This summer, we take you on an artistic journey celebrating all of us Go Girls! of the past, present…and future.

Go Girls! is not just a summer camp. It’s a movement. Our mission is to ignite a compassion revolution by putting girls center stage. An internationally recognized social innovation produced by Glitter & Razz, Go Girls! Camp re-imagines the way we educate, nurture, and empower girls. In Go Girls! Camp, your 6-11 year old will collaborate with other girls in her age group to make and perform their very own play that we believe will change the world.

Session 1: The Go Girls! "Girls Can...Make" - (Grades 1-4, Member $630 | General $670)

June 15-26, all day 9am-4pm, two-week camp

Step right up to the Go Girls! World's Fair. Design your own games, invent problem-solving innovations, and create original characters from your wildest imagination. This exposition will show the world what only YOU can make.  See you under the big top!. Visit www.gogirlscamp.com. THIS IS A TWO-WEEK CAMP.

 

Session 2: The Go Girls! "Girls Can...Rule" - (Grades 1-4th, Member $630 | General $670)

July 6-17, all day 9am-4pm, two-week camp

What would it be like if girls ran the world? Come make a musical starring Go Girls! who take the lead, make the laws and build their own city from the ground up. Grab some leopard duct tape and a clipboard- we have some work to do! Visit gogirlscamp.com. THIS IS A TWO-WEEK CAMP.

 

Session 3: The Go Girls! "Girls Can...Shine"” - (Grades 1-4, Member $630 | General $670)

July 20-July 31, all day 9am-4pm, two-week camp

Lights, Camera, Action!  Want to light up the sky with your talent? Go Girls! in this camp session make a variety show that's out of this world.   Join all your favorite stars and take center stage- the galaxy is waiting! Visit gogirlscamp.com. THIS IS A TWO-WEEK CAMP.

 

 

Session 4: The Go Girls! "Girls Can...Explore"(Grades 1-4, Member $630 | General $670)

Aug 3-14, all day 9am-4pm, two-week camp

When was the last time you got to travel the world in just 2 weeks? Come to camp and make a play that puts Go Girls! in trees, castles, oceans, and underground cities all over the globe. Make new discoveries guaranteed to move the crowd and put Go Girls! on the map!
Visit gogirlscamp.com. THIS IS A TWO-WEEK CAMP.

 

Session 4 (5th and 6th graders): The Go Girls! "Reel Stories” - (Grades 5-6, Member $630 | General $670)

August 3rd-August 14th, all day 9am-4pm, two-week camp

 

As our Go Girls! get older, they need a space of their very own to connect, create, and grow.  This year, for the very first time, we are making sure they have that space.  Go Girls! Camp has teamed up with the Oakland-based Camp Reel Stories, a popular media camp for teenage girls, to bring you Go Girls!/Reel Stories.  In Go Girls!/Reel Stories, rising 5th and 6th grade girls will work together in small teams to produce, direct, edit and star in their very own short films to be screened on the last day of camp along with the Go Girls! Camp show.! Visit gogirlscamp.com. THIS IS A TWO-WEEK CAMP.

 

 

Week of June 15-19, 9AM-12PM:

Role-playing Adventure (ages 7-12, $155/$170) Role-playing Adventure offers you the chance to enter a strange world of magic, dragons, knights and elves through classic paper-and-dice role-playing games. You will get to build your own character and get a customized character sheet you can take home. You will go on an adventure together solving puzzles, fighting enemies and completing quests. Role-playing Adventure is also a fun way to develop reading and math skills, and encourages teamwork, creative problem solving, imaginative thinking, and good listening.

The Legion Summer Camp (LARP) with Rich McKnight (ages 7-12, $195/$210) Do you have what it takes to become a Warrior? Can you work as a team with other warriors to defeat your opponents on the field of L.A.R.P battle? If so then step forth and make your mark on the official WAX TABLET of the "Campus Legio Live Action Role Play"

Gaily’s Craft Camp (all ages, $155/$170)If you like making things that you can use, this is the camp for you. In the time we have we will learn how to sew and create anything from skirts, vests, and bags to stuffed animals and magnets.


Week of June 15-19, 1PM-4PM:

Role-playing Adventure (ages 7-12, $155/$170) Role-playing Adventure offers you the chance to enter a strange world of magic, dragons, knights and elves through classic paper-and-dice role-playing games. You will get to build your own character and get a customized character sheet you can take home. You will go on an adventure together solving puzzles, fighting enemies and completing quests. Role-playing Adventure is also a fun way to develop reading and math skills, and encourages teamwork, creative problem solving, imaginative thinking, and good listening.

Jordan Richter Skateboarding Academy (ages 6-12, $170/$185) Jordan Richter Skateboarding Academy (JRSA) summer camps provide expert guidance for beginning and intermediate riders, in a safe and fun-filled environment. JRSA skate camps encourage skill development, communication, camaraderie and personal growth among students. Our positive and enthusiastic staff are trained to instill self-confidence, the love of a healthy lifestyle and teamwork in every participant. We endeavor to teach real skills, both physical and mental, which all-young people can benefit from. The exhilarating freedom of rolling, turning and catching air is undoubtedly a memorable experience that your child will value for years to come.

Gaily’s Craft Camp (all ages, $155/$170) If you like making things that you can use, this is the camp for you. In the time we have we will learn how to sew and create anything from skirts, vests, and bags to stuffed animals and magnets.


Week of June 22-26, 9AM-12PM:

Role-playing Adventure (ages 7-12, $155/$170)  Role-playing Adventure offers you the chance to enter a strange world of magic, dragons, knights and elves through classic paper-and-dice role-playing games. You will get to build your own character and get a customized character sheet you can take home. You will go on an adventure together solving puzzles, fighting enemies and completing quests. Role-playing Adventure is also a fun way to develop reading and math skills, and encourages teamwork, creative problem solving, imaginative thinking, and good listening.

Mad Science: Crazy Chemistry (ages 6-10, $180/$195) We’ll explore and create exciting chemical reactions, make colorful concoctions and bubbling brews. Amaze yourself with magical temperature changing baggie science or growing ghost crystals.  Study the chemistry involved in not-so-simple things like chalk and soap, and even experiment with the chemistry used by artists, spies and detectives!  Chemists bring home a project each day.


Week of June 22-26, 1PM-4PM:

Role-playing Adventure (ages 7-12, $155/$170) Role-playing Adventure offers you the chance to enter a strange world of magic, dragons, knights and elves through classic paper-and-dice role-playing games. You will get to build your own character and get a customized character sheet you can take home. You will go on an adventure together solving puzzles, fighting enemies and completing quests. Role-playing Adventure is also a fun way to develop reading and math skills, and encourages teamwork, creative problem solving, imaginative thinking, and good listening.

Jordan Richter Skateboarding Academy (ages 6-12, $170/$185) Jordan Richter Skateboarding Academy (JRSA) summer camps provide expert guidance for beginning and intermediate riders, in a safe and fun-filled environment. JRSA skate camps encourage skill development, communication, camaraderie and personal growth among students. Our positive and enthusiastic staff are trained to instill self-confidence, the love of a healthy lifestyle and teamwork in every participant. We endeavor to teach real skills, both physical and mental, which all-young people can benefit from. The exhilarating freedom of rolling, turning and catching air is undoubtedly a memorable experience that your child will value for years to come.

Week of July 6-10, 9AM-12PM:

Pre-Engineering using LEGO® (ages 5-7, $170/$185) Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGO®!  Build engineer-designed projects such as boats, bridges, mazes and motorized cars, and use special pieces to create your own unique design!  Explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor.  This is an ideal way to prepare young builders for the challenge of Engineering FUNdamentals.

Mad Science: Secret Agent Lab: (ages 6-10, $180/$195) The Mad Science Secret Agent Camp is a fun journey into the world of detection, spy science, and forensics. Campers will examine the science behind the spy tools made famous by the world's greatest spies! We will reconstruct activities using scientific methods and use the science of cryptology to send and decode secret messages. Kids will get a chance to see what can't be seen by the naked eye and will follow in Sherlock's steps to learn what tracks can tell us! Join the Mad Science Bureau of Investigations to help foil a burglary using state-of-the art security techniques!

Cooking Round the World- (ages 5-13, $175/$190) Cooking Round the World is the juncture where culinary arts and cultural education meet. Each day, we "visit" a new country, cook and eat 2 different dishes, present a slide show about the country of the day, read a folktale, play a game, and teach some language acquisition. The outcome is an appreciation of food and cultural difference. Fun, yum, and educational!


Week of July 6-10, 1PM-4PM:

Engineering FUNdamentals: Mine, Craft, Build using LEGO® (ages 8-12, $170/$185) Bring Minecraft to life using LEGO®! Build a motorized walking Creeper, a terrifying Ghast, and a motorized Minecart! This project-based course, designed by Play-Well instructors, combines the basic format of our core engineering-themed programs based on the world of Minecraft. Students will explore real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture while building their favorite Minecraft objects. Students will have a blast, even without any prior experience with Minecraft or LEGO®.

Megan's Wacky World of Art and Science(ages 5-10, $200/$215) Explore the wacky and creative side of science in Megan's week-long summer camp! By the end of the week, you will be a certified scientist with many wacky experiements under your belt. We will learn what happens when we make our own balloon rockets, how to make an egg survive a 10 ft. fall, what happens when you mix milk, soap, and food coloring together and so much more! Calling all Wacky Scientists, UNITE!


Week of July 13-17, 9AM-12PM:

Art Journeys with Karen Jackson-(ages 6-10, $240/$255) Each week art camp will be based on different themes such as: Surfin’ Safari, Meet the Masters, Out of Africa, South of the Border, Passage to India.  Campers will learn different art processes and techniques in the areas of drawing, painting, and 3-D constructions.  Instruction will provide enough guidance for success and to help develop mastery of skills but enough freedom for personal creative expression. Most important, campers will have fun while having awesome art experiences!

Cooking Round the World- (ages 5-13, $175/$190) Cooking Round the World is the juncture where culinary arts and cultural education meet. Each day, we "visit" a new country, cook and eat 2 different dishes, present a slide show about the country of the day, read a folktale, play a game, and teach some language acquisition. The outcome is an appreciation of food and cultural difference. Fun, yum, and educational!

Things Fall Down: Building with Blocks and Marbles (ages 6-11, $225/$240) Kids: In this class, we make stuff with marbles and building blocks. Then it falls down in weird ways. We’ll make mazes, we’ll play store, we’ll solve stories where the princess has to rescue the prince, we’ll make strange falling domino puzzles, we’ll make catapults. Parents: We use 3200 classic wooden building block, the kind that Frank Lloyd Wright and Robert Oppenheimer played with, that helped make them so smart; and Cuboro, an ingenious Swiss-made marble run system that fascinates children and gets them thinking logically and spatially. It is a mandatory part of the curricula of some school districts in Europe -- it’s that good. Teacher Henri Ducharme has taught chess, math, and engineering to children for fifteen years, and has developed a following of advanced students who wish to challenge themselves. His most recent after-school chess class at the JCC was full within ten minutes of registration opening. He has been especially successful encouraging girls in fields in which they are historically underrepresented. henriducharme.com


Week of July 13-17, 1PM-4PM:

Mini Magicians with Cassie Brown (all ages, $195/$210) Ever wanted to read your friends' minds, make objects levitate, or cause something to vanish in front of your very eyes? Then Mini Magicians Camp is for you! In just one week you'll learn and take home fifteen magic tricks that will dazzle your friends and family!

Chess (6-11, $225/$240) About 1 1/2 hours each day will be teaching, in a variety of creative techniques — demonstration boards, stories of historic games, individual chess puzzles and challenges, computer tutorials. Students ready for more advanced instruction will receive it. We may even play ChessBall during break. Then the last hour students will practice what they’ve learned in supervised play with each other. Teacher Henri Ducharme has taught chess, math, and engineering to children for fifteen years, and he has developed a following of advanced students who wish to challenge themselves. His most recent after-school chess class at the JCC was full within ten minutes of registration opening. henriducharme.com


Week of July 20-24, 9AM-12PM:

Mad Science: Eureka! The Inventors' Academy (ages 6-10, $190/$205*) Inventing means curiosity, practicality, necessity, cooperating and dreaming! Join us as we take students on a historical journey with a hands-on approach learning about some of the worlds’ greatest inventors from Leonardo da Vinci to Tesla to Thomas Edison to the Wright Brothers. We challenge our class to use their imaginations and creativity to survive on a deserted island by designing devices to capture food and water, by building bridges, shelters and even a boat to make it off the island. We will put our heads together to imagine the future in space focusing on creating inventions to protect space ships from damaging space rays and designing a safety capsules for payloads returning from space. These are only a few examples... come discover and create!

*$15 Lab Fee included


Week of July 20-24, 1PM-4PM:

Mini Magicians with Cassie Brown (all ages, $195/$210) Ever wanted to read your friends' minds, make objects levitate, or cause something to vanish in front of your very eyes? Then Mini Magicians Camp is for you! In just one week you'll learn and take home fifteen magic tricks that will dazzle your friends and family!

Week of August 17-21, 9AM-12PM:

Role-playing Adventure (ages 7-12, $155/$170) Role-playing Adventure offers you the chance to enter a strange world of magic, dragons, knights and elves through classic paper-and-dice role-playing games. You will get to build your own character and get a customized character sheet you can take home. You will go on an adventure together solving puzzles, fighting enemies and completing quests. Role-playing Adventure is also a fun way to develop reading and math skills, and encourages teamwork, creative problem solving, imaginative thinking, and good listening.

The Legion Summer Camp (LARP) with Rich McKnight (ages 7-12, $195/$210) Do you have what it takes to become a Warrior? Can you work as a team with other warriors to defeat your opponents on the field of L.A.R.P battle? If so then step forth and make your mark on the official WAX TABLET of the "Campus Legio Live Action Role Play"

Art Journeys with Karen Jackson (ages 6-10, $240/$255) Each week art camp will be based on different themes such as: Surfin’ Safari, Meet the Masters, Out of Africa, South of the Border, Passage to India.  Campers will learn different art processes and techniques in the areas of drawing, painting, and 3-D constructions.  Instruction will provide enough guidance for success and to help develop mastery of skills but enough freedom for personal creative expression. Most important, campers will have fun while having awesome art experiences!


Week of August 17-21, 1PM-4PM:

The Legion Summer Camp (LARP) with Rich McKnight (ages 7-12, $195/$210) Do you have what it takes to become a Warrior? Can you work as a team with other warriors to defeat your opponents on the field of L.A.R.P battle? If so then step forth and make your mark on the official WAX TABLET of the "Campus Legio Live Action Role Play"

 

Register for JCC Specialty Camps Online!

 

For more information on Specialty Camps, please contact Danny Stein at 510-848-0237 x113 or dannys@jcceastbay.org