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At Camp at the J, kids can experience the best of summer. From swimming and archery to arts & crafts, camp values and color wars, and much more, kids will create memories and form friendships to last a lifetime. Give your child a summer to remember at Camp at the J!

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2024 Camp at the J 

June 10 – August 9

Camp at the J hours: 9:30am – 3:30pm
Member: $375 a week
Public: $425 a week
Deposit: $50 a week

Before Crew 
Hours: 8am – 9:30am
Member: $62 a week
Public: $72 a week
After Crew
Hours: 3:30 – 6pm
Member: $82.50 a week
Public: $103 a week
$35 a week

Camp registration for 2024 is closed.

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Counselor in Training

The Camp at the J CIT program is an accredited leadership training that includes classroom courses in leadership, planning, values, and communication, with hands-on experience with camper activities including swimming, specials, and field trips. CITs are campers preparing to be a counselor, specialist, or advocate and will go through a special curriculum to improve their leadership skills.

Apply when applying for Camp at the J!

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Financial Assistance

Mayerson JCC Financial Aid – This is need-based financial aid. If you are interested in applying, please email or call the JCC Membership Director, Ariel Gamm at 513.792.5652 or [email protected]

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Ohio Afterschool Child Enrichment (ACE) Educational Savings Account Program – This is need-based funding available to families that live at or below 300% of the Federal poverty. Children must be between the age of 6 and 18. Families that qualify will receive $500 per child. To learn more, visit the following website here.

Please reach out to Camp Director, Lauren Smyjunas with questions, 513.722.7245 or by email [email protected]

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Camp Activities

Mayerson JCC summer camp offers a variety of fun and educational programming taught by expert specialists. Camp activities include archery, arts and crafts, sports, drama, and much more. These activities foster friendship, build confidence, and offer opportunities for campers to learn new skills.

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Jewish Values

Cincinnati’s Camp at the J incorporates values-based learning where children learn about core values of respect, kindness, and community. Campers learn about Israel and international Jewish life through Jewish culture. At the end of each week, we gather for Shabbat Sing, where we celebrate our JCC camp community and give out weekly awards.

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Age Groups

Campers are divided into age-appropriate co-ed groups. Each group is then divided into bunks of 15 campers to encourage small-group bonding. These groups are designed for what grade your child will be in the upcoming year.

  • Pioneers (Kindergarten)
  • Trailblazer (Grades 1 – 2)
  • Raiders (Grades 3 – 5)
  • Quest (Grades 6 – 8)

No one shall be denied admission to our camp, or to the benefits of our program services because of race, color, national origin, sex, or handicap.

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Work at Camp

Working at Camp at the J offers invaluable skill-building, leadership, training, and enrichment opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else!

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Wellness at Camp at the J

Our goal at Camp at the J is to serve the whole child, from supporting their physical and mental wellness to weaving in Jewish cultural education, and making sure they just have a lot of fun!

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ACA Accreditation 

Camp at the J is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). Accreditation demonstrates accountability, credibility, and commitment to the highest standards for risk management, child development, aquatics, and health care. It means that Camp at the J complies with up to 300 ACA health, safety, and program quality standards.

2024 Camp at the J Sponsors

Sandler Family

Jen & John Stein
Montgomery Pediatric Dentistry

Evelyn & Marc Fisher
Lauren & Robert Smyjunas
Cassinelli, Shanker & Associates Orthodontics

Dr. Marc Schneider & The Christ Hospital Physicians – Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
Kai & Sara Bitter

Shomrei Olam
DJ Toad
Main Event
Marx Hot Bagels

The counselors are amazing! They really took the time to get to know Conner and support him every summer. Conner has ben attending Camp at the J for five summers and has grown so much in his time here.”

Maria Buck


Do I have to be a J Member to send my child to Camp at the J?

We have a public rate, but J Members will receive a reduced rate. More information on becoming a member, please contact our membership at [email protected]

Does my child have to be Jewish to attend Camp at the J?

Camp at the J strives to include all campers. We do not deny admission to our camp, or to the benefits of our program services because of race, color, national origin, gender identity, ability, or age.

What is an advocate?

An advocate is a staff member who is designated to assist a camper who either has a diagnosis or a behavior plan.  This staff member will be 1:1 or 2:1.

Is financial aid available?

Financial aid may be available. Please contact Susan Lyons at [email protected] to receive further information.

What should my camper pack each day?

Campers should pack a water bottle, snacks, bag lunch (unless they have ordered the lunch plan), swimsuit, towel, hat, and sunscreen each day. Please label all camper belongings with full name to ensure items return with them each day.

How does lunch work at Camp at the J?

Parents must pack a lunch each day for their child unless they have ordered the lunch plan. Packed lunches will be stored inside an air-conditioned room, but will not be refrigerated. All lunches at Camp at the J are personal and are not to be shared. Personal lunches do not have to be Kosher but are asked to be nut-free.

What should my camper wear to camp?

Campers should wear comfortable shorts and t-shirts that are okay to get dirty. Children are required to bring a mask daily for wearing inside of the J building. For your child’s safety, socks and sneakers (closed toe and heel) are required. Sandals, Crocs, and flip-flops may be packed for swimming or water activities. Pioneers and Trailblazers campers are encouraged to wear their swimsuit under their clothing to camp as they will swim daily before lunch.

Is there an extra charge for camp t-shirts?

All campers will receive one camp T-shirt for FREE.

Might my child’s photo be used in publicity?

Your child’s name, photograph, or video clip may be used by the J in news articles and publications unless we receive a written objection prior to the first day of camp. If you would to request your child not be used in future publicity, please contact us at [email protected].

What if my child gets hurt at camp?

In the event of a minor accident or injury, first aid will be administered on site. Should the accident or injury require more than basic first aid, 911 will be called and your child will be treated by a professional EMS or transported to the hospital. In this event, a parent or guardian will be contacted immediately.

What are the JCC's guidelines regarding pool safety?

The J has a ratio of lifeguards to patrons 1:25. We hire only experienced/certified lifeguards and provide mandatory periodic testing and in-service training sessions. J lifeguards will always wear hip packs containing basic emergency equipment.

Children under the age of six will be required to be within arm’s length of a guardian over the age of 16. Children under the age of six who are involved in “free play,” or not in a supervised swim class, will be encouraged to wear a flotation device. Only flotation devices provided by the J will be used in our pools.

For more details about our pool safety, please see our Pool Rules.

What are your COVID policies?

Please view our Family Handbook that includes our Health & Safety section, detailing the measures and procedures in place to maintain a healthy and safe environment. More specifically, we have created bunks for campers as one precautionary measure that limits potential exposures and interactions, making contact tracing easier if needed. In addition, campers will frequently wash their hands throughout camp.

Do you offer a sibling discount?

Unfortunately, we do not offer a sibling discount. If your family has a membership through the JCC, we do have financial aid available. Please contact Susan Lyons, Membership Director, at [email protected] to receive more information.

Meet the Team

Meet our Camp at the J team! They are here to help make your child's summer the best one ever. 
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Swess Wessinger

Assistant Camp Director
Children, Teens & Family

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