At Camp Yachad we offer a traditional day camp, travel camp, a performing arts specialty camp, a sports specialty camp and a counselor training program. All provide a memorable, fun and activity-filled experience where children are encouraged to grow as individuals, develop self-esteem, learn new skills and build friendships. We offer Jewish programming, but are also very proud to be a non-sectarian and diverse camp – open to everyone in our community.
DAY CAMP: Our day camp, for ages 18 months through 4th grade, is at the JCC in Scotch Plains and offers summer programs for children filled with a mix of sports, fine arts, movement, Judaic, dance, nature, arts and crafts, science and all of the extras to keep your child excited, interested, active and loving every moment of summer.
MACCABI SPORTS CAMP: Camp Yachad’s Maccabi Sports camp, a sports day camp held at the expansive Wardlaw-Hartridge campus is for 1st – 4th graders. It features multi-sports instruction and play including soccer, baseball/softball, flag football, lacrosse, tennis and basketball. Each day includes competitive play, and Fridays are tournament days. Instructional and free swim is also included.
TRAVEL CAMP: Camp Yachad's travel camp, based out of our Springfield site, provides a great summer filled with travel experiences for children ages 10 - 14 years. Depending upon the unit, travel can range from daily trips to beaches, aquariums, ballparks and water and amusement parks to extended overnight trips to locations such as Toronto, New Orleans and Lake Placid. Each unit returns to the JCC in Scotch Plains on Friday afternoons for a rockin' Shabbat celebration. Our Springfield site features a large swimming pool and open field space for any onsite activities.
Both our onsite and travel camps offer flexible week options: 4, 6, 7 or 8 weeks, and our younger day camp units also offer flexible day and time options. Door-to-door transportation is offered for all campers ages 3+. Central Bus Stop pick-ups are also available and lunch is included with all day (non-travel) programs.
SUMMER ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS: Camp Yachad's Summer Academy for Performing Arts is a unique theatre arts and dance camp experience for 5th through 8th graders, in partnership with the Union County Vocational Technical School (UCVTS) Academy for Performing Arts located in Scotch Plains. The campsite is the Academy's impressive state-of-the-art facility located minutes from the JCC. Sessions run for 2 weeks at a time and are offered twice a summer. Campers get a taste of the "real thing" with access to the Academy's black box theatre, dressing rooms, dance and acting studios.
LEADERS IN TRAINING: For campers entering 9th grade, we offer our Leaders in Training (L.I.T.) program which gives valuable hands-on leadership skills needed to be a successful summer camp counselor. L.I.T.s will alternate their weeks as camper and counselor, and L.I.T.s successfully completing at least one 4-week session of the program are accepted to work in camp the following summer as a Counselor in Training (C.I.T.).