Teen Travelers Camp
With heavy hearts, we have made the decision that our Teen Travelers Camp program will not be running this summer. While this decision was not easy, it was felt by our camp team that the very nature of our traveling camp would not be possible with many large venues being shuttered for the summer season. Our campers enjoy trips to crowded venues such as Six Flags and Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, and CDC guidelines clearly state that gathering in large groups at large venues are not safe in our current climate. We wish everyone a safe summer and look forward to summer 2021!
– Marisa Cohen, Special Needs Services Director
Teen Travelers Camp (Ages 13-21)
This daily travel program for teens and young adults is packed with exciting day trips into the community and lots of opportunities for the development of friendships and social skills. Trip destinations include a day in New York City, beach days on the Jersey shore, water and amusement parks, summer fairs, and more. This program is supervised by experienced staff and special education professionals.
Inclusive Camp Opportunities
We work with families to provide individualized camp opportunities for children with special needs to attend summer camp with their typical peers. Our Camp Friends Program (approved Perform Care provider) at Camp Deeny Riback in Flanders provides children who have special needs with a one to one shadow counselor to help each child to fully maximize his or her experience. Shadow counselors are typically teens or college students. Shadow programs are also available in the JCC’s Early Childhood Camps, Explorations Camp and Triple Threat Theatre Camp, both of which are located at the Cooperman JCC in West Orange. Enrollment is limited. Meeting and complete intake process required for admission to the program. For more information, call 973-530-3479 (Early Childhood Camps), 973-530-2901 (Camp Deeny Riback), 973-530-2922 (Explorations Camp) or 973-530-3421 (Triple Threat Theater Camp). All new participants need to schedule an intake meeting before registering. To schedule an intake meeting, or for additional information about our programs, please contact 973-530-3998.
Teen Travelers Camp FAQ’s:
What is the staff to camper ratio? There is a 4:1 camper to staff ratio.
Are there both male and female counselors? Yes, we have both male and female counselors.
What are the qualifications of the counselors? Our group leader is a trained Special Education educator and all assistant counselors have experience in working with the special needs population.
There is a wide age range in Teen Travelers, how is that handled? Our group travels together to various locations in the community. Every effort is made to help campers develop friendships with others in the group based on common interests and experiences.
How is transportation provided? It is the responsibility of the parent/caregiver to provide transportation to and from the JCC each day. We provide transportation to and from the daily community trips.
What does the camp tuition include? Camp tuition covers all trip transportation, activity fees, staff supervision, a camp T-shirt and a backpack.
Do I provide lunch each day? Yes, parents send a bag lunch on a daily basis. On trips where food is available for purchase, it is up to the family whether or not they would like to send money for lunch.
What snacks and drinks are provided? Bottled water is provided throughout the camp day and one snack is provided in the afternoon. Money can be sent for additional snacks for those who wish to purchase them.
What is the cost? Prices for camp are located in the Special Needs Services program guide located at www.jccmetrowest.org/special-needs.
Is financial assistance available? Yes, the JCC offers financial assistance. Please let us know if you would like more information.
Do the counselors have first-aid training? Group leaders are trained in both Red Cross CPR & First Aid.
Chrystal brings with her a wide variety of background, including work with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Children of Bergen County and Americorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). …read more
Marisa is a graduate of the University of Georgia (B.S.E.D. Educational Psychology) and New York University (M.A. Rehabilitation Counseling) and holds a certification in Rehabilitation Counseling (CRC). A tenured special…read more
Before joining us in the Special Needs Services, Robin served as the Wellness Coordinator at NYU and earned a Masters Degree in Education from Fordham University. Robin’s primary responsibilities include…read more