By Logan C. Ritchie
First there was chatter: An intown Jewish day camp? Then there was action: an intown Jewish day camp centrally located in Druid Hills for 200 kids. Finally, there was expansion: an intown Jewish day camp in Druid Hills and Sandy Springs with sessions filling quickly.
In the City Camp founder and Director Eileen Snow Price is ready to kick off another Atlanta summer. Early bird pricing has expired, but session openings remain.
In the City (www.inthecitycamp.com) joins the Marcus Jewish Community Center (www.atlantajcc.org/camps) and the Chabad Intown-connected Camp Gan Israel (ages 6 to 11, with a new location) and Intown Jewish Preschool Camp (ages 2 to 6) (www.cgiintown.org) as Jewish day camp options for intown families. All of them offer bus transportation from multiple locations.
In the City has expanded its bus transportation to cover Candler Park, Inman Park, Toco Hills, Brookhaven and two Sandy Springs locations. In the City also is offering a half-day program for ages 4 to 6.
In the City plans to offer $40,000 in scholarships this summer. “We are pushing for people to apply for scholarships,” communications director Allison Boaz said. “If you want your kids to come to Jewish camp, we want them to come.”
For 11 weeks, kids who love doing Jewish can cook Israeli food, create Jewish music and art, play sports with international counselors, learn about Shabbat, and take field trips throughout Atlanta.
Central to In the City Camp’s model is the idea that kids like choices. Each morning, after bunk meetings, kids choose chugim (electives). Feeling high energy? Try basketball. Need a morning inside? Art and cooking are solid choices.
Tweens (ages 11 to 14) adhere to an expanded schedule, including service projects and overnight camping. They visit Camp Ramah Darom for a taste of the overnight camp experience; volunteer weekly at food banks, the Ronald McDonald House and urban farms; and learn from speakers, including Holocaust survivors.
Price wrote: “I am inspired every day to make In the City Camp the most impactful, convenient, affordable, safe, welcoming and fun Jewish day camp in Atlanta because I believe wholeheartedly that a high-quality, authentic Jewish day camp experience