Online registration for Marcus JCC day camps opens at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, for returning families and exactly one week later for new families at mjccadaycamps.org.
This summer’s camps, open to JCC members and nonmembers, run from Tuesday, May 29, through Friday, Aug. 10. Campers who attend five or more weeks are eligible for a discount of $25 per week.
The Marcus JCC offers free bus transportation from 23 locations to the Zaban Park campus in Dunwoody, where most of the camps are based. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with extended care available starting at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m.
In addition to Zaban Park, specialty and performing arts camps are being held at Temple Kol Emeth in East Cobb and at Emory University’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts and Rich Building.
Many new options are available this summer:
- Roadtrippin’ Savannah, for rising third- to fifth-graders, offers a week of sleep-away camp in Savannah, including a dolphin tour, a visit to Tybee Island and a ghost tour.
- 3D Modeling, for rising third- to eighth-graders, teaches how to create simple 3D models and characters like those in cartoons and animated movies.
- Angelina Ballerina, for rising kindergarteners, is a dance camp that brings to life the adventures of mooseling Angelina Ballerina.
- Ultimate Frisbee Madness, for rising third- to eighth-graders, teaches the fundamentals of the fast-paced sport.
- Drone Camp, for rising third- to eighth-graders, is designed to help novice and experienced drone enthusiasts master drone obstacle racing.
- Little Medical School, for rising kindergartners to second-graders, brings medicine and science to campers, who dress up like doctors, learn how to use instruments, and make brain and bone molds.
- Little Vet School, for rising kindergartners to second-graders, uses interactive demonstrations, crafts and games to teach about the world of veterinarians, and each camper takes home an adopted stuffed dog.
- Georgia Trailblazers, for rising sixth- to eighth-graders, is a travel camp in which teens trek across Georgia, hike to waterfalls, visit a beach and explore creeks.
- Hip-Hop Dance Camp, for rising first- to sixth-graders, is a high-energy week of letting loose to hip-hop beats with dance moves, break dancing, tumbling, dance battles and games.
- CAMP INC, for rising sixth- to eighth-graders, teaches such business skills as creating a company name and logo, building a prototype, surveying potential customers, and developing a startup pitch for real investors.
- Coding Camp, for rising third- to fifth-graders, enables campers to design their own video games, including characters, backgrounds and stories.
- Dance Video Production, for rising third- to eighth-graders, teaches choreography and camera work as campers star in, film and edit their own dance videos.
- Disney Princess Dance Camp, for rising kindergartners, transforms campers into princesses from their favorite Disney movies.
- Tinker Workshop, for rising kindergartners to second-graders, is for budding inventors who want to build items from spare parts by using STEM-based principles to create marble mazes, straw roller coasters and more.
- Pop Star Dance Camp, for rising first- to fifth-graders, teaches how to dance like pop stars through choreography and various techniques.
- Art Craze, for rising kindergartners to fifth-graders, explores a myriad of art styles, including mosaics, paintings, illustrations, printings, rubbings and mixed media.
- Theater Slam, for rising third- to eighth-graders, is for stage performers who want to learn various theater techniques, including improv, stage combat, acting and stage presence.
- Upcycling Art, for rising third- to fifth-graders, explores the reuse of items such as clothes, jewelry and recyclables to create items of higher quality.
Those camps join a range of popular returning camps, including:
- Camp Isidore Alterman traditional camps, where the activities include swimming, tennis, horseback riding, rock wall climbing, outdoor cooking, arts and crafts, drama, music, laser tag, karate and bumper boats.
- Barbara & Sanford Orkin teen camps, which include Chopping Block, Intro to Improv, Teen Tour Travel, Restaurant Wars and Design on a Dime.
- Performing arts camps, where one highlight is Atlanta Hawks Dance, led by Atlanta Hawks cheerleaders.
- Lynne & Howard Halpern drama camps, which include Stagecraft and Broadway Bootcamp and lead to performances of Disney’s “Jungle Book Kids” and “High School Musical Jr.”
- Sherry & Harry Maziar sports camps, including tennis, cheerleading, golf, soccer, Atlanta Hawks basketball, and a combination of dance and gymnastics.
- Specialty camps, such as American Ninja Warrior, Discover Disney, Lego Robotics, Welcome to Hogwarts and Director’s Cut.
- Gesher Hebrew Immersion Camp, offering four- and eight-week sessions. The Marcus JCC is one of the few locations in the country to offer this fun-filled camp experience.
- Youth Sports Academy, a weeklong, overnight sports camp that incorporates athletic development and character building and is powered by the Atlanta Hawks. Campers sharpen their athletic skills under professional coaches at Kennesaw State University’s Marietta campus and compete in a state-of-the-art sports complex under the supervision of the Sherry & Harry Maziar camp staff.
- Huntsville Space Camp, an overnight camp that sends rising fourth- to eighth-graders to the moon and back. The weeklong camp begins with an exploration of the space realm at the Marcus JCC, then visits the Huntsville Space Camp in Alabama for two nights.
- Camp Barney Medintz Experience, for rising second- to fifth-graders, provides a three-night taste of what Camp Barney is all about.
Visit mjccadaycamps.org or call 678-812-4004 for more information on these camps and other options.