Camp is magical! That magic comes from a deep sense of connection; connection to community, connection to friends, connection to place, and connection to one’s self. At camp you have the chance to take risks and have new experiences surrounded by people who support you the whole way. You feel safe to fail, safe to laugh, safe to have fun, and safe to be silly. Camp is always where we feel our authentic selves, filled with wonder and curiosity; every camp day is a new adventure!
Rodeph Sholom School Day Camp is devoted to celebrating the joys of childhood. Our enthusiastic and compassionate staff are dedicated to providing a memorable, safe, and fun summer experience where children pursue passions while gaining new experiences. Our thoughtful, age appropriate programming enables children to grow as individuals and make lifelong friendships.
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Rodeph Sholom School Day Camp
At Rodeph Sholom School Day Camp, we believe children need camp to build friendships, build community, make connections, engage in a wide range of activities, have joyful moments, and experience the ruach (spirit) and magic that camp provides!
Who We Are
Rodeph Sholom School Day Camp engages children ages Three through 4th Grade through experiences that help build a positive sense of self, strong peer relationships, skill development in a range of areas, exposure to new and existing passions.
We are a strong community that celebrates each individual. Our camp feels like home to all of our campers and staff.
Our camp day will run from 9:00 am to 3:15 pm, Monday through Friday. The half day Threes program will run from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Monday through Friday. For an additional fee, families have the option to sign their children up for extended day, which runs until 6:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, and 4:30 pm on Fridays.
Our strong culture and community allows each child to discover new passions, create life-long friendships, and find a strong sense of belonging.
A Week in the Life
All campers will get the chance to participate in camp wide special events, including a Maccabiah game competition where the whole camp will compete to become champions.
There will be one special event each week of camp, which may include a theme day, a carnival, and more!
Every Friday at Rodeph Sholom School Day Camp we have Shabbat “Campfires,” where children have the opportunity to sit around a faux fire and reflect, share, sing and think about the camp week they just had and their goals for the following week. This is a great chance at the end of each session to say goodbye to friends who may not be returning, and recognize each other’s achievements.
Our #1 tradition is to be a place of spirit, cheer, and friendship every day. Campers arrive and dismiss while fun music is playing in their bunks ensuring every day starts and ends with a smile.
Our Lower Camp campers will attend trips within walking distance throughout the summer.
Upper Camp campers attend one Terrific Tuesday Trip each session. These trips could be to museums, outdoor activities, unique experiences, amusement parks and other attractions.
We have a nurse on staff and all of our staff are CPR/First Aid certified. A counselor always accompanies our Lower Camp campers to the nurse.
Campers have the option to receive lunch at camp for an additional fee.
For children who choose to bring their lunch, they should bring a kosher style, nut-free, packed lunch to camp with them each day. All campers receive two snacks as part of their camp day, including ice cream and challah on Fridays.
Activities at Camp
Athletics & Outdoor Experiences
All of our campers participate in sports instruction multiple times a week. The coaches design activities for each age-group, and enable the campers to learn and grow throughout the summer.
Rising Threes and rising Kindergarteners have “Sports & Games” on their schedule throughout each week. This period takes place outside or in our Rodeph Sholom School gym designed for Early Childhood. These children will be exposed to many different sports and fitness skills and games planned for campers this age.
Our rising 1st through 6th graders have the opportunity to choose a sport for their Pursuit of Passion, as well as scheduled sports throughout the week for their bunk. Depending on interest, there can be opportunities for tournaments throughout the summer.
Swimming and water safety are critical skills for children to learn. These skills allow children to be confident and safe in the water now and in the future. All campers work with Red Cross-certified instructors to become confident, safe, capable swimmers. All swimming takes place in our on-site, outdoor pools.
Lower Camp campers swim twice a day. During these sessions they will learn the joys of being in the water while developing foundational swimming skills.
Upper Camp campers have the chance to swim at least once a day for an extended period of time.
Our arts curriculum focuses on each young artists’ process. Along with their counselors and our specialists, campers have the opportunity to engage with a variety of mediums. In addition to studio arts, our campers will have the chance to be exposed to theater arts, music, dance, and culinary arts.
Every bunk has STEM activities on their weekly schedule. Our Lower Camp campers have STEM exploration which is screen free and age-appropriate explorations of basic concepts using blocks and low tech tools. Our Upper Camp campers get the chance to use Rodeph Sholom School’s Creation Lab to build skills and complete STEM challenges.
Pursuit of Passion Elective Program
All of our rising 1st through 4th graders will have a two-hour long elective period daily, which is a chance to pursue an old or new passion. At the beginning of each two week session, campers have a chance to sign up for their Pursuit of Passion elective, or if they’d like, they can sign up for a mix of two passions to explore. After their Pursuit of Passion period ends in the morning, campers will return to their bunk group for a day full of sports, arts, swim, and more.
Possible Pursuits of Passion programs include:
- Sports (Floor Hockey, Soccer, Basketball, Skateboarding, Gymnastics, etc.)
- Studio Arts
- Performance Arts
- Music (Rock band, DJing, Acapella)
- Business and Debate
- Outdoor Adventure
- STEM Based Programming
Dates and Rates
Full Season: June 27th – August 19th, 2022
Session 1: June 27th – July 8th, 2022
Session 2: July 11th – July 22nd, 2022
Session 3: July 25th – August 5th, 2022
Session 4: August 8th – August 19th, 2022
Note: we are closed Monday, July 4th and Session 1 pricing will be prorated accordingly.
Families are encouraged to sign up for multiple sessions throughout the summer. These sessions do not have to be consecutive.
|Age Group||2 Weeks||4 Weeks||8 Weeks|
|Half Day Rising Threes||$1,675||$3,160||$5,990|
|Full Day Rising Threes through Kindergarten||$1,875||$3,560||$6,750|
|Rising 1st through 4th Grade||$1,975||$3,750||$7,110|
**$600.00 Deposit due at registration.
Balance is due in full by April 15th, 2022.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Much like Rodeph Sholom School, there is a certain magic and wonder in our community. Everyone feels welcomed and is a part of something special. Our unique programs, different for every age, ensures no two days are the same at Rodeph Sholom School Day Camp, while valuing the need for ritual and routine, and no two summers are the same.
A sense of belonging is critical to a child’s (and all people) happiness and development. Camp is a critical part of children creating this sense of place. A two-week minimum allows for children to form a true connection to camp and the people here. The longer a child spends with us, the deeper their sense of belonging and connection will become.
This depends on the age, number of children enrolled at camp, and other factors. There are no more than 10 children per bunk in the rising Threes through Kindergarten groups, and no more than 12 children per bunk in the rising 1st through 6th Grade groups. There is a minimum of two counselors per group. In addition, we have our camp administrators, nurses, specialists, and lifeguards always present.
Lower Camp (rising Threes through Kindergarten) is located at 10 West 84th Street. This building houses Rodeph Sholom School’s Early Childhood Division throughout the school year.
Upper Camp (rising 1st through 6th Grade) is located at 168 West 79th Street. This building houses the Rodeph Sholom School’s Elementary and Middle School Divisions.
For additional information, please contact Marissa Kane or Melissa Rosen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have partnered with Ruvna to provide priority testing to campers and families of Rodeph Sholom School Day Camp. Every morning, each camper and staff member will be sent a link to answer any pertinent questions regarding possible symptoms and travel according to all CDC guidelines at the time.
Our Lower Camp campers will be grouped according to their bunk. Our rising 1st through 4th graders will be limited to two cohorts – one by their Pursuit of Passion elective, and one by their bunk.
Masks are remarkably effective at reducing the likelihood of transmission, and have become part of our daily lives! It is very likely that face coverings will be a part of our 2022 camp season.
Our school and day camp have always put great focus on sanitation and cleanliness. Along with our current school year, this summer will have special focus on sanitizing, disinfecting, and handwashing.
Campers will spend the majority of the day outdoors, and when not outside, all windows will be kept open for ventilation. Every room at Rodeph Sholom School and Day Camp is equipped with UV-C and Hepa filters.
About Our Directors
Director of Summer Camp and After School Programs
Marissa joined the Rodeph Sholom School family in July 2020. She is very excited to be bringing camp magic and ruach to Rodeph Sholom School Day Camp this upcoming summer. She holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Bank Street College of Education, and an undergraduate degree in Education Studies and Sociology from Skidmore College. As a lifelong “camp person,” Marissa has spent 29 summers at different camps as a camper, counselor, specialist, and administrator; she truly lives 10 months for 2 (as they say). Most recently, she served as the Program Director of a prominent Tristate area day camp. Prior to joining Rodeph Sholom School, during the school year, Marissa was a classroom teacher and worked as a teacher coach in an International School in New York City. Outside of camp she enjoys live music, cooking, NYC adventures, and spending time with her large extended family!
Assistant Director of After School and Summer Camp
Melissa has been part of the Rodeph Sholom School family since 2008. She is a Head Teacher in the Early Childhood Division and the Assistant Director of Summer Camp. Melissa’s experience in the field of education enables her to create a sense of belonging, a love of learning and an exciting environment for every child and family she works with. Melissa holds a Master’s Degree as a School Psychologist from Touro College and an Undergraduate degree in Psychology and Business from Indiana University. She is a dual certified School Psychologist in New York and New Jersey. Melissa’s training and expertise working with students of different ages and needs brings a special warmth, understanding and passion to our programming. Melissa’s goals are to facilitate lasting positive memories and camp experiences for all of her campers. Outside of school and camp, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Working at Camp
At Rodeph Sholom School Day Camp, we carefully select our staff which is comprised of Rodeph Sholom School teachers and alumni, other educational professionals, college students, and others who we see as outstanding camp role models.
Our staff sings, hugs, cheers, cares, nurtures, listens, learns, leads, understands, and upholds the Rodeph Sholom School Day Camp and Rodeph Sholom School standards and values. We seek dedicated individuals who want to help make each camper’s time at Rodeph Sholom School Day Camp the best it can possibly be. We spend our summers not only enriching our campers’ lives, but the lives of our staff as well. Camp positions run the duration of camp (June through August), and all staff are expected to participate fully in the program.
Working at Rodeph Sholom School Day Camp offers the opportunity to make life-long friends, develop personal and life skills, and participate in what we know can become one of the best summer experiences of your life.
Feel free to review the job descriptions below. If you are interested in joining the Rodeph Sholom Day Camp team, please fill out the application below. Feel free to email us at email@example.com or call 646-438-8688 for more information.
Bunk Counselor (Assistant and Head)
As a counselor, you will work with a specific group of children for the entire summer. It is your responsibility to provide a physically and emotionally safe environment for campers to grow and learn. You will have many opportunities to bond with campers, and participate with them in a broad range of activities.
Counselors must be able and willing to participate in all activities, and care for children. We look for applicants who are team players, enthusiastic, playful, patient, compassionate, and have great listening and communication skills.
Specialty positions include athletics, swim, adventure, creative and performing arts areas. The role of a specialist is to provide instruction to campers in their specific area of expertise with the assistance of the Group Counselors. This role is aimed towards current educators and those applying are expected to have experience teaching. Some of these positions require extra training (which we provide). Swim staff must have current swim certifications.
- Lifeguards and WSI’s
- Athletics – Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Tennis, Gymnastics, Skateboarding/Roller Skating
- Creative Arts – Arts & Crafts, Ceramics, Woodworking, Cooking, Stage Design
- STEM – Science, Nature, Design & Engineering
- Performing Arts – Drama, Dance, Music
Specialty counselors help design the activities for their program area, create lesson plans, and help guide the campers to grow and learn by providing direct, hands-on instruction.
We require our Specialists to be able to work autonomously, developing their own program within our camp’s philosophy. We all work together to ensure the highest quality program and experiences. Specialists are expected to have a passion and ability to lead a specific activity and/or skill to a group of campers. They must be professional, responsible, and mature.
Administrator or Support Staff
If you are an educator, or have experience as a camp administrator, you may have the opportunity to apply for an administrative position at Rodeph Sholom School Day Camp.
Administrators are asked to spend more time at camp, typically spending hours beyond the typical 8:30 am to 3:30 pm required of other staff members. They have additional responsibilities, including but not limited to supervising staff members, planning programs, and/or developing curriculum for specialty areas.
Possible Administrative OR Support Staff Positions Include:
- Office Administrator (answering phone calls and emails throughout the day, helping to organize and make sure camp can run smoothly behind the scenes)
- Elective Coordinator
- Specialty Head
- Aquatics Director
Substitues and Floaters
Summer Camp Substitutes and Floaters help support the daily running of camp. Be prepared for a day of fun activities, pool time, and quickly jumping into action when we need you!
If you are interested in joining the Rodeph Sholom Day Camp team, please fill out the application below. Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 646-438-8688 for more information.