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CampJCC Mental Health Specialists Provide Needed Service

(Published June 30, 2022) It’s been a rough couple years for everyone, but especially school-age children. Their formative years have been disrupted, and they are still rebounding from being in school virtually for so long instead of in-person. Socially, they need more support right now to get to where kids their age typically are because of all the time they …

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The Klene Family: Understanding Community at the J

Erica, Colton, Bauer, Brooks and Frank Klene at the CampJCC playground

Summer is fast approaching at the JCC, and that doesn’t just mean the Eskenazi Water Park will be opening soon! For families like the Klenes, it means that CampJCC (the J’s summer day camp for kids in grades K-7) is just around the corner. The Klenes at the JCC The Klene family has trusted CampJCC to entertain their energetic older …

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Hello to the Hos!

An Asian family (a man, a woman, two young girls and a young boy) on the deck of the Regenstrief Natatorium

(Published June 1, 2021) Returning to Indy in January 2021 after nearly 12 years abroad, during a pandemic, was almost a blessing in disguise for the Ho family (parents Darren and Steffanie and kids Lauren, Colson and Raegan). “We’re able to take the repatriation at our own pace,” Steffanie said. “Everything’s from home, we’re not thrust back in to mainstream …

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The Erdel Family’s Decade at the J

A mosaic featuring photos of the Erdel family

(Published April 26, 2021) To understand just how at home the Erdel kids feel at the J, one only had to watch them as they arrived at the Sablosky Pavilion, the location for the (masked and socially distanced) interview and photo shoot to prep this piece. Audrey (9) and Evan (7) immediately ran over to picnic tables their Summer Care …

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Growing Up at the J

(Published May 23, 2019) Meet Alex, James and Katie All have been friends since they were babies, and they have the J to thank for it. They grew up together in ECE classrooms, and though elementary school sent James to a different school than Alex and Katie, they maintain their friendship through the J’s afterschool care program and especially CampJCC. …

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Hosting an Israeli Camp Counselor

(Published Jan 22, 2018) In 2017, the Block family (Jeremy, Kelli, Teixler [6] and Hunter [3]) hosted a shlicha, Amit, for the summer. “Shlicha” is an Israeli camp counselor.  “We had a lot of apprehension in the beginning, just because we can be messy and crazy, but she just kind of fit in and the kids both really loved her,” …

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Welcome Bridey Stangler

(Published May 25, 2017) If you are familiar with our school-age programs, you have most likely already met our new Director of Camps & Youth Programs. If you haven’t…well, you are missing out. Bridey comes to us with a wealth of experience in JCCs, camps and youth programs. Bridey is thrilled to be joining the Indy JCC! She grew up in the …

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10 Tips for Choosing a Summer Camp

(Published Nov 13, 2014) Looking for a summer program for your child that will allow them to have fun, make friends, be safe and develop new skills?  Be sure to ask any program you are considering these questions to ensure your child will have a blast and the program meets your needs for appropriateness and safety. What is the camp’s …

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