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Camp for School-Age Children

Camp Olam in Cropseyville, NY (near Grafton, NY) - click here for 2017 Camp Brochure!

Please click here for Registration Form and click here for 2017 Theme Calendar!

- Click link or letter to order some cool 2017 Camp Swag!

For more information please contact Drew Katz, andrewk@albanyjcc.org or 518-438-6651x113


Ages: Entering 1st - 6th Grades
Dates/Times: June 26 - August 18, 9 - 4:30 pm

    • Extended Camp: Early Camp (7:30 - 9 am)
      and Late Camp (4:30 - 6 pm), both at Albany JCC
    • Daily bus transportation to and from camp site each day—
      drop off and pick up at the Albany JCC and Camp Olam!

Staff: 

  • Site Director: Jen Steil
  • 1st/2nd Grade Unit Head/Judaic Director: Miriam Shor
  • 3rd-6th Grade Unit Head/CIT Director: Greg Katz
  • Adult Specialists in Aquatics, Ropes, Sports, Nature, Art, Dance and Medical
  • 1 Counselor/10 campers

Activities:

  • Red Cross Swim Lessons & Afternoon Free Swim
  • Boating & Fishing
  • Ropes Course (high and low elements)
  • Nature
  • Sports and Recreation
  • Dance
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Theme Days
  • DIRT DAY!!
  • Archery (5th - 6th graders only)
  • Off-site Trips:
    • 5th-6th Grade Overnight on July 11-12 at the JCC Berkshire Eisenberg Camp!
    • All Camp Trip on July 25 to Splashdown Beach!
    • All Camp Trip to the Capital Region JCC Maccabi Games on August 8!
  • Two 6th Grade visits to Teen Camp:
    2017 Dates are July 5 and August 2!
  • Overnight Dates at Camp Olam:
    • 5th-6th Grade Overnight on July 6-7
    • 3rd-4th Grade Overnight on July 20-21
    • 5th-6th Grade Overnight on August 3-4
    • All Camp Overnight on August 10-11
  • Horseback Riding for 5th/6th graders only
    (off-site)—offered once per week (each Wednesday; weather permitting); campers must have long pants and sneakers
  • Schedule Format: structured and choice in
    morning and afternoon

Testimonials:
"As a mom sending her kids off to Day Camp for the first time, I was scared. Handing over my kids to complete strangers on the first day was hard. I wondered if the kids were going to be okay; if I was going to be okay. At pick up, the kids started to tell us all about what had happened. They didn't stop talking for hours. What stood out the most to me was a phone call that came from one of the Unit Heads from Camp Olam. My son isn't supposed to go five feet off the ground but he really wanted to try the Holy Cow Swing (Ropes Element). The Unit Head saw a spark in my son and took the time to call and let us know that he really wanted to try. I put my trust in the JCC Camp Olam staff. I am very glad I did." - Jenn S., JCC Camp Olam parent

"I love all of the Outdoor fun. I love fishing, canoeing, hiking...where do I end?!" - Olivia, JCC Camp Olam camper

"My favorite was Gaga, canoeing, and swimming in our JCC Camp Olam lake. I can't wait to do more Ropes!" - Ben, JCC Camp Olam camper

"I love every activity! I also love getting to know the other kids." - Rebecca, JCC Camp Olam camper

What to Bring to Camp Each Day:

  • Labeled Water Bottle
  • Bathing Suit and Towel (with child's name labeled)
  • Nut Free Lunch and Morning Snack
  • Water Shoes
  • Sunscreen and Bug spray
  • Closed Toed Shoes and Socks
  • Light Jacket for Cool Days or Rain

Where do I Drop Off My Child/Where Do I Pick Up:

  • Early Care takes place in the JWV Room from 7:30-9am
  • Regular Drop Off on Front Lawn between 8:30-8:55am
  • JCC Staff Mark Attendance with Time In
  • Please call Camp Office or email Camp Staff for any absences/late arrivals
  • Buses Leave at 9am
  • Buses Return at 4:30pm near the Front Lawn for Pick Up
  • Parents or Approved Pick Up Person Sign Camper Out with Time indicated
  • Late Care takes place in the JWV Room from 4:30-6pm