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What are MJCCA Day Camp Hours?

MJCCA Day Camps operate Monday- Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm from May 30 to August 11. Due to holidays, Weeks 1 and 6 are 4-day weeks. We also offer before- and after-camp care which runs from 7:30-8:15 am in the mornings and 4:00-6:00 pm in the afternoons. At 8:15 am, campers will transition from before-camp care and begin to join their groups to start their day of fun! Morning carpool is from 8:15-8:50 am and afternoon carpool is from 4:00-4:45 pm.

Where are your camps located?

MJCCA Day Camps is located in Dunwoody at 5342 Tilly Mill Road Dunwoody, GA 30338. We offer bus transportation to make it as easy as possible for your children to partake in the magic of MJCCA Day Camps.

Do I have to be a MJCCA member to attend MJCCA Day Camps?

MJCCA Day Camps are open to everyone and ideal for everyone. MJCCA membership is not required to attend MJCCA Day Camps. We do offer discounted pricing for our members.

Summer Family Memberships include a free week of camp ($415 value) for one child at MJCCA Day Camps*! click here for more details.

Does my child have to be Jewish to attend MJCCA Day Camps?

No, you do not have to be Jewish to attend MJCCA Day Camps. MJCCA Day Camps welcomes all children, regardless of religious affiliation, to enjoy and benefit from our stellar camp experience.

Who is eligible for enrollment?

Boys and girls eligible for enrollment in MJCCA Day Camps must be rising Pre-K–9th graders (up to 12th grade for the Teen Chaverim program) for the 2024–2025 school year. To qualify for member rates, campers must be part of a Family or Single Parent membership, which is in good standing and valid through the end of the camp season. Members who choose not to renew will automatically be charged the non-member camp rates. All campers must be able to use the bathroom independently.

What is the registration process?

Online registration for MJCCA Day Camps begins in January. We encourage you to explore our camp options with your children, plan for weeks of endless fun, and then register online quickly and easily starting in January and continuing throughout the summer.

MJCCA Day Camps registration is a two-part process. The first part takes place in your MJCCA Day Camps account, where you will select your weekly camp options (including transportation, before-camp care and/or after-camp care). The second part, for payment, takes place in our MJCCA Registration Portal.

Incoming registrations will be date- and time-stamped, and camps will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Incomplete registrations will not be processed, regardless of the date and time-stamp. Registrations submitted without a payment form are considered incomplete and cannot be processed until the payment form is received.

All enrollments are subject to space availability. A wait list for each camp will be established if needed and you will be notified if you have selected a camp in which capacity has been reached. Families will be contacted if space becomes available and will be given 24 hours to contact MJCCA Day Camps to accept the space. If MJCCA Day Camps does not receive confirmation within 24 hours, we will move to the next person on the wait list. The wait list policy also applies to bus transportation.

An email confirmation will be sent within four weeks of receipt of a completed registration form to confirm registration details. By confirmation of registration, the MJCCA has reserved a space for your child in the selected camp(s). If you have not received an email confirmation within four weeks of registration, please contact MJCCA Day Camps at 678.812.4004 or camps@atlantajcc.org.

What are the MJCCA Day Camp registration policies?

Each registration will be charged a non-refundable $50 registration fee ($75 after April 1, 2024) per child and a refundable deposit of $100 per child to be applied towards camp fees. In accepting your online registration, MJCCA Day Camps reserves a place for your child and hires staff according to registrations and deposits paid. Therefore, no refunds or credits will be given after April 1, 2024.

What is your payment policy?

Camp fees can be paid either in full at time of registration or through our payment plan option. The MJCCA Day Camps payment plan consists of equal payments charged on the 5th of each month beginning February 5, 2024 (or the month you register) through August 5, 2024. Registration forms turned in after Aug 5, 2024 must be paid in full at the time the registration is submitted. Any changes to camp options that result in additional costs (adding weeks, adding bus, adding before camp care or after-camp care) that take place after July 5 will be part of the final payment on August 5th. Camp fees set up on the payment plan are due in full by Aug 5, 2024. If camp fees are not paid in full by this date, your child will lose his/her spot in camp.

What is your refund and cancellation policy?

In accepting your online registration, MJCCA Day Camps reserves a place for your child and hires staff according to registrations and deposits paid. Therefore, no refunds or credits will be given after April 1, 2024. The refund and cancellation policy also applies toward fees paid for Before-Camp Care, After-Camp Care, Bus Transportation, and the SIT Program. Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to camps@atlantajcc.org. Please allow 4–6 weeks for a refund request. The MJCCA reserves the right to cancel any camp program due to insufficient enrollment. Should this occur, we will make every effort to accommodate registered campers’ requests to an alternate program. If the alternate program has a higher fee, the higher price will be in effect. If your camper is unable to attend camp, there will be no substitutions of friends or family members. We do not tolerate behavioral issues that jeopardize the safety and wellbeing of other campers and staff. Failure to adhere to behavior guidelines in the Parent Handbook will result in immediate dismissal with inability to return that week, with no refund. Length of dismissal is at Director’s discretion. If the dismissal extends to future weeks, a credit for those weeks will be applied to your MJCCA account.

How can I make a change to my child’s camp registration?

Change requests must be submitted to MJCCA Day Camps in writing by emailing camps@atlantajcc.org. 1. Changes and additions are subject to space availability and can be made until 4:00 pm the Tuesday the week before camp starts. A $25 change fee will be applied for changes made after April 1, 2023 (no fee will be charged for registering for additional weeks).

Are meals provided?

Campers bring their own nut-free lunch and two snacks to camp each day. Water stations are located all over campus, and our staff ensures that campers are given many opportunities throughout the day to drink water and stay hydrated.

What is your policy on nut allergies?

In our continuous efforts to put our children’s safety first, MJCCA Day Camps is a “nut-sensitive” camp beginning Summer 2023. While we cannot guarantee our camp will be entirely nut-free, we are doing everything possible to work toward that goal of keeping our children with allergies safe. No nuts of any kind will be allowed in lunches or snacks at MJCCA Day Camps. This includes tree nuts, peanuts, cashews, peanut butter, almond butter, Nutella, and any other foods containing any kind of nut. If you are unsure if a food is safe to pack your children for camp, please call or email us. If you accidentally pack a lunch or snack with nuts or nut products, we will have a special table where your child can sit during lunch with other children eating products containing nuts, and we will reach out to you as a reminder of what not to pack in your child’s lunch.

Campers are not permitted to share food or sunscreen at camp. We have extra sunscreen at camp for campers who run out or forget to bring his or her own. If your camper should not use our sunscreen, please let us know in writing before camp starts.

PLEASE SEND A SPECIAL EMAIL TO CAMPS@ATLANTAJCC.ORG TO ALERT US OF ANY LIFE-THREATENING ALLERGIES to ensure we understand all safety measures that need to take place. All allergies should be listed in your MJCCA Day Camps account and updated with anything new before camp begins.

Is there transportation available?

We offer bus transportation throughout Metro Atlanta including East Cobb, Intown, and North Metro to our Zaban Park campus in Dunwoody. You can view the bus schedule here.

What time does Carpool start and end and where is it located?

Morning carpool runs from 8:15-8:50 am. Carpool ends promptly at 8:50 am to allow for our buses to unload. Afternoon carpool runs from 4:00-4:45 pm. Morning carpool takes place down at camp along the gravel road. When you arrive at MJCCA, go through the guard gate and drive past the Zaban-Blank building and the tennis courts and continue down the gravel road. Afternoon carpool locations depend on which camp you child is in and is either at camp or at the KFC building. Carpool locations are communicated each week in the welcome email that goes out the Thursday before each camp week. Note: drop-off for Before-Camp takes place at the check-out tent located alongside the outdoor pool loop and your camper will be walked down to camp for BCC as soon as they arrive. Please do not drive down the road for BCC drop-off as you risk getting caught in the morning carpool line. Pick-up for After-Camp Care takes place at the KFC Building.

What should my camper bring to camp each day?

All campers should wear comfortable clothes including sneakers. All clothing and additional items should be clearly labeled with camper’s first and last name. Unless otherwise specified your child will need the following daily:

  • Backpack
  • Sunscreen – Please send your child to camp with sunscreen already applied and a bottle of sunscreen. The camp staff will make sure that sunscreen is reapplied throughout the day.
  • Non-perishable and nut-free lunch and two snacks. We are a nut-sensitive camp. Please do not pack nuts of any kind in your child’s lunch or snacks.
  • Water bottle
  • Sneakers – Please no open-toed shoes, flip-flops, or Crocs
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Campers attending Sports Camps should bring all appropriate equipment
  • Mask (optional)

Please do not send iPods, cell phones, electronic games/toys, trading cards, or money to camp with your child. Also, please discourage your child from bringing items that he/she does not want lost or damaged. Campers enrolled in travel camps who bring spending money will be responsible for managing their own money and purchases. The MJCCA is not responsible for lost, stolen, or traded items.

What is your behavior policy?

We do not tolerate behavioral issues that jeopardize the safety and wellbeing of other campers and staff. Failure to adhere to behavior guidelines in the Parent Handbook will result in immediate dismissal with inability to return that week, with no refund. Length of dismissal is at Director’s discretion. If the dismissal extends to future weeks, a credit for those weeks will be applied to your MJCCA account. Please read the parent handbook for a detailed list of behavior guidelines.

Do you have a lost and found?

Each Friday, we will place lost and found in the Arts & Crafts Shelter on the MJCCA Day Camps grounds and parents are welcome to come look for items on the weekend. All unclaimed items will be donated every three weeks throughout the summer. Please label all of your child’s belongings with his/her FULL first and last name. We find that goggles, towels, and water bottles are the most unlabeled items and are most likely to end up in lost and found.

How do I make a transportation change during the summer?

ALL transportation changes must be submitted in writing by 11:00 am that day and can be submitted through our online camp mail form or by emailing camps@atlantajcc.org. Transportation changes include any change in afternoon transportation for your camper (i.e. instead of riding the bus, they will be getting picked up through carpool), early pick-up for your camper, any change in the person who will be picking up your camper, etc.

What happens if I need to pick up my child early from camp?

Early pick-up requests must be submitted in writing to our camp transportation coordinator through the camp mail form or by emailing camp.transportation@atlantajcc.org. When you submit your early pick-up request, please indicate your camper’s name, dismissal number, and what time your camper will be picked up. Please note that pick ups can only be accommodated prior to 3:00 pm. After 3:00 pm, we are preparing for afternoon dismissal. All late drop-offs and early pick-ups will be at the tent alongside the outdoor pool loop.

Are there any opportunities to receive financial assistance?

Any member who is in good standing with the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta may apply for financial assistance through FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment at https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/4LCK6. Click here for details and frequently asked questions.

In order to be considered for financial assistance, a completed camp registration form must be submitted online. Payment for the registration fee and deposit must be received at the time of registration. Your remaining camp fees will begin to be charged through our payment plan option based on a 25% discount until your financial assistance amount is determined. Once you receive your actual financial assistance award, we will adjust any remaining payments accordingly.

Please submit your application as early as possible, as limited funds are available and processing may take up to one month. Priority will be given to families who submit their applications by January 30, 2024.

In the event that financial assistance is not accepted, your camp deposit will be refunded or credited to your account after submission of a refund request in writing by emailing camps@atlantajcc.org.

For questions, contact Barbara Vahaba, Financial Assistance Coordinator at barbara.vahaba@atlantajcc.org or 678.812.4142. All inquiries and financial assistance applications are kept confidential.

Can I request for my child to be in a camp with friends?

Groupmate requests must be reciprocal. All attempts will be made to honor your child’s groupmate request; however, groupmate requests cannot be guaranteed if received after April 15, 2024. Please note that some camps are grouped by ability and skill level.

What are your health and safety guidelines?

As always, the top priority for MJCCA Day Camps is the health and safety of our campers, staff, and their families. This summer, as we did last summer, and as the MJCCA continues to do year round, we will monitor public health guidelines, the CDC, and the American Camp Association. We constantly monitor all recommendations to best ensure the health and well-being of our MJCCA Day Camps families. Deposits and camp fees are fully refundable through April 1, 2024.

Sick Policy/Health at Camp:

  • A MANDATORY health history form must be submitted (online) prior to the start of the camp season.
  • It is the responsibility of the camp family to inform MJCCA Day Camps of any changes to the information submitted on the health history form.
  • MJCCA Day Camps will have a nurse on site throughout the camp day.
  • If a camper is sick or is suspected of being sick, they will visit the nurse to determine if additional care is needed.
  • You will be notified of any health visits that require additional care.
  • If a camper shows signs of a communicable disease or ailment while at camp, we will contact you to come pick up your camper immediately.
    • Please do not send your camper(s) to camp with any communicable disease.
    • If your camper does have a communicable disease, please notify the camp office immediately as we must notify your camper’s group that someone in that group has a communicable disease.
    • For the safety of the camp community, campers may not attend or remain in camp if they have a fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or infectious disease (i.e. pink eye, impetigo, lice, etc.) or other communicable diseases.
    • Campers must begin treatment and be symptom free for 24 hours before they may return to camp.

If a Camper/Staff Appears Sick:

  • If someone is suspected of being sick, they will visit the nurse.
  • If the nurse decides a camper presents symptoms related to COVID-19 (fever greater than 100.4°F, cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, nausea, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, and/or vomiting), the camper will be separated from the group until a parent/guardian can pick them up from camp.
    • Children will not be permitted to return to camp until they have either had a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or At-Home) OR have been symptom free (including fever free) for seventy-two (72) hours.

If a Camper/Staff Tests Positive for COVID-19:

  • Isolate at home for 5 days. (Day 0 is the day symptoms appeared or the date the specimen was collected for the positive test for people who are asymptomatic).
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolved after 5 days, you can return to the MJCCA
  • If you have a fever or any other symptoms, continue to stay home until they resolve.COMMUNICATION: If a person in a camp group is COVID-positive, the group will be notified via email. The group will NOT be required to quarantine or wear masks

Mask Policy:

  • The MJCCA is a mask-optional facility.
Do I need to submit health history for my child(ren)?

A health history form must be submitted (online) prior to the start of the camp season. It is the responsibility of the camp family to inform MJCCA Day Camps of any changes to the information submitted on the health history form.

What can I expect as far as communication?

Camp communication will be provided electronically to the email addresses provided by the camp family at the time of registration. It is the responsibility of the camp family to let MJCCA Day Camps know of any email address changes. Emails will come from camps@atlantajcc.org and/or the camp director of each specific camp. Pre-summer information, including the Bus Schedules, and additional camp-specific information will be available in early May in your camp account. Day Camps will send specific camp information the week prior to the beginning of each camp week.

Is MJCCA Day Camps Accredited?

Yes! We’ve earned accreditation by the American Camp Association (ACA)! ACA collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to assure that current practices at camps reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation. This prestigious accreditation also assures parents that our camp practices have been measured against national standards and go a step beyond Georgia’s basic licensing requirements. We are so proud to partner with ACA to promote growth and fun in an environment committed to safety. To learn more about ACA and the accreditation program, please visit acacamps.org.

We are happy to answer any additional questions you may have! Please call us at 678.812.4004 or email us at camps@atlantajcc.org. We look forward to having your camper join us for another amazing summer!