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JCC Grossman Camp

FAQ


Considering Grossman

What sets Grossman apart from other camps?
There are several reasons why parents send their children to JCC Grossman Camp.

  • - The Jewish flavor of the camp permeates all of our activities and programs.
  • - The experience of the supervisory staff is probably unequalled in any other day camp in New England.
  • - The location and setting of the camp are unique: we are outdoors, in a natural, protected environment created solely for use as a summer day camp.
  • - Tuition fees are extremely reasonable, and financial assistance may be available.

Does the camp have specific enrollment policies?
A minimum enrollment of two weeks is required, but the weeks do not have to be consecutive. So, for example, your camper can be at Grossman for the first week, take time off, and attend for the last three weeks, while the unit and busing arrangements remain the same. Most campers attend an average of four to five weeks, which is ideal as it helps facilitate progress in swim instruction.

Camp Life

How does my child get to camp?
Grossman transports children from more than 37 different communities on buses supervised by a minimum of two counselors. Please consult the Transportation section of this site for more details. You may carpool or drive your child to camp.


Is there supervision on the buses?
Yes. All counselors are required to ride the bus, with two designated as "bus counselors." It is their responsibility to take attendance going to and coming from camp, and to supervise behavior on the buses.


What should campers bring to camp?
Every camper should bring a kosher (vegetarian or dairy) lunch with drink and a snack in an insulated bag, sunscreen, bathing suit, towel, hat, and a closeable plastic bag with sweatshirt and a change of underwear. Water fountains are found all over camp and campers are encouraged to keep hydrated.


We recommend that the children wear sneakers or other footwear appropriate for outdoor activities and sports. Please apply sunscreen at home; camp will reapply at your request.


My child is not interested in sports. What is the camp’s culture like?
Physical activity is an important part of our days. While we encourage exercise, Grossman sports emphasize teamwork and having fun over competition. Some campers love to challenge themselves physically; others prefer quieter, gentler forms of recreation. All of these needs are accommodated. In addition, aside from swimming, campers may opt out of sports activities with parent approval.


What is the swimming program?
Grossman uses the American Red Cross guidelines that designate seven levels of proficiency. Upon arrival at camp everyone is tested and is placed in an instructional group that reflects his/her demonstrated skill level.


Each camper has a period of instructional swim for 45 minutes each day and there is usually a free swim period every day. Swimming groups range from 2-8 campers depending on swimming ability.


My child is afraid to swim. How do you handle this at camp?
The JCC camps view swimming as a life skill, and encourage children to build confidence in the water. It is not our policy to force children to swim, but we do work with all children to teach them to enjoy the water. If a child is exceptionally fearful, we may work with him or her on a one-on-one basis. Parents are welcome to call with any questions about their children’s progress.


What is the Jewish content of the camp?
Grossman promotes informal Jewish education. Campers will learn traditions, customs and values of Judaism through example, music, a weekly Oneg Shabbat, weekly themes and special program days. In addition, our younger campers have a period of Jewish culture once a week. The Kehilla unit, designed for children from observant backgrounds, offers a full camp experience with daily prayer and special sessions to study the weekly parsha (Torah portion).


Does my child have to have a strong Jewish background to attend and feel comfortable at Grossman?
Campers of all faiths, backgrounds and beliefs are welcome at Grossman. About 90% of Grossman campers are Jewish as is 80% of the staff; however, we often have campers who are not of the Jewish faith who simply enjoy learning about Jewish culture, history and values.


How does the camp communicate with parents during the summer?
All parents are invited to Visiting Day, which is held on the Sunday before the opening day of the camp season. Schedules detailing each Unit’s activities are posted each Friday afternoon in the For Campers and Parents section of this website each week. A weekly newsletter, including pictures taken of camp activities during the week, is emailed out to parents each Friday. Counselors are expected to call at least once or twice each summer to give relevant camper updates; waterfront staff members also call the parents of our youngest campers.


How does Grossman deal with medical care and emergencies?
Grossman is staffed with two registered nurses (RNs) who have many years of combined camp experience, and who dispense medications and deal with food and other allergies, asthma, and other childhood difficulties. They carefully read each health form and camper profile to ensure that each child receives the special medical attention they need. We encourage parents to communicate with the camp to let us know of any special needs their child may have.