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Specialty Camps

Focused and Fun

One-Week Specialty Camps for kids entering grades 1-6 provide campers with unique, focused experiences in a variety of program areas where campers find new opportunities to engage, create and have fun!

Specialty Camp campers are encouraged by expert instructors and enthusiastic staff to explore new interests and gain knowledge and skills, and campers gain more confidence and proficiency in their specialty.

Before- and after-camp care is available for all of our day camps.

Learn more on our JCC Day Camps website


Slapshots Hockey Camp: Grades 1-6
Calling all hockey stars around Pittsburgh! Join us for this exciting
camp to learn new hockey skills, controlling the puck, stickhandling
and taking shots on goal. Maybe one day you’ll be able to join the
Pittsburgh Penguins. It all starts here!
June 24-28
$350 • Squirrel Hill

Hit the Links! Grades 1-6
Back by popular demand! Looking for something fun AND educational
this summer? Hit the Links! Golf Camp may be just what you
are looking for. The First Tee of Pittsburgh teaches fundamentals of
the golf swing and the game, but also helps to shape children’s live
with values and experiences through the game of golf.
Grades 1-3: July 8-12
Grades 4-6: August 5-9
$350 • Squirrel Hill

American Ninja Warrior: Grades 3-6
Get ready for a challenge! Children will participate in various fun and
physical challenges, including obstacle course, climbing challenges,
progressive relays and rem-based competitions. Don’t miss out on
what was our most popular camp last summer!
July 22-26
$350 • Squirrel Hill

Soccer Stars
Pittsburgh Soccer Academy: Grades 3-6
A soccer option for those kids who know the basics, but want to
keep learning. Pittsburgh Soccer Academy will teach you everything
you need to know about soccer; dribbling, shooting passing and
juggling, and each day it’s something new!
July 15-19 and July 29-August 2
$350 • Family Park

Hoop It Up! Grades 1-6
For our future basketball stars! This camp will focus on developing
the fundamental skills of basketball and to help build confidence
in a fun, encouraging environment for a younger athlete. Through
individual and team competitions, Hoop It Up! Camp will provide
each camper with an opportunity to enhance their overall basketball
skills. Our coaches are high energy and enthusiastic, excited to
teach our young superstars!
Grades 1-3, July 15-19
Grades 4-6, July 29-August 2
$350 • Squirrel Hill

Girls on the Run: Grades 3-6
NEW! Led by caring and qualified coaches, Camp Girls on the Run
will provide a physically active, creative experience through storytelling
and games. Throughout the course of the week, the girls
will develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and
establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness as well as
lifelong friendships.
July 15-19
$350 • Squirrel Hill

Elite Tennis Camp: Grades 1-6
Join Mark Haffner, USPTR certified tennis pro, for a week of funfilled
tennis instruction! The camp and staff get the kids moving and
swinging their rackets around with strength and agility.
July 22-26 and July 29-August 2
$350 • Family Park

Mighty Kicks: Grades 1-3

Children will learn the skills, moves, rules, and joy of playing
America’s most popular youth sport! Mighty Kicks offers a
high-energy, child-centered program helping young players
improve their soccer skills and playing ability while also having big
fun! Coach Sam Bellin is a former standout college soccer player at
the University of Georgia and current Allderdice High School Boys
Soccer Coach. He was inducted into the Western PA Jewish Sports
Hall of Fame in 2016.
July 22-26
$350 • Squirrel Hill

The Art of Fencing: Grades 3-6
En Garde! Ready? Fence! Join us for this awesome camp experience
where kid will learn fencing through games and drills. Our campers
will learn basic footwork and blade work from experienced coaches.
August 5-9
$350 • Squirrel Hill

Flag Football: Grades 2-6
NEW! The Pittsburgh Flag Football League is joining us for a fun
sport. While working on teamwork and commitment, campers will
learn the fundamentals and basics of Flag Football. You won’t want
to miss this brand new camp experience!
June 24-28, July 8-12
August 5-9, August 12-16
$350 • Family Park

Outdoor Extreme: Grades 3-6
Join us for a week of outdoor adventure with Venture Outdoors!
Kayaking, fishing, shelter building, geocaching, biking, and more! If
you are the outdoorsy, adventurous type this camp is for you!
July 29-August 2 and August 5-9
$400 • Squirrel Hill

Let’s Get Crafty! Grades 1-6
Ceramics, jewelry making, fiber arts, mixed media portraits, and
more! This arts and crafts camp will allow children to be creative and
experience new arts they never have before. Little House Big Art is
ready to help us get crafty.
June 24-28 and July 15-19
$350 • Squirrel Hill

Culinary Creations: Grades 1-6
Gaynor’s School of Cooking is coming to teach us how to cook up
the fun! Join us for this fun learning experience at our new kitchen
at Family Park.
Grades 1-3, July 8-12
Grades 4-6, August 5-9
$425 • Family Park

Woodworking Camp: Grades 4-6
NEW! Maplewood Shop is coming to teach us all about woodworking!
The kids will have a chance to create incredible wooden projects.
This program will teach kids life skills through portable hand
tool woodworking!
July 8-12 and July 22-26
$425 • Family Park

Step It Up! With JCC Dance: Grades 3-6
Step it Up! focuses on our belief that dance is for everyone. Our
dance camp gives children in grades 3-6 an opportunity to explore
their creative instincts, test out some dance styles, and have tons of
fun kick up their heels. With a variety of dance activities, challenges,
and choreography this camp really is for everyone even if you have
never danced before. During the week of camp we will work to create
a short dance that will be performed on the last day of the camp.
July 15-19
$350 • Squirrel Hill

Circus of the Kids: Grades 1-6
Nationally known Circus of the Kids is coming back to the JCC! Kids
won’t just watch a circus performance, they ARE the performance.
Circus camp promotes endurance, persistence and self discipline.
Campers learn various circus acts including the triple trapeze, juggling,
tumbling and more. The camp culminates with three shows
complete with a ring of fire, a ring master and costumes. Mandatory
auditions will be held on Sunday prior to the beginning of the camp
August 19-23
$450 • Squirrel Hill

Performing Arts Camp: grades 4-10

Children and teens get the full experience of putting on a musical
in this pre-professional program. Campers hone their craft with
expert faculty and theater arts professionals in acting, dance and
voice. The four-week program culminates in three performances.
Monday, Friday, June 17-July 12 • 9 am-3:30 pm
Robinson Building, 5738 Darlington Road
Lunch included
$1,580; after February 28: $1,680
For more information: Kathy Wayne
412-339-5414 • [email protected]

Ultimate Drone Obstacle: Grades 4-6
By popular demand drone camp is back! Kids will learn how to
build, fly fix, and control a drone, as well as navigate drones through
obstacle course missions and so much more!
August 5-9
$450 • Squirrel Hill

Junior Drone Pilots: Grades 1-3
For the younger drone lovers, this camp will teach the introduction
and basics of building and controlling drones of all shapes and sizes.
August 12-16
$450 • Squirrel Hill

Go Mad for Science! Grades 1-3
Mad Science is coming to the JCC for some wild and crazy science
experiments! This is something you do not want to miss!
July 22-26 and August 5-9
$350 • Squirrel Hill

Snapology Minecraft and Superheroes! Grades 1-3
Each day split in half with 2 great activities! Each morning will begin
by creating our own Minecraft world and movies. In the afternoon,
campers will get creative and design their own superheros and
create their own adventures!
June 24-28
$375 • Squirrel Hill

Video Game Design and Animation: Grades 4-6
Each day split in half with 2 great activities, turning every kid’s love
for video games into something more productive and amazing!
Campers will create their own video game through program navigation,
game mechanics and storytelling. Each afternoon the campers
will create their own major motion picture!
July 8-12
$375 • Squirrel Hill

Contact us

Rachael Speck

Division Director for Children, Youth & Family and JCC Day Camps


Contact Rachael Speck


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