Specialty Camps

Focused and Fun

One-Week Specialty Camps for kids entering grades 1-8 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


Intro to Drone Flying Missions: grades 1-2

We use the safest and most reliable drones on the market, including Parrot™ drones for enhanced safety and most of all, fun. Campers using iPad flight simulators learn the basics of drone technology and safety before taking to the air. The week culminates with Ultimate Drone Games that include events such as: Tic-Tac-Drone, Drone Darts, and Duck-Duck-Drone.
July 9‐13 • $450

Ultimate Drone Obstacle Challenge: grades 3-5

For both novice and experienced drone enthusiasts, the week is filled with pure action as students enjoy Drone Obstacle Racing. Campers learn basic drone safety and how to perform various exercises and maneuvers to become familiar with the  drone’s speed and agility. Campers will use remote controls to navigate the drone through short and long obstacle courses; they will create the design and help build the obstacle course in preparation for the last day’s final competition.
July 9‐13 • $450

Intro to Drone Coding Games: grades 1-2

Campers will learn the basic principles of how to code drones to fly. To complement the coding, campers learn
basic flight terminology to conquer flight challenges and use iPads to code the drones through the obstacle
August 13‐17 • $450

Drone Superhero Missions: grades 3-5

Campers learn drone safety, the social responsibilities of flying drones and basic maneuvers before using their “Spidey-Sense” to conquer missions such as: Daredevil in Distress; Batman’s Drone Mobile Escape, The
Breakout of Iron Man and more. Kids will storyboard their own escape missions while other students attempt
to outsmart them using the drone to locate and capture.
August 13‐17 • $450

NEW! American Ninja Warrior:
grades 3-6

Kids will compete in all kinds of fun, physical challenges—obstacle courses with quad steps and climbing challenges, progressive relays, and team-based competitions.
July 30‐August 3 • Family Park • $300

Super Shooters Basketball with Pittsburgh Bullets: grades 1-6

Pittsburgh’s premiere basketball program teaches
campers fundamentals of the game. Contests, games
and fun are all a part of this camp for players of all
June 25‐29: grades 1‐3 • July 16‐20: grades 4‐6

Elite Tennis Camp with Mark Haffner:
grades 1-8

Join Mark Haffner, USTA 2010 Tennis Pro of the Year, PTR
Certified Teaching Pro, and AFAA Certified Personal
Trainer, for fun-filled tennis instruction. The camp
stresses the importance of agility, movement and
July 23‐ 27 • July 30‐August 3 • $375

Fencing with Pittsburgh Fencers’ Club:
grades 1-6

Fencing is a fast-paced sport that requires quick
decision-making under pressure and mental discipline.
Pirates, swashbucklers, musketeers, Olympic
fencers—all have those skills in common!
August 13‐17 • $375

Super Soccer Stars with British Soccer
Camps: grades 2-6

British Soccer Camps provide boys and girls of all
abilities with high-level soccer coaching that develops
skills, speed and confidence. Each British Soccer Camp
provides lessons in character development and cultural
education and is the most fun your child can have learning the sport they love!
August 13‐17 • Family Park • $375

NEW! Animal Planet: grades 2-6

Join us as we answer the call of the wild in this summer’s animal-themed adventure! With plenty of visits to the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, The
National Aviary, Horseback Riding and more this camp is perfect for every animal
lover. With animal-themed projects, games, and crafts all week long, we will have
a wild time!
August 6‐10 • $375

The Great Outdoors: grades 1-6

Do you have what it takes to survive? Campers will learn how to build a fire and a
tent, learn outdoor culinary skills and have an overnight at J&R Day Camp.
Seasoned nature and outdoor adventure specialists facilitate.
June 25‐29: grades 1‐3
July 16‐20: grades 2‐6
July 23‐27: grades 2‐6
Family Park • $300

Mini Mensches: grades 1-4

A “mensch” is a person of integrity and honor. During the week, our campers will
participate in group projects to implement these traits by learning about tzedakah, helping others, saving the environment and more.
August 6‐10 • $300

Minecraft Level Design & Engineering with Code Rev:
grades 2-6

Campers will learn the ins and outs of level design and game design while
learning to engineer in Minecraft by using Redstone. Campers learn basic code
commands too.
July 9‐13: Family Park • July 23‐27: Squirrel Hill • $375

Modding in Minecraft with Code Rev: grades 2-6

Campers will create powerful teleporting swords, humorous blocks, amazing
mobs, bows that shoot arrows that summon ender dragons, entire worlds and
other insane items, all through the power of Java programming! Perfect for both
the beginning coder and the advanced Java modding aficionado.
July 16‐20: Family Park • July 30‐August 3: Squirrel Hill • $375

Real World Robotics with Snapology: grades 2-6

Campers interested in technology create robotic models inspired by real-life
robotic technologies. Campers learn about gear ratio, sensors, simple machines
and programming as they build alarm devices, earthquake detectors, robotic
arms and much more.
July 23‐27 • $375

Contact us

Lewis Sohinki

Director, Children/Youth/Family Division

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