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Camp Kaleidoscope
Newton, MA

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333 Nahanton St.
JCC Greater Boston
Newton, MA 02459

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CAMPER AGES: Campers: entering grades K-8; CITs entering grades 9-11

TYPE OF CAMP: Day Camp. Children and teens discover their creativity while enjoying the arts, sciences, swim, boating and sports. Older campers enjoy evening activities; all enjoy Arts Nites twice a summer.

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

AFFILIATION(S): Jewish. JCC Camps are open to all.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: Camp Kaleidoscope provides 8 weeks of theater, art, music, science, sports, swimming and special activities, taught by professionals, in a creative, nurturing atmosphere. Each 4-week session (with flexible registration) culminates in Arts Night, where campers share accomplishments through performances and a multimedia art and science exhibit. Younger campers participate in a balanced variety of activities with their counselors; older campers choose their own schedules every two weeks.

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPERS: All campers who require special services at camp will be evaluated to ensure the best placement possible. Please contact the camp director to set up an interview. Campers with mild special needs may be included in camp activities with their bunk, where personal attention is given to each child in a warm, supportive setting. Families may provide a one-on-one aide if appropriate. Camp Kaleidoscope has a clinical psychologist on staff.

Dance, Theater, Musical Theater, Music/Band, Fine Arts/Crafts, Video/Filmmaking/Photography, Basketball, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Waterfront/Aquatics, Team Sports, Science, Technology, Academics, and more. Other Activities Include Cooking, Film Making & Newscasting, Gaga Ball, Fashion Design, Knitting & Sewing, Jewelry-making, Fencing, Animation, Costuming, Set Design & Canoeing.

TOP MASSACHUSETTS SUMMER CAMP: Camp Kaleidoscope  is a Top Summer Camp located in Newton Massachusetts offering many fun and enriching camp programs. Camp Kaleidoscope  also offers CIT/LIT and/or Teen Leadership Opportunities, too.

CAMP LOCATION: We are located in Newton, and enjoy the beautiful Leventhal-Sidman JCC including indoor and outdoor pools, fields, and the nearby Charles River. Bus service is available to and from Camp Kaleidoscope from Brookline (Coolidge Corner, Cleveland Circle and South Brookline), Cambridge, Chestnut Hill, Framingham, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale and Wayland. Carpool assistance is also available.

CAMP FACILITIES: Campers enjoy the JCC's air-conditioned, professional theater, art and dance studios, science classrooms, an indoor pool for lessons, and a zero-entry outdoor pool for free swim. Additionally, campers enjoy a dedicated gaga pit, outdoor ping pong and foosball tables, tennis courts, fields, woods, trails, and access to the Charles River. Campers may bring a vegetarian or fish lunch, or pre-order lunch from our on-site kosher caterer.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: Camp Kaleidoscope is dedicated to making camp a fun, nurturing, educational experience for each camper. Staff include well-trained bunk counselors ages 18 and up who work with groups of campers daily, and professional teachers who lead classes. Programming is organized into two four-week sessions, with flexible registration options. Registration minimum is two weeks.

All campers swim daily, with lessons offered twice weekly with our professional aquatics staff, utilizing the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy methods. Each session culminates in "Arts Night," including art and science exhibits, musical performances from lower and middle camp groups, and a fully realized musical from upper campers.

Lower campers entering grades K & 1 enjoy a balanced day of arts, science, and sports activities with caring, inclusive counselors and specialists. Middle campers entering grades 2 & 3 follow a schedule of diverse activities with their groups and enjoy "choice times" when they individually choose activities. Upper Campers in grades 4-8 design their own programs, choosing activities weekly, including theater, art, music, dance, boating and more. Upper Campers who elect to be in the musical attend for a full, 4-week session. All campers attending weeks 4 and/or 8 participate in "Arts Night", showcasing their art and science projects, and performing for parents and friends.

CAMP LEADERSHIP CIT/LIT PROGRAMS: CITs in grades 9-11 are an integral part of camp, providing leadership and receiving training while also pursuing their own interests. They create their own schedule under the guidance of dedicated CIT staff. They spend approximately half the day assisting camper groups or activities, and half the day pursuing their own interests. CITs pay a reduced rate.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Financial aid is based on need and may cover up to 50% of tuition. Financial aid applications are due by April 1. Aid is awarded by April 15. Applications received after April 1 may be awarded if funds are still available. Forms are available at

OTHER CAMP INFO: Camp Kaleidoscope offers campers a warm and nurturing place where campers make friends, learn skills, and spread creative wings, all through a Jewish lens. CITs entering grades 9-11 create their own schedule under the guidance of dedicated CIT staff. They spend half the day assisting camper groups or activities, and half the day pursuing their own interests. CITs pay a reduced rate. Open to the entire community.

The camp season runs June 29-August 21, 2020, 9am-4pm, with early drop-off and extended day from 8am-5:45pm. Minimum registration is 2 weeks, with registration by the week. See Our Camp Website Link: for fee information.

Camp Kaleidoscope
Love kids? Want to work in a creative, supportive environment? Camp Kaleidoscope is looking for staff for the summer. Staff must be available for full camp season including orientation dates unless otherwise agreed upon. Camp dates: June 29-August 21, 2020, 8:30-4:10pm, Monday through Friday. Orientation dates: June 23, 25, 26 and 28. Although camp is not easily accessible by public transportation, buses are available from Brookline, Cambridge, Framingham, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale and Wayland.

Please send in cover letter, employment application and three written references to address below. Application available at Our Camp Website Link:

Betty Lehrman
Director, Camp Kaleidoscope
333 Nahanton St., Newton, MA 02459
617 558-6523

Seeking specialists in Drama Teacher, Ceramics, General Art, Science, Technical Theater, Sports & Outdoors Activities.
Specialists teach classes daily culminating in art and science exhibits and performances at the end of each four-week session. Specialists are college graduates or rising seniors with teaching and/or other relevant experience. Competitive salary. Parents on staff full-time send their children to camp for free!

Seeking mature, reliable, patient people who understand what it takes to make a camper's day a wonderful experience. JCC Kaleidoscope Creative Arts & Science Camp is a pluralistic camp welcoming the entire community. While camp is not easily accessible by public transportation, bus counselor positions are available from Framingham and Brookline. Counselors must be 18 years of age or older or high school graduates with demonstrated leadership skills and experience working with children. All counselors must be available for the full eight-week season.

Lower and Middle Camp Counselors work in pairs or groups of three and are responsible for a group of 10-15 campers entering grades K-3. They support and nurture campers throughout the day as campers attend activities in the arts, science, sports and swimming. Middle camp counselors may also assist in other areas throughout camp.

Upper Camp Counselors work with campers entering grades 4-8. They teach or assist in classes, activities and theatrical productions. Positions include: tennis and other sports teachers, costumer, assistant tech director for shows, guitar and piano teachers, boating specialists (lifeguard certification required), and crafts teachers. Upper Camp teaching counselors should have completed at least one year of college.

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