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JCC Camp Kingswood
Bridgton, Maine

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Summer - 207-647-5078
Winter - 617-558-6531

104 Wildwood Road
Bridgton, Maine 04009

Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston
333 Nahanton Street
Newton, MA 02459

CAMPER AGES: Entering grades 3-11

TYPE OF CAMP: Overnight/Sleepaway.

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

AFFILIATION(S): Jewish. Kingswood campers and staff come from all over the world with different backgrounds and levels of Jewish observance.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: Kingswood provides campers with an unforgettable, fun summer overnight camp experience. Campers develop independence, gain self-confidence, build individual skills and learn to work as teams, all while nurturing lifelong friendships and strengthening their Jewish identities. Flexible enrollment - 2, 3.5, 5.5 and 7-week sessions available. Campers choose their own electives on a weekly basis.

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPERS: Zohar special needs program is a fully integrated camp experience for campers under the supervision of specially trained staff. Open to boys and girls ages 10-17 with developmental disabilities, high functioning spectrum disorders, and neurological and learning challenges. Counselor to camper ratio is 1:2. A family interview is required.

Zohar special needs vocational program provides Zohar campers ages 17-21 the opportunity to build independent living and work skills in the safe confines of Kingswood. Campers have job shadowing opportunities with supportive coaching along with the continuation of group social dynamics. The goal is to have campers succeed in their areas of interest and develop transferable skills.

Dance, Theater, Musical Theater, Music/Band, Fine Arts/Crafts, Video/Filmmaking/Photography, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Gymnastics, Swimming, Tennis, Waterfront/Aquatics, Sailing, Team Sports, Adventure, Wilderness/Nature, and more. Adventure Course; High & Low Ropes Courses, Day & Overnight Camping Trips, Fishing, Hiking, & Outdoor Living Skills

TOP MAINE SUMMER CAMP: JCC Camp Kingswood is a Top Summer Camp located in Bridgton Maine offering many fun and enriching camp programs. JCC Camp Kingswood also offers CIT/LIT and/or Teen Leadership Opportunities, too.

CAMP LOCATION: One hundred acres in southern Maine make JCC Camp Kingswood the perfect setting for overnight camp! In this beautiful lakefront environment, Kingswood campers and experienced staff create a fun, positive, and diverse community where Jewish values and exciting activities in sports, outdoor/adventure, water sports and visual and performing arts are the core of the program.

CAMP FACILITIES: Kingswood's modern, well-maintained facilities include:
Sheldon A. Cohen Athletic Complex with rock climbing wall and zip line, high and low ropes courses, tennis and basketball courts, soccer and lacrosse fields, baseball field complete with our own Green Monster (like Fenway Park) and beach volleyball courts. We also have a fully equipped waterfront with water trampoline, water slide, water skiing, wake boarding, fishing and boating as well as an arts and crafts and ceramics center, multi-purpose recreation halls, bunks with restrooms, health and wellness center and newly renovated dining hall with kosher kitchen.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: JCC Camp Kingswood offers a broad spectrum of activities supplemented by specialty camp offerings that vary year to year. Campers are encouraged to develop interests and to try new activities. The woods in which we live and play together bring special awareness and appreciation of nature into all that we do - including our many long-standing traditions, special activities and events to celebrate them!

Camp is a special place with infinite opportunities to have meaningful positive impact on each other's lives. The magic of camp and the key to a great summer is in hiring quality staff. Our staff are incredibly important to us and we take great pride in the selection and training of each staff member. We look for individuals that will work hard to create a safe and caring environment, while at the same time bringing an incredible amount of energy and enthusiasm to camp.

Our staff is made up of individuals from all over the world. We have coaches, teachers, social workers, outdoor educators, Jewish educators, medical professionals, song leaders, athletes, artists, actors, swimmers, water skiers, and many more specialists. The staff is made up of professionals, parents, graduate students, college students, and recent/soon to be high school graduates.

Leslie Zide, Director

Director Leslie Zide has more than a decade of experience in JCC camping where she previously held the positions of Assistant Director at JCC Kingswood Camp and Assistant Director at JCC Grossman Camp. In addition, Leslie was also the Family Program and Community Coordinator for the JCC in the South Area where she was instrumental in developing innovative family programs and engaging families in Jewish life. Leslie brings energy, enthusiasm and creativity to everything she undertakes. She can't wait to see returning campers, welcome new campers and create an amazing camp experience this summer!

Eric Bloomberg, Caretaker

Eric Bloomberg is responsible for Kingswood's facilities and grounds. Over the past decade, he has overseen many significant projects, including major renovations and new construction, that have enhanced the Kingswood experience. During the summer, Eric assists the theatre staff in building sets and teaches a class in building for older campers.

CAMP LEADERSHIP CIT/LIT PROGRAMS: The Kingswood CIT program prepares campers entering grade 11 to be future counselors.

CIT Trip to Israel is an optional three week experience for Kingswood CITs organized in conjunction with BBYO. This trip takes place during first session and provides a once in a lifetime experience for CITs to connect with the history, people, and natural beauty of Israel. After the trip, CITS return to camp for second session to continue their training.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: The JCC, together with Combined Jewish Philanthropies and generous individual and foundation donors, offers some financial assistance for campers on the basis of financial need only. Assistance is awarded on a first come, first served basis. For more information and to have a confidential conversation, please contact the Camp Director at 617-558-6531.

FAMILY CAMP SESSION(S): Kingswood Family Camp is a fun filled weekend with your family at camp. Includes meals and lodging, a spiritually inclusive family Shabbat experience, and all the activities you can handle: campfires, lake swimming and boating, hikes, and your favorite sports.

The Kingswood summer program is flexible. Families can choose to enroll campers for 2, 3.5, 5.5 or 7 weeks. There is a day/overnight camp option offered in collaboration with JCC Grossman Camp or JCC Kaleidoscope Creative Arts & Science Camp. Transportation to and from camp is available for all sessions.

Kingswood is looking to fill additional camp positions including:

Specialists: Arts and Crafts, Drama, Music, Ropes, Sewing, Videography, Lifeguards/Boating and Photography

Special Needs Staff

Bunk Counselors

Administrative Staff -- Unit Heads

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