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Marcus Jewish center announces new summer day camp options
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Registration for the Marcus Jewish Community Center’s summer day camp has begun for new and returning campers. The camp offers more than 100 different options for children ages 5 to 14, including: traditional camps, specialty camps, teen camps, performing arts camps and sports camps. Camps start the week of May 26 and continues through Aug. 8.

New camps for 2014 include:

-Behind the scenes travel camp (for rising third through eighth graders)
Travel to five critically acclaimed local attractions for backstage tours and a peek into the inner workings of theatrical production. Destinations may include: the Georgia Aquarium, Medieval Times, Center for Puppetry Arts, the Alliance Theater and the Fox Theater. Campers will get to meet actors, directors and designers who work on some of the most elaborate productions in Atlanta.

-EA Sports – It’s In The Game (for rising second through eighth graders)
This camp offers a variety like no other, in includes the best from both the real and virtual sports worlds. Working alternately between the console-based sports and real sports, this week will include practice time, games, team play, competition and will conclude with an exciting EA sports day.

-Color war camp (for rising first through sixth graders)
In the off-the-wall color war camp, every day is a new crazy competition. There will be something for everyone this week, as campers participate in tons of creative activities including art, swimming, sports, cooking and more.

-Push kart rally (for rising third through sixth graders)
Get rolling in the camper-powered go-kart derby. Campers will work in teams to design, build and decorate their own wooden push-powered go-karts. Teams will learn about racing strategies, safety on the track and how best to control their karts to cross the finish line.

-Superhero camp (for rising kindergarteners)
Join them for the new superhero camp, where campers will spend the week engulfed in superhero excitement. Activities include saving fellow superheroes from evil plots, creating gadgets and costumes, inventing a unique superhero character, a visit from a superhero and more.

-Creative writing (for rising sixth through ninth graders)
Explore the world of wordsmiths in the new creative writing camp. Learn tons of techniques, tips and tricks to help tell a captivating story, edit and review work and the work of friends’ writing and finally submit a finished product to be published at the end of the week.

-Atlanta Hawks dance camp (for rising first through sixth graders)
The Atlanta Hawks Cheerleaders are excited to bring the first Atlanta Hawks dance camp to the center. Led by seasoned Hawks’ cheerleaders, campers will participate in learning dance techniques and high energy routines.

-The Camp Barney Medintz Experience (for rising third through fourth graders)
Campers are invited to sample the best of both day and overnight camp. Campers will spend three nights at Camp Barney Medintz, the summer overnight camp of the center, in the north Georgia mountains, and will participate in a mix of specialized programming.

-Leaders in training (for rising ninth graders) and staff in training (for rising 10th graders)
Participants in the leaders in training program will take the beginning steps to being a group or activity counselor. Rising ninth graders will work with campers, travel on field trips as a group and participate in leadership and team building programs. The staff in training program provides rising 10th graders the opportunity to work directly with children. The program will also offer engaging training sessions that will include camp program planning and best practices in working with children.

Popular returning camps include: aerial and acrobatics, archeology rocks, Atlanta Hawks basketball, chess camp, CIA fusion, fencing, Hollywood bound, intro to graffiti art, junk art, lego robotics, meteorology camp, need for speed travel, painting frenzy, sports broadcasting, spy camp, video game builders and water wipeout.

“I am thrilled about the new camp options that we are offering this year,” said Meryl Rindsberg, the center’s day camp operations director. “From campers competing in zany and outrageous activities in color war camp, to building a push powered go-karts, to Atlanta Hawks dance camp, there is truly an exceptional new camp available for each and every interest. In addition to these new offerings, campers will continue to enjoy the high quality camp options and activities that they have grown to love over the years, including: swimming, tennis, horseback, travel camp and numerous sports camps, just to name a few.”

Additional day camp highlights are:

-Free bus transportation: there are 23 convenient stops at locations around metro Atlanta, including a new stop this year in the Emory/Decatur area.
-New six-month payment plan.
-Multiple week discount: attend six or more weeks of camp, per camper, and receive $25 off per week.

“MJCCA Day Camps is where the magic of summer begins,” Rindsberg said. “Our campers get to pursue and enjoy their every interest and passion. And, along the way, they laugh, swim and explore, while establishing lifelong friendships and memories.”

Information: (678) 812-4004 or visit www.atlantajcc.org/camps
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