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Special Services

Special Needs Camp


A true summer camp experience that meets each individual's needs! We pride ourselves in welcoming a diverse camp community, fostering inclusiveness and respect, with the care, love and support to help each camper thrive.

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The Special Needs Camps at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades are committed to the belief that all individuals have access to appropriate social, recreational, cultural and educational experiences in natural community settings with appropriate supports.

Run by the Kaplen JCC’s Guttenberg Center for Special Services, our programs are led by highly qualified staff and are designed to meet the specific needs of our participants. Our goal is to support an inclusive, nurturing environment and community, allowing each individual the opportunity to reach his or her own potential.

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Camp Tikvah

Juniors: Ages 5-9 (must be 5 by 6/1/22)
Tweens: Ages 10-13
Teens: Ages 14-21

This diverse and specialized program is designed for campers with communication, social, and learning differences, and is led by highly qualified staff. Activities include social skills, sports, arts and crafts, ceramics, music therapy, adaptive physical education, both Red Cross instructional and recreational swim, waterpark, theme days, playground time, carnivals, Shabbat and more. Our program for tweens gives special attention to life skills training as well as academic enrichment. The program for teens can be offered as an alternative to Extended School Year.

Camp Haverim

Ages 3-21
Camp Haverim is a two-week camp for children and teens who attend 11 months of school (ESY). A high level of supervision is provided by professionals and trained volunteers. Campers participate in a diverse full-day program including social skills, swimming and water park activities, sports, yoga and adaptive physical education, academic enrichment, music therapy, art and therapy dogs.


What are the groups sizes and counselor to participant ratios?

Group sizes for Camp Tikvah range from 5 to 8 campers staffed by a minimum of two caring and qualified counselors. Group sizes for Camp Haverim are between 4 and 8 campers.

Is there a waitlist?

Space is extremely limited. Priority is given to returning campers, participants in Special Services programs, and JCC members.

Is an intake assessment required?

Yes. An intake assessment is required for all new potential campers.

What are the safety protocols?

The JCC will follow all federal, state and local safety protocols, guidelines, and health requirements. Schedules and program activities are subject to change based on this guidance.

What are the rates?

Please contact us for rates.

Are discounts available?

We offer a $50 discount on tuition if payment is received IN FULL on or before April 1.

Is financial assistance available?

State funding and scholarship assistance is available for families with documented financial need.

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