Policies and General Info - JCCNS, Jewish Community Center of the North Shore

2021 Policies & General Information

Summer at the J


Summer at the J camps comply with all regulations set forth by the Marblehead Board of Health (as directed by the Massachusetts Board of Health). Both Camp Simchah and KinderCamp are licensed by the Marblehead Board of Health. All camps exceed the health and safety guidelines set forth by the state of Massachusetts.


Camper safety is the number one priority to us at Summer at the J. Campers are under direct supervision of trained staff at all times with low ratios. A background check has been completed for each staff member through the state of Massachusetts. All lifeguards and swim instructors are certified through the Red Cross. 

COVID-19 Precautions

Summer at the J camps comply with all regulations set forth by the Marblehead State Board of Health (as directed by the Massachusetts Board of Health) regarding protecting campers and staff from COVID-19. There is a $15/week COVID surcharge for 2021 to cover additional costs. 


Scholarships are available. Availability is limited, so please apply early by emailing Scott Kaplan, Camp Controller, at skaplan@jccns.com with the subject line: Scholarships.


Discounts apply to regular camp hours only. Discounts are given consecutively. Please contact Scott Kaplan, Camp Controller, at skaplan@jccns.com, for more information on final rates after discounts.

  • Family Discount: Register two or more children in the same family for four or more weeks and receive a 5% discount. Families with children enrolled in our Infant/Toddler program are also eligible for the 5% camp discount.
  • Early Bird Discount: Pay in full by April 5, 2021, and receive a 10% discount.


Transportation from North Suburban JCC and Temple Ner Tamid (both in Peabody) is available at the rate of $50 per week, per child. Please register for transportation on your registration form. Minimum bus enrollment must be met to run transportation service to/from camp on a given camp week. Notification of weekly cancellation due to low enrollment will be provided at least 2 weeks before a given camp week. Guardians will be notified of any changes to bus service ASAP via email and Remind 101.


A credit card is required, even if you choose to use an alternate payment method. Payment in full is due by June 1, 2021 unless a payment plan has been agreed upon. Registration is not complete until the entire fee is paid and all required forms have been processed. Any enrollment (including previously registered campers adding on days/weeks/hours) after June 1 must be paid in full at time of registration and accompanied by all required forms in order to be processed. Registrations after June 1 must be confirmed by Summer at the J staff before a child can attend.


  • Change Fee: Changes made after June 15, 2021, will be subject to a $25 change fee.
  • There is a $15/week COVID surcharge for 2021 to cover additional costs. (See COVID-19 Precautions for more details.)


No refunds will be made after June 15, 2021, unless a child is withdrawn for medical reasons with documentation from a medical professional. There will be no refunds for absenteeism due to illness or vacation.

Food Policy

Please make sure that all camp lunches are pareve (vegetarian, eggs, fish) or dairy, and nut-free. The JCCNS is a nut-aware facility. If your child has a specific dietary restriction, please contact your Camp Director.


Camp is a busy and fun place! Your camp leadership teams will use the JCCNS Constant Contact email system, direct email correspondence, and Remind 101 text/email service* for regular communications. We will also post regularly on our Summer at the J Facebook page, so be sure to LIKE the Summer at the J page before our summer fun begins!

*Parents/Guardians of registered campers and LITs will receive information about being added to our Remind 101 groups.

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