CJDA is the perfect summer camp for elementary students because our “small-by-design” size allows us to take extra special care of our young campers and help them foster new skills, self-confidence, and friendships for years to come!
Our camp is “small-by-design” which makes us unique. It feels more like a family, rather than a camp. We find great value in that little extra time we can spend with each one of our campers, especially our youngsters. An average summer camp for elementary students, comprising hundreds and hundreds of campers, is not able to give the kind of time and attention that we are able to give at CJDA. The first year at camp may feel overwhelming for some campers. Having a smaller group really fosters a sense of belonging in which girls don’t feel lost in the crowd or overlooked. Our ratios of campers to counselors in the cabin is low too. That makes it possible for each camper to have the personal attention she needs.
The big sister/ little sister effect is also a great advantage to a small camp. Finding an older role model (and a younger mentee) that you consistently interact with throughout your camp experience is a game changer. There is so much campers can learn as they interact with those older and younger than them. We love how impactful our “small-by-design” summer camp can be for campers of all ages, but especially for younger campers. We think summer camps for elementary school students should all be small by design! Your camper will feel the difference.
Our mornings are more structured, and our afternoons more flexible. By sun down, every camper has enjoyed a full day of activities!