May 2019 -- Nisan-Iyar 5779,  Volume 25, Issue 5

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Twelve Trails,  a Specialty Camp for Many Specialties

Whatever interests your child, he or she can find it at Camp Twelve Trails, the Shames JCC day camp in Rockland County for kids, kindergarten through grade 10. Combining the traditional day camp with a specialty camp, Twelve Trails lets kids pick their own “neighborhood” where they can participate in a variety of skill-building activities.


In the Play Neighborhood, there’s every sport from the traditional to ultimate frisbee, flag football, flag rugby, martial arts, Yoga or Gaga. In the Create Neighborhood, there’s art, theatre, music, dance, photography, and film making. If your child wants to Explore or Grow, these Neighborhoods offer archery, high ropes, rafting, orienteering and more, as well as farm to table activities such as cooking, gardening, animal exploration and nature art. The Discover Neighborhood focuses on science and technology and includes rocketry, robotics, dark-room photography, astronomy, even Lego engineering.


Campers can change their neighborhoods each week, or stay with them for longer periods. In addition, there are the traditional camp activities: swimming, sing-a-longs, Shabbat and lasting friendships.


 Camp Twelve Trails is located on beautiful, expanded campgrounds in Pearl River, 11 miles from the Shames Campus. Staffed bus transportation is offered to and from the Shames JCC each day.


For teens in grades 7-10, their camping experience goes to the next level with overnight trips to out- of- the- way destinations and day trips like White Water rafting. They can go off site to work with local farmers or say on campgrounds and learn how to succeed from mentors in sports or theatre.


For older teens who want to be counselors in training, Twelve Trails offers specialized CIT programs focusing on leadership development. Teens receive training through workshops and first-hand experience under the guidance and support of professional camp staff. .


One of the J’s most successful camping experiences is the Twelve Trails Inclusion Program for campers on the autism spectrum or who have developmental challenges. Grouped by age and staffed by special education professionals, the program provides campers with a caring, safe and engaging environment.


The Shames Jewish Community Center on the Hudson is located at 371 S. Broadway in Tarrytown. It is known for the quality of its early childhood and camping programs. It is a non-profit community center, with Jewish values, that embraces children and teens from all backgrounds with different abilities.


For more information, contact Kayla Reisman Twelve Trails Program Coordinator at the Shames JCC. 914-366-7898 or email her at All camp information is also on the website .