Summer Camp at the Center

CAMP at JCAS is a creative and experiential summer day-camp that supports a community of artists and innovators who want to investigate their worlds.  At JCAS Summer Camp, your child explores the possibilities through the arts and sciences.  A variety of projects are designed around a weekly theme for each week of camp and are scaled to be developmentally appropriate and meet the needs of individual learners.  Each theme combines art, science, and outdoor play right at Lakeside Park!

Our projects are led by professional teaching artists and science educators who inspire a warm, open and creative environment where campers feel encouraged to take risks, explore and try their hand at a myriad of techniques.  

JCAS CAMP is located on beautiful Lake Merritt!


9:00 – 9:15am — Drop off and Free time
9:15 – 9:30am — Opening Circle
9:30 – 10:45am — Studio/Lab Time
10:45 – 11:15am — Snack Time & Free Play Outdoors
11:15 – 12:00pm — Studio/Lab Time
12:00 — Pick up for Half-day campers
12:00 – 1:00pm — Lunch & Free Play Outdoors
1:00 – 2:45pm — Studio/Lab Time
2:45 – 3:00pm — Closing Circle
3:00pm — Pick up for Full-day campers
3:00 – 4:00pm — After-care (additional $50/week)

Friday Afternoon Showcase:
At the close of camp at 2:30pm we will highlight some of the creative work from the week with an exhibit.  Parents and friends are encouraged to attend.


  • Campers should bring a lunch and a snack
  • Children should wear comfortable clothing, including tennis shoes or shoes that they can run in.
  • Apply sunscreen as we will be outdoors for parts of the camp day.
  • Parents must sign in and sign out daily.
  • We will need to see ID for anyone such as a relative or child care provider who is designated to pick up your child.
  • Please pick your camper up on time.  You will be assessed a late charge of $1 per minute payable that day.


Camp at the Junior Center costs approximately
$410/week for Full Day Camp
$220/week for Half Day Camp

We aim to make our programs affordable to all families; summer camp is priced on a sliding scale fee of
$345 – $500/week for Full Day
$195 – $250/week for Half Day

Families choose the amount they are able to pay.
The Junior Center continues to fundraise to make our sliding scale available and know that families will be as generous as they can.

Financial Aid:
Need additional support?  Thanks to the generosity of the Welte Construction Company JCAS offers a limited amount of financial aid on a first-come, first-served, need-proven basis.  We will begin taking applications for Summer 2019 in early February.  Email us for more information at [email protected] 

Please note:
JCAS enrollment is non-transferable.

In the event you need to cancel your child’s enrollment, we offer the following refunds:
– Two (or more) weeks prior to the camp week you are canceling: 50% refund
– Less than two weeks notice to camp week: no refund

Unfortunately, due to a limit in camp spots, no credit is given for partial attendance.  No portion of tuition will be refunded if the child is absent, withdrawn, or should otherwise fail to complete the activity.