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Kindergarten, campers can build part or all of their daily schedule through elective programs. JCCT camps stress community and are actively supervised and evaluated by a committee of interested parents. Each year, the committee solicits input from campers and parents to implement improvements for the next summer. More than 95% of the families who responded to the evaluation rate JCCT camps as great or good! Highlights of the summer were: Israeli Scout Caravan - Each year this group of touring performers spends a day in our camp performing and visiting with campers. Nitzanim - Two teens from Pardes Katz in Israel work in our camp each summer. These staff members work in the Judaics/Israel area to share their ruach [spirit} with the camp. Maccahiah - Always a favorite, this day long event whips up camp spirit for fun and competition. Aquatics - The biggest hit of camp, instructional and free swim are a favorite part of the day. Water Day is an exciting rotation of fun water activities for all ages. Venture Out - For sixth through eighth graders, this camp increased to six weeks last year with plans for eight weeks this summer. Judaics - Shmuel Itzhak from Hebrew Academy headed up the Judaics programming for all camps, blending traditional Judaics and Israeli themes. Nature - Rob "Nature Boy" Meyer was a favorite of campers and staff teaching about the environment. Music/Parent Night - Cathy Francis, music specialist, always leads a fantastic music program and entertaining Parent Night Performance. YOUIH AND VIRGINIA BEACH The Youth and Virginia Beach Departments grew in all aspects this past year. JCCT programs are geared for young families and revolve around Jewish holidays. VIRGINIA BCI-I PROGRAMS - The Sukkot Festival at the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater had more than 175 families attend who rode ponies, saw a magician and created a family burlap quilt. - JCCT's "Israeli-Style" Chanukah Party Temple Emanuel attracted more than 1 S0 families to play Ga Ga, participate in the Dreidel Factory, make Chanukah Magnets, story- telling, singing, dancing, the dreidel game and lots of other fun! . The Purim Carnival at Kempsville Conservative Synagogue drew more than 150 families, as well as approximately S0 teenagers. Booths included face painting, arcade-style basketball, the castle maze, sand art and the marriage booth. YOUTH PROGRAMS Middle School: JASY [Jewish Association o[ School Youth], for sixth through eighth grade pre-teens, held approximately 12 programs including "Saturday Night Blasts," over-nights, ski-trips, volunteer opportunities and leadership and social development. "Saturday Night Blasts" are the most popular of these activities. Pre-teens participate in Havdallah, hang out with friends, stick to the fly wall, tye-dye and lots more. Fifteen to 45 pre-teens attended each JASY program. High School: JCCT provides an outlet for all Jewish teens, from all different denominations, to feel comfortable and "hang out." A variety of teen programs are offered: The Teen Leadership Council incliades representatives of each area youth group. Its purpose is to plan "Jewish Teen-Wide" events for all ninth through 12th graders, mixing all denominations of Jewish teens, when they otherwise would not get the opportunity to interact. Volunteering is Contagious [VIC] oversees the Jewish Social Action Internship and plans community service/tikun olam bi-annual events. The Jewish Social Action Internship is offered each semester. Through the internship, the JCCT provides a service for ninth through 12th grade students to gain volunteer hours, meet new friends and feel good about themselves. The internship consists of seven or eight programs a semester and draws approximately 25 to 35 teens. Operation Understanding Hampton Roads [OUHR} is a new leadership development program for high school students designed to rekindle the historic relationship between African-Americans and Jews. The JCCT cosponsors and oversees this exciting program with the Hunton Y. Currently, 16 teens are active in OUHR. THE CENTER FOR ADULT LIVING The Center for Adult Living Department provides a variety of services and programs to enrich the lives, minds and health of our adults. Special programs are organized by the Clubs and Center for Adult Living Department: The Virginia Festival of Jewish Film was an outing opportunity to go to the movies. This year the senior adults saw "The Yiddle With His Fiddle." JCCT Chanukah Party and Israel's 50th Anniversary opening ceremony were special occasions for our senior adults. They pitched in and helped decorate the Barr Social Hall, staff the kitchen and serve dinner to approximately 300 people.