Camp Gan Kef: Toddlers-Pre K

The JCC Early Childhood Program (ECP) goes to Summer Camp! 

Gan Kef means "preschool fun" in Hebrew. Join us for a memorable summer filled to the brim with preschool fun, friends and learning! The ECP is staffed with dedicated, professional preschool teachers and assistants, who are extensively trained in both Early Childhood Education and summer camp culture. Each session is structured around a unique theme and tailored to the developmental levels of each age group, while maintaining the educational standards of the ECP school year. Campers will also enjoy exciting adventures such as water play and activity specialists who will be on hand to enhance the camp atmosphere.


Questions? Contact our Camp Staff.  



Parent Resource Center

What to Bring

Snack Schedule
Lunch Ideas
Swim Schedule

Enrichment Classes:
Aleph & Bet (1-2 yrs.)
Dalet & Gimmel (3-4 yrs.)
Kim's Gym
Soccer Shots

The ECP and Camp Gan Kef follow state guidelines for immunizations and do not accept waivers.  

Swimming Lessons or Fun in the Water
Gimmel and Dalet campers participate in swimming lessons Monday through Thursday. Aleph and Bet campers will enjoy splash time on the ECP playgrounds!

Campers bring their own lunches and beverages. Lunches must be vegetarian or dairy only. Pizza with fruit is provided for lunch each Friday and is included in the cost of camp. We also offer an option for a catered lunch Monday through Thursday, which is not included in the cost of camp.

Camp Gan Kef provides a healthy snack every morning and an additional snack in the afternoon for those campers enrolled in Extended Care.

Campers receive a complimentary camp T-shirt. Additional shirts may be ordered for $10.

Camp Gan Kef Photos

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Camp Gan Kef Age Groups and Rates

Camp Gan Kef operates Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM-2:30 PM for all ages with early care options available beginning at 7 AM and extended care options available until 6 PM.

  Age 2 By 9/1/2017 

  Base Tuitions:
  $458 Member
  $594 Non-Member

  Member Add-ons:
  $119 Early Care 
  $174 Extended Care 

  Non-member Add-ons:
  $156 Early Care 
  $226 Extended Care  

  Age 3 By 9/1/2017

  Base Tuitions:
  $435 Member
  $564 Non-Member

 Member Add-ons:
  $114 Early Care 
  $166 Extended Care 

  Non-member Add-ons:
  $149 Early Care 
  $216 Extended Care 

  Age 4 By 9/1/2017

  Base Tuitions:
  $425 Member
  $553 Non-Member

  Member Add-ons:
  $111 Early Care 
  $162 Extended Care 

 Non-member Add-ons:
  $146 Early Care 
  $212 Extended Care 

  Age 5 By 9/1/2017

  Base Tuitions:
  $416 Member
  $541 Non-Member

 Member Add-ons:
  $109 Early Care
  $159 Extended Care

  Non-member Add-ons:
  $143 Early Care  
  $208 Extended Care 

Pricing is for two-week sessions. 
Pre-Camp is $179 (core day) and $60 for Early Care and $120 for Extended Care for all ages. 
Gan Kef Pre-Camp is available only to ECP students who are currently registered for the 2016-2017 school year.

Camp Gan Kef Sessions and Daily Class Structure

(Open only to currently enrolled students)

Get ready to embark on some summer voyages! Adventure is just around the corner during every session’s interactive trek – inventions, discoveries, hypotheses, creative explorations…the imaginative list is endless. Start the summer with a short Pre-Camp session where children will have three fun-filled days preparing for their journeys! What to bring? What to do? So many preparations! You won’t want to miss this trip!

Session A 
Globe Trekkers
2018 details coming soon.
Tomorrow morning before we depart, I intend to land and see what can be found in the neighborhood." - Christopher Columbus.

Campers will step into the shoes of past and present explorers. From voyages across the Atlantic to missions in space, campers will use their "passports" to travel by water, air, or land and search for places to settle! This session will integrate cross-curricular topics as the campers utilize compasses, graphs, and maps to encourage cooperative math, language arts, science, history, geography, and art skills.

Session B
"Book" Your Travels
2018 details coming soon.

There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all." - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

What direction will our "passports" take us while traveling on this adventurous journey? Campers will follow a path through different genres of literature such as Fairy tales & Folklore, Sports, Nature, Mystery, Science, Biography, Hobbies & Crafts, and Adventure. They will delve into their favorite authors and topics as we foster their love of reading! The children will be given the opportunity to write their own book incorporating pictures and documentation of their activities during this fun and interactive two-week session.

Session C 
I Dig Archeology!
2018 details coming soon.
It's not what you find, it's what you find out." - David Hurst Thomas

There is plenty of excitement to go around when analyzing artifacts - jar handles, a clay jug and bangles, for example, take on new meanings as campers figure out the purpose behind these old pieces of pottery and colorful tiles. Our " passports" will take campers on another adventure to discover the fascinating science of archeology through learning environments that encourage play and exploration in the natural world. campers will use shovels brushes, sifters, and hammers to unearth coins, bones, and artifacts. This two-week session will encourage and provide opportunities for children to construct their own surroundings, design tools and materials, develop the necessary give-and-take in social relationships, and solve problems as individuals and part of a team!

Session D
Spark of Genius
2018 details coming soon.
To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk." - Thomas A. Edison

Because of their natural curiosity within, we know each child has the potential to become creative thinkers! During this two-week session, campers will have the opportunity to gather information, develop ideas, and "invent" a new, useful item that fills a need or creates a different way of doing something. Perhaps on this voyage of discovery, our "passports" will direct our steps and encourage the "spark of genius" in all of us - both individually and as part of a team!

Session E
World of Flavours
2018 details coming soon.
The measure of achievement is not winning awards. It's doing something that you appreciate, something you believe is worthwhile." - Julia Child

Look out tastebuds… you will take an exciting journey as campers explore different cultures and food traditions from around the globe during this two-week session. Campers will design their own flags, banners, passports, and menus while deciding which healthy ethnic foods they would like to prepare! They will experiment and make discoveries with ingredients and spices in a variety of sensory ways while measuring, creating art, making comparisons, and working in a group. On "International Food Day," all Camp Gan Kef campers will gather together and have the opportunity to share in this delicious adventure!


Our nationally recognized program offers a high energy, fun and age-appropriate introduction to the wonderful game of soccer. Our innovative curriculum emphasizes both soccer skills and character development. Our goal is simple: to leave a lasting, positive impact on every child we serve. Each unique session includes:

  • Individual soccer skill development
  • Creative, imaginative play
  • Fun fitness activities
  • Coordination, balance, and agility development
  • Character word-of-the-day
  • Themed daily arts and crafts

Camp options available Pre-Camp, Post Camp 1, Post Camp 2, and Post Camp 3. 9 AM - 1 PM, ages 3-5. Must be potty independent. Campers must bring their own lunch, snacks and water bottle.





To Make New Friends!
Camp Gan Kef brings together children of all faiths and backgrounds from across Austin and surrounding areas! Camp Gan Kef also joins other JCC Summer Camps for events throughout the summer.

To Learn a New Activity!
Session themes provide the perfect opportunity for experimenting with new activities in a safe, creative environment!

To Let Your Imagination Soar!
From camp-wide assemblies to art, music and cooking classes; from splash time to story time, Camp Gan Kef will excite and enrich your young camper's growing mind! Each week of summer camp will be experiential, interactive, creative and an, "Out of the Magical Box" adventure! Come and discover what's inside each session box



Lesson plans and activities structured around session theme. Campwide assemblies with skits, music, and dancing. Wacky Wednesday dress-up theme days once per session. Activity specialists leading art, story time and more. Tot Shabbat sing-along and service every Friday.

7 AM
Early care begins for those registered

8:30 AM
Arrival and start of regular camp day

Core Day Activites:
• Classroom Activities
• Swimming (Gimmel & Dalet Groups)
• Splashing (Alef & Bet Groups)
• Playground / Nature /      Gardening / Adventure Room
• Snack
• Art / Music / Cooking Activities
• Lunch
• Rest
• Open Center Play

2:30 PM
Dismissal for those registered for regular Camp day

2:45 PM
Extended Care begins for those registered

Extended Care Activities:
• Snack
• Playground
• Art / Music / Cooking  Activities
• Open Center Play

6 PM
Dismissal for those registered for Extended Care