At Camp Wise, the Mandel JCC of Cleveland’s Jewish overnight camp, we understand that children of diverse age groups are at varying developmental stages and have different needs while at camp. We intentionally group our cabins in distinct age-group villages, not by gender, so that counselors can focus on the specific age appropriate needs of each of their campers.
Villages build a unique identity and sense of pride over the summer, kids participate in daily electives, sit at cabin tables at meals, participate in evening programs, and come up with their own cheers and mascots as a village. Campers share space and time with kids their own age–and can develop meaningful relationships with peers outside their cabin.
Each Camp Wise camper lives in a cabin with kids in his or her own grade. Three or four staff members live in each cabin which keeps the cabins below a 1:4 staff to camper ratio and allows staff to build meaningful 1 on 1 relationships with each camper.