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Tucson J to let adults in on summer camp fun

Summer camp is not just for kids anymore. Summer camps targeted for adults are popping up throughout the country, and Tucson is embracing the trend. The Tucson Jewish Community Center will launch its first One Day Adult Summer Camp on Sunday, July 29.

The Foundation for Jewish Camping says, “The key to the Jewish future is Jewish camp. We know from research — and nearly two decades’ experience — that this is where young people find Jewish role models and create enduring Jewish friendships. It’s where they forge a vital, lifelong connection to their essential Jewishness.”

“Why would we want to exclude adults from the opportunity to be part of a camp community and connect with Judaism on a different level?” says Jennifer Selco, the J’s director of Jewish life and learning, who is organizing the adult camp.

For many adults, summer camp evokes memories of simpler times. The J’s camp will not disappoint, although meals will be a little more upscale than PBJ sandwiches. In fact, fresh fare will pair with adult beverages instead of Kool-Aid. Arts and crafts also will take on a more sophisticated approach with a cooking session with a guest chef from Caridad Kitchen, and a paint and sip activity.

Don’t miss out on the inevitable talent show, with the edge taken off with a comedy improvisation workshop. Other interactive workshops are on tap, along with athletics: catch ball, yoga, walking and J-Wave Glide Fit, open swimming and other pool games.

Every participant goes home with a camp T-shirt and gets their fill of s’mores. With limited space available, early registration is suggested. Inclusive price is $40 per person, or $75 per couple. Childcare is available for $15 per child. Camp hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“We hope that the one-day adult summer camp is a huge success, and that people leave wanting more camp experiences year-round,” Selco says.

Contact Selco for additional details at or 299-3000, ext. 106.