Tucson J’s Elder Camp proves summer fun isn’t just for the grandkids anymore

Sylvia Levkovitz takes part in a cup stacking challenge at the Tucson Jewish Community Center’s Elder Camp 2018. {Courtesy Sharon Arkin)

Seniors who look back fondly on summer camp fun and frolic can now relive those golden days of yore. Following a banner first-year experiment, the Tucson Jewish Community Center is announcing open registration for its second season of Elder Camp. Camp will take place on four consecutive Sunday afternoons, June 16, 23, and 30, and July 7, from 2-5 p.m.

Dave and Adriana Stephens work on an art project at the Tucson Jewish Community Center’s Elder Camp 2018.

Each session will feature an hour of arts and crafts, Zumba (modified, with chairs for seated participation), and either a nature program presented by Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists, interactive bingo, carnival games, or a singalong with piano accompaniment and lyrics projected on a screen. Snacks and beverages will be served.

“Participants must be ambulatory (cane or walker is OK) and continent of bowel (Depends are OK),” says Sharon Arkin, Psy.D., who runs the Elder Camp as well as the Elder Rehab program, which helps people with memory loss stay physically and mentally active. The next semester of Elder Rehab will start in September.

Memory-challenged participants accompanied by a helper are welcome at Elder Camp, and helpers will not have to register or pay.

The cost of the series is $150. Individual sessions are $40. To register, call the Tucson J at 299-3000. Specify whether a helper will accompany the registrant. For more information, contact Arkin at 603-2912 or