We hope you are staying safe and healthy and getting along well at home. No doubt, as the
weeks tick by, you’re beginning to think about the summer and whether we’ll be able to open
JEA Camp Savannah.
We have been working diligently with numerous summer camps and medical experts for
several weeks to carefully assess various summer scenarios.
After careful consideration and much planning, we will be moving forward with a modified
2020 camp season, although we are unsure of the actual start date. It may look and feel a bit
different from summers of the past, but we’re excited, nonetheless.
In the meantime, we send good wishes to everyone in our camp family. We appreciate your patience, partnership, and on-going support, and we look forward to being in touch again when there is more information to convey.
Stay healthy, stay safe, stay strong.
JEA Camp Savannah
We strive to provide campers with a nurturing experience that will help promote social, emotional and intellectual development. Our diverse specialty programs teach universal values that will encourage campers to explore aspects of Jewish traditions while remaining culturally sensitive to others. We give campers the opportunity to establish their role in the community through a variety of service learning projects. Lastly, we provide a positive atmosphere that is fundamentally focused on creating lasting and positive relationships with others.
DJ HORTON - CAMP DIRECTOR
DJ is in his eleventh summer as Camp Director. DJ oversees the JEA Children’s Programming including After School care, Saturday Night Out and Days at the JEA. DJ has over 20 years of summer camp experience as a Camper, Counselor and Director. He provides the camp with a sense of spirit, warmth and fun that is recognizable throughout the JEA. DJ holds his BS in Early Childhood Education from ASU.
JACKIE LABAN - ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Jackie joined the team in Fall of 2018 and is the Assistant Director for all the JEA Children’s and Camp Programming. Before coming to the JEA she was a Site Coordinator for the Charleston County School District’s After Care and Camp programs for four years and worked with children with disabilities prior to that. She was also a camp counselor for the Columbia JCC while in college. She graduated from the College of Charleston with a BS in Psychology and a minor in Jewish Studies.
Lynette Mikell - Camp Team Leader
This is Lynette’s ninth summer with Camp Savannah and her second summer as Team Leader. During the school year she coordinates the programming for After School and assists with programming and logistics for Days at the J and Saturday Night Out Programs. As a childcare specialist with over eleven years of experience, she looks after the physical and emotional well-being of all campers. She is currently pursuing a BA in Psychology at South University.
Kristina Martell - Camp Team Leader
This is Kristina’s eighth year as Camp Team Leader. She facilitates activities, directs drop-off and pick-up and cares for the camper with the skinned knee or upset stomach. Kristina is a 3rd grade school teacher. She holds her BS in Early Childhood Education from Berry College.
The key to ensuring that your camper has the best summer of their life is the quality of the counselors. JEA Camp Savannah selects only the finest from a pool of experienced counselors. All counselors participate in a week-long orientation before the summer starts, which includes learning to work with children of various age groups, Red Cross Pediatric first aid/safety training and anti-bullying seminars. In addition, counselors are evaluated by senior staff throughout the summer to ensure that they're providing your child with the best care possible.