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JCC looking to start summer camp July 6

Photo of several JCC school-age campers just before opening circle during pirate day 2019.

Dear JCC Members and Families,

We hope you are doing well and know you are eager for any news regarding Camp Romano. Camp Romano is licensed through Onondaga County’s Department of Health. At this time, the county has not yet decided if and when camp permits will be issued. We are hopeful, pending county approval, that we will be able to run camp for seven weeks starting July 6. However, it will include many new health and safety measures.

We have been restructuring how camp will run this year per CDC guidelines and have set forth the following new protocols.

  • Camp groups will have no more than 10 campers.
  • All camp groups will be separated throughout the day to mitigate the risk of exposure.
  • Camp will run daily from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. with drop-off beginning at 8:30 and pick-up running until 4:30.
  • Drop-off and pick-up will be provided by the parents with a health check at the car before accepting children to camp.
  • There will be no early care, late care or bus pick-ups this summer as there is no way to safely keep children separate.
  • Camp will start the week of July 6 (one week late). Campers registered for the week prior will have paid funds credited to their account.
  • At this point the county is not issuing pool permits. There will be no swim lesson or free swim unless this changes during the summer.
  • Many specialty camps will have to be cancelled as the CDC guidelines state to limit contact sports and field trips.
  • SyraCrusin’ will not be able to run at this point. We are in the process of trying to plan a camp onsite to accommodate that age group.
  • The JCC will be renting a large outdoor tent to help social distance groups outside while providing shade.

Please know that this is a fluid process with changes happening daily. We have attached our new list of camps (PDF, 315 KB) that will hopefully be allowed to run. However, this list may change as more information comes to light. Please contact us via email with changes to your child’s registration if they were registered for a camp that we are unable to run.

Our number one priority is the safety of our campers, staff and community members. We are excited at the possibility of having our campers onsite. We know that the social interaction is crucial for our campers’ wellbeing. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at or


Pamela Ranieri
Director of Children's Programming

Amy Bisnett
Associate Director of Children's Programming

Marci Erlebacher
Executive Director