JCC Rainbow Day Camp

Campers entering K4-9th Grade Located in Fredonia with North Shore bus stops
Albert and Ann Deshur JCC Rainbow Day Camp is an inclusive summer day camp, for children and teens, guided by Jewish values, that fosters personal development, friendship, and community.
Three young girls wearing green t - shirts.


Led by experienced and nurturing staff on over 110 picturesque acres, campers of all faiths, ethnicities, and abilities safely play and learn through a variety of enriching and innovative activities including waterfront, sports, arts and crafts, Judaic education, and nature.

Learn more about available scholarships.

Program Benefits

Albert & Ann Deshur JCC Rainbow Day Camp’s 110-acre facility in Fredonia allows children to experience and embrace the great outdoors with plenty of access to aquatic spaces, athletic spaces, nature, spaces, activity spaces, and community spaces. Getting to camp is easy with our three North Shore bus stops in Whitefish Bay, Mequon, and Grafton.

As a day camp inspired by Jewish values, we welcome children of all backgrounds, from throughout Metro Milwaukee and beyond, to join our inclusive camp
family. Here are just a few of the values and traditions that make our camp special:
Kehillah (community)
We begin and end each day as a camp community, celebrating milestones and lifting each other up. These moments of community are important for our campers to make connections and feel a part of something warm, inclusive, and safe.
Kavod (respect)
Our counselors weave this value into every interaction with our young campers, guiding them to follow suit as they interact with each other throughout their day.
Tikkun Olam (caring for the world)
Our campsite and programs allow kids to connect with the natural world around them and recognize their responsibility to care for that environment.
Tzedakah (justice)
Each two-week session will have a designated social justice project that involves the whole camp community.
Shabbat (sabbath)
At Friday afternoon assembly, we sing songs, enjoy juice and challah bread, and come together to celebrate the end of another fun week as a camp community.

We create a camp community that is inclusive and welcoming to campers of all backgrounds, means, and abilities.

  • The integrated Shiluv programs allow campers of differing abilities to be mainstreamed with their peers while receiving individualized support from professionally trained staff.
  • The Road to Rainbow program is a partnership with local agencies that builds opportunities for campers from underserved neighborhoods.
  • The JCC is blessed with the ability to be stewards of our community’s scholarship funds and take seriously our responsibility to make these funds available to all who may need scholarship assistance.
A girl in a wheelchair with a backpack.

At JCC Rainbow Day Camp, we believe the best experience for your child is complete with a beginning, middle, and end. With our 2-week session format we are able to give your child the best experience and really welcome them into our RDC family. We also recognize that your family’s summer schedule may require you to select partial sessions, and that’s OK, too!

Two children climbing on a colorful wall.

download our 2024 camp guide

k4 – 1st Grade

Yeladim (children) • K4
Netzorim (sprouts) • K5
Alonim (oaks) • 1st Grade

Our youngest campers are introduced to daily camp life, welcomed into the camp community, and given ample opportunity to explore all that camp has to offer while also developing the self-help and social skills necessary to begin school in the fall.

2nd – 5th Grade

Gadnayim (cadets) • 2nd Grade
Shomrim (guardians) • 3rd Grade

Camp grows with your camper and the structure of this unit gives older elementary age kids more choices and more ways to individualize their day camp experience with chugim options (activities) and specialty programs.

6th – 9th Grade

The Village

Our middle and high school age campers have a space all their own – The Village. This special area of camp has its own GaGa Pit, Ping Pong tables, and gathering spaces for playing cards or talking with friends. Older campers experience greater autonomy, more choices, and increased challenges while also enjoying opportunities for leadership development.

from camper to leader

CIT Program: Our CIT program is open to 15-16 year olds who are interested in a fun and rewarding summer job. Bringing together high school students from different communities within Milwaukee, the program offers leadership and job training which includes compensation. Application is required and limited spots are available.

Work at Camp: Many of our RDC alumni continue to lead camp as counselors and specialty staff. We are currently recruiting energetic, passionate, and hard-working individuals to join our JCC staff family in the summer. Working at camp is not only fun but it is also a resume builder, especially for those pursuing careers in general education, special education, social work, or recreation.

program details

RDC Specialty Week: June 10-14 (no camp June 12 in observance of Shavuot)
Session 1: June 17-28
Session 2: July 1-12
(no camp July 4)
Session 3: July 15-26
Session 4: July 29-August 9

Camp Day runs 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Exact start and end times may vary by bus stop.

Full Session Rates (2 weeks):

  • K4-9th (5day/week) • JCC Members $700 / Community $770
  • Shiluv (special needs) Programs* • JCC Members $770 / Community $870

Partial Session Rates (1 week):

  • K4-9th grade (5 days/week) • JCC Members $350 / Community $385
  • Shiluv (special needs) Programs* • JCC Members $385 / Community $435

June Specialty Week (June 10-14, no camp June 12 for Shavuot)

  • K4-5th grade (5 days/week) • JCC Members $350 / Community $385

Eight Week Discount • Save $150 per eligible camper
Early Bird Discount • Save $20/week January 28 – February 29, 2024

Learn more about available scholarships.

*Shiluv (special needs) programs require a parent interview prior to registration to ensure a positive experience for each child. Shiluv programs not eligible for Early bird discounts.

We provide round-trip bus transportation from three locations to our campsite in Fredonia. The camp experience begins the moment your camper steps on the bus.

  • Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center – 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd, Whitefish Bay
  • Hy & Richard Smith JCC Water Park – 11015 N. Market St, Mequon
  • I-43 Grafton Park & Ride – Hwy 32 and Port Washington exit

Return bus times don’t fit your family schedule? Register your child for Kids Center After Camp Care.

1. The JCC camps are open to the community and inclusive to children of all faiths, races, and abilities.

2. Day Camp Early Bird registration runs Sunday, January 28 – Saturday, February 29

  • RDC Early Bird Discounts exclude Shiluv & Bonim programs.
  • Early Bird scholarship applications must be received no later than February 29, 2024.
  • There is a required $25 deposit per week for registration.

3. To receive the stated Member Value rate, camp registrants must be an active JCC member from the time of registration through the duration of the registered camp. All JCC camps are open to the community at the listed Community Rate. For more information about JCC membership or to verify your status, contact the Membership Team at 414-964-4444.

4. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with enrollment. All other communications, details, and camp-specific forms will be sent via email as the season approaches.

5. All state required forms must be completed and submitted by 12:00 PM the Friday prior to your child’s first day of camp. A $50 late fee will be assessed if state required forms are not submitted at this time.

6. Campers will not be allowed to attend camp without completed forms.

7. Upon registration, a $25 deposit is required for each week of camp.

8. Balance of camp fees are due June 1, 2024. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted.

9. Refunds will not be made for incomplete attendance.

10. The JCC may, at its discretion, use photos, video, audio, or other camper likeness from our camp community for publicity, promotion, or community engagement.

11. Additions, cancellations or modifications:

  • Additional camp weeks may be added without subsequent processing fee, if space is available.
  • Cancellations prior to May 1st, 2024, will result in a $50 processing fee.
  • Cancellations after May 1st, 2024, will result in forfeiture of your deposit.
  • Cancellations after June 1st, 2024, will result in forfeiture of your deposit and all fees for the cancelled sessions.
  • Additional weeks added after June 1 are nonrefundable.

12. A $50 processing fee will be assessed for any registered week canceled or changed.

questions about jcc rainbow day camp?