Giborim U Mission
Giborim U is a program for children, teens and adults with special needs. Its catalog includes courses in fitness, the arts, sports, recreation, life skills and health and wellness. Participants will enrich their lives socially and behaviorally while gaining independence and communication skills, as they forge genuine connections to each other and the community.
Background & History
The David Posnack JCC's premier special needs summer camp, Camp Giborim, serves over 145 children and young adults between the ages of 3-22. The mission of Camp Giborim, meaning “heroes” in Hebrew, is to offer a traditional recreational summer camp environment for special needs campers with autism, Down syndrome, developmental delays and various other disabilities. The camp is filled with innovative activities and creative programming and a culture of inclusion through daily interaction with the general camp population.
The special needs population is experiencing a steady increase with a greater demand for a year-round program for youth and adults. The J is committed to working with this special population and developed Giborim U, a new program designed for both adults and youth.
- Youth (6-17)
- Adults (18 and up)
- Diagnosed with a developmental disability, including, but not limited to, autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, Angelman syndrome, Smith-Magenis syndrome and other disabilities.
- Ability to participate in small groups
- Active engagement
- Ability to stay with a group
- Follow basic group instructions
- Continuous physical aggression
- Requires continuous one-on-one attention
- Elopes/runs away
- Continuous inappropriate language or behavior
Applicants must meet the DPJCC and Giborim U admissions’ requirements as determined by a completed intake process. Current Giborim campers are pre-approved.
A discussion of class placement will take place during the intake process. To schedule an intake application by phone, call or email:
Following the intake process, participants will complete the Giborim U registration and payment form. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Inquire during the intake process. Membership at the J is not required to attend Giborim U.