Camp Dictionary

ECC Camp
Early Childhood Center Camp

Pitzel
Hebrew word for “Tiny”. An ECC Camp Unit for 3 year olds.

K’tonton
Hebrew word for “Small”. An ECC Camp Unit for 4 year olds.

Kef
Hebrew word for “Fun”. A Traditional Camp Unit for entering kindergarteners.

Yofi
Hebrew word for “Great”. A Traditional Camp Unit for entering 1st graders.

Osher
Hebrew word for “Joy”. A Traditional Camp Unit for entering 2nd and 3rd graders.

Paeel
Hebrew word for “Active” A Traditional Camp Unity for entering 4th-6th graders.

Gaga Ball
Ga-ga literally means “touch-touch” in Hebrew. This fun group game is a variant of dodgeball that is played in the Ga-ga pit.

Carpet Ball
A game played in a long, high-walled table with 11 wooden balls. Each player gets five balls to arrange however they want at their end of the table, and they take turns trying to knock each other's balls into troughs at each end of the table.

Shabbat
Hebrew for “Sabbath,” Shabbat is traditionally celebrated in the Jewish religion from sundown on Friday night to sundown Saturday night. At camp, we end each week by coming together to prepare for Shabbat. During out Shabbat celebration we sing songs, award the weekly spirit stick, celebrate community, and reflect on a great week at camp.

Holy Cow
Kosher café and restaurant located inside the MJCC.

Ruach Squad
Ruach is a Hebrew word that means “spirit”. This ”spirit” squad, consisting of Day Camp staff, leads the morning songs and gets the campers excited for the day each morning.

Specialty Camp
A camp that focuses its program around a certain activity or subject.

Sports Camp
A camp that focuses its program around a specific sport.

Traditional Camp
THE ULTIMATE CAMP EXPERIENCE! Campers participate in a wide variety of activities each day. Programming is built to encourage campers to make new friends, try new things, foster self confidence and have fun.

Spirit Stick
The Spirit Stick is the branch of a tree from our ancient campground, imbued with the ruach (spirit) of generations of Campers and Camp counselors.Each week this legendary stick is awarded to the group who has shown the most MJCC Day Camp spirit that week.

Scouts/Tzofim
Each summer 2 Israeli teens come to Memphis to be part of MJCC Day Camp through the Israeli Scouts Summer Delegation program. They share their backgrounds and experiences with campers and counselors, teaching them about Israel’s culture and history.

Ma Ani
A community service based camp program for entering 7th and 8th graders.

CIT
Counselor-in-Training