About Us > Camp History
A Jewish day camp has been located on the
Captain’s Pond site for over 40 years. Owned by the Jewish Community
Center of Lawrence, the camp (then called the Lawrence Jewish Community
Center Camp) had as many as 150 campers each session from the Merrimack
Valley and southern New Hampshire.
When the Lawrence JCC closed, the
campsite was rented to the Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation. The
Federation operated the camp under the name Merrimack Valley Jewish
Community Day Camp and later the Jewish Community Day Camp (“JCDC”)
until it closed in 1993.
In the winter of 1994, the Federation decided
to recommit itself to establishing a Jewish community day camp. They
invested significant funds to repair and refurbish the camp site as
well as purchase new equipment and develop a new program.
In 1995 the
camp opened, renamed Camp Hadar (“splendor” or “beauty” in Hebrew),
with over 120 children attending during the summer, proving there was a
definite interest in the community to support a Jewish community day
camp. Camp Hadar continues to grow and improve.