Zipping into Camp

Zipping into Camp

Camp Isidore Alterman unveils upgraded zipline.

The new climbing wall at Camp Isidore Alterman is separate from the zipline this year.
The new climbing wall at Camp Isidore Alterman is separate from the zipline this year.

This summer, more campers at the Marcus JCC’s Camp Isidore Alterman will be able to zip across the lake at the 52-acre camp daily with an upgraded zipline, newly enhanced aerial adventures, challenging climbing tower and renovated high ropes course.

In the past, only older campers who could scale the climbing tower one at a time could use the zipline and then only when staff was available to assist them, according to camp director Mackenzie Sherman. Improved technology will allow more campers, even the youngest ones, to enjoy the climbing wall, ropes course and zipline, he said.

The climbing wall is a separate element with two campers now able to climb at the same time as opposed to only one before. “Our large climbing tower will feature two self-belay devices, allowing rising [kindergarten] through sixth graders to safely and independently climb up and repel down while supervised by specially trained counselors on the ground.”

The zipline also was restrung so that campers can zip faster on a direct line to the end instead of having to disconnect at a transfer point and zip in again to continue, Sherman explained. Staff will be there to assist at several stages, he added.

“There’s a lot more usability” to participate on a daily basis, and he hopes it will “inspire kids to meet a new challenge point or experience something different.”

The MJCCA reports, “Rising first through sixth graders can climb a new ropes bridge while secured to a zipline from the ground through a beautiful canopy of trees to the platform. Campers will then experience a faster, smoother ride on the new zipline wire and descend to a brand-new receiving tower, featuring stairs for campers to easily climb down.”

Sherman said, “Our high ropes course and zipline have always been camper favorites. We are thrilled to have renovated them, making these aerial adventures even more accessible and user-friendly. We can’t wait to see them in action this summer.”

MJCCA day camps offer more than 100 camp options that run from May 26 to Aug. 14. CIA offers lake activities, archery, ropes course, swimming, sports, arts and crafts and outdoor cooking, among others. Specialty camps focus on sports, theme, travel, performing arts and teen options. Free bus transportation is available from various locations. For more information, contact or 678-812-4004.

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