Dear KJA Members and Friends,
We know you are feeling anxious to hear the status of Milton Collins Day Camp and the AJCC pool this summer, and we are anxious to have an answer. We had expected to have updated official guidance in hand by now; from the county, state, CDC, or American Camp Association. Since those guidelines have not yet been released, we’ve had a delay in determining our next steps. We are currently in multiple discussions with different entities and will release more information soon.
Our current opening plans are as follows:
  • The AJCC Preschool is opening for the summer on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Class sizes are limited so that no more than 10 people, including teachers, are together. Preschool will run from 9 am – 3 pm with no before or after care. At this time there is a limit of available registrations.
  • We are planning to open Milton Collins Day Camp on Monday, June 15, 2020, pending guidance from the Knox County Health Department and the CDC. We are unable to offer field trips, overnights, or late nights this year. The camp will run from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. Please note that no additional extended care, including pool release, will be provided. At this time there is a limit of available registrations. Staff and campers will be expected to wear masks. Families may provide their own or wear masks that volunteers have donated. Daily health screening will be conducted for all staff and campers. There will be no specialty camps, but there will be great activities, swimming and fun!
  • We are planning to open the pool in mid-June, pending guidance from the Knox County Health Department and the CDC. Hours for our general membership will be limited to the weekend this year and members will be asked to bring their own chairs. Masks should be worn on the pool deck, but not in the pool. Water will be available for purchase but there will not be a snack bar this year. Members will be allowed to bring snack or drinks for their personal consumption. No glass will be allowed inside the pool area. The summer membership fee will be greatly reduced this year.
  • At this time the AJCC building remains closed to everyone except staff and preschool (and MCDC once it opens), BUT the office remains open to email and phone calls. Please let us know how we can assist you. If you are in need of assistance please contact Jewish Family Services director Laura Berry at Ed Hunter remains available for billing-related questions at Ed and Laura are working hard to return all emails and phone calls. There are currently no meetings, classes, or rentals at the AJCC.
We will be in touch with our camp and member families via email in the days to come. We will also post all further public updates, as they become available, to and our Facebook pages. As always, we thank you for choosing the AJCC and Milton Collins Day Camp and for your trust, patience, and understanding during these trying times.
Martha Iroff, Vice President of Children and Youth
Chip Rayman, President

Every session is a new adventure at Knoxville's premier all-inclusive summer day camp!

- Camp day from 9am to 3:30pm with extended care options from 7:30am - 6pm.

- Daily onsite swimming lessons

- Onsite tennis lessons

- Variety of games, art and FUN

- Imaginative field trips across East Tennessee

- Overnight adventures

- 13 acres of onsite nature to explore

- Healthy snacks and plenty of water

- Committed to a diverse, multi-cultural, multi-faith experience

- Some financial assistance available

The Milton Collins Day Camp (MCDC) is a fun-filled traditional day camp with many added extras that cannot be found anywhere else in Knoxville.  Camp sessions include daily swim lessons, tennis, arts and crafts, zany camp games, team building, field trips, and overnight experiences, all in a welcoming, multi-cultural environment. Our staff and camp families represent many different faith and ethnic backgrounds; we welcome campers of all abilities.  Our atmosphere of inclusion is a benefit to our entire camp community.  At MCDC, we don't teach diversity, we live it.  


Themed sessions each bring special opportunities for campers.  From touring Neyland Stadium to  whitewater rafting to putting on a musical theatre variety show—campers will experience new things and learn in fun and engaging ways.   Treat your child to a summer of learning, adventure, exploration, playing, swimming, and friendship-making on our 13.5 acre campus at the AJCC. 



Latenights and Overnights

Every other Thursday MCDC provides an opportunity for campers to participate in additional special programming. Rising Kindergarten and 1st graders are welcome to stay for the Latenight which lasts until 6 pm. Rising 2nd graders and up are invited to stay overnight in the AJCC facilities. Dinner is provided for all grades and breakfast is provided for the campers who stay overnight. Previous programming has included water slides, an extra free swim time, gaga tournaments and scavenger hunts. In addition, our TAP program will learn traditional camping techniques including making a camp fire, putting up tents, and roasting s'mores. Permission slips with more information are sent home at the beginning of every latenight/overnight week.


Field Trips

Every other Wednesday MCDC will go on an off-site field trip. The camp will leave the AJCC at approximately 9:15 am and return at 2:30 pm. We will travel to our location on a school bus. We do not require parent volunteers. Permission slips with more information are sent home at the beginning of every field trip week. Please refer to the camp calendar for specific field trip dates.


2020 Milton Collins Day Camp will start Tuesday, May 26.  Register online at UltraCamp now!


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AJCC is proud to host Seeds of Abraham Camp - a specialty camp for rising 7th through 9th graders. Come experience a week of interfaith fun, fellowship and service! For 2020, Seeds of Abraham week is July  27-31.  Please register through Ultracamp.


We provide summer programming for special needs campers.  Please contact the camp director,,  for details.


Our AJCC Preschool provides summer programming for ages 2 through pre-K.  Please see our Summer Preschool page for more details.


Work at MCDC!


Staff hiring is underway for 2020! Click here to download your 2020 staff application.


Applications should be sent to or brought to the AJCC located at 6800 Deane Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919.

MCDC Forms and Discounts!


AJCC Membership Form (annual and summer)


To download our fee adjustment form, otherwise known as camp scholarships, click here.


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