One Happy Camper

Campers explore their connection to Judaism in a meaningful way while having the summer of their lives.

Jewish camp is just plain fun. But it’s also so much more than that – it’s camp with a soul where your child will have an amazing summer racing down a zipline, singing under the stars, and making lifelong friends. Campers will also learn values like self-confidence, independence, and leadership that will last them long after the summer’s gone.

One Happy Camper is not a scholarship; it is an incentive grant that provides need-blind grants of up to $1,000 to families with children attending nonprofit, mission-driven Jewish overnight camp for the first time. One Happy Camper is a program of the Federation in partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp and Jewish overnight camps across North America.

Grants are available to first-time campers who:

  • Live in the Federation's service area
  • Attend at least 12 days of Jewish overnight camp
  • Have not previously attended Jewish overnight camp for more than 11 nights.

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One summer of camp, a lifetime of Jewish connection

The challenge of passing along Jewish connection and commitment to the next generation has become one of the most important concerns of the American Jewish community. There is compelling evidence that camp is a proven means of building Jewish identity, community, and leadership. Adults who attended Jewish overnight camp are 37% more likely to light candles regularly for Shabbat, 45% more likely to attend synagogue at least once a month, and 55% more likely to feel very emotionally attached to Israel.

“The Jewish summer camp experience affects children in countless ways and opens their hearts to the joy of being Jewish. We are passionate about making that experience possible for every Jewish child and deeply grateful to all of our partners who share our commitment to that goal.”

Foundation for Jewish Camp CEO, Jeremy J. Fingerman