Overnight Camp Scholarships and Grants

Camp is a transformative experience in the life of a child

The Federation provides need-based scholarships and need-blind grants for Jewish children in the Federation's service area to attend any Jewish overnight summer camp in the United States, Canada, Israel, and in Jewish communities overseas. All camp scholarships are intended to provide "last resort" community resources above and beyond what is contributed by families and individual camps.

One Happy Camper Grant

One Happy Camper 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.

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 5 nights.

Note: a limited number of scholarships will be available for Jewish Day School students.

One Happy Camper is a program of the Federation in partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp and Jewish overnight camps across North America.

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Overnight Camp Scholarships

Scholarship requirements

  • Families with children between the ages of 6 and 18 (by June 1, 2019) are eligible for scholarships to attend a qualifying Jewish overnight camp in the U.S., Canada or Israel.
  • Applicants must live in the Federation’s service area
  • Families may apply for overnight camp scholarships for one or more children.
  • Children must be Jewish (as identified by their families).
  • Families must contribute a minimum percentage of total tuition according to their ability to pay. 
  • Scholarships must be “last resort” funds, supplementing financial assistance provided by the camp, family, and all other possible sources, for families who would otherwise not be able to attend.
  • Scholarship funds are to be used strictly for camp tuition and camp-provided bus transportation to and from camp.

Qualifying overnight camps 

Any accredited Jewish overnight camp in the U.S., Canada, Israel and in Jewish communities overseas is eligible. This includes (but is not limited to):

How to Apply

For scholarships to Camp Tawonga and URJ Camp Newman, apply directly to the camp. Do not use our online system.

For all other overnight camps, apply online. Applications are due March 15, 2019.

For East Bay Federation scholarships, contact Alison Stein at alison@jfed.org.

Scholarship award process

Overnight camp scholarships are allocated in two ways: 

  1. Through block grants to Camps Newman and Tawonga, Camp Ramah Northern California, and JCC Maccabi Sports Camp, families apply directly to the camps for funding.
  2. Through direct awards to families attending any other Jewish camp in the U.S., Canada, Israel and in Jewish communities overseas, applications are reviewed and awarded by a lay committee that determines awards based on financial need. Award checks made out to the camp will be mailed to families to forward to their camp.