Overnight Camp Scholarships and Grants

Camp is a transformative experience in the life of a child

Think camp is out of reach? Think again! The Federation provides incentive grants and need-based scholarships for Jewish children to attend Jewish overnight summer camp in the United States, Canada, Israel, and in Jewish communities overseas. 

One Happy Camper Grant

One Happy Camper is not a scholarship; it is an incentive 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 11 nights.

Funds are limited and will be awarded on a rolling basis. Due to funding restrictions, children living in Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa and Solano Counties who attend Jewish day school are not eligible. Why is that?

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


Overnight Camp Scholarships

Even middle-income families can feel the pinch of the Bay Area’s high cost of living. The Federation provides need-based scholarships to help make camp more accessible.

Scholarship requirements

  • Families with children between the ages of 6 and 18 (by June 1, 2020) are eligible for scholarships to attend an accredited Jewish overnight camp in the U.S., Canada or Israel or Jewish communities overseas.
  • 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.
  • Scholarship funds are to be used strictly for camp tuition and camp-provided bus transportation to and from camp.


For children attending Camp TawongaURJ Camp NewmanRamah Galim of Northern California, and JCC Maccabi Sports Camp, please contact the camps directly to apply for financial assistance. Do not use our online system.

For all other accredited Jewish overnight camps in the U.S., Canada, Israel or other countries, please apply online. Applications are due March 2, 2020.

All application data is kept strictly confidential and will be reviewed without identifying information by the Federation, which determines awards based on financial need. Families will be informed of their scholarships no later than April 30, 2020. Award checks will be made out directly to the overnight camp and will be sent to the families to forward to the provider.

Bay Area Israeli families (with at least one Israeli parent)

Get up to $2,000 for your child to try Jewish overnight camp for the first time at any of our six Northern California camps for up to three weeks. Contact your camp of choice to apply!


Scholarship funds are provided with support from the Albert and Janet Schultz Overnight Campership Fund, the Bentkowsky Campership Fund, the Bernard Hurwitz and Ethel Adler Hurwitz Summer Camperships Fund, the Newhouse Fund, and other generous donors to the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.

Partial funding for One Happy Camper is provided by the Foundation for Jewish Camps.

For more information, please contact:
Sadie Simon
Project Manager, Community Impact