When Is Camp More Than Just Camp?

When it’s Jewish camp. At Jewish overnight camp, “the summer of your life” is more than just an expression. It’s a gift. It’s a place where your child can discover who they are—and who they want to become—while having a total blast.

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. They’ll also learn values like self-confidence, independence, and leadership that will last them long after the summer’s gone. At Jewish camp, ruach (spirit) is part of every activity— from dancing to hitting a home run—allowing campers to explore their connection to Judaism in a meaningful way while having the summer of their lives.

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.  Based on CAMP WORKS, the 2010 study by FJC studying the long term impact of Jewish overnight camp, there is compelling evidence that camp is a proven means of building Jewish identity, community, and leadership.  It found that 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,” says Foundation for Jewish Camp CEO, Jeremy J. Fingerman.  “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.” And it’s working… Apply today!



If your child has never been to Jewish overnight camp before, you might be eligible for $1000 off.   Apply today!

One Happy Camper is a program of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund with the Foundation for Jewish Camp and Jewish overnight camps across North America. One Happy Camper provides need-blind grants of up to $1000 to families with children attending nonprofit, mission-driven Jewish overnight camp for the first time.
Categories: Community, Teens


October 30, 2012


The Federation