How to Pick a Jewish Sleepaway Camp
Advice for how to navigate the plethora of Jewish sleepaway camp options.
• How does the camp ensure campers’ safety and security?
• How are behavioral and disciplinary problems handled?
• What is the camp’s technology policy?
• Does the camp offer transportation to and/or from camp?
• What is the minimum age of the counselors? What kind of staff training is provided?
Facilities and programming:
• Is there a swimming pool or lake?
• Are showers/bathrooms in the cabins or in another building?
• Is the daily schedule very structured, or does it emphasize elective and individual choices?
• What type of instructional swim program is offered? Is it required?
• What other instructional or specialty programs are offered?
• What types of programs and facilities are available in the event of bad weather?
• How does the camp program meet individual needs and differences?
Food and medical:
• What types of food are offered? Can allergies or other dietary needs be accommodated?
• Is the kitchen kosher?
• How does the camp handle individual medical needs? What medical facilities are nearby?
Some nice things to know:
If your child has never been to a Jewish overnight camp before, they may be eligible for a need-blind One Happy Camper grant of up to $1000. Learn how.
Many camps offer early registration incentives or sibling discounts, and scholarships may be available from your camp, synagogue, or other Jewish organizations. Visit www.JewishCamp.org/camper-scholarships and contact your local synagogue or federation for additional information.
Families in the Northeast, New England, and Mid-Atlantic regions may be eligible for BunkConnect TM, a pilot program that matches income-eligible families with high-quality nonprofit Jewish summer camps.
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