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As a Jewish professional, you’ve seen the incredible impact Jewish camp can have. Whether you attended camp, your children attend camp, or you simply see the way your congregation’s campers come back from camp more confident, inspired, and Jewishly connected than before, you know how much the gift of camp can mean in someone’s life.
Our data shows that almost all of the first-time campers who will join us this summer will register for camp by the end of February. That means its camp season here at the URJ offices! With only a few weeks left in this critical window, we are asking for your help to connect your congregation’s families to camp.
This is a great time to remind your families about One Happy Camper grants, which provide $700 to $1,000 for first-time campers. These grants have made it easier for so many families to give their children the best summers of their lives.
Looking for some ideas on how to bring camp into your congregation?
One Happy Camper is funded thanks to Foundation for Jewish Camp in partnership with organizations across North America. There is universal understanding and data reinforcing the investment & value of Jewish camp for children, teens, and young adults: It strengthens Jewish identity, connects young people to synagogue and broader Jewish life, and builds their life skills – especially for mental, emotional, social health.
Our camps also provide a vision we seek as a Jewish community and for humanity – a more inclusive, just, whole, loving and sustainable world. There is a reason why children, teens, young adults, and parents frequently leave camp with tears in their eyes, saying “I wish all of life were like camp."
Joining a URJ Camp is a beginning of that vision and transcends a young person’s summer months – the community, friendship, network of mentors, young adults, adult clergy, educators, scholars and artists provide a lifelong foundation for support and growth, with year-round life-enriching touch points to follow – NFTY, social justice work through the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and all that your congregation does all year long.
If you are already part of a URJ camp community, let us know what you love most about your camp! If you have not yet joined your URJ Camp community, here is your opportunity to support your child, grandchild and/or any child to receive this gift and these blessings.
Learn more about all of the URJ’s camps, and find your perfect match at URJYouth.org/Camps.