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What is a Jewish Camp?

Summer camp is a huge tradition for Jewish families in the USA, and many are run by Jewish families or organisations. Keep reading to learn more…

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What to Expect

We work with 150+ Jewish camps, including Traditional, Reform and Orthodox. Most camps fall into the Traditional category, offering Kosher meals and a Shabbat programme on Friday nights & Saturdays. All campers will have a Jewish background and a range of Jewish commitment, but outside of specific activities, life at a Jewish summer camp is very similar to any other summer camp in the USA! You can expect a beautiful environment and lots of different activities.

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Skills & Experience

  • Judaism

    It’s not essential to be Jewish and work at a Jewish summer camp – many are very happy to accept staff who have an open mind and respect their culture and beliefs.

    However, if you are Jewish, then you will be incredibly appealing to Jewish summer camps who are always searching for international Jewish staff. To ensure your application is picked up by a Jewish summer camp, make sure you select Jewish as your religion. You will have the option to say whether you’re practising or not, and the level of commitment Judaism plays within your every life e.g. from traditionally Jewish to Orthodox. This will be taken into consideration if a Jewish Camp would like to place you.

  • Enthusiasm & a Fun-Loving Attitude

    Outside of faith-based activities and practices, most Jewish Camps are not dissimilar to traditional summer camps. This means they will be looking for counselors who can make sure their campers enjoy the best summer ever.

    By approaching every day and every activity with enthusiasm and fun, you’ll make sure your campers feel the same way too. They’ll be much more willing to step out of their own comfort zones and embrace new experiences, especially if they’re first-time campers who might already be feeling a bit unsure or nervous.

  • Communication

    From sunrise to lights out, you’re likely talking to someone, somewhere. From your campers themselves, to other counselors and staff members, you’re going to need your communication skills to be in tip-top shape.

    With the campers, you need to be able to strike the balance between understanding and following rules and expectations, and creating incredible memories of one of the best summers they’ll ever have. Although, remember communication isn’t just about talking - you’ll need to actively listen to any problems or concerns, and make sure campers feel valued and heard.

    With other counselors and staff members, you’ll also be building a network of hugely supportive relationships at camp, and likely developing new friendships you’ll have for years and years to come. Communication becomes one of the most important aspects of the teamwork you’ll need to make sure each day runs smoothly.

  • Organisation

    From keeping to camp schedules to making sure you and your campers have everything you need for the day ahead, organisation is so important at camp. Your campers are going to rely on you to make sure they have all the information and equipment they need to have the best time at every activity. It’s on you to make sure you don’t let them down!

  • Patience

    You’re going to spend a minimum of 9 weeks working with kids of varying ages at camp. They’re going to be excited and energetic, and you just wait until the sugar in those s’mores hits their system!

    Patience is a hugely valuable skill to have in your remit. By being patient you’ll be able to let the campers express themselves to their fullest, all the while retaining control, maintaining the fun and being as supportive as you possibly can. When a challenge arises, patience can help you navigate it with ease.

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Real Experiences

Don't just take our word for it - this is just a snapshot of the amazing summers our participants have had at camp.

Going to camp really pushed me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to experience new things, from being trained in how to operate a ropes course to managing a team of staff.

Rosie, Club Getaway CT

Rosie, Club Getaway CT

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Camp America has given me countless opportunities that otherwise would've never been imaginable. The lessons I've learnt, the skills I've acquired and the memories I've made will last a lifetime.

Jotty, Golden Slipper Camp PA

Jotty, Golden Slipper Camp PA

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Camp is literally my second home! I cannot wait to be back with my campers and my camp friends. Camp is a place you can completely be yourself and make new memories that will last you a lifetime!

Megan, Elks Camp Moore NJ

Megan, Elks Camp Moore NJ

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Camp feels like an escape from reality and brings everyone so much fun and laughter. I love seeing the transformation of campers and I've made friends for life who come from all over the world!

Isabella, Camp Susquehannock PA

Isabella, Camp Susquehannock PA

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Staff started camp with a mix of experience but none of that mattered. You are well trained and everyone supports each other creating a close-knit community like no other.

Katie, Camp Lee Mar PA

Katie, Camp Lee Mar PA

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Camp America gave me an understanding of responsibility that I hadn’t experienced before. By the time I came home, I’d gained valuable leadership skills to take into future careers.

Sam, Camp Lakota NY

Sam, Camp Lakota NY

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How Do I Apply?

We automatically send your application to any Jewish camps we work with that align with other selections and information on your application. If you are Jewish and want to ensure your application is picked up by a Jewish summer camp, make sure you select Jewish as your religion. You will have the option to say whether you’re practising or not, and the level of commitment Judaism plays within your every life, from Traditional Jewish to Orthodox.

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Ready for the experience?

If you’re inspired to work at one of the many Jewish Camps we work with, start your application today by following the link below. Spend your summer working and travelling the USA and becoming a role model to children and young adults in whichever camp you call home.