A lot has been written about the incredible power of Jewish Camp and how it allows kids the freedom to explore and grow in a safe space (Camp Works: The Long-term Impact of Jewish Overnight Camp). A summer at one of URJ’s 6 Points camps is an amazing experience, one that has lifelong benefits for the child, and meaningful reverberations that positively impact families, congregations & communities.
In difficult financial times, some families choose to forgo camp; as important as camp is or could be to their kids & families, they view what is a major expenditure as a luxury and decide to make other plans.
But think again. The camp experience is powerful and transformative no matter the state of the economy. And, particularly for families in which all members are feeling the impact, a summer spent at camp is a break from the stress for the kids, and an opportunity for parents to relax and regroup, knowing that their children are being taken care of, fed, entertained and educated in a safe environment
- For new campers, there may be first-time camper incentives available that are NOT need-based – they are meant to be incentives to get families to try out camp.
- Each region around the country is filled with scholarship partners who so greatly value the camp experience and want to make sure families who want to send their kids to camp get the support they need and deserve. Check with your congregation or local Jewish organization to see if they will support your camper.
At the URJ, we believe that a summer spent at camp – and, preferably, multiple summers – changes the lives of children for the better. Camp is the most communally, educationally, Jewishly, personally, recreationally, socially and spiritually engaging setting children can enter.
Step-by-step application process
At 6 Points Creative Arts Academy, we recognize the lifelong benefits of Jewish camp for children and their families. We also know that quality camping experiences can seem expensive for some, which is why financial assistance is available to ease the expense. 6 Points Creative Arts and our scholarship partners are committed to making camp a reality for as many children as possible.
We urge you to follow the steps described on this page to maximize available resources.
The sooner you begin looking for financial assistance, the better your chances of finding it.
STEP ONE: REGISTER YOUR CHILD FOR 6 POINTS CREATIVE ARTS ACADEMY
STEP TWO: TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ONE HAPPY CAMPER, A FIRST-TIME CAMPER INCENTIVE PROGRAM
If your child will be attending 6 Points Creative Arts as their first Jewish overnight experience, you are eligible to receive an incentive grant to help make your first summer more affordable. Incentives are available nationwide, with various conditions & amounts. Details here!
STEP THREE: APPLY TO ALL LOCAL COMMUNITY SOURCES AVAILABLE
Many congregations have scholarship & discretionary funds available to help send children to 6 Points Creative Arts. Contact your Rabbi, Cantor, Educator, Executive Director and/or Congregational President. They will inform you of the congregation’s application requirements.
Many community-based Jewish organizations have camp scholarship programs. Contact your local or regional Jewish Federation, Jewish Welfare Fund, or other Jewish family-servicing organization to find out about availability.
Your local arts organizations may also have funding available.
STEP FOUR: REACH OUT TO FAMILY & FRIENDS
Every member of a child’s support network – grandparents, aunts & uncles, close family friends – stands to benefit when a child has a transformative experience at Camp. That is why they are often so willing to support a child in their family attending camp. Be willing to ask!
STEP FIVE: SUBMIT A FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE APPLICATION TO 6 POINTS CREATIVE ARTS
After all other available financial resources have been identified, families who still need additional funding should complete the on-line Financial Assistance Application. The first round of applications must be submitted in CampMinder by December 31st, second round by February 28th, third round by April 30th. All allocations will be awarded within two weeks of the submission deadline. We will continue to accept applications after the April deadline based on available funds. Families will need to have the parent/guardian(s) annual income information when filling out the application.
Our financial assistance application is connected to your CampInTouch account. Log in to that account, click on Forms, scroll down to the Financial Assistance Application, and complete the form in its entirety.