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.