Jewish Summer Camperships


Jewish overnight summer camp is a place where being Jewish is easy and fun, offering opportunities to create and experience a joyful Jewish life that is personal and intense, regardless of observance or affiliation. The Jewish Federation of Central New York believes in the value of a Jewish overnight summer camp experience, which helps to strengthen Jewish identity and build a strong and thriving Jewish community for our future. Federation further recognizes that the costs of Jewish camping can be significant. That’s why it partners with the One Happy Camper Program to offer incentive grants to first-time overnight campers.

Funding is available for Jewish children who reside in Central New York. Children must be first-time enrollees in an approved Jewish overnight summer camp.  Children who do not attend day school are eligible for awards of $700 for a 12-day session and $1,000 for a 19-day session. Local day school campers are eligible to apply to for 50% of the 19-day or 12-day incentive. The grants are NOT based on financial need.

A camper must be enrolled in a Jewish overnight summer camp sponsored by the Conservative, Reform, Orthodox or Reconstructionist movements or by Jewish organizations such as the JCCA, BBYO, NFTY, USY or Young Judea/Hadassah prior to applying.

The Federation also has limited locally-funded scholarships based on financial need.