While each and every Jewish camp does everything it can to keep costs affordable, it can be difficult for many families to spend thousands of dollars on a multi-week experience, especially for multiple children. Here are a few scholarships and helpful contacts to make paying for camp a little easier.
One Happy Camper
If your child has never attended a Jewish overnight camp before and doesn’t already participate in a daily immersive Jewish experience (like day school or yeshiva), they may be eligible for the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s One Happy Camper Grant. Grants for 11-18 day sessions at camp are $700, and for 19-plus days, $1000. To learn more or to apply visit: www.jewishcamp.org/one-happy-camper.
Foundation for Jewish Camp
The Foundation for Jewish Camp does more than simply provide One Happy Camper scholarships. It also maintains a database of scholarship opportunities that can be searched or sorted by region. It is a useful tool for financial aid, and can be found at: www.jewishcamp.org/one-happy-camper/scholarships.
Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta
The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta’s Camp Scholarship program provides need-based assistance to help cover the cost of overnight camp tuition. Review of applications is anonymous, and scholarships are awarded by the Camp Scholarship Committee. Scholarships are also available for children with special needs. For more info, visit: www.atlantajewishcamp.org/financial-resources.
No one knows better the value of Jewish Camp than the people who keep them running. As a result, many Jewish camps – including most frequented by Jewish Atlanta – provide their own financial aid and scholarships on an as-needed basis. Visit their websites to find more information about scholarships.
Synagogues / Congregations
Many congregations are also willing and excited to help children in their community have a meaningful and memorable experience at camp. While each congregation is different, there’s no doubt they’ve answered every possible question before, and they can certainly point you in the right direction.