An immersive Jewish camp experience gives children and teens the ability to experience Jewish and Israeli culture and traditions as an essential element of their everyday. A dynamic camp experience gives Jewish children an opportunity to explore what Judaism means to them, share their family’s traditions with others, and deepen their learning in a dynamic, supportive environment. And don’t forget the fun! Sports, art, dance, camp fires, tire swings and bunk beds abound; all the traditional sleepaway camp experiences are only enhanced by rich cultural context woven effortlessly into daily routines.
As noted by the Foundation for Jewish Camp, “the impact of Jewish camp is immediate—campers return home connected to a community and friends that will last them a lifetime. And it doesn’t stop there. Children with pivotal Jewish camp experiences are more likely to become adults who value their Jewish heritage, support Jewish causes, and take on leadership roles in their communities.”
A 2011 study demonstrates that attending Jewish camp as a young person creates adults who are:
- 55% more likely to feel ‘very attached’ to Israel
- 45% more likely to attend synagogue weekly
- 37% more likely to light shabbat candles
The rewards are countless and we encourage your family to consider an immersive camp experience. If your child has never been to Jewish camp, the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s One Happy Camper program offered through the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, provides need-blind incentive grants of up to $1,000 to first-time campers. Learn more to see if your child is eligible.
Additionally, generous needs-based scholarships are available for Seattle area children through the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. Overnight camp experiences are available in the local community at Camp Solomon Schechter, Sephardic Adventure Camp, and URJ Camp Kalsman.