How Do Jewish Camps Differ?
Overall, all summer camps in America aim to help children grow whilst in a safe and fun environment and most camps are based on some kind of core values. For the Jewish camps these values are the same, however, they are rooted in the Torah, they aim to form a Jewish identity and help to teach children to grow up and be a mensch. These camps will also try and incorporate some aspects of Jewish traditions in their camper’s lives such as Shabbat etc.
How Religious Are The Camps?
The Jewish camps we work with are liberal and modern in their approach to Judaism. They’re less of religious camps and more of Jewish community camps, which simply look to promote the cornerstone values of the religion. So, even if you’re more culturally connected to Judaism, not directly practicing, or you don't feel comfortable leading Judaic elements, that is not an issue and more than likely you won’t ask to be. Camps will work to incorporate you in at a level you feel comfortable and you’re bound to fit in snugly.
Why Work At A Jewish Camp?
Being in high demand means you have a greater opportunity to secure a placement at camp and fast. You will have the chance to experience Judaism from other perspectives and you have the opportunity to see the global progress of Judaism as you have the potential to meet other Jewish people from all over the world. You’ll also gain the opportunity to reform and reconnect with your Jewish identity whilst exploring America and experiencing a summer you’ll never forget.
Facilities and Accommodation
Facilities at Jewish camps tend to vary from camp to camp, but the classic American summer camp activities will be covered including arts & crafts, sports, swimming and more, with meals taking place in a big lodge or mess hall. You’ll typically share a bunk with a small group of co-counselors and campers, often with a private area for staff.
Campers will range from 5-18 years and will often have differing levels of involvement in their faith. For the most part, Jewish camps and campers have a very modern approach to their religion and are very open minded to individual interpretations of the faith.
Applying for a Jewish Camp
As part of your Camp Leaders application, you will specify what kind of camp you’re interested in working in and we will then look to match you with your preferred camp. You will have the option to select working at a Jewish camp as part of your application and our team will do their magic. Remember that being more open to working at different camp types increases your chances of placement.
Placement Opportunities with Camp Leaders
Camp Leaders works with over 500 hundred of the best camps in America, giving you some of the highest placement chances in the industry. Camps over in the US use a number of UK-based agencies to recruit staff and Camp Leaders has been one of the key providers for nearly 20 years, giving you the security of finding that summer job in America.