Jewish Camps

Jewish-based camps

Since summer camp is huge part of Jewish culture in the US, we work with a great number of Jewish camps in America. There is a huge demand for Jewish applicants from the UK as International staff provide a different cultural perspective for a camp. By being an international Jew you are also able to provide a global connection to the Jewish community and share your cultural experiences from back home in the UK. In essence, you’ll be involved in helping campers be excited about their faith whilst having all the fun of summer camp.

What to Expect

An opportunity to work at a Jewish camp which meets your level of Judaism, whether you’re heavily practicing or hold the basic values of the faith.

Top Tip

Approach a summer at Jewish camp with an open mind. Actions of practicing Judaism may differ from your own, but your shared faith and underlying values are the same.

What Not to Expect

A level of pressure to conform to the religious practices of others. Your level of faith and your personal practices will remain your own.

You’ll Love

The opportunity to explore your faith on an international level, meeting other Jews from around the world.

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. 

The Campers

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.