Jewish Summer Camps in America

Jewish-based camps

When summer camps in the USA first came to be, Jewish summer camps also very much arrived. Lead by the emigrating Jewish communities - they set up places outside the city, in which families could reunite with friends, enjoy activities and relax.

Fast forward a hundred years and what you’ll find is that a huge amount of East coast private camps, in places such as New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont, share a very similar Jewish connection.

The Jewish camps we work with have varying degrees of religious influence, from camps with an established and practised faith to others where you wouldn’t even know they’re Jewish based and just seem like any other private camp.

When a Jewish summer camp hires a new staff member they will take into consideration that person’s own beliefs, so don’t be surprised if you are suddenly hearing from a Jewish camp and you aren’t Jewish yourself - many camps won’t mind that you don’t share the same faith, just that you are open to new experiences.

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 stem from and hold a high regard for Jewish culture. Depending on the religious level camps will also try and incorporate some aspects of Jewish traditions in their camper’s lives such as Shabbat and bar / bat mitzvah practise.

How Religious Are The Camps?

The Jewish camps we work with are liberal and modern in their approach to Judaism. They’re less of religion 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 our Jewish American 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 application, you’ll be able to specify what kind of camp you’re interested in and we will then look to match you with what matters to you. You will have the option to select working at a faith based summer 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.

If you are Jewish, then this is a fantastic opportunity for you. Jewish summer camps are always thrilled to have people of the Jewish faith working at the camps. Bringing your home culture and being able to share it with the children is a deeply important element to all camps, especially the Judaic ones.

Placement Opportunities with Camp Leaders

We work with over 500 hundred of the best camps in America, giving you some of the highest placement chances in the industry. Jewish camps in America use a number of UK-based agencies to recruit staff and we have been one of the key providers for nearly 20 years, giving you the security of finding that summer camp in America job.

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