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Summer Camp & Camperships

Jewish summer camps fuse the activities, friendships, and communal life of traditional camps with the Jewish values, role models and culture of our shared heritage. This uniquely immersive experience provides a confidence-building opportunity in which campers experience joy and discovery in a communal Jewish setting. Children learn confidence, skill-building and socialization by living in a community. They learn how to manage in a diverse group of peers, and they face new situations and overcome challenges on a daily basis. At Jewish camp, adult role models and mentors create safe spaces for campers to grapple with complex ideas based in Jewish values, texts, and traditions – topics that secular schools and camps might not be able to address. Jewish camp is thus able to provide balance by creating space for spiritual, emotional and physical growth for campers.

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URJ Eisner, Crane Lake & 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy

A Jewish summer camp experience is among the best things one can do to build, maintain, and strengthen Jewish identity. Moreover, spending a summer at camp is fun! While there are several Jewish camps available, we encourage our children to attend our Reform Movement’s camps, Eisner, Crane Lake and 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy. These camps provide a creative setting for Jewish living and learning through camp programming. They are places where your children will make lifelong friends, embrace new experiences, and explore what being Jewish means to them. While Eisner and Crane Lake offer traditional camp activities such as sports, arts, swimming, boating, and outdoor adventure, Sci-Tech specializes in project-based scientific learning and exploration offering instruction in robotics, environmental science, video production, and more.  We invite you to find out more about Eisner, Crane Lake, and Sci-Tech Camps and their commitment to providing your child with fun, safe and unforgettable summer experiences. For more information, please visit the website.

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URJ 6 Points Sports Academy

6 Points Sports – North Carolina offers intensive high quality sports instruction while providing individualized attention to each athlete. In fact, we’ve got a line-up of passionate sports camp coaches and counselors to help. Our programs are open to athletes entering grades 4 through 11.

Athletes take their game to a whole new level! Our unique approach to Jewish education promotes Jewish identity building throughout the course of each day. Our campers not only improve their athletic abilities, they build self-confidence, strong connections to their peers and grow into proud Jewish athletes. For more information, please visit the website.

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URJ 6 Points Creative Arts Academy

Create. Connect. Celebrate.

Mentored by the best in their field, young artists are drawn together in a dynamic community to experience camp, explore their passions, and improve their skills in culinary arts, dance, instrumental or vocal music, theatre, and visual arts. For more information, please visit the website.

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URJ Kutz Camp

The URJ Kutz Camp – NFTY Leadership Center is part of the greater URJ Camping and NFTY system. Many of the participants come only once or twice to develop their leadership skills in order to return to one’s home Temple Youth Group, NFTY Region, or Regional URJ Camp. Reform Jewish teenagers from across North America who are entering the 10th – 12th grades attend Kutz Camp located in Warwick NY. For more information, please visit the website.

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URJ Mitzvah Corps

Mitzvah Corps allows Reform Jewish teens to experience social action at its best. The program combines direct hands-on involvement in communities that need the energy, dedication, and love that youth provide with programs rooted in Jewish social and ethical issues. Participants will have the chance to live communally with other teens and build their own community, while at the same time engaging in meaningful social justice work, and having fun! For more information about Mitzvah Corps, call 212.650.4071 or check out their website.

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Other Summer Camps Not Connected to the URJ

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Summer Camp Scholarships

There are two non-need based camp scholarships available to members of Congregation B’nai Shalom, The Steve Meltzer Youth Summer Experience Scholarship Fund and the Freelander Family Scholarship FundCamping Initiative. To qualify, campers must be enrolled in and regularly attend our religious school (80% attendance), and attend any approved Jewish camp program with strong Jewish educational and experiential components. The Steve Meltzer Scholarship is also available for students attending their camps’ Israel trips.

The Steve Meltzer Youth Summer Experience Scholarship Fund is supported by your direct donations, by the proceeds from registering your Stop & Shop Card in the A+ program , and by the fundraising the Youth, Education, and Lifelong Learning Committee does. Please consider supporting this Scholarship Fund.

The Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts (JFCM) offers generous scholarships to first time campers, with the support of the Freelander Family Scholarship Fund Camping Initiative. This fund provides four $1500 scholarships for campers in grades 2 through 5 who are attending Jewish summer camp for the first time. In addition, the JFCM has a limited pool of scholarships for resident camps.

In addition, you may apply for the One Happy Camper Scholarship which offers up to $1000 for first time campers.

Scholarship Applications

The Steve Meltzer and JFCM Freelander scholarship applications should be submitted to Debbi Morin, Youth Educator, by .  The Federation scholarship application should be submitted directly to them by

Please note that if your child became Consecrated at Congregation B’nai Shalom, then you received a Gift Certificate towards a URJ camp. If you have any questions about the scholarships or can’t find your Gift Certificate, please contact Debbi Morin. Thank you!

Fri, November 16 2018 8 Kislev 5779