Camp Director Mentor Program

The Camp Director Mentor program will match ten new overnight camp directors with mentors in the field as they navigate the demands and opportunities of their new role. With a structured process, mentors and mentees will have several connection points spanning nine months, aimed at providing mentees with support, an outside perspective, and the opportunity to learn alongside someone who deeply understands the role. Mentors gain the opportunity to deepen their mentoring tool kit and build a connection with new talent in the field. 

Participants will have the opportunity to experience a site visit, ideally during summer months, if safety precautions allow.

Mentors and mentees will be carefully selected to participate in order to maximize mutually beneficial experiences. In the pilot program, all mentors will be alumni of FJC’s ELI program working in the field, and all mentees will be overnight camp directors new to their roles.  

Applications for the Camp Director Mentor program pilot close November 23rd, 2021.

Apply to be a mentor

Apply to be a mentee

Have questions or want to learn more? Please reach out to Briana Holtzman at briana@jewishcamp.org. 

New Camp Director/Mentee Information

This program is designed to support overnight camp directors for whom summer 2021 was, or summer 2022 will be, their first in this particular director role. This might mean: 

  • You were hired prior to summer 2021 and just completed your first summer in the camp director role.
  • You are an experienced camp director but summer 2021 or summer 2022 was the first year in a new camp community.
  • You were recently hired and/or promoted into a camp director role and are planning for your first summer.  

We recognize this may not cover every scenario and if you think this program might be the right opportunity for you, we encourage you to reach out to learn more. 

Mentor Information

Mentors selected to participate in the pilot will build a small cohort of peers, develop their mentoring tool kit, and have the opportunity to support camp directors for whom summer 2021 was, or 2022 will be, their first year in the role. Mentors will: 

  • Receive training and gain skills in mentoring.                                                                                          
  • Collaborate with other experienced camp directors in the field.                                                                  
  • Gain exposure to and develop relationships with new talent in the field.                                              
  • Create and execute a site visit experience that accomplishes the shared goals of the mentor and mentee.
  • Receive a $500 stipend.
Program Timeline

November 23, 2021: Applications Close 

Early December 2021: Mentees/mentors notified  

December 16, 2021: Program Orientation (zoom) 

December 20, 2021: Mentee/mentor matches announced 

January 2022 – September 2022: Mentors & mentees meet for 1 hour monthly and experience a site visit 

February/March 2022: Mentee mid-program meeting (zoom) & mentor training sessions 

Site Visit

The opportunity to be together at camp can be one of the most helpful and enriching shared experiences in the mentoring relationship. Camp is where the magic happens and being able to share it and be immersed in it after spending months working together will be the capstone of the mentor/mentee relationship. 

FJC recognizes that all this planning will be happening in the context of a world-wide pandemic, so we will all work together to be safe and adaptive with plans as needed.