Camp Director Mentor Program

The Camp Director Mentor program matches new 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 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. 

Mentors and Mentees will be carefully selected to participate and matched in order to maximize mutually beneficial experiences.

Applications for the second cohort of the Camp Director Mentor Program close December 16th, 2022.
Have questions or want to learn more? Please reach out to Briana Holtzman at briana@jewishcamp.org.


Apply to be a mentor    Apply to be a mentee

New Camp Director/Mentee Information
 
This program is designed to support camp directors for whom Summer 2021 or 2022 was their first in this particular director role. This might mean: 

  • You were hired prior to Summer 2021 or Summer 2022 and just completed your first or second summer in the camp director role.  
  • You are an experienced camp director but Summer 2022 was the first year in a new camp community.  

 

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 will build a small cohort of peers, develop their mentoring tool kit, and have the opportunity to support camp directors for whom Summer 2021 or 2022 was their first year in the role. All mentors should have 7 years of experience in the field as a Camp Director/Executive Director. 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

December 16, 2022: Applications close
January 18, 2023: Mentees/Mentors notified, matches announced
January 23, 2023: Mentee and Mentor Orientations (Zoom)
February 2023 – September 2023:
  • Mentors & Mentees meet 1:1 for 1 hour monthly and experience a site visit
  • Mentor and Mentee mid-program cohort meetings (March & May)

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.

Program Team

Scott Brown, Lead Mentor: Working alongside the FJC Team, Scott Brown serves as the Camp Director Mentor Program’s Lead Mentor and supports all participants through the mentorship experience. Scott is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) by the International Coach Federation (ICF). He served as Executive Vice President and Vice President for Talent at Hillel International, where he created and ran a new director mentoring program. He is a former camp director, Hillel director at the University of Maryland, and has had significant roles in leadership of many non-profit organizations.  

Briana Holtzman, Senior Director of Organizational Development: briana@jewishcamp.org  

Jason Scheff, FJC Fellow: jason.scheff@jewishcamp.org

Thank You to our Pilot Program Participants


Mentee

Aaron Goldberg
Camp Alonim


Mentee

Anna Serviansky
Camp Ramah Darom


Mentee

Beth Rodin
URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI)


Mentee

Carly Weinstock
Tamarack Camps


Mentee

Rabbi Dan Medwin
URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy – East


Mentor

Douglas Lynn
Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps

Mentee

Elana Bloomfield
Habonim Dror Camp Gilboa

Mentor

Gary Kibort
Herzl Camp

Mentee

Rabbi Ilana Mills
URJ Camp Kalsman

Mentor

Rabbi Isaac Saposnik
Camp Havaya

Mentees

Jacob Brodovsky and Lexie Yurman
B’nai Brith Camp Manitoba

Mentee

Jen Shankman
Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps

Mentor

Jeremy Klotz
URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute

Mentor

Rabbi Joe Menashe
Camp Ramah in California

Mentor

Joel Charnick
Shalom Institute (Camp JCA Shalom)

Mentor

Rabbi Joel Seltzer
Camp Ramah in the Poconos

Mentee

Jon Spack
Camp Young Judaea (New Hampshire)

Mentee

Kimberly Sloan
Camp Sabra

Mentor

Lee Trepeck
Tamarack Camps

Mentee

Lisa Handelman
Capital Camps

Mentor

Michelle Koplan
B’nai B’rith Camp (BB Camp)

Mentor

Noah Gallagher
Camp Tel Noar

Mentor

Rachel Levine
Perlman Camp

Mentee

Rachel Shyloski
Camp Mountain Chai

Mentor

Ronni Saltzman Guttin
Camp Avoda

Mentee

Ryan Bocchino
JCC Ranch Camp

Mentor

Simon Wolle
Camp Northland-B’nai Brith

Mentee

Simone Lindenbaum Ziv
Eden Village Camp

Mentor

Terri Grossman
Camp Sabra


Mentor

Toni Davison Levenberg
Camp Interlaken JCC

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