Data is uniquely important to building the field of Jewish camp. This Census collects data that is aggregated, analyzed, and shared back through reports that identify trends and learnings and give us better leverage to advocate for the field.
Day Camp Census
The 2018 Day Camp Census reports several important features of the nonprofit Jewish day camp sector in North America. The annual Day Camp Census was conducted by the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC), in partnership with UJA Federation of New York, JCamp180, Jewish Community Center Association of North America (JCCA), Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), National Ramah Commission (Ramah), Association for Independent Jewish Camps (AIJC), and other Jewish camp umbrella organizations and movements.
The Foundation for Jewish Camp Day Camp Census 2018 portrays selected characteristics of nonprofit Jewish day camps across North America. The third annual report focuses on some key measures of Jewish day summer camps: the campers and enrollment patterns, professional staff, revenue, expenditures, and more. The analysis introduces several composite measures that extend the raw information derived from the questionnaire of day camp professionals conducted in the fall of 2018.
The findings reported here represent day camps during summer 2018, derived from 172 Census submissions (an increase of seven over the number participating than in the 2017 Day Camp Census). The field of Jewish day camp is larger still, and we expect the sample to grow in the coming years to the estimated 300 Jewish day camps. We know that many children attend camps associated with the JCC Association (JCCA) and the other networks of Jewish day camps. We acknowledge that Chabad day camps are currently significantly underreported, as are individual day camps run by Conservative and Reform congregations.
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Overnight Camp Census
The 2018 Overnight Camp Census reports several important features of the nonprofit overnight Jewish camp sector in North America. The ninth annual Overnight Census was conducted by the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC), in partnership with JCamp180, Jewish Community Center Association of North America (JCCA), Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), National Ramah Commission (Ramah), Association for Independent Jewish Camps (AIJC), and other Jewish camp umbrella organizations and movements.
This report focuses on some key measures of overnight Jewish summer camps: the campers and enrollment patterns, revenues, expenditures and more. It differentiates among camps of varying size by numbers of campers and budget, as well as denominations, movements and regions of North America.
In 2018, 166 overnight camps comprised the FJC network, which is a net increase of six camps from 2017. This increase is primarily the result of opening six new overnight camps as part of FJC’s Specialty Camp Incubator III. 156 camps completed the Census questionnaire in time to be part of this analysis, and 3 additional camps began the questionnaire and provided incomplete data that was also included where possible. To calculate the continental camp enrollment total, we imputed the enrollment for the non-responding camps by using their enrollment figures from 2017 (or 2015 or 2016, if there was no 2017 submission). In a few instances, based on available information, we slightly adjusted these imputed estimates.
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