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 2019 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 2019 Day Camp Census focuses on key measures of Jewish day summer camps: the campers and enrollment patterns, professional staff, revenue, expenditures, and more. The analysis also introduces several composite measures based on raw data that was derived from a questionnaire of day camp professionals conducted in the fall of 2019.
Collecting aggregate data across this field allows us to monitor trends and understand the evolution of the field by both geography and movement. 157 day camps submitted data in 2019. 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. Many children attend camps associated with the JCC Association (JCCA) and the other networks of Jewish day camps. We also 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 2019 Overnight Camp Census reports several important features of the nonprofit overnight Jewish camp sector in North America. The tenth annual Overnight Camp Census was conducted by Foundation for Jewish Camp, 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 2019, 164 overnight camps comprised the FJC network, which is a net decrease of two camps from 2018. This decrease is a result of the closing of two camps; Camp Louemma and Camp Henry Horner. 152 camps completed the Census questionnaire in time to be part of this analysis, and one additional camp 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 2018 (or earlier, if there was no 2018 submission).
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