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Join the FJC Network

To support a vibrant Jewish future, we’re devoted to helping Jewish camps thrive. A catalyst for change, FJC accelerates innovation in the field of Jewish camp by developing adaptive talent, deepening immersive learning experiences, and driving growth.

We are humbled to work alongside hundreds of Jewish camps across North America who share a commitment to furthering our mission: TO BUILD A STRONG JEWISH FUTURE THROUGH TRANSFORMATIVE JEWISH SUMMERS.

Why Join The FJC Network?
  • Be eligible to apply for grants and interest-free loans
  • Gain access to One Happy Camper® incentive grants for first-time campers*
  • List your camp on Find-a-Camp, FJC’s online camp search engine for prospective families
  • Be eligible to apply for FJC professional development cohorts and programs
  • Gain access to resources such as communities of practice, webinars, and one-on-one consultations with FJC professionals
  • Join in-person trainings in specific subject areas (e.g. camp security, mental health)

*overnight camps only

FJC Network Criteria

PLEASE NOTE: The following criteria refers to network eligibility only.  Eligibility to apply for or participate in all programs, grants, and other opportunities may be determined on a case-by-case basis and may require additional criteria beyond that listed below.  

Camp & Jewish Life:

  1. Provides an intentional, youth-centered environment where children are given opportunities to build community.
  2. Is an immersive program for children and/or teenagers anchored in the summer.
  3. Offers campers the opportunity to return summer after summer and/or is connected to year-round engagement.
  4. Has a mission that includes a commitment to Jewish life and learning.
  5. Facilitates opportunities to engage with some or all of the following areas:
    • Shabbat 
    • Jewish Rituals 
    • Israel 
    • Hebrew 
    • Jewish Values 
    • Jewish History/Peoplehood
    • Jewish Texts/Learning 
  6. Trains staff to model Jewish values and provides enrichment around Jewish life.
  7. Seeks to serve campers and families who identify as Jewish. (Camps that also include campers of other faiths and backgrounds are eligible).
  8. For Day Camps ONLY: Camp must provide scheduled youth programming during the summer months, offer multi-week experiences, and encourage multi-year camper participation for at least four consecutive summers. (Please note: Early childhood camps that focus solely on children age 6 and under are not eligible for the FJC network.)

 Organizational Structure:

  • Is a nonprofit organization (or a program of a nonprofit) represented by a board of directors or lay committee.
  • Operates in the United States or Canada.

Please note that FJC is not an accrediting institution.  Though we do not require outside accreditation currently, FJC does encourage ACA or CCA Accreditation for all camps in its network given that their standards are recognized by courts of law and government regulators as the standards of the camp community throughout the United States and Canada.

Policy Attestations:

  • Has written and understood child safety policies and procedures, which includes language and training with respect to preventing and reporting child abuse.
  • Has written non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies, procedures, and training in place for staff and lay leadership (both seasonal and year round).

Disclaimer: All information regarding camp policies have been furnished by individual camps. FJC has not made any independent inquiry into these policies, or reviewed their content.  For more information about a camp’s policies, contact the camp directly.

Requirements of Network Camps
  • Participation in FJC’s annual Camp Census
  • Annual confirmation of compliance with Network Criteria
  • Annual information verification for FJC’s Find-a-Camp search engine
  • Placement of FJC logo on camp’s website

All network camps are strongly encouraged to utilize FJC administered Satisfaction Insights surveys (for both campers and staff) and attend FJC’s biennial conference, Leaders Assembly.

How to Join the Network

Please make sure you have the following information ready when completing the application:

  • A copy of your camp’s mission statement
  • Documentation of the names of the board of directors
  • The current and previous year operating budget of the camp as approved by the board of directors
  • Documentation of camp’s tax exempt charitable status as a nonprofit organization 501(c)(3) for camps in US or CCRA nonprofit registration for Canadian camps
  • Documentation of camp’s ACA or CCA accreditation status (if applicable)
Application Timeline

Applications are reviewed on a semi-annual basis in the winter and the spring. Overnight camp applications received before January 17, 2020 guarantee consideration for One Happy Camper 2020 (One Happy Camper is only available to overnight camps). Overnight applications received after this deadline will still be considered for the FJC network, but will not be eligible for consideration for One Happy Camper for summer 2020. All camps should expect to hear of their status within two weeks of submission of their application.

 

APPLY HERE

Questions? Please contact Marisa Braunstein to discover if an association between your camp and FJC may be helpful.

*FJC has the right to remove any camp from its network at any time at its discretion. Criteria subject to change at FJC discretion.