Character at Camp Initiative

The Character at Camp Initiative is an observational and survey research study and evaluation of character development practices at American Jewish Summer Camps. The objective of this initiative is to understand how Jewish camps develop exceptional human beings with high levels of moral character and prepare them to go into the world and make it a better place.

The Character at Camp Initiative is focused in three areas:

  1. Research & Learning: Your camp will learn through IRB-approved character development tools which values drive your community, areas of strength and growth in development, and how your camp culture impacts the character of your young people.
  2. Resource, Program, & Staff Development: Working with a team of character development experts and professionals, together we will highlight and improve upon best practices of character development for your community and the greater camping field.
  3. Marketing & Communications: Your camp will be trained and equipped with resources on how best to market your camp as a valuable place for character development.

Overnight camps who are interested in focusing on character development at camp and want to strengthen kindness, generosity, empathy and inclusion in their campers and staff. The focus of this character-building initiative is the interpersonal qualities/virtues that help us get along with others.


Read the Scope and Guidelines for specific information about this grant: Character at Camp Initiative RFP Scope and Guidelines

Applications open November 20th, 2023 and are due by 5:30PM ET on December 18th, 2023.

Camps who want to apply, please fill out this grantee application form no later than December 18th:
Grantee Application


Camps participating in the Community of Practice will receive up to $15,200 per year.

Still have questions? Want to learn more? Join us on Monday, December 11th, 2023 for drop-in hours at 3:00 PM EST. Click here to register.