1. Jewish camp is more affordable than you think.

Sending your child to summer camp doesn’t have to bust your budget. That’s why we have our One Happy Camper grants for first-time campers (up to $1000!) and need-based financial scholarships. That means more money left over to spend on other important things — like slime ingredients.

2. Whatever your level of Jewish identity or practice, there’s a Jewish camp that’s right for you.

Don’t know your keppe from your kishkes? That’s okay! No matter where you are on the Jewish spectrum — religiously observant, culturally Jewish, or Jew-curious — we have a camp to meet you at your comfort level.

3. Jewish camp fosters kids’ independence.

At camp, kids have the freedom to make choices and develop new interests in a safe and nurturing environment. With peer and counselor support, we encourage kids to take on responsibilities, and they rise to the challenge. Their level of growth can surprise you. For example: You may have to ask only three times for them to brush their teeth, instead of nine.

4. Nervous? Try it out for a week.

If you’re not sure your child is ready for the plunge, they can test the waters with “Taste of Camp” weeks or weekends: a chance for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders to experience the fun of camp without a long commitment. After a few days of great activities, making new friends and hanging with awesome counselors, kids know if they’re ready to dive in.

5. It’s packed with activities your child will love.

Sure, we have super-fun summer activities like swimming, boating, beach volleyball, and GaGa. Yeah, we’ve got archery, horseback riding, rock climbing, hockey, ziplining, paddleboarding, ropes courses, yada yada yada. But we also have activities to suit every child’s interests, like filmmaking, drama, dance, painting, photography, music, nature education, and cooking. They’ll come home with new talents uncovered and valuable new skills honed — like perfecting the art of making slime, for instance (see #1).

What are you waiting for? Find the right camp for your child, or contact our Camp Outreach Specialist Sharon Bromberg at sbromberg@jewishphilly.org to help you plan your child’s best summer ever.