One Happy Camper
For the past nine years, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington has partnered with The Foundation for Jewish Camp’s One Happy Camper, a program that facilitates 100% Federation-funded grant distribution for first-year Jewish overnight campers.
This year, thanks to Federation’s JCYCLE Community Bike Ride to support local Jewish summer camps, Federation increased our One Happy Camper allocation by $18,000 coupled with an additional $50,000 in additional grant funding for Northern Virginia families last year bringing the funding of this program to $115,000.
The One Happy Camper program works to inspire new campers to try Jewish overnight camp through incentive grants. The program was developed to engage Jews who find themselves on the margins or even outside of Jewish life. Federation remains steadfast in our commitment to ensure all children can discover a deep connection to Jewish community, values, culture and tradition. One Happy Camper shares Federation’s belief that “children with pivotal Jewish camp experiences are more likely to become adults who value their Jewish heritage, support Jewish causes, and take on leadership roles in their communities.”