One Happy Camper

One Happy Camper banner of children jumping into pool

For the past ten 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.

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.”

Applications for the 2023 One Happy Camper program are now open.

To learn more about One Happy Camper grants program or to apply for a grant, visit

One Happy Camper was envisioned as an outreach initiative for children who are not currently receiving an immersive, daily Jewish experience. As such, children who attend Jewish day school or Yeshiva are not typically eligible for these programs.


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