Greater Washington Camp Programs
Jewish summer camp is a prime opportunity for the development of a child’s physical, mental and social skills, helping them develop a higher sense of self-esteem and independence and also having a profound impact on Jewish identity.
There are many options for day and overnight Jewish summer camps in our area. Check out our listings, resources, and information on camp grants and scholarships below.
For more information, contact Noa Havivi at [email protected].
+ Day Camps
Camp Gan Israel of Northern Virginia
2 years old-8th Grade
Camp Gan Israel of Silver Spring
Silver Spring, MD
3 years old-6th Grade
Edlavitch DCJCC Summer Day Camp
Lessans Camp JCC at the Bender JCC of Greater Washington
4-21 years old
Moed Summer Camp
Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia – Camp Achva
Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia – Camp Kesher
Ramah Day Camp Greater DC
3-16 years old
Camps are open to campers from throughout the Greater Washington community. The city listed is the physical location but many offer bus transportation throughout the community.
+ Overnight Camps
Capital Camps and Retreat Center
BBYO Summer Programs
Israel, Europe, and the Americas
Camp Ramah in New England
Camp Seneca Lake
Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake
Camps Airy and Louise
Thurmont, MD; Cascade, MD
Putnam Valley, NY
Emma Kaufmann Camp
Habonim Dror Moshava
Moshava Indian Orchard
Lakewood, PA; Milford PA
Virginia Beach, VA
URJ Henry Jacobs
The list above represents our partner camps and ones where Federation’s camp grants supported at least ten campers last summer. For more camp options, please visit the One Happy Camper website.
Please note that this list is still in formation and subject to change.
Camp Grants and Scholarships
One Happy Camper
Through a partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp, Federation is pleased to offer One Happy Camper grants for first-time campers from Greater Washington to attend Jewish overnight camps.
PJ Library Camp Grant
If your child attends a Jewish Day School and your family receives PJ Library and/or PJ Our Way books, please apply for the PJ Library Camp Grant for your first-time overnight camper, starting in early November.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is proud to allocate funding for general financial aid scholarships to several camps with a large portion of campers from our catchment area. While Federation does not provide direct scholarships or financial aid to families, scholarships for campers from our catchment area, granted by a camp itself, most likely includes a portion of the money allocated to the camp by Federation. If you or your child(ren) do not qualify for the One Happy Camper grant, please contact your camp for Federation-sponsored financial aid needs. For further questions and information, please contact Noa Havivi at [email protected] or Emma Dorsch at [email protected].
Resources for Parents
Federation’s Support of Camp
“At camp, children get to take our traditions, play with them, and make them their own. Counselors design engaging programs connected to Jewish values. Camp leadership creates welcoming, inclusive, Jewish communities. All Jewish camps incorporate unique rituals.”