When thinking about sending your child away to overnight camp for the first time, the two biggest worries are probably homesickness and money. The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia tries to help with the latter by providing need-based scholarships as well as incentive grants for first- and second-year campers.
The One Happy Camper incentive program provides $1,000 off of tuition for first-time campers at a nonprofit Jewish camp the first year and $750 off the second year, using funding from the Federation, the Neubauer Family Foundation and the Foundation for Jewish Camp.
Last year, the organizations awarded $402,950 in grant funding. Center for Jewish Life and Learning director Brian Mono said they are ahead of last year’s pace in terms of applications and hope to exceed the amount awarded.
The Federation also offers scholarships with award amounts based on a number of different criteria, including income. These are also available for families attending Jewish day camps. Last year, 280 scholarships were awarded for a total of $229,600.
For more information on grants, scholarship and camps, visit: Jewishphilly.org or contact Drew Martin at 215-832-0530