Tidewater Jewish Foundation is launching the One Happy Camper program in partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp. The initiative provides need-blind grants of up to $1,000 to families with children attending nonprofit Jewish overnight camp for the first time. One Happy Camper grant recipients, like all campers, are infused with Jewish education, awareness, and identity while having fun; returning to Jewish camp summer after summer.
The challenge of passing along Jewish connection and commitment to the next generation has become one of the most important concerns of the American Jewish community. Studies show that camp is a proven means of building Jewish identity, community, and leadership; helping to secure the future of Judaism. Plus, Jewish camp is fun and creates lifelong Jewish friendships.
A wide variety of Jewish camps exist. Kids can choose from specialty camps or can attend a more traditional camp. Families with children attending one of more than 155 nonprofit Jewish overnight camps for their first summer may receive a grant regardless of need or background.