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Working at a Jewish Camp

For over 27 years, CCUSA has been placing Jewish applicants in a variety of Jewish summer camps across the USA. Known as the “Summer Camp Specialists”, we take great care in placing every participant at the right camp. Summer camp work is demanding, but the rewards are endless.

If you are looking for the adventure of a lifetime that also allows you the opportunity to share and practice your Jewish faith, then CCUSA can help!

The American Summer Camp Tradition

  • America’s camping tradition began in 1861 and currently boasts over 12,000 summer camps, catering to 20 million children annually.
  • CCUSA works with hundreds of Jewish faith camps across the USA, who are looking for Jewish applicants from South Africa, ages 18 – 30.  
  • Camps offer children from all backgrounds the opportunity to learn valuable life skills in a nurturing environment.
  • Jewish faith camps include Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and secular and are associated with organizations such as the JCC, B’nai B’rith, Young Judaea, URJ and other Jewish youth movements.
  • You will meet and work with great Jewish staff from America and all around the world.

You’re Role at Camp

  • As a member of a camp staff you will be an ambassador for your country and a role model, guide and hero to your campers and peers.
  • As a Jewish staff member you will bring the traditions and customs of Judaism as observed in your country to camp. You will also celebrate Shabbat in the universal Jewish tradition in many camps.
  • Depending on the level of ritual observance and your personal level of observance, you may be invited to participate in or lead services, song sessions, holiday observance or sharing Jewish customs and rituals.
  • Some camps also offer Bar and Bat Mitzvah tutoring and if you are qualified, you may be asked to help in this area as well. As a Jewish role model, you will help your campers leave with a greater appreciation of the rich history, beautiful rituals, and meaningful traditions of Judaism.
  • To share your level of faith and experiences growing up Jewish overseas.
  • To be outgoing and eager to share your knowledge with campers and peers.
  • To be patient, friendly, adaptable, flexible, able to teach or lead campers in a variety of activities and preferably have prior experience working or caring for children.
  • To supervise the safety and wellbeing of your campers.

The advantages of working at a Jewish camp

  • An opportunity to work in a Jewish camp setting in the U. S.
  • The chance to experience the “magic” of a Jewish summer camp, express your religious beliefs, work with and care for campers with similar ideas and backgrounds.
  • Exposure to the American Jewish community.
  • A chance to share your Jewish culture with American children and staff.

Types of Jewish Camps

Every Jewish camp in America is unique. Camps vary depending on location, environment, activities, facilities and campers. All the camps CCUSA works with are carefully examined and match our high standards, as well as those of the American Camp Association (ACA).

Although CCUSA requires you to choose 4 different camp types, being Jewish will guarantee you will only be placed at a Jewish camp, if that is your preference.

  • Religious Camps- Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist
  • Movement Camps- B’nai B’rith, Young Judaea, etc.
  • JCC Camps
  • Jewish Agency Camps
  • Privately owned camps with predominantly Jewish camper populations
  • Regardless of your personal level of practice and observance, there is a camp that will be just right for you in terms of their Judaic program!