Jewish summer camp has long been associated withthe North American Jewish community. The oldestcamps are more than 100 years old, and in 2010, vebrand-new camps joined the eld.
Over the last century, camps closed and opened, and hundred o thousands o Jewish children and young adults have spent their summer days and nights embracedand shaped by the communities created within them. These camp alumni endedeach summer with lielong riendships, a commitment to Jewish community, andunorgettable memories.Prior to the creation o the Foundation or Jewish Camp, there was no nationalorganization dedicated solely to expanding the reach o Jewish overnight camp anddeepening its impact. Robert and Elisa Spungen Bildner, young entrepreneurialphilanthropists, established the Foundation or Jewish Camp in 1998 to ll thatneed. As the central address or nonprot Jewish overnight camps in North America,the Foundation works with camps rom all streams o Jewish belie and practice tostrengthen their management and program, and with communities to increase andpromote enrollment. Utilizing a variety o approaches and respecting the diversityo camps and movements, the Foundation works to ensure that each camp deliversthe best possible Jewish camp experience or every child.For many readers, the exciting ndings contained in the coming pages won’t besurprising; rather they will conrm one’s own experience or those o riends or amilymembers. For others, this new analysis will enable you to think about the variedways Jewish summer camp can have a positive aect on the lives o your childrenand on the sustainability o your community. And or others, this report providesthe reason they will choose to send their child to a nonprot Jewish overnight camp,