At JCRS, we recognize the value of Jewish sleep-away camp as a unique opportunity for fun, personal growth, and Jewish identity-building. Jewish sleep-away camp allows children to enjoy new social and learning in a special environment that nurtures Jewish identity. JCRS would like all interested children to have this opportunity, but we recognize that for many families the high cost of overnight camp is prohibitive. In 2021, the JCRS provided partial scholarship funding for over 300 children to attend Jewish camp. The amount of these scholarships varies in accordance with the circumstances of the child and family.
Please read all information and application requirements carefully. If you application is completed before the February 15th priority deadline, you will receive a confirmation email from our Camp Coordinator within 2 weeks. Applications received after the priority deadline can take additional time to process.
- Children must reside in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee or Texas.
- Camper should be entering third to twelfth grade as of August 31, 2021.
- Camps or travel programs located in Israel or other countries are not within the scope of this program budget
- A camp must be a nonprofit sleep-away camp under Jewish auspices.
- Camps must be located anywhere in the U.S. or Canada. Camps located in Israel are not within the scope of this program budget.
- It is the responsibility of the person submitting the application to ensure that the camp meets these qualifications
- Camps or travel programs located in Israel or other countries are not within the scope of this program budget. This list shows eligible summer camps. This is not an all-inclusive list. Your camp may still be eligible even if it is not on this list. If you have any questions regarding the eligibility of your camp, please email our Camp Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Parents or guardians must provide family financial information. This information is maintained in private and is used by the JCRS solely to determine eligibility for a scholarship.
- It is the policy of the JCRS to obtain financial information from all legal parents and guardians of the applicant. Applications not containing this information will be marked “incomplete” and returned to the parent or guardian who submitted it.
- Parents or guardians must sign permission for the JCRS to collaborate with other local organizations that give camp assistance or scholarships. This allows the JCRS to distribute scholarship funds in a fair manner among as many families as possible.
- To receive priority consideration, completed applications must be received no later than February 15, 2022. The application will not be processed until all financial documents are received.
How to Apply
- Most Current Federal Tax Return.
- All 2021 W2s and/or 1099s. (If you are applying before you receive your 2021 W2s, please submit a copy of your final pay stub).
- If these documents are not already computer files, you must scan them.
The priority deadline is February 15, 2022.
If you have any questions, email Amelia Halstead at Amelia@jcrs.org.
Things to Remember:
- You will still need to upload the required documents. Therefore, have them handy before starting the application.
- Camps or travel programs located in Israel or other countries are not within the scope of this program budget.
- The Returning Camper Application (Short Form) is only for those families who have submitted a New Camper Application (Long Form) to JCRS either in 2020 or 2021.
Only fill out the Returning Camper Application (Short Form) if you filled out a New Camper Application (Long Form) in 2020 or 2021. If you have any questions regarding which form you should fill out, please email our Camp Coordinator at email@example.com.