At the 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.

The 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. Last year, 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. Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive a confirmation email from our Camp Coordinator within a week. If you do not receive an email, please contact Janice Zazulak at or (504) 828-6334.

How to Apply

Have These Documents Ready to Upload:

  • Most Current Federal Tax Return (2019 tax return, if applying after April 15, 2020, or proof of extension of your 2019 return. All forms and schedules are required. Make sure the tax return is a PDF file (and not a Turbo Tax .Tax2011 file)
  • All 2018 W2s and/or 1099s forms (most current). (2019 W2s and/or 1099s if applying after January 31, 2019).
  • Copy of most recent final pay stub(s) from 2019 if you do not yet have your 2019 W-2(s)

If these documents are not already computer files, you must scan them. Make sure to review the scanning instructions for your particular scanner. All pages of your tax return must be sent as a single PDF document. Both sides of your W2(s) must be sent as a single PDF document.


The priority deadline is February 15, 2020.

Things to Remember:

  • You do NOT have to complete the application in one session. You can go back to the website and complete it at your leisure.
  • You have 30 days to complete the application, after which time the data will be lost. Therefore, do not start the application until you get all of your documents and information together.
  • 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 for a camp scholarship either in 2017 or 2018. It is imperative that returning campers complete the application and send in all required documents. Since the application is shorter, we may ask for further information at a later time. Additional information will most likely be requested if there is a change to your tax return and/or W2.
  • If you have more than one child applying to camp: Different campers in the same household may be combined on the same application if all of the campers share the same relationships with the same set of biological or custodial parents. Campers who have different biological or custodial parents from one another should be listed on separate applications. You may include a child who will be attending camp for the first time on the RETURNING Camper Application (SHORT FORM) if you completed an application for another child in 2018 or 2019 (regardless if that child is reapplying this year).


APPLICATIONS for Summer 2020 will be available November 1, 2019.

It is necessary that JCRS receive updated financial information from camp applicants every three (3) years.
Therefore, the “Returning Camper” application is ONLY of those who provided this in 2018 or 2019.

New Camper Application (LONG FORM)
Returning Camper Application (SHORT FORM)