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Our goal is to make camp affordable for everyone

We believe so much in the transformative power or camp that we are committed to ensuring that no child is denied a summer experience at Camp Newman because of financial need. We’re here to help! We will work with you to find every discount, scholarship and grant you qualify for to make camp a possibility for your family. 

Our registrar, Kim Press, is standing by to answer all of your questions and to make the application process easy and confidential: kpress@urj.org or call 415-991-0259.

 

Step 1: Register for Camp!

If you plan to send your child to Camp Newman, register them as soon as possible when the season’s registration is open! In order to access the Camp Newman Campership Application, you must register and pay a deposit. 

Step 2: Apply for a 1st Time Camper Incentive

First-time camper families may qualify for up to $1,000 off! If your child will be attending Jewish overnight camp for the first time, you may be eligible to receive a first-time incentive grant from the Foundation for Jewish Camp and/or Camp Newman! Incentives are available nationwide, with various conditions and amounts.

Please contact our Registrar, Kim Press (kpress@urj.org or 415-991-0259) to see if you are eligible. If so, she will provide you with details on how to apply. Or you can apply directly by visiting this page.

Step 3: Determine What you Can afford & Begin payments

We expect families to help contribute for camp as a demonstration of your commitment to the camp experience. Make plans to pay what you can afford, and begin making regular payments as soon as you can.

Step 4: Apply to All Available local community sources

Did you know that most congregations have scholarship and discretionary funds available to help send children to Camp Newman? Contact your Rabbi, Cantor, Educator, and/or Congregational President. They will inform you of the congregation’s application requirements.

Many community-based Jewish organizations also have camp scholarship programs. Contact your local or regional Jewish Federation, or other Jewish family-servicing organization to find out about availability.

If you do not belong to a synagogue or live in a Jewish community that does not provide scholarships for summer camp, please contact Kim Press at 415-991-0259 or kpress@urj.org.

Step 5: Reach out to family and friends

Be willing to ask! Every member of a child’s support network – grandparents, aunts & uncles, close family friends – stands to benefit when a child has a transformative experience at camp. That is why they are often so willing to support a child in their family attending camp.

Step 6: Submit Camp Newman Scholarship Application

Scholarship Application is now open!

After you have exhausted all available financial resources above, families who still need additional funding can complete a Camp Newman Scholarship Application – which asks for contact and financial information, and a report on how you did in acquiring scholarship dollars from others. Applications are due no later than Friday, March 3. Families will be notified of scholarships by the first week of April.

Please don’t hesitate to contact our Registrar, Kim Press – 415-991-0259 or kpress@urj.org – who can answer questions and walk you through the application process!

OVERNIGHT CAMP INCENTIVES FOR ISRAELI-AMERICANS

FJC is piloting a new incentive program for families in California, Oregon, and Washington state with at least one Israeli-born parent! 

First-time overnight campers may receive an incentive grant of up to $1,500 for up to 19+ days of camp and up to $1,000 for 12-18 nights of camp. This incentive is in lieu of traditional One Happy Camper® grants, and families may still be eligible for additional financial assistance from their camps. 

ELIGIBILITY: 
  • Family must live in California, Oregon or Washington state and choose an overnight camp in these states
  • At least one parent is Israeli-born 
  • Camper must be a new and first-time camper 
  • Camper must not attend a Jewish Day School
  • Families will be asked to complete pre and post summer surveys 

A limited number of grants are available for Summer 2023; please talk to your camp of choice about this opportunity.  

FJC webpage about this grant: https://jewishcamp.org/camp-professionals/field-growth/overnight-camp-incentives-for-israeli-americans/

Thank you to our incredible donors!

JCF Overnight Camp Scholarship Fund • Stuart Brotman Memorial Campership Fund for Children with Special Needs •
Bernard Hurwitz and Ethel Adler Hurwitz Summer Camperships Fund of The Jewish Community Foundation •
Rabbi Joseph Gitin Memorial Scholarship Fund for Interfaith Families