Making Camp Affordable

We want to help you afford Camp!

FYI: To access the link to the Camp Newman 2018 Scholarship application, please be sure to read all of the instructions below first. Thank you!


We believe in the power of camp. That’s why, every year, we award hundreds of scholarships through our financial assistance program. 

A summer at URJ Camp Newman is a life-changing experience with lasting benefits that positively impact families, congregations and communities. No one should have to miss the transformative power of camp because of cost. Our hope is that everyone who wants to attend camp, can do so.

Thankfully, there are lots of resources available. Click the tabs below for more info!

Questions? Please contact our registrar Kim Press, who is ready to answer all of your questions and help you with the application process: or call 415-991-0259.

To read more about the power of camp, click here.

What's Available

  • For new campers: First-time camper incentives are available – and they are NOT need-based! They are intended as incentives to get families like yours to try out camp.
  • Scholarship partners: Our region is filled with scholarship partners who so greatly value the camp experience, they want to make sure families who want to send their kids to camp get the support they need and deserve.
  • Camp Newman Scholarship Fund: Some funds are available to cover any scholarship shortfalls from our scholarship partners, and to provide the extra dollars that families need to make camp a possibility.

At Camp Newman, we truly believe that a summer spent at camp – and, preferably, multiple summers – changes the lives of children for the better. There is no more impactful setting communally, educationally, Jewishly, personally, recreationally, socially, and spiritually than camp.

It’s more than okay to ask for scholarship assistance – it’s the right thing, and one of the best things, a family can do for their child.

For information on how to apply for financial aid, click on the “How to Apply” tab.

When to Apply

Starting in November 2016: Apply to other available funding sources (see “How to Apply” tab for resources).

January 2018: We will post the application here in January. (Can only be submitted AFTER your child is enrolled in camp, your deposit is received, and you’ve applied to other available resources – see below.)

April 2, 2018: Deadline for submitting Camp Newman Scholarship Application.

After April 2 – Some scholarships are still available. Please contact Kim Press for information.

May 2018: For those who applied before April 2, Camp Newman scholarships are awarded in the first week of May.

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How to Apply

The Camp Newman Scholarship Application will be available in January 2018. Please note that we expect families to approach any and all funding sources available before applying to Camp Newman for aid.

We have many wonderful funding partners – including your own synagogue – that are committed to helping families get their children to camp. And we want to stretch our camp funds as far as possible, giving special consideration to families who do not have local sources to tap. The sooner you begin looking for financial assistance, the better your chances of finding it. So don’t wait until you hear from us in May about a potential Camp Newman scholarship – try these other funding sources too as soon as you can as most scholarship funds get depleted by spring.

Please follow the steps below to maximize all available resources:



If you plan to send your child to Camp Newman, Register them starting November 6th! Don’t wait until you hear about scholarships – there may not be any space left by then! A deposit is required for registration – and before you fill out the Camp Newman Scholarship Application.


One Happy Camper 2015If your child will be attending Camp Newman for the first time, you may be eligible to receive an incentive grant to help make your first summer more affordable. Incentives are available nationwide, with various conditions and amounts. Please contact our Registrar, Kim Press ( or 415-392-7080) to see if you are eligible. If so, she will provide you with details on how to apply.


We expect families to help pay for camp. A payment from you demonstrates your commitment to the camp experience, and weighs heavily in your favor when applying for other financial aid. Make plans to pay something and begin making regular payments immediately.


Most congregations have scholarship and discretionary funds available to help send children to 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 have camp scholarship programs. Contact your local or regional Jewish Federation, or other Jewish family-servicing organization to find out about availability. Please note: If you are in the East Bay or San Francisco Federation regions, please fill out the Camp Newman Scholarship application – see Step 6.


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. Be willing to ask!


Available Online: Jan 2018 | Deadline: April 2, 2018 | Award Notification: First week in May

After you have exhausted all available financial resources above, families who still need additional funding should 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. We will notify you of our decision by May 15th. Click button to apply now!

Thank You to Our Donors


One Happy Camper 2015foundation for jewish camp

jcf east bay


jim joseph


la jewish federation

san diego jewish foundation

Mark and Peachy Levy Scholarship Fund


JCF Overnight Camp Scholarship Fund


Bernard Hurwitz and Ethel Adler Hurwitz Summer


Camperships Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation


Stuart Brotman Memorial Campership Fund for Child with Special Needs


Rabbi Joseph Gitin Memorial Scholarship Fund for Interfaith Families