The One Happy Camper Program was created to inspire new campers to try Jewish overnight camp. The original philanthropists behind this program understood that it's difficult to reach Jews who find themselves on the margins or even outside of Jewish life. Thus, One Happy Camper incentives apply to all public school, homeschool, and some private school Jewish families whose children do not attend yeshiva. The program offers incentive grants to first-year Jewish overnight campers.
Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago is pleased to announce that it is the newest partner with Foundation for Jewish Camp in supporting the One Happy Camper program. As part of the JUF Camping Initiative, the long-standing Camp Coupons program will be merged with One Happy Camper to reach hundreds more children each year from across Chicagoland.
Campers who are not eligible for a One Happy Camper grant may qualify for up to $360 through the Camp Coupons program. Children have three opportunities to “earn” Camp Coupon credits by participating in other Jewish educational programs: Jewish preschool, supplementary or day school, and Jewish day camp. Each credit is valued at $120 toward a camper’s first overnight camp experience of 19 days or longer. Children who are not eligible for the One Happy Camper program can use up to three Camp Coupon credits, one of each type, for a maximum of $360 toward their first summer of overnight camp.
What does it mean for families?
The following requirements will apply to both types of grants:
One Happy Camper recipients must attend public or non-orthodox day school. Camp Coupons recipients can attend Orthodox day school, and must have been enrolled in a participating institution for preschool, day school, and/or day camp.