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Teenage Rebellion

Toby Klein

by Toby Klein for JUF News

"So who exactly is going to take you seriously," a neighbor laughs. "Don't underestimate us," I warned. "You'll soon see we're more than Jewish summer camp rejects..." Read More »

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One Happy Camper

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One Happy Camper Chicago and the JUF Camping Initiative

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?

  • Nearly every child will be eligible to receive a grant toward their first summer of Jewish overnight camp (19 days or longer).
  • Children will only be eligible to receive one type of grant: either One Happy Camper or Camp Coupons. For example, if a child is eligible for a One Happy Camper grant, they will not be able to redeem Camp Coupons as well.
  • Children eligible for a One Happy Camper grant will receive that funding, but will not be able to redeem Camp Coupons in addition to their One Happy Camper grant.
  • The first child in a family to receive a One Happy Camper grant will be eligible for the full $1,000; subsequent siblings will receive $500. This applies to twins and siblings attending camp for the first time during the same summer.
  • Children who are ineligible for One Happy Camper, but have Camp Coupons, will be able to use their Camp Coupons funding toward their first summer of camp.

The following requirements will apply to both types of grants:

  • First summer of Jewish overnight camp 19 days or longer
  • Live in the 6-county JUF service area (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, Will)
  • Entering 3rd - 9th grade following camp
  • Eligible Jewish overnight camp (see list on jewishcamp.org

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.

Apply for a One Happy Camper grant here. For more information about One Happy Camper or Camp Coupons, please email jewishcamp@juf.org.