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The Centennial Fund for a Jewish Future

Summer Camps


The Challenge

Jewish summer camp provides intense positive Jewish experiences, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. There is no other experience like it. And there may be no other single Jewish experience with as great a potential for impacting Jewish identity and engagement at an early age. When it comes to instilling enthusiasm and con­nectedness in Jewish youth, there is no doubt that summer camp works, but costs can be a barrier for families.

In fact, one in five local families reported that cost had prevented them from sending their children to Jewish camp. The Jewish Community Center, the largest provider of Jewish camp experiences for Pittsburgh chil­dren, reports that requests for financial assistance increased 300% last summer for Emma Kaufmann Camp - and further increases are expected for the coming summer.

The Solution

Four out of five kids report increased Jewish knowl­edge and identity after attending Jewish summer camp. 41% of those who attended camp felt a strong attachment to Israel, as opposed to only 14% among those who never attended Jewish camp. To ensure that Jewish camping can be affordable and accessible to all families, CFJF is currently funding scholarships to Emma Kaufmann Camp and grants for first-time overnight campers through One Happy Camper, a program in partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp.

CFJF is committed to focusing resources on camp experiences because they forge a powerful and lasting connection to Judaism among participants. CFJF will make a resounding difference in helping secure a Jewish future for campers – and a strong, vibrant future for the Jewish community. For every $1 million in the Fund that is dedicated to camp scholarships, a mean­ingful summer camp experience will be available to an additional 25-50 children each year.

Camp Granada

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Hello Mudda, hello Fadda, Here I am at Camp Granada.
Camp is very entertaining, and they say we'll have some fun if it stops raining.

I went hiking with Joe Spivy; He developed poison ivy.
You remember Leonard Skinner; He got ptomain poisoning last night after dinner.

All the counselors hate the waiters, and the lake has alligators,
And the head coach wants no sissies, so he reads to us from something called "Ulysses".

Now I don't want this should it scare ya, but my bunk mate has malaria.
You remember Jeffrey Hardy; they're about to organize a searching party.

Take me home, oh Mudda, Fadda, Take me home, I hate Granada!
Don't leave me in the forest where I might get eaten by a bear.

Take me home, I promise I will not make noise, Or mess the house with other boys.
Oh, please don't make me stay, I've been here one whole day.

Dearest Father, darling Mother, How's my precious little brother?
Let me come home if you miss me, I would even let Aunt Bertha hug and kiss me.

Wait a minute, it stopped hailing, Guys are swimming, gals are sailing.
Playing baseball, gee that's betta, Mudda, Fadda, kindly disregard this letter!