Grants of Up To $1,000 for First-Time Jewish Overnight Campers

One Happy Camper is an incentive program that provides grants of up to a maximum of $1,000 to families with children attending a nonprofit, Jewish overnight camp for the first time. One Happy Camper is a program of the Foundation for Jewish Camp in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford. There are over 150 camps for Jewish kids of all ages, from traditional overnight camps to specialty camps for sports and the arts. 

One Happy Camper scholarships are available to all qualifying students - both those who attend Jewish day school and those who do not.

In order to be eligible for this grant, a child must be:

  • attending a Jewish overnight camp for the first time;
  • registered at one of the approved Jewish overnight camps;
  • attending the camp for a minimum of 12 days

How it works:

  1. Register with one of the approved overnight camps.
  2. Fill out an application on the One Happy Camper website. One Happy Camper will forward your application to your local Federation.
  3. Federation will then process your application and inform you of your grant status. 

First-time campers will typically receive $700 for a 12- to 18-consecutive-day session or $1,000 for a session of 19 or more consecutive days. (Please note: If a sibling of a previous recipient applies, he or she will receive $500.) Funds are limited and are awarded on a first come, first served basis.

Please visit the Foundation for Jewish Camp's website for complete eligibility information.

Why Jewish overnight camp?

At overnight camp, kids get the chance to explore who they are—and who they want to become—in an active, inspiring, and fun-filled environment. Jewish camp is more than just camp with Jewish kids. At Jewish camp, ruach, or spirit, is part of every activity, from dancing to hitting a home run. Campers explore their connection to Judaism in meaningful ways while having the summer of their lives. Jewish camp is more than just overnight camp; it is camp with a soul.

To learn more, please contact Deb Howson.