JCC Association Shalom Institute The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles American Camping Association

We are happy to offer a wide variety of financial assistance programs to our camp families. These include DISCOUNTS, GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS. During these uncertain economic times, we are committed to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to experience the magic of Jewish summer camp.

2013-2014 Scholarships, Incentive Grants & Discounts


Early Bird Discount
Guarantee your spot and save!

  • Pay $500 Deposit by December 2, 2013 and pay balance by April 1, 2014 and received $100 off your tuition ($50 off for Mini Camp sessions)

Pay In Full Discount
Save money by paying in full!

  • Pay in full at the time of enrollment and save an extra $100

Pay By Check Discount
Save $25 per week by paying with cash or check

  • $25 off one week session
  • $50 off two week session
  • $75 off three weeks session
  • $125 off for CIT

Sibling Discounts
Any family that sends two or more campers is eligible for a $25 discount per week, per camper.

JCC Member Discount
$25 discount per week per camper (membership number required)

Jewish Professionals Discounts

  • Full-time JCC staff receive 50% off summer camp fees
  • Jewish Federation full-time staff receive 15% off camp fees 
  • Jewish Communal Professionals receive 10% off summer camp fees

Proof of employment required. Contact info@shalominstitute.com to request this discount.

Parlor Meetings
Parlor meetings are the best way to support camp and receive a discount!

  • Receive $100 off for each new camper that attends your parlor meeting and then attends a summer camp session.
Call or email Joel Charnick, Camp JCA Shalom Director for details and more information: (818) 889-5500 x106 or joel@shalominstitute.com.


One Happy Camper Grants
If this is your camper’s first time at camp they may be eligible for a grant to encourage them to see just how amazing camp can be.   Depending on where you live, you may be eligible for a one of the following grants. When you apply for one of the following grants, you will automatically be directed to the appropriate grant for your camper.  Please note that these grants cannot be combined.  Don’t hesitate to call our office at (818) 889-5500 with any questions.
Residents of Los Angeles
Jewish Federation of Los Angeles and the Foundation for Jewish Camp Incentive Grants

  • First time campers can receive $750 towards a 2 week session or $1250 towards a 3 week session


  • Residents of Greater Los Angeles
  • Entering grades 2-12 (after camp)
  • Attending a Jewish residential camp in California as listed on the application list for at least 12 consecutive days
  • Not currently receiving an immersive, daily Jewish experience, ie: children who attend Jewish day school or yeshiva are not eligible for this incentive program
  • Never previously attended Jewish overnight camp for any length of time (not including weekend and family camps)
  • For more information and to apply once you have registered for camp visit the grant website www.onehappycamper.org or call us at the camp office (818) 889-5500.

Residents of Orange County
Jewish residents of Orange County, California can apply for the Passport to Jewish Life® program of Jewish Federation & Family Services, Orange County.  Please note these important guidelines: 

  • Applicants must be entering the 4th grade as of September 2014.  We cannot consider younger applicants. 
  • Before you apply for Passport, you must register for Camp JCA Shalom AND request scholarship support from Camp JCA Shalom.  The Passport application contains a field in which you must enter the $ amount requested (or received) from your program provider, i.e. Camp JCA Shalom.  Applications missing this info cannot be considered.
  • If you have received past support through Passport – for camp, Maccabi experiences or an Israel program – please note that there is a $1,000 lifetime cap per student for these programs in total.  This means, for example, that if you’ve never applied for a camp Passport but received $500 for Maccabi in a prior year, you have $500 left in eligibility and that is the maximum for which you can apply for camp in 2014.   (If you’ve received Passports for congregation-based religious/Hebrew school or for the OC Bureau of Jewish Education TALIT program, note that these programs are the only ones not subject to the $1,000 lifetime cap.)
  • If you have not received past Passport grants, the maximum for which you can apply is $1,000.
  • Applications for summer camp 2014 will be accepted no earlier than January 2, 2014.   All Passport applications are submitted online – applications are not accepted by mail, fax or hand delivery.  Please visit JewishOC.org after January 2, 2014 to access the guidelines, deadlines and online application.  Please be sure to read the guidelines carefully before you apply.
  • If you have questions before you apply, please email Kathleen@jffs.org.  We prefer inquiries by email (rather than telephone) so that we can more carefully track applications and inquiries.
  • Orange County (CA) no longer offers the “One Happy Camper” incentive grant.  Our only educational grant program is Passport to Jewish Life®.

Resident of Palm Springs

  • Jewish Federation of Palm Springs and Desert Area is happy to partner with the One Happy camper program, sending Coachella Valley children to a Jewish overnight camp for the first time.
  • Overnight Jewish camp provides children and teens with all the excitement of sleep-away camp while instilling in them a deeper appreciation for all things Jewish. By participating in the One Happy Camper Program, you could give your children a life-changing experience that helps them become the Jewish adults of tomorrow.
  • For the summer of 2014, first-time campers can receive up to $1,000 toward an overnight Jewish camp experience of three weeks or more through the incentive program.
  • For more information please contact For more information please contact Sandy Durham at   (760) 324-4737 or sandy.durham@jfpeds.org
  • Website: www.jfedps.org

Residents of San Diego

  • First time campers can receive $700 towards a 2 week session or $1000 towards a 3 week session. Limited for first 180 campers enroll to this program. Registration will open in October 15th.


  • Cannot have been to overnight Jewish summer camp for 12 or more consecutive days
  • Entering grades 2-12 in Fall 2014
  • Cannot be enrolled in Jewish day school (attends public or non-Jewish private school)
  • Resident of San Diego county
  • For more information and to apply once you have registered for camp visit the grant website http://www.jewishinsandiego.org/campforkids.aspx  or call us at the camp office (818) 889-5500.

Resident of Las Vegas
Merit Camp Scholarships - Three philanthropic families in the Las Vegas Jewish community, have established scholarship endowment funds that enable students, ages 11 – 21, to attend a Jewish camp or Israeli summer program.  The Welt Fund, the Eisenberg Fund and the Wilner Fund use the merits and accomplishments of the child, as the primary criteria for selection.  While the Welt and Eisenberg fund are privately funded, the Wilner Fund accepts donations from anyone in the Jewish Community who wishes to support this worthy endeavor.  Administered through the Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas, the program has funded dozens of students over the past 30 years. 
Need based Camp Scholarships – Students in grades 1 – 8, who wish to attend resident, or “sleep away” Jewish camps, and whose family can demonstrate financial need, can apply for the Need based Camp Scholarships.  These scholarships are funded through the Annual Campaign of the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas.
Applications for all scholarships are available by January 31st of each year.  If Applicable, applicants may apply for both Merit based & Need based Scholarships. http://www.jewishlasvegas.com/page.aspx?id=186297
For more information regarding applications and deadline information for the submission of applications, please contact Linda Szlamkowicz, Accounting Manager at (702) 732-0556 or via email at linda@jewishlasvegas.com.

Resident of Arizona

The Coalition for Jewish Education of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona offers need based scholarships to Jewish overnight camps for residents of Southern Arizona. 
Funded by the Moe and Frances Beren Family Scholarship Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona, this need-based scholarship assistance to the Jewish overnight camping program of your choice is open to all students currently attending religious school programs in Southern Arizona and to students of the Tucson Hebrew Academy.
This scholarship is meant to be combined with funding from another source: your synagogue, camp, or other Jewish organization. For more information and an application contact Sharon Glassberg at (520) 577-9393 or sglassberg@jfsa.org
New! PJ Library Day School Lottery
Due to the very limited number of incentive grants for campers who attend Jewish day schools, these incentive grants will now be awarded by lottery. Day school students who wish to receive an incentive award should sign up for the day school student PJ Goes to Camp lottery no later than the end of the day on November 8, 2013.  Applicants who are granted incentive awards as a result of the lottery will be sent their unique PJ Goes to Camp registration referral code by return e-mail no later than November 15, 2013.

To be eligible to receive an incentive award, a camper must be:

1) A PJ Library subscriber, alumni or sibling of PJ Library subscriber or alumni who was enrolled in PJ Library on or before September 1, 2013.
2) Attending camp in the summer of 2014 for the first time. First time campers are children who have not attended any over-night summer camp in this or any prior year for more than 12 consecutive days.
3) Registered for camp prior to submitting their application for a PJ Goes to Camp incentive award
Families who are not awarded PJ Goes to Camp incentives will be notified and be placed on a waiting list should additional incentives become available.
For more information visit: http://pjlibrary.org/about-pj-library/pj-goes-to-camp.aspx
Non-day school students should contact PJ Goes to Camp program officer at Maddie@hgf.org to receive their access code.  These codes will be distributed beginning November 6th.
Residents anywhere other than Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Las Vegas, Arizona and Palm Springs 
Camp JCA Shalom One Happy Camper Grant

  • First time campers can receive $700 towards a 2 week session or $1000 towards a 3 week session.


  • Never been to Jewish overnight summer camp for 12 or more consecutive days.
  • Entering grades (2nd - 11th) in Fall 2013
  • Attending 2 week session or longer
  • Not eligible for any other incentive program

At Camp JCA Shalom, we are committed to helping every camper experience the magic of Jewish sleep away camp! 
How to apply:

  • Register your child for camp using our online registration system
  • Pay your deposit to secure your spot
  • Complete the scholarship application
  • Applications will be reviewed by the scholarship committee and you will be notified via email of your scholarship award

Scholarships are based on financial need and are awarded on a first come, first served basis.

Set up a payment plan in 4 easy steps:

  • Register your child for camp using our online registration system
  • Pay your deposit to secure your spot
  • Select one of the interest free payment plan options online or contact the camp office to set up alternate payment plan arrangements
  • Pay your balance by the time your camper arrives for camp


  • Jewish Free Loan

A Jewish non-profit lender that will give interest free loans for camp.  For more information visit the JFL website http://www.jfla.org/

  • Synagogue Scholarships
    Many synagogues offer scholarships to help campers go to summer camp. Contact your Rabbi or synagogue office to see if they offer camp scholarships.



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