Why should I be part of Jewish Camps USA?

Jewish Camps USA is the only global Jewish organisation offering you the opportunity to work at only the best Jewish overnight summer camps. We work personally with you to make sure you work at the right camp for you, with a one-to-one service available at all times of the day.

Every summer we have had 100% success rate making sure everyone goes to a Jewish summer camp. We guarantee you a job at a Jewish summer camp once you have passed the Jewish Camps USA interview.

Your future, your life and your summer is our priority. We also have the lowest costs and highest pay.

Jewish Camps USA is the biggest UK Jewish summer experience.

Can I go to camp with a friend?

Yes, we will do all that we can if you have a preference in who you wish to go to camp with. However, we cannot guarantee anything because we do not offer you the camp contract, and for this reason you need to be prepared to go without your friend.

Does Judaism play a large part at camp?

No matter your background or beliefs you will feel at home and comfortable being able to be who you want to be. We have selected what we believe are the best Jewish camps in America for you to have the best Jewish experience.

All camps will recognise Shabbat, but they will recognise it in different ways. Some embed a rule where you must only wear white on Friday night, most of the camps will have a Friday night service and the services will mostly be held in the outdoors and this will all contribute to giving Shabbat an extra special feeling.

What you experience at camp for Shabbat may be different to what you are used to at home, it is really important that you are open to different levels of Judaism and let us know in your application form and interview your level of Judaism. You will be required to obide by the camps Jewish way of living and remember that each camper coming to camp will come from a different religious background.

You will be able to meet Jewish staff from around the world and there will also be staff and campers at camp that are not Jewish.

Are all of the camps you work with kosher?

The camps that we work with are all Kosher except for two which are Kosher style.

I am Shomer Shabbat, are there any Shomer Shabbat camps?

Yes, we do have Shomer Shabbat camps and as long as you let us know of this requirement, we will make sure that you go to a camp suited to you. As a Jewish organisation we understand that everyone has different religious requirements.

Will my references be contacted?

Yes, please make sure that you make your references aware that Jewish Camps USA will contact them after you have completed your application form.

What is the Jewish Camps USA interview?

After you have applied to camp, Jewish Camps USA will interview you. Your interview will be conducted face to face by two ambassadors who have worked at camp in the past or on an online platform by one of the JCUSA Unit Heads.

The purpose of our interview is to train, guide and support you so that you are prepared to speak with a camp director. The interview supplies us with all the information that we need to give you the best camp and the best role suited for all of your requirements.

Can I fail the Jewish Camps USA interview?

If on the unlikely chance you do not pass our interview then unfortunately we will not be able to take you any further onto the program. However we are here to help, support and train you through the application and interview stages. We understand that you may be scared and nervous during your interview, but it is really important to be positive and show your outgoing character, as that is what is needed at camp. Jewish Camps USA will hold second interviews when needed as we only want you to be successful.

How does camp hire me?

JCUSA will send your profile to a specific camp that meets your requirements. JCUSA will then prepare you for the conversation with the camp director. You will either meet them face to face or over Skype. Once the director decides to hire you to work at camp for the summer, they will either offer you the job at the interview or you will receive an emailing confirming your job either from the camp or JCUSA. At this point your dates, role and salary will all be confirmed.

Do I have to get a police check?

Yes, every person that goes to camp with Jewish Camps USA must have an up to date police/background check. Every year a new check must be obtained to go to camp, due to visa and camp regulations.

Do I have to get a medical check by my doctor?

Once you are hired at camp, the camp director will let you know what they need from you. Very often one of these documents is a medical check. Each camp does this differently, some will require that you get a medical check completed by the doctor and other camps may only ask that you fill out a form with a self-assessment on your medical background.

Do I have to get medical/travel insurance?

Yes, every person that goes to camp must have J1 medical insurance to cover your stay in the US. This is included in your Jewish Camps USA package.

How do I gain a visa?

To work at a summer camp in America you need to gain a J-1 visa and we help you with every step. You will have to go to the American embassy to get your visa. You won’t need a travel visa to go to America as you will be on a J-1 visa.

How do I book my flights?

Jewish Camps USA will tell you the date you need to arrive and into what airport for your outbound journey to camp. You can then go ahead and book your flight. Here at JCUSA we are here to help you and will advise you on what flight other staff from your camp are on, so you can fly as a delegation. We will also provide you with experienced information on how to book your return journey.

Is there any financial assistance?

If you need any financial assistance, please contact us. JCUSA and Camp will keep everything confidential and help can be provided if needed on a case by case basis as we want to support you as much as possible in any way needed.

Do I have to attend any training prior to camp?

Yes, you are required to attend orientation days prior to going to camp. There will be an orientation day in a city near to you with other Jewish Camps USA staff members and depending on your home country in addition there will be a big Jewish Camps USA orientation day for everyone going to your camp. You are required to attend all training events and we will let you know when these are.

What should I take to camp with me?

Before you go to camp we will provide you with an in depth packing list to give you a guide on what to pack. You should also look at your camps website as many will have a packing list, so you should also take this into consideration.

It is important to consider the different themed days that many camps will have such as: international days for example, Israel day. You should take decorations and clothes from your home country. Most camps have a colour war (Maccabia) so we recommend you taking different coloured t-shirts. It is important to remember not to take anything to camp that you would be upset about if it got lost, however if you wanted some nicer clothes for travelling you could always keep this in your suitcase.

What happens if I fail my interview with the camp director?

If your interview with the camp director doesn’t go well, as long as nothing drastic happened, we will simply send your profile to another camp. Again, it is really important to be positive and fun during the interview with director at the same time as portraying your skills and experience with children as this is what they will be looking for. Prior to your interview with the camp we will give you a quick call to help you to prepare for the interview with the camp director.

Can I get my money back if I do not get a job at camp?

Yes, you will get a full refund for anything you pay directly to Jewish Camps USA, unless you withdraw from the program or turn a camp contract down.

Will I know anyone else going to the same camp as me?

Yes, a part of the Jewish Camps USA programme is that you will never go to camp alone and you will be part of a JCUSA delegation. You will meet the rest of your delegation at the orientation day.

How am I expected to get to the airport and back?

You must arrange your own transport to and from the airport you are departing from.

How am I supposed to get to camp from the airport?

About a month before you fly to camp we will let you know how to get from the airport to camp. The camp will either; pick you up from the airport and take you there, give you directions on how to get to camp or to a local bus station which they will then collect you from.

Some camps may request that you stay with a host family the night that you land at the airport. The host family are a family that have been going to this camp for years and they love to host international staff.

How long will I be away for?

The time that you work at camp will vary but it is on average 9 weeks. After camp ends you will have the opportunity to travel around America for up to 30 days. This is the length of time that your visa allows you to stay in America for.

Do I get any time off whilst I am working?

How much time off you get varies with each camp, however on average you can expect an hour break each day as well as a 24 hour period off for every week that you work. Some camps give more and some give less, so this is something you will be told about when you arrive at camp.

How much will I get paid whilst working at camp?

This varies with each camp. For first year staff, our camps will pay a minimum of $1650 and up to, depending on the state, $2400. This is something that no other organisation can offer. What you will receive exactly will be on your camp contract which you will gain before you go to camp. Each camp pays through different methods, you may be paid by cheque, cash or onto a card and you may be paid weekly, fortnightly, monthly or at the end of the summer. This will all be on your contract.

Will someone from Jewish Camps USA visit me whilst I am at camp?

We try to visit as many camps as possible each summer, however, we are unable to visit every camp each summer. Whether we visit your specific camp or not, we are always here to support you throughout the summer via phone and email.

Can I change camps if I get there and I am not happy?

It is really important to remember that it may take a few days until you settle into the new and exciting environment at camp. Each situation is reviewed on a case by case basis.

What if I get home sick or want to leave camp before my contract ends?

You can leave camp if you want to for any reason, however be prepared that you will have to speak with your camp director to arrange this and you are on the other side of the world. Please remember to speak to us before making a decision on this as we are here to help and support you throughout the summer.

It will be up to you to arrange your travel arrangements back home and you will be paid pro-rata.

Could I get fired from my job at camp?

Yes of course, even though this is summer camp it is still a serious job and if your camp director is not happy with you for whatever reason, you may be asked to leave. If this was to happen you can expect to be taken out of camp within an hour. It will be up to you to arrange your travel arrangements back home.

After camp can I leave the country?

Yes, you can leave the country one day after your contract finishes if you wish to return home straight away.

If you have any questions that are not listed above do not hesitate to contact us at info@jewishcampsusa.com or call us on +44(0)203 972 2911.

Jewish Camps USA Limited is a limited company registered in England and Wales. Our company registration number is 11125638.