THE PJ LIBRARY HAS LAUNCHED A PARTNERSHIP with the Foundation for Jewish Camp designed to encourage more families to send their children to Jewish overnight camp for the first time.
The program, PJ Goes to Camp, offers PJ Library participants, siblings, and alumni $1,000 incentive grants to offset camp tuition. The two Foundations have pooled a total of $500,000 to be made available to families across North America.
Harold Grinspoon, founder of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and The PJ Library, states, "We believe that the 24/7 camp environment provides a natural extension of the PJ experience, giving young people the opportunity to develop lasting friendships, explore Judaism, and try new things in a safe, nurturing community."
With this concept in mind, PJ Goes to Camp is helping a new generation of families send their children to Jewish overnight camp. Furthermore, this $1,000 national incentive program accepts applications from eligible PJ Library families regardless of geographic location.
From the start of this program, PJ Goes to Camp has financially assisted 151 new campers and garnered hundreds of applications---an enthusiastic response from delighted PJ parents who otherwise might not have had the opportunity to send their children to Jewish overnight camp this summer.
PJ Goes to Camp is run in association with The PJ Library®.
Approximately 70,000 campers attend 150 nonprofit overnight Jewish camps in the United States and Canada, reflecting approximately 13 percent of the eligible population. Something needed to be done about this, decided Grinspoon and the other trustees of the foundation. The HGF, in partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp, continues to be committed to increasing the number of young people attending Jewish camps.
To learn more about the magic of overnight camping, visit www.jewishcamp.org. And to apply for PJ Goes to Camp, please go to www.onehappycamper.org.