PJ Goes to Camp – Summer of 2018


We are no longer accepting requests for a PJ Goes to Camp access code

Requests for a PJ Goes to Camp access code received on or after April 13, 2018 will not be acknowledged and no code will be sent

We expect to begin the 2019 program on October 1, 2018

Applications received for the 2019 program prior to October 1, 2018 will not be honored and will not be retained by the system.  Mark your calendar, and beginning October 1, 2018 come to this website www.pjlibrary.org/camp to begin the registration process.

The information below is for historical reference only.


First-time campers are eligible for grants of up to $1,000


Summer camp can be a transformative experience, providing kids with the opportunity to make memories and friendships that last a lifetime. The mission of PJ Goes to Camp is to provide more children the opportunity to attend Jewish overnight camp for the first time by offering grants to qualifying families. PJ Goes to Camp is one of nearly 100 funders of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s One Happy Camper® program.

PJ Goes to Camp is now accepting applications for the summer of 2018! The eligibility requirements for these grants are very specific, so please read carefully to make sure your family is eligible before submitting an application.




To be eligible to receive a grant from PJ Goes to Camp, a camper must be ALL of the following:

  1. A current or former PJ Library* subscriber, or the sibling of a current or former PJ Library subscriber who was enrolled in PJ Library on or before September 1st, 2017.
  2. Attending a non-profit Jewish overnight camp** in the U.S. or Canada for the first time in the summer of 2018. First-time campers are children who have never attended a Jewish overnight camp for 12 or more consecutive days.
  3. A resident of the United States or Canada

*Throughout this page, “PJ Library” refers to both the PJ Library and PJ Our Way programs
**A full list of participating camps can be found on the One Happy Camper website

GRANT Details


PJ Goes to Camp provides incentive grants in the amount of $700 for campers who attend overnight camp for 12-18 days, or $1,000 for campers who attend camp for 19 days or longer. 

There are a limited number of PJ Goes to Camp incentives for 2018.

Grant awardees who do not attend camp for 12 or more days for any reason will forfeit their grant. Grant amounts will be adjusted for campers who attend camp for less than 19 days, but more than 12 days for any reason.

If the camper receives an incentive from another One Happy Camper sponsor, they are not eligible for a PJ Goes to Camp incentive.

PJ Goes to Camp grants awarded through the One Happy Camper program are paid directly to the camp in the camper’s name. Funds are distributed to participating camps monthly beginning in April 2018. Camps are required to verify that each recipient meets all eligibility requirements, including camp attendance, prior to the payment being made.



1. Can multiple children from the same family receive grants?

Yes! Families may request and receive an incentive grant for more than one child if each is attending camp for the first time. Each child must request and use a separate access code.

2. Does PJ Goes to Camp grant awards based on financial need?

No. PJ Goes to Camp is a general incentive program not tied to financial need.

3. Can I receive an award from PJ Goes to Camp in addition to, or in place of, a One Happy Camper grant from my local community?

No, PJ Library subscribers who live in a community that locally sponsors the One Happy Camper program will be directed to their community program when filling out the One Happy Camper grant application. Should your child be eligible for a local grant, the rules and terms of your grant will be determined and controlled by the rules of that organization, not by PJ Goes to Camp.

4. Are there areas of the U.S. or Canada where residents are NOT eligible for a grant from PJ Goes to Camp?

Yes. Dallas, Memphis, Miami, Palm Beach County, FL, and parts of Arkansas are communities that have chosen not to participate in the One Happy Camper program, and residents of those areas may not be eligible for grants through PJ Goes to Camp. Residents of Kansas City, New Orleans, and Orange County, CA are also not eligible for a PJ Goes to Camp grant and will be directed to their local first-time campership program coordinator.

5. My child attended camp last year, but did not receive a PJ Goes to Camp grant.  May we apply for a grant this year?

No. The PJ Goes to Camp program is only for children attending camp for the first time in 2018. If your child attended camp for less than 12 days in 2017 they are eligible to receive a grant in 2018.

6. What if my child is not eligible for a grant through PJ Goes to Camp?

Even if you are not eligible for a grant from PJ Goes to Camp, there still may be other funding available to you. Check out your options and eligibility on by filling out an application on the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s One Happy Camper website.

7.  I have already paid (or am required to pay) the camp in full. Can the PJ Goes to Camp grant be sent to me?

No, funds are distributed to the camps on behalf of the camper. You will receive formal notification of the grant and should use that notification in lieu of that payment to the camp.

For additional questions, please email pjgtc@hgf.org or call 413-276-0735. If you call, please leave a phone number and email address where you can be reached. 



PJ Goes to Camp is one of nearly 100 funders of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s One Happy Camper program. Program guidelines and restrictions of the One Happy Camper program will determine incentive eligibility, award and payment procedures within the limits of the One Happy Camper program.

The Harold Grinspoon Foundation reserves the right to limit the number of PJ Goes to Camp incentive grants that are awarded through the One Happy Camper program and to determine eligibility of applicants based on available funds for each category of incentive award. It is the responsibility of the applicant to assure that the application is complete and submitted within the time restrictions specified by the program, and that they meet all eligibility and camp attendance requirements.

The Harold Grinspoon Foundation will be the final determiner of an applicant's PJ Library-related eligibility as well as for determining the recipients of awards granted through the lottery system. In case of dispute, the decision of the PJ Goes to Camp director of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation shall be final.