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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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. Please read the section on "How to Apply" for details regarding the application process.
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.
There is a two-step application process to receive a grant from PJ Goes to Camp. First, applicants must submit a request for an access code. Once they receive that code, applicants then fill out and complete a grant application using the access code on the One Happy Camper website.
An access code can be obtained in the following two ways: one for students who attend Jewish Day School, and one for students who attend public school or a non-Jewish private school.
TRACK 1 – PUBLIC SCHOOL AND NON-JEWISH PRIVATE SCHOOL STUDENTS
How to Apply:
Apply for Access Code
- Click the button below and complete a request for a PJ Goes to Camp access code
- Receive an email with your access code within 2-3 business days
- Use your unique access code to complete a One Happy Camper grant application within 5 days of receiving your code
TRACK 2 – JEWISH DAY SCHOOL STUDENTS
Because competition for grants is greater among Jewish day school students, the application process is slightly different. Initial grants to campers who attend a Jewish day school were distributed through a lottery that was held on November 20, 2017. HOWEVER, you may place your campers name on our day school student wait list, joining those not selected in the lottery, by clicking on the button below.
We anticipate awarding grants to some of the campers on our wait list, but the prospects for any individual camper to receive a grant depends on many variables and we are unable to predict if you will get a grant.
Please do not contact the PJ Goes to Camp office as we are unable to predict the likelihood of each camper receiving a grant.
Apply for Day School Wait List
A PJ Goes to Camp access code can only be obtained by completing an access code request as shown above. Please allow up to a week for the camper's eligibility to be confirmed and the code returned to you by e-mail. If you do not receive an access code within a week, please contact the PJ Goes to Camp office by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The PJ Goes to Camp access code that you receive will be unique for each camper. Use of this code by more than one camper will invalidate the code for all users.
WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS CAMPERS
Current and former PJ Library subscribers and their siblings who live in specific areas of Western MA or Southern VT may be eligible for special camp grants directly from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.
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 email@example.com 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.