PJ Goes to Camp – Summer of 2021

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

Summer camp can be a transformative experience, providing children 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 awards to qualifying families. PJ Goes to Camp is one of 49 funders of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s One Happy Camper® (OHC) program.

PJ Goes to Camp is now accepting applications for the summer of 2021! The eligibility requirements for these awards are very specific, so please read carefully to make sure your family is eligible before submitting an application.

PJ Goes to Camp awards are made available through the generosity of The Harold Grinspoon Foundation and its partners the Azrieli Foundation of Toronto and the Goldrich Family Foundation of Denver.

PJ Goes to Camp awards for campers whose summer 2020 award was not used due to COVID-19 were extended to 2021.  In October 2020 we contacted 2020 award recipients with instructions on how to claim your 2020 award in 2021.  If you were a 2020 award recipient and have not heard from us by mid-October, check your SPAM email inbox or contact us at pjgtc@hgf.org for instructions on how to claim your 2020 rollover award.



To be eligible to receive an award 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, 2020
  2. Attending a non-profit Jewish overnight camp** in the U.S. or Canada that participates in the national One Happy Camper program.
  3. Attending overnight camp for the first time. . First-time campers are children who have never attended a Jewish overnight camp for 12 or more consecutive days.  Campers who attended a one-week “taste of camp” program are eligible to receive a 2021 award.
  4. Attending camp in 2021 for 12 or more consecutive days.
  5. 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


Award Details


PJ Goes to Camp provides incentive awards 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 2021.

Recipients who do not attend camp for 12 or more days for any reason will forfeit their award. Award 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  camperships awarded through the One Happy Camper program are paid directly to the camp in the camper’s name. Funds are distributed to participating camps beginning in April 2021. Program participation rules require camps to verify that each award recipient meets all eligibility requirements, (including first-time status and session length) prior to the campership being awarded.

Awards are distributed to students who attend a Jewish day school by lottery:
The PJ Goes to Camp program is one of few OHC sponsors who offers awards to students who attend a Jewish day school.  Because of the high demand and limited number of available awards, camperships to students who attend a Jewish day school are distributed through a lottery system.  The lottery for awards for day school students was held in November.  However, day school students may complete an application and be placed on our wait list.

Day school students who apply after November 16, 2020 will be placed on the wait list in the order in which their request is received.



There is a two-step application process to receive an award 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 an award application by inserting the access code into the form 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.

Public school students:  The first step in receiving a PJ Goes to Camp award is to request a PJ Goes to Camp access code.  By requesting an access code, the process of verifying your eligibility will begin.  Your receipt of an access code indicates that a PJ Goes to Camp award for 2021 has been reserved in your name.  To claim your award you MUST complete a One Happy Camper application. 

Request Access Code


Jewish day-school students:  Between October 1, 2020 and November 16, 2020, applicants can enter the lottery that will distribute access codes to campers who attend a Jewish day school. One application per person. Duplicates will be deleted.

Enter the Lottery for Day-School Students


After November 16, 2020 day school students can place their name on our day school student wait list.

Join Day-School Students Wait Lists


All three of the above buttons direct applicants to complete the same form.  This one form is used to review all applications.  Upon completion of the form you will receive additional information from the PJ Goes to Camp program.



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

Yes! Families may request and receive an incentive award for more than one child if each is attending camp for the first time. Each child must request and use a separate access code.  For children who attend a Jewish day school, it is possible that one may be selected in the lottery to receive an award and another child may not be selected. Access codes are not transferrable between siblings.

2. Does PJ Goes to Camp award camperships 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 an award from PJ Goes to Camp?

Yes. Dallas, Memphis, Miami, Madison, WI., Toronto, ONT, Delaware, Hartford, Houston, Montreal, Palm Springs, CA., North Palm Beach County, FL, Phoenix, AZ, and parts of Arkansas are communities that have chosen not to participate in the One Happy Camper program. As a result, applicants from those communities are not eligible for awards through PJ Goes to Camp and will be informed of their community withdrawal.

The communities of Kansas City, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Orange County, CA, and Western Massachusetts provide locally administered campership grants and applicants from these six communities will be directed to their local first-time campership program coordinator in lieu of PJ Goes to Camp.

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

No. The PJ Goes to Camp program is only for children attending camp for the first time in 2021. However, if your child attended overnight camp for less than 12 days in 2020 they are eligible to receive an award in 2021.

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

Even if you are not eligible for an award 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.  My child attends a Jewish day school and I found out about this award after the lottery ended.  Can I still apply for an award? 

Yes, you should complete an application for an access code and will be placed on the wait list for day school students in the order in which they are received, below those who entered, but were not selected, in the lottery.

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

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

9.  What if my child receives a campership award for 2021 but does not attend camp, either by our choice or because the camp does not operate?

First-time campership awards granted for 2021 but not paid to camps will be withdrawn.  Campers whose grants are withdrawn may apply for a grant in a subsequent year under the terms and conditions of the grant and applicants for the year in which they request an award.  The One Happy Camper operating agreement with camps requires them to return awards paid on behalf of any camper who does not attend camp for a minimum of 12 days.

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 program timeline



Campers who attend a:
Public School (including charter)
Private, secular school
Home School

Campers who attend a:
Jewish day school

October 1, 2020

Campers may request an access code for PJ Goes to Camp funding in the One Happy Camper program

Campers may enter the lottery to receive a PJ Goes to Camp access code

November 16, 2020


Window to enter day school student lottery close at 11:59 PM PST

November 23, 2020


Campers selected in lotter will be notified and sent an access code.  Others will be notified and placed on a waiting list.

Through February, 2021

Campers may continue to apply for a PJ Goes to Camp access code.

When all budgeted PJ Goes to Camp grants have been distributed, campers will automatically be placed on a waiting list

Campers may place their names on the day school student waiting list.

February, 2021

PJ Goes to Camp contacts camps to verify camper eligibility.  When eligibility is verified campers are sent an e-mail confirming the grant.

April, 2021

Grant payments begin – payments are made directly to the camp on behalf of all campers.

August, 2021

Camps verify camper attendance



PJ Goes to Camp is but one funder 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 awards that are distributed 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.