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At Jewish summer camps, young Jews from East Central Illinois experience camaraderie and a sense of belonging that they often find difficult to achieve in their hometowns.  These camps provide rich opportunities to enhance knowledge of Jewish history, belief, observance, and culture, while participating in many interesting activities, such as camping, sports, music, and the performing arts.

Several Midwest resident camps frequently attended by children from East Central Illinois are listed on this website, along with a local Jewish day camp.  Embracing a wide range of philosophies, facilities, activities, and religious observance, they offer Jewish camping experiences at varying costs for sessions lasting one to eight weeks.

Since most camps fill quickly, it is a good idea to contact them early (October to January) for attendance at camp the following summer.  Later enrollment is usually possible, but the chances of getting into a specific session, program, or camp are reduced.

A variety of scholarships are available to children in the greater CU area to enable them to attend Jewish summer camp.


The Foundation for Jewish Camp has issued a new report on the long-term impact of Jewish overnight camp on adults’ Jewish attitudes and behaviors.  You can download the report here.

Jewish Summer Camp
Provides Opportunities To:

  • Laugh, play, learn, dance, paint, swim, rest, and sing
  • Make life-long friendships with other Jewish kids from all over the Midwest
  • Participate in sports, crafts, and the arts
  • Develop a sense of Jewish pride
  • Explore Judaism through creative fun
  • Interact with strong Jewish role models
  • Develop a lasting bond with Israel
  • Gain a new understanding of Jewish identity
  • Enjoy horseback riding, sailing, tennis, raising animals, living in tents, Hebrew-language immersion, travel to Israel and more as available at specific camps
  • Become a positive contributor to Jewish life in your home community