Get Involved with Camp Jenny
There are two main ways to get involved with Camp Jenny. First, you can help with fundraising. In order to make Camp Jenny happen every year, we must raise $75,000. You can work with your youth group or synagogue to help plan a fundraiser, or you can reach out to your own family and friends to raise support and money. Check our fundraising page for tips and tools!
The second way to get involved is to apply to volunteer as a Camp Jenny staff member...
Ready to apply to be a teen staff member at Camp Jenny? That's great! First, make sure to review:
- Printable Application - The application must be completed online, below, but you will not be able to see the full application until you are ready to complete it. Download the printable version to use as a guide in preparing your answers, and then when you're ready, fill out the form below.
- Application process FAQ
- Travel info (what time to arrive/depart)
- Watch the Application Info Webinar
- Camp Jenny Poster Information and Form
Once you've reviewed the above documents and planned your application answers, click here to apply online.
Camp Jenny Teen Volunteer Descriptions for 2020:
Camp Jenny Co-Directors
In partnership with NFTY Staff, CJ Co-Directors are responsible for the overall vision for Camp Jenny including theme, staff selection, scheduling and programming. They supervise the Unit Heads who have direct oversight of the units.
Unit Heads (11th-12th graders only)
Responsible for planning and preparing unit programming. Unit Heads supervise unit movement and programming throughout CJ, including working with Unit Advocates and Mentors on counselor and camper support. They supervise the counselors in their unit and serve as a resource on cabin programming and management. Unit Heads work in direct partnership with the CJ Co-Directors. Unit Heads are expected to be at CJ from May 20-25, 2020.
Head of Outdoor Specialists & Head of Creative Arts Specialists (11th-12th graders only)
Responsible for planning and preparing specialty area programming. The two head specialists will each be responsible for overseeing half of the specialists and senior specialists. Head Specialists support specialty programming throughout CJ, including working with the Specialist Mentor both before and during Camp Jenny. Head Specialists work in direct partnership with the CJ Co-Directors and Senior Specialists. They are responsible for helping to incorporate the theme into all specialty programming. Head Specialists are expected to be at CJ from May 20-25, 2020.
Senior Counselor (11th-12th graders only)
Senior Counselors are responsible for primary management of all cabin activities. They work in partnership with the counselors in their cabin and their Unit Heads. Senior Counselors are expected to be at CJ from May 21-25, 2020.
Senior Specialist (11th-12th graders only)
Senior Specialists are responsible for primary management of their specialty area. They work in partnership with the Head Specialists, and teen and adult specialists in planning the specialty programming prior to CJ, and in running the specialty area during CJ. Senior Specialists are expected to be at CJ from May 21-25, 2020.
Counselor (10th-12th graders)
Counselors are responsible for the campers in their cabins, specialties and programs. They plan and lead bonding activities, transition games, and rainy day activities. They oversee camper and cabin cleanliness, wake-up and bedtime. For safety and liability purposes, Adult Resident Advisors are assigned to cabins and are available to counselors for support with discipline. Counselors work in partnership with their Senior Counselor. Counselors are expected to be at CJ from May 21-25, 2020.
Specialist (10th-12th graders)
Specialists are responsible for coordinating the planning and execution of specialty programming in one of the following areas: Music, Dance/Drama, Cooking, Nature/Gardening, Science, Sports, Water Play, Ropes Course, and Arts & Crafts/Pottery. Teen specialists will work in partnership with one or more adult specialists prior to Camp Jenny in order to plan their activities, and will run the activities alongside the adult specialists at CJ. Note: specialists may work in more than one area, depending on how many hours each area is open each day. Specialists are expected to be at CJ from May 21-25, 2020.
SITs (9th graders only)
The Staff-in-Training program is for 9th graders only, and focuses on training NFTYites to be effective future counselors and specialists at Camp Jenny. SITs stay in their own cabin(s), spend some time as a unit, and some time assigned to bunks and specialty areas. SITs are supervised by Adult Unit Mentors. SITs are expected to be at CJ from May 21-25, 2020.