If you have questions about the Camp Jenny application process, please review the “Frequently Asked Questions” below….
Questions about how Camp Jenny 2022 will be different (due to COVID)? Click here for 2022 info.
BASIC CAMP JENNY FAQs
How old are the campers at Camp Jenny?
Camp Jenny campers are grades K-5 (ages 5-12).
Where are the campers from?
The campers who are coming to Camp Jenny are from Atlanta and attend F.L. Stanton Elementary School.
How much does Camp Jenny cost?
Camp Jenny is funded by money that individuals and youth groups raise during the year. Sending one camper to Camp Jenny costs approximately $500. The campers and the teen/adult volunteers do not pay to attend Camp Jenny. Teen and adult volunteers are expected to help fundraise for Camp Jenny and raise at least $200.
BASIC APPLICATION FAQs
I am a teen and want to apply to be a Camp Jenny staff member. Where can I find the application?
The teen online application can be found here.
I am an adult and would like to apply to be an Adult Volunteer at Camp Jenny. Where can I find the application?
The Adult Volunteer application can be found at campjenny.nfty.org/adult-apply.
What teen volunteer positions are available at Camp Jenny?
You can find a list of the teen positions on the right side of this page.
Can I apply for more than one position?
Yes! You are encouraged to apply for as many positions as you are interested in. You will be able to indicate your preferred position on the application. If you apply for leadership positions, there are additional questions you’ll need to answer.
What Adult Volunteer staff positions are available?
The Adult Volunteer staff positions can be found here.
How many teen staff spots are available at Camp Jenny?
There are typically 150-200 applications for approximately 120 available staff positions.
I am not a member of a URJ congregation. Can I still apply to Camp Jenny?
Yes, all Jewish teens are invited to apply.
I am involved in NFTY but I do not live in NFTY-SAR or NFTY-STR. Can I still apply to Camp Jenny?
Yes, but priority is given to teens that live in our regions.
Do I need to submit a letter of recommendation from my youth director or Rabbi?
You do not need to submit a letter. However, during the application review process, congregational professionals are given the opportunity to provide information about the teens from their synagogue that apply for Camp Jenny.
What is the application deadline?
Applications (with the exception of the poster) must be submitted online by 11:59 pm on Sunday, January 9th, 2022. After that time, the online application will be taken down. The poster must be POSTMARKED (not received) by January 10th, 2022. Late applications and posters may be penalized.
What are the dates and times of Camp Jenny 2022?
TENATIVELY, teen and adult volunteers are expected to be at Camp Jenny May 26-30, 2022. Leadership team members may be asked to arrive on the 25th. Times have not yet been finalized. Please don’t make any travel plans at this time.
I can not attend the entire event. Can I still apply?
In most cases, no. Because of the training that takes place during orientation, it’s important that volunteers attend the entire event. If you have extenuating circumstances, please reach out to email@example.com to discuss! Permission for exceptions is not guaranteed and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
What are the poster rules/guidelines?
For 2022, posters are optional. Teen applicants are invited to make a small poster to get the campers excited about Camp Jenny. The rules, guidelines and submission details are listed on the Poster Guidelines & Submission Form.
Can I use a computer to help design and print my poster?
Most people make their posters using markers, crayons, scissors, etc. We do occasionally receive a poster that was digitally designed and printed. There is no rule prohibiting that.
I have completed my poster. Now what do I do?
First, take a photo of your poster, just in case it gets damaged or lost in the mail. Once you have completed your poster and it is ready to be mailed, print off the Camp Jenny Poster Form. Complete the form and include it in the envelope with your poster. Once the poster and the completed form are sealed in the envelope, mail the envelope to:
Camp Jenny Poster
c/o NFTY-SAR Regional Office
1580 Spalding Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30350
- Send posters without needing a signature – someone is not always at the office.
- Posters cannot be dropped off in person – they can only be received through the mail.
- There is no reason to send your poster by overnight mail. It only needs to be postmarked by January 10th. It does not need to arrive by a certain day.
APPLICATION EVALUATION FAQs
How will my application be evaluated?
Written applications and video submissions will be evaluated on a number of criteria, including but not limited to:
- Overall creative responses
- Experience with elementary age children
- Positive attitude
Written applications and video submissions are judged solely on their own merit and are ranked on a point system. Specifics about the point system can be found below.
I have heard that the acceptance process has historically been “blind”. What does that mean?
NEW THIS YEAR – For a number of reasons, including the desire to include a video as part of the application, the review process will no longer be blind. Each application is reviewed by the NFTY-SAR and NFTY-STR SAVPs (Social Action Vice Presidents) with guidance from URJ staff.
Once the SAVPs are given the applications, what are the steps taken to review/rate/score each application?
The SAVPs will review and rate the applications on a numeric system. Both SAVPs review ALL applications and rate them individually, not as a team. Each SAVP has a rating/scoring sheet on which they record their scores. They cannot view each other’s score sheets. Once both SAVPs finish reviewing/scoring all applications, we come back together and average each applicant’s score from the 2 scores received by the SAVPs.
Applications for SIT and Leadership positions will be evaluated in separate groups from those being considered for general staff positions so that point values will be consistent between applicants.
If an applicant for a Leadership position is not accepted in that role, their application will be reconsidered based on their score for the general staff questions.
If I’m a senior who has never been to Camp Jenny, do I get any priority?
We know that every year we have to turn away qualified applicants because of limited space at Camp Jenny. Our hope is that every qualified teen in SAR and STR will get the opportunity to attend Camp Jenny at least once during high school. Seniors who have never been to Camp Jenny will receive 1 extra point on their application, since this is their last chance to attend.
STAFFING NOTIFICATION FAQs
When will I find out if I have been selected as a Camp Jenny staff member?
Camp Jenny applications will be reviewed in mid-January. You will be notified of your status in February. Notification emails will be sent on a weekday in the afternoon (after school hours).
I am a Youth Professional in NFTY-SAR/NFTY-STR. How will I know which teens have been offered a staffing position and which teens have been put on the waitlist?
Before the email notifications go out to the teens, you will receive an email with a list of the teens who have been offered a position and those teens who have been waitlisted. Once the email goes out to the Youth Professionals in both regions, the emails will be set to the teens.