If you have questions about the Camp Jenny application process, please review the “Frequently Asked Questions” below….
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 urban 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 $550. 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/NFTYite and want to apply to be a Camp Jenny staff member. Where can I find the application?
The teen/NFTYite online application can be found here.
In order to see the entire application, you have to be ready to enter all of your application answers. Is there a way that I can see all of the questions that are on the application so that I can plan accordingly?
Yes! You can download the printable version of the application. This document is for planning purposes only. Once you have planned your answers, you will need to submit the online application. No paper applications will be accepted.
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 NFTYite staff 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 senior leadership positions, there are additional questions you’ll need to answer.
If I’m applying more multiple senior leadership positions, do I fill out the extra application questions for all of them or only my first choice?
Yes, you need to answer the extra questions for each position you’re interested in. Otherwise it will be impossible to evaluate your application alongside other applications for those positions.
What Adult Volunteer staff positions are available?
The Adult Volunteer staff positions can be found here.
How many teen/NFTYite 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, but priority is given to teens that are involved in a Reform synagogue or youth program in our regions.
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. Up to two points will be added to your application score based on the information they provide.
If I was at Camp Jenny last year, does that affect my application?
Yes, but only if you were exceptionally amazing or exceptionally horrible. Unit Mentors and the Specialists Mentor are able to indicate if any of the teens they worked with last summer were exceptionally amazing or horrible. Two points will be added or subtracted from those teens’ application scores.
What is the application deadline?
Applications (with the exception of the poster) must be submitted online by 11:59 pm on Monday, January 13th, 2020. After that time, the online application will be taken down. The poster must be POSTMARKED (not received) by January 13th, 2020. Late applications and posters will be penalized.
What are the dates and times of Camp Jenny 2020?
Teen and Adult staff are expected to be at Camp Jenny May 21-25, 2020. Camp Jenny staff will need to arrive at either the Atlanta Airport by 2:00pm or Camp Coleman by 7:00pm on Thursday, May 21. Departures by car must be made after 3:00 PM or flights scheduled for after 7:00 PM on Monday, May 25. (May 20-25 if a Unit Head or Head Specialist, same times as listed above).
I can not attend the entire event. Can I still apply?
In most cases, no. Because of the leadership and safety training that takes place during orientation, it’s important that volunteers attend the entire event. If you have been to Camp Jenny before this year (not including the SIT program), and you have a school conflict (such as exams or graduation), you can ask the regional directors for permission to possibly arrive to camp late (no later than lunch on Friday). Permission is not guaranteed and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Camp Jenny only provides transportation to camp at the designated arrival times on Wednesday and Thursday. If you have specific concerns, please email email@example.com.
If I am not supposed to put identifying information on my application, how will you know whose application is whose?
There should be NO identifying information in any part of your application (with the exception of the “Applicant Information” page and the Electronic Signatures). This includes your name, congregation, youth group, or identifiable positions or experiences (i.e. “last year I was the Tweens Unit Head”). When you submit your online application, you are automatically assigned an online application ID number. This will be your official Camp Jenny ID number that will be used throughout the application process. When your online application is received, the NFTY- staff will print off each application, writing your individual application ID number at the top of each page. Then, they will remove the electronic signature pages and the applicant information page. All that will be left are the pages with your applications answers and those pages will have your individual application ID number at the top. From that point forward, your application will only have a number…..no identifying information.
POSTER (formerly card) FAQs
What are the poster rules/guidelines?
ALL teen applicants must 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 13th. It does not need to arrive by a certain day.
I mailed my poster and form. How do I know that they will be matched with my application?
When your poster is received in the mail, the NFTY staff looks up your name in the online application system, gets your application ID number (that is automatically assigned when you submit your online application) and adds your individual application ID number to the back of your poster – your individual application ID number corresponds to your application that you submitted online.
What if my poster gets lost in the mail?
When we notice that we have completed applications that are missing a poster, we reach out to the teen who submitted the application to find out if they sent a poster. If you did send a poster but it did not arrive, we will ask you to send us a photo of your poster, and will use that to score the poster.
APPLICATION EVALUATION FAQs
How will my application be evaluated?
Your applications will be evaluated on a number of criteria, including but not limited to:
- Overall creative responses
- Experience with elementary age children
- Positive attitude
- Camp Jenny poster
Applications are judged solely on their own merit. They are evaluated “blindly” (without any identifying information) and are ranked on a point system. Specifics about the point system can be found below.
I have heard that the application evaluation is a blind process. What does “blind process” mean?
Each application is reviewed by the NFTY-SAR and NFTY-STR SAVPs (Social Action Vice Presidents). “Blind Process” means that the 2 SAVPs will not know whose application/poster they are reading. Remember, your applicant information page and the electronic signatures are removed before the applications/posters are given to the SAVPs for review. The 2 SAVPs will only see the number at the top of each page and they will not have a list of names with corresponding application ID numbers.
What about the points for exceptional returning staff? If the application process is blind, how will those be added?
The process is completely blind for the SAVPs. The Regional Advisors have a spreadsheet that includes the scores as well as the applicants’ names and ID numbers. The extra points for exceptional returning staff and any other adjustments are made by the advisors on the spreadsheet before the list of accepted applicants for each position is finalized.
Once the SAVPs are given the applications, what are the steps taken to review/rate/score each application?
After the identifying information is removed, the applications are printed. Half are given to each SAVP. The SAVPs each read and rate the applications on a numeric system (described in detail below). Once they are finished with their respective halves, they switch piles and read the other half of the applications. 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 reading/scoring all applications, we come back together and average each applicant’s score from the 2 scores received by the SAVPs.
How are the Unit Head & Head Specialist applications scored?
The Unit Head and Head Specialist applications are reviewed first. The maximum score for a Unit Head application is 39 points. The essay questions/scenarios are worth 28 points, the program is worth 9 points, and the poster is worth 2 points. The scores are entered into the computer, next to the applicant’s individual ID number. When both scores for each Unit Head applicant are entered, the scores are averaged. Once the scores are averaged, the top three scoring male applicants and the top three scoring female applicants are the Unit Heads. A similar process is followed for the Head Specialists. If a Unit Head application is not one of the top 3 for their gender, or a Head Specialist applicant is not chosen to be Head Specialist, that application is added to the pool of Senior Counselor, Counselor and Specialist applications if that applicant indicated that they were interested in other positions.
How are the Senior Counselor and Senior Specialist applications scored?
The Senior Counselor and Senior Specialist applicants are reviewed next. The maximum score for these applications is 22 points. The essay questions and scenarios are worth 20 points and the poster is worth 2 points. The scores are entered into the computer, next to the applicant’s individual ID number. When both scores for each Senior Counselor applicant are entered, the scores are averaged. Once the scores are averaged, the top eleven scoring male applicants and the top eleven scoring female applicants are the Senior Counselors.If a Senior Counselor applicant is not selected to be a Senior Counselor, that application is added to the pool of Counselor and Specialist applications if that applicant indicated that they were interested in those positions.
How are the Counselor/Specialist applications scored?
The Counselor and Specialist applicants are reviewed next. The maximum score for a Counselor/Specialist application is 22 points. The essay questions and scenario are worth 20 points and the poster is worth 2 points. The scores are entered into the computer, next to the applicant’s individual ID number. When both scores for each Counselor/Specialist applicant are entered, the scores are averaged. Once the scores are averaged, the remaining staffing positions are filled with the applicants who numerically have the next highest score. Once all staffing positions are filled, the remaining applicants are placed on the waitlist, in order of their application’s numeric score. At this point the SAVPs STILL do not know which applicant names correlate to which application ID numbers.
How are the SIT applications scored?
The SIT (Staff in Training) applicants are reviewed next. The maximum score for a SIT application is 22 points. The essay questions and scenario are worth 20 points and the poster is worth 2 points. The scores are entered into the computer, next to the applicant’s individual ID number. When both scores for each SIT applicant are entered, the scores are averaged. Once the scores are averaged, the SIT positions are filled with the applicants who numerically have the highest scores. All remaining SIT applicants are placed on the waitlist in order of their application’s numeric score.
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. These points are added at the end of the application process, so the SAVPs do not know who is a senior while they are scoring the applications.
What happens once all of the applications have been read/scored and the staffing list is a list of numbers?
Once the Camp Jenny staffing list is a list of numbers, the Regional Advisors then match the list of individual applicant ID numbers back with the applicant names. Once this is complete, the SAVPs are allowed to see the list of staff names.
Will the SAVPs ever know which teen/NFTYite was which individual ID number?
No. The SAVPs will never see a list of the applicant names with the corresponding application ID numbers.
STAFFING NOTIFICATION FAQs
When will I find out if I have been selected as a Camp Jenny staff member?
Camp Jenny application review weekend is at the end of January. You will be notified of your status by February 5. 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.