Claire Winthrop is the youth engagement coordinator at CJP. In her role, she works with congregations, youth engagement professionals, Jewish overnight camps and volunteers. She is also the wife of a former Young Judaea camper and the mother of a Camp Ramah camper. They live with a dog named Bailey (who thinks he’s a person) in Sharon, where she volunteers on the board of Temple Sinai.
8/22/2017 Top Pick
Full disclosure: I visit 10 or more Jewish overnight camps every summer. (You can be jealous now.) Seeing hundreds of counselors doing their jobs over a seven-week period, I...
School is over and your child decides they DO actually want to go to Jewish overnight camp. It is still possible in 10 steps (or less)!
The clock ticks like an old-fashioned kitchen timer in our heads. It counts down the weeks until the school year routine ends. Next stop? Camp?
Not everyone is a talented writer. That can stop us from writing to someone we love, like our child at camp. But what if we knew what to write?
Tie-dying, four square, s’mores, candle making, and drumming! I feel like I’m at camp! I'm in the social hall of the synagogue where I work.
At this time of the year, people claim there's magic in the air. Some say camp has it too. Is it really there or can we explain it with...
Being a shaliach (Israeli emissary) is waking up every day thinking: How am I going to bring Israel to my hanichim (campers) today? Being a shaliach is being asked...
Ask anyone what they love most about Jewish overnight camp and they will say the people. Efraim Yudewitz, Director of Camp Tel Noar, is one of those people. Read...
Camps are no longer islands, leaving parents to wonder (translate: worry) about what their children are doing. Some camps email, others post blogs. Camp Avoda blogs.
In 2012, the Foundation for Jewish Camp made a video answering this question. In 2016, the most common question is still how Jewish is camp. Well?
Fenway Park is Mecca to many. It has history, spirit, tradition, pride, and embodies competition. Hmmm. What else do I know what has those secret ingredients?
Camp Tevya is one of the Cohen Camps. It is co-ed and is located in Brookline, New Hampshire. Director Mindee Meltzer reflects on Passover and camp.
3/31/2016 Top Pick
There is swimming, art and color war. Some camps have intensive science and technology or sports programs. So how do camps make leaders?
Show us the power of camp to make life-long friendships! Post a picture of you on our FB page www.facebook.com/cjpcamp and tag your camp friend or friends in it. The...
Ellie's take on Leaders Assembly. Together camps, funders, and year-round professionals gathered in the spirit of making Jewish camp rich and meaningful.
She says: “We were poolside in late July this past summer celebrating of our friend Andy’s 40th in NYC. The sun was setting and we had a gorgeous view. I...
Do Jewish Overnight Camp Directors celebrate Thanksgiving at together at camp? Ummmm...No! But at each of their celebrations they think about camp; giving thanks for campers, counselors, parents and...
We're sharing this with the permission of Rabbi Jillian Cameron: If you want to find out more about camp and meet Jillian, come to Camp For A Day ( on...