The Blue Star Impact: Evaluating 50 Years of Blue Star's Mission

By Ira M. Sheskin

Blue Star Camps, January 1997

This report details the results of a study on Blue Star Camps. The study's main purpose was to test the hypothesis that there is a positive relationship between a Blue Star camping experience and Jewish identification when that camper becomes an adult; it also sought to examine the current situation of former Blue Star campers, and to provide Blue Star with information about the level of Jewishness of its current campers and information that can be used in refining the camp to better meet the needs of its clientele. The study consisted of telephone interviews with 400 randomly selected former Blue Star campers, almost 200 recent counselors, and over 400 parents of current campers. Survey results show significant correlations between attending a Jewish resident camp as a child and Jewish behaviors as an adult. The report urges the promotion of Jewish resident camps as a method for fostering Jewish identity. Further survey data may be found at

Topic: Continuity, Jewish Camp, Jewish Continuity, Study, Identity Formation, Camp

Funder: Rodger and Candy Popkin, Owners and Directors of Blue Star Camps

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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