Camp Counts: A By-the-Numbers Look at the Long-Term Impact of Jewish Overnight Camp

By Steven M. Cohen, Ron Miller, Ira M. Sheskin, Berna Torr

Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC), December 2010

Research indicates that Jewish camp does indeed work. By examining and cross-tabulating the results of 26 existing Jewish community population surveys, we compared the attitudes and behaviors of adults who had attended Jewish camp as children with those who did not. Survey responses covered 13 different areas of adult behavior or attitude, including synagogue membership, observance of holidays, donating to Jewish charities, and connection to Israel. Camp attendance increases the likelihood of adult participation and identification in every one of these areas. Survey samples were analyzed to control for Jewish education and family background, allowing comparisons between adult behaviors of campers and non-campers whose Jewish upbringing were similar before anyone boarded the camp bus. The remaining differences reflect the direct influence of the camping experience.

Topic: Jewish Camp, Children, Jewish Identification, Survey, Family, Data, Research, Affiliation, Camp

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Cohen, Steven M. Miller, Ron. Sheskin, Ira M. Torr, Berna. Camp Counts: A By-the-Numbers Look at the Long-Term Impact of Jewish Overnight Camp. Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC). December 2010:


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