Earn 3 College Credits while Working at Camp This Summer!

Have you ever wished that the work you did at camp could also benefit you as a student? Well, now it can. We are so excited to share that many URJ camps are offering the opportunity to earn college credit while working at camp. Apply now!

We are guessing you might have questions about this amazing opportunity – read on for answers.

Can anyone get credits for working at camp? How does this work?

This year, the URJ is excited to offer 50 counselors, from multiple participating camps, the opportunity to earn 3 college credits while working at camp.

Where will the credits come from?

This undergraduate course is being offered through the Department of Education at Gratz College.

What courses will I get credits for?

This year, we are excited to be offering 2 course options!

  • Informal Education in a Summer Camp Setting
    • As the demands and pressures of teaching young people continue to put increased scrutiny on schools and teachers, there may be unfulfilled possibilities for informal education programs to supplement traditional classroom experiences. The course work will draw from both not-for-profit and for-profit camp settings to unpack the potentials of informal education to improve learning for students across the United States. 
  • The History and Impact of Jewish Camping in America
    • Jewish Summer Camps have a long history in America that has responded to the needs and place of Jews in American life. Camps continue to play a key role in helping American Jews explore their Jewish Identity and engage with Jewish Life. The course work will draw from both not-for-profit and for-profit Jewish camp history to unpack the impact of Jewish Camp.

Camp is busy! How much time and work can I expect?

The courses will be virtual learning experiences, supported by videos, articles, books, case studies, virtual, and live discussions. Class will require approximately 2 hours per week. One of those hours will be in-person learning time with your camp’s cohort, and the other hour will typically be spent in personal reflection. Counselors should also expect to complete a three to four page culminating reflection-based paper at the end of the course.

This sounds too good be true! How much does it cost and how do I make this happen?

The course is free to you, thanks to a generous grant. Interested counselors will need to complete an application that will be available by mid-March.

How do I know if these credits will transfer over to my school?

Gratz College is a fully accredited institution, so in general, credits should be transferable. However, every college and university is different, so it is in your best interest to check with your school.

Who can I reach out to if I have questions?

The best person to reach out to would be the person you have been in contact with about your employment this summer at camp. They will likely know how to answer and or direct your question to the appropriate person.

For further information, reach out to the camp where you are applying for employment.