The Jewish Un-Camp is an open-minded program where teen girls, ages 15-18, can explore Judaism, expand their minds and connect with other cool Jewish teens from around the world.
Find out about the human psyche, free choice, G-d, guys, true love, the soul, ambition, the purpose of life, Jewish history, Shabbat, becoming a better person, faith, soul mates, happiness, why kosher, abortion, the holocaust, destiny.
Welcome to the Jewish Un-Camp.
WHO'S BEHIND THE JEWISH UN-CAMP
BAIS CHANA FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
BAIS CHANA FOR WOMEN
BAIS CHANA FOR SINGLE MOMS
APPLICATIONS, SCHOLARSHIPS AND ELIGIBILITY
How do I apply for the program?
A sincere application (and interview, if you’re applying for the summer session) and a solid recommendation make your acceptance a sure thing. Don’t try to impress us – just let us know who you are and what you’re looking forward to.
How do I apply for a scholarship?
To apply for a scholarship, make sure to fill out the Scholarship Form. Keep in mind, there are two separate applications: the regular Program Application and the Scholarship Form. Take a few minutes to read through the information about eligibility, the application process, payments and refunds. To make sure your Scholarship Form is competitive, set aside time to write thoughtful answers to the questions.
What does my full scholarship include?
Room, board, and all the spectacular activities and learning we’ll be doing at the Un-Camp. Of the priceless items: getting to know the most amazing and diverse group of Jewish girls from around the world and forming friendships to last a lifetime.
What does my partial scholarship include?
The amount you’re required to pay covers room, board, and all the spectacular activities and learning we’ll be doing at the Un-Camp. Priceless items: same as above.
How are scholarship awards determined?
We prioritize applicants who write a good application; have a strong letter of recommendation; and have a limited formal Jewish background. That doesn’t mean that if you’ve had some years of formal Jewish education that you won’t get the scholarship at all. It’s just more likely that you’ll get a partial scholarship rather than a full scholarship. For more info click here.
I’ve had some informal Jewish education, gone to Jewish summer camp, babysat for my rabbi, that kind of thing; is there a way I can still qualify for a full scholarship?
Yes, you definitely qualify.
If I apply and pay the $50 application fee, then decide I want to withdraw my application, can I get a refund of the $50?
We’ll refund your $50 if you withdraw your application before the application deadline – but not after.
If I apply and pay the $50 application fee, and I’m awarded the scholarship but decide not to come, can I get a refund?
No, once you get the scholarship award, either full or partial, there’s no refund of your application fee. If you end up having to back out, you are not responsible to pay program fees.
Once I’m accepted, when do I have to confirm that I’m coming?
In your acceptance email we’ll let you know when we need your confirmation. If you receive it more than a month before the program starts, we’ll ask for your confirmation within 7 days. Later than that, we’ll ask that you get back to us within 2-4 days since spaces will be limited and other applicants will be waiting to know if they have a place.
When is an interview scheduled? Does everyone need to be interviewed? How is it done?
We interview only for the summer session and it’s almost always done by phone. Once you’ve sent in your application, $50 application fee, and letter of recommendation, we’ll contact you to arrange a time. We do interviews to make sure the program is a fit for you but you can use it to clarify your expectations and ask any questions that are still on your mind.
Once I’m accepted, what’s expected of me?
A) The first thing you need to do once you get your acceptance email is to confirm that you’re coming. By confirming, you’re agreeing to actively and responsibly participate and to abide by all of Bais Chana’s Rules:
1. Bais Chana is drug, smoking and alcohol free.
2. Permission is required to leave the property.
3. House Rules, which mainly concern your safety, are to be adhered to.
In the very unlikely event that you do not abide by Bais Chana’s Rules, we will arrange for you to leave the program.
B) The second thing you need to do is to send us a digital photo of yourself (it’s our way of getting to know you a little better and it’ll make it a whole lot easier to find you in the airport or at the bus). If you’re applying for a summer session make sure to complete the “Final Forms,” which include a Medical Form signed by a doctor and Consent Form signed by your parent/guardian.
I’ve already been to The Jewish Un-Camp summer program – can I get a scholarship again?
You are eligible to come back – but not on a full scholarship. Contact us, we’ll help you work it out!
Are there any other charges aside from the application fee and program fee?
Group transportation from the nearest city, CDs, sweatshirts – but they’re all optional.
If you choose to join the group transportation there’s a fee which you’ll find in the Travel section of the program you’re attending; CDs of classes are available at the end of each session; and we usually make a sweatshirt. Other than that, you’ll need spending money for gifts, clothes and all those things you left at home.
TRAVELWhen should my travel arrangements be completed?
Which airport should I fly into?
Please check the Travel section of the program you’re attending by selecting it from the "Coming Up" menu above.
What time should my flight arrive on the day the program starts? What time should I depart on the day the program ends?
Your flight should arrive before noon and depart any time after 3 pm.
Are travel expenses included in my scholarship?
No, travel expenses are not included in your scholarship.
Will I need to arrange my own transportation to and from the airport?
You can arrange your own transportation or you can join the group transportation which usually goes to and from the nearest large city; check the Travel section of the program you’re attending for fees and more info.
Can I have someone drive me in?
Sure, just use www.mapquest.com or your GPS navigator to get directions. Check the program info for the exact address.
DAILY SCHEDULEWhat is a day at the Jewish Un-Camp like?
A typical day includes an outdoor trip or creative workshop and two fascinating discussions daily on the heart and soul of Judaism that will challenge and stimulate your thinking.
What kinds of activities and outdoor trips should I expect?
Hiking, biking, boating, art and music workshops, graphology, community service, improv, team building – check the session you want to attend for more details. You can forget amusement parks: we’re into the outdoors and we’re into creativity.
What are we going to learn about? How many classes are there?
In two classes every day we’ll take on the human psyche, the purpose of life, what true love really means, what a soul is, what G-d wants from us, the differences between men and women, why marriage, how to beat sadness, what fate and free choice are, and much more. In other words, all the important things in life. You’ll benefit from exploring your own questions and from hearing the other girls’ questions and comments. Extra bonus: no tests.
What if there are activities or trips that I don’t feel comfortable with? Like, if I can’t swim or bike? Or if I’m afraid of heights?
Not to worry, we won’t make you do anything you’re uncomfortable with but we do hope you try some new things along the way. That’s a big part of the experience. That said, if you have restrictions on any particular activities make sure to let us know on your application.
What if I don’t know Hebrew?
Hebrew is not a prerequisite to attend… but if you want to learn Hebrew, just let us know – we’ll teach you!
RANDOM Q'sHow many roommates will I have?
Most of the locations we choose are dormitory-style – that’s 4-10 roommates depending on the program.
Mom wants to know: is it safe?
Yes - each property we use is used exclusively by us so there are no outsiders. We've got very responsible counselors and other adults who will be looking out for you at all times.
What should I pack?
Check the info of the program you’re attending for specifics, but keep in mind – you’ll be sleeping dormitory-style so please resist the urge to pack most of what you own.
Will I have access to a washing machine and dryer? Is there a charge for laundry?
The Jewish Un-Camp summer program will have access to a laundry room, and it’s completely free – just bring detergent.
How much spending money do I need to bring?
$150 is average; $250 should be more than enough.
If I’m converting, am I eligible for this program?
As long as you have your rabbi or rebbetzin supply a reference, you’re eligible.
Is it Kosher?
We're Kosher to Chabad standards, including cholov yisroel and pas yisroel. If you're not sure what that means, rest assured it's kosher to the highest standards.
If I have dietary restrictions and/or allergies or I’m a vegetarian, can you accommodate me?
As long as we know in advance, we’ll do the best we can to accommodate you so please make sure to add this on your online application. Supply as much detail as you can about what you can and can’t eat. We may ask you to bring some items with you if your restrictions are extensive.
Why is it called the Un-Camp?
It’s the question everyone asks… and you’ll be fully prepared to answer it once you get home. (Life has to have some surprises, no?)