September 2013


Overnight Camp Highlights,
Summer 2012
From JData's Camp Partners: Which Data Points and Why?
News from JData
Of Special Interest to Camps

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JData presents 2013 camp data:

JData will be at the JCamp 180 Conference in Springfield, MA on November 3 and 4 leading sessions on data for residential and day camps.


Amy Sales, JData Director, will be meeting with URJ camp leadership at their retreat preceding the conference. 


FJC and JCamp 180 launch data collection.
October has been designated overnight camp data month. The deadline for Summer 2013 data is November 1.

Get your data in early and see initial findings at the JCamp 180 Conference in November.



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Note from the Director  

Summer is over and a new year has arrived. Summer camps watched as bunks were emptied and campers and staff left for home. Camp leaders are returning their attention to building and refurbishing their camps, marketing, fundraising, and planning-all the hard work that assures that the "magic" of summer will happen again next year.


At JData, we are reviewing last year's accomplishments and beginning data collection for this year. Are marketing efforts and incentives programs increasing the numbers of children attending a Jewish overnight camp? Are improvements to camp programs helping to raise camper return rates? Are staff salaries continuing to rise and is this related to better staff retention? Are camps developing the structures and capacity they need to raise money for scholarships, operations, and capital improvements? These are the kinds of questions that JData is designed to answer.


In this issue we present highlights from the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) Summer 2012 census, which is housed in JData. The census included 145 Camps in North America, an increase of two camps from the previous year. These 145 camps represent a $220 million plus enterprise with almost 70,000 campers and 17,000 staff members. As well, our partners at Foundation for Jewish Camp and JCamp 180 explain which data points they will be looking at most closely this year and why.  


Best wishes from the entire JData Team for a good new year.   


Amy L. Sales, Ph.D.

Project Director
Senior Research Scientist
Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies   


  Overnight Camp Highlights, Summer 2012 

One year ago, the 145 Jewish overnight camps associated with Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) reported the following facts and figures about Summer 2012.



  • Between 2011 and 2012, overall enrollment grew 3%, from 66,539 to 68,497 campers. Over 12,000 of these participants were new to Jewish camp.
  • Not all camps shared equally in this growth. About half of the camps increased enrollment; the others remained the same or declined. Camps in the South were more likely to grow than camps in other parts of the country. Camps in the Northeast were the most likely to see decline.

  From JData's Camp Partners:
  Which Data Points and Why?

We asked our partners at Foundation for Jewish Camp and JCamp 180 to answer the following question for JData Revealed: "Which data points will you be paying particular attention to this year...and why?" Read their answers... 


News from JData 

  • JData comparison report now available.
    A comparison report that enables schools and camps to benchmark themselves against similar schools or camps is now available on each organization's profile page. We invite you to try out the new report and send us your suggestions for its future development (
  • New reports focus on day schools.
    Two new reports are now available on Our study conducted with the Intermediate Task Force of JFNA explains the unique challenges faced by day schools in smaller communities. The Schechter Day School Network annual report describes enrollment trends and presents information on staffing and tuition in the network's 44 schools. (Read reports.)
  • JData creates an office for data quality.
    Matthew Feinberg joins the JData team in September. In addition to his experience in Jewish summer camp and his M.A. from the Hornstein Program in Jewish Professional Leadership at Brandeis, Matthew has a background in quantitative analysis. He will be looking at the data as they come in, checking for probable errors. Working with him on data quality will be Sarah Reid. When you go into your profile form this year, you will see new explanations and pop-up definitions, which are also part of JData's increased emphasis on data quality.
  • JData welcomes new camp partners.

    We are pleased to announce that National Ramah Commission and URJ-Camps have adopted JData for this year. They will be joining Foundation for Jewish Camp and JCamp 180 in a collective effort to gather and use data to strengthen the field of Jewish overnight camps.

  • JData expands into day camps.

    With support from UJA-Federation of New York and the participation of JCCA, we are developing a section of for Jewish day camps. Data collection will begin in New York in Fall 2013 and will extend nationally in Winter 2014. 

JData is operated by Brandeis University with generous support from the Jim Joseph Foundation 

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