Insights Interviews

For the past five years, JCamp 180 has conducted the Camp Insights: Annual Trends Survey, eliciting camp leaders’ views on what are the most important societal trends affecting Jewish camps. The 2024 survey will be released in the fall.

In addition, this year we are exploring more deeply the challenges and opportunities posed by these trends, and the solutions that camps are developing in response. To this end, we are pleased to launch Insights Interviews, featuring conversations with leaders and innovators from the camping field.

Our first two articles (here and here) are from conversations with leaders from major camping movements and associations. Interviewees shared views on such themes as: the ever more demanding roles of camp directors; increase in mental health supports; rising costs and the growing reliance on fundraising; staff recruitment and retention trends; the financial and social legacy of COVID; and the challenges that the Israel-Hamas war poses.

>>Read the first article
>>Read the second article

Stay Tuned! More Insights Interviews with leaders from the American Camp AssociationJewish day camps, and the Foundation for Jewish Camp coming up later this year!

We look forward to hearing back from you — let’s keep the conversation going. Do you have questions or feedback? Write to us at

We sincerely thank the camp leaders who shared their time, candor, and insights.