Annual Conference

Our annual conference is designed to meet the needs of over 400 professional staff and lay leaders of our affiliated Jewish camps and partner organizations.

2017 Annual Conference - Save the Date!

In response to participant feedback, we've made two changes to our annual conference in 2017.

First, we have moved the conference to earlier in the year to allow visitors a chance to enjoy the New England Fall foliage. The conference will be held from October 22-24, 2017 in Springfield, MA.

Second, we have extended to the length of the conference by a day to provide both more learning opportunities and allow for more networking time.

Stay tuned for more exciting news about the 2017 #JCampConf!

Nominations for 2017 JCamp 180 Annual Awards are Open Now!

Please click the links below to submit your nominations for this year’s JCamp 180 Annual Awards:

2016 Annual Conference: Open, Generous, Connected

"Open, generous and connected: Isn't that what we seek from a co-worker, boss, friend or even a fellow conference attendee?"

- Seth Godin, Marketing Guru/Camp Arawhon Alumnus

Each summer we teach thousands of Jewish campers and staff the virtue of generosity - of nedivut. And we encourage them all to appreciate and share their unique gifts with one another and the world. 

But can we as camp leaders model the same spirit of generosity we hope to ignite within our campers? Might a commitment to nedivut have the power to transform our own work and our peers? 
When we are generous - and allow others to be - we are uplifted as professionals, as lay leaders, as organizations. Seth Godin encourages conference participants to be

"open to new ideas, …generous when given the opportunity… [and] connected: part of the community interested in not only cheering people on, but shining a light on how they can accomplish their goals."

This is the spirit of this year's JCamp 180 Conference. We look forward to welcoming you and more than 400 other Jewish Camp leaders who together will experience "Open, Generous and Connected" on November 6-7, 2016 at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel.

Who Should Attend?

Our conference is designed to meet the needs of executive and lay leaders as well as the development professionals of our affiliated Jewish camps and partner organizations. Workshop content is devoted primarily to JCamp 180's core focus areas: Fundraising, Board Development, Strategic Planning, and Technology. We are also including some sessions on enrollment: recruitment and retention. And throughout the conference we encourage all attendees to take advantage of both formal and informal networking opportunities with new and old peers who share our passion for Jewish camp.

Conference Schedule

The conference will take place on Sunday, November 6 and Monday, November 7 in Springfield, MA. This high-level conference schedule should help you with your 2016 travel planning.

Want to review the detailed workshop sessions we are offering in 2016? You can find them at the following links:

Registration for the 2016 #JCampConf is Closed

Thank you to everyone who joined us in Springfield, MA for the 2016 JCamp 180 Conference.

Save the dates for next year's #JCampConf in Springfield, MA - Sunday, October 22 - Tuesday, October 24. An extra day for more learning, sharing, and networking!

Thanks to the generosity of Harold Grinspoon, registration is free for all attendees.

Pack Your Camp T-shirt

Yes, our conference is an opportunity for Jewish camp staff and lay leadership to learn new skills and bring innovative plans and ideas back to camp. But this is camp after all, so don't forget to have some fun! Make sure you pack your Camp T-shirt when you travel to Springfield. Traditionally, Monday is Camp T-shirt day at the conference, but feel free to wear your camp swag proudly throughout the weekend.

Travel Details

Once you register, make your travel plans to ensure your space. If you register for the early Sunday morning sessions or any of the post-conference training sessions on Monday afternoon, make your travel plans accordingly.

Annual JCamp 180 Awards

The Annual JCamp 180 Awards honor those individuals or camps which have demonstrated outstanding achievements over the past year in the areas of board leadership, development excellence, outstanding use of technology, and strength of the Camp Legacy Program. Awards include artwork given to the recipient and a cash gift to the camp. You can find our award winners from the past six years on our website.