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.

Annual Conference

Save the Date!

Join us and 450+ of your peers in #jewishcamp October 27-29, 2019 in Springfield, MA for the next JCamp 180 Annual Conference. 

Welcome to Camp Chutzpah!

This year’s JCamp 180 conference is a celebration of the audacity, boldness and courage it takes to secure a stronger future for your Jewish camp.

Why does chutzpah matter to your camp?

Camp professionals are creating great stories each summer and year-round - stories of young lives transformed now and new paths to strong Jewish futures. Sharing those stories proudly with the audiences who need to hear them will strengthen your camp’s competitiveness for attracting campers, staff, donors and lay leaders.


Bold vision and tenacious follow-through are what distinguishes the most effective, high-performing camp boards and committees. The impact of your lay leaders on the future of camp will be determined by their willingness to lead with courage, to step outside their comfort zones, and to attempt new solutions to the challenges facing your camp’s future.


And your camp’s fundraising success will depend not just on good systems and planning, but also on your fearless approaches and ambitious asks, unabashedly making the case for Jewish camp as a worthy investment for donors’ dollars - as worthy as any other organization working to forge the future of the Jewish people. Boldly creating a Culture of Philanthropy throughout your organization, not with mere lip service, but by insisting that every staff member and every lay leader remember the importance of donors and development to the long-term vitality to your camp.


If your camp is already a model of Camp Chutzpah, we know you won’t hesitate to share the lessons you’ve learned with your peers. And if your camp could use an infusion of chutzpah, you’ve come to the right place to take away tips and tools to help you to lead your camp more audaciously into the future.

Enjoy the 2019 JCamp 180 Conference – Camp Chutzpah!

Keep an eye out for information about registering for the conference later this summer.

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 2019 conference will be held from Sunday, October 27 through Tuesday, October 29 in Springfield, MA.

Come back later this summer to learn more about the 2019 conference details. 

JCamp 180 Awards

During its Annual Conference, JCamp 180 Awards are presented to individuals who demonstrated outstanding achievements in the leading of Jewish camps throughout North America.

2019 Winners will be announced at the JCamp 180 Annual Conference in October. In the meantime, check out the list of all JCamp 180 Award winners since its inception in 2010

Conference Registration

Come back in summer 2019 for information about registering for the 2019 #JCampConf.

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

Make Your Hotel Reservation Now

Reduced rates for the conference are available now. 

Travel Details

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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, Tuesday is Camp T-shirt day at the conference, but feel free to wear your camp swag proudly throughout the weekend.