2019 JCamp 180 Conference

Find links to detailed information about the 2019 JCamp 180 Annual Conference here.

Thank you!

Thank you to the 400 leaders in the field of Jewish Camp who came to Springfield, MA October 27-29, 2019 for our 15th Annual JCamp 180 Conference!

Thank you for taking part in the conference, for sharing your expertise, and for the work you do all year round in #jewishcamp.

Looking for content from the 2019 conference? You can find materials from 2019 conference sessions by searching JCampConf2019.

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.

We have you enjoyed the 2019 JCamp 180 Conference – Camp Chutzpah!

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, Legacy Fundraising, Board Development, Strategic Planning, and Technology. We also include 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.

We reserve the right to limit attendance based on conference capacity, and prioritize the attendance our affiliated camp staff and board members.If you are not a staff member or board/committee member from one of our affiliated camps, a partner organization, or another organization interested in the long-term vitality of nonprofit Jewish summer camp, please contact Kevin Martone re: registering for the conference.

Conference Schedule

The 2019 conference was held from Sunday, October 27 through Tuesday, October 29 in Springfield, MA. 

Looking for an overview of the conference? Check out the Schedule at a Glance

You can also view more detailed workshop schedules here:

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 were announced at the JCamp 180 Annual Conference. Check out the list of all JCamp 180 Award winners since its inception in 2010

Hotel Information

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.