Why Do We Need a Personnel Committee?

Each summer, your camp hires hundreds of people to work for you. The strength of your program depends on the strength of the organization’s ability to hire and support these many individuals. So, is this a Board responsibility?   

Yes, it is. 

Your camp should have a Personnel Committee (also often called the Human Resources Committee) A Personnel Committee (also often called Human Resources committee) that sets policies and reviews procedures in:
  • Employee Codes of Conduct
  • Employment Contracts
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Job Descriptions and Salary Structure
Read this article to find out more about what the Personnel Committee should focus on in each of these areas.

Bottom Line: Establishing a Board Level Personnel Committee is of strategic importance.

Written by Mark P. Gold.  Mark is the Director of JCamp 180. His focus areas at JCamp include developing new Matching Grant programs, promoting Jewish Camp financial literacy, overseeing PJ Goes to Camp (part of One Happy Camper), and providing new professional development opportunities for Lay Leadership and Camp staff. 

Who we are: JCamp 180 is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF). Our goal is to significantly enhance the long-term effectiveness of nonprofit Jewish camps in North America. To meet this goal, we provide affiliated Jewish camps with consulting services, annual conferences, shared resources, professional development, and matching grant opportunities. Find more at

Mark Gold
JCamp 180