What Does this College Essay Have to Do With YOUR Camp?

Camp makes an incredible impact on so many lives - campers and their parents, staff, alumni, donors, and more. And they all have stories to share about the importance of camp to them personally.

For example, Camp Tawonga recently shared this college essay from Lena, a long-time camper, about the impact of Tawonga on her. Take a couple of minutes to read this personal essay from Lena.

Powerful, right?

But what does it have to do with YOUR camp?

The Power of Stories

Stories have the power to inspire people, to move them to action. Want people to donate? Enroll at camp? Attend an alumni event? Use stories.

Find (and Share) YOUR Camp's Stories

What stories do your campers, staff, alumni, donors, and Legacy Society Members have that you can share? 

Start collecting these stories (here are some tips for gathering a camp impact story and 10 Immutable Laws of Storytelling) and sharing them with your audience. 

Bottom Line: Go find your camp's own Lena stories, share them, and ask others for THEIR stories. You'll strengthen relationships with the storytellers AND inspire their peers to be more connected with camp, too.

Written by Kevin Martone. Kevin is the Technology Program Manager with JCamp 180. His focus area is in applying technology (database management, communications) to support fundraising and outreach efforts. Kevin leads JTEC (JCamp 180 Training in Effective Communications) and co-leads Data2Donors, a program to help camps prioritize their database for improved Alumni outreach and fundraising.

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