How Does Your Camp Consider and Implement New Policies?

Times change. But your Jewish camp’s core values should be your camp’s bedrock.

How can your Board and staff help your camp adjust to new trends, new challenges, and new opportunities, while staying grounded within your camp’s core mission?

This article discusses the process B’nai B’rith Camp went through to develop, implement, and communicate new policies regarding inclusion of transgender campers that stay true to their core values and allow them to continue to “Build Friendships for Life” at camp.

We encourage you to read this article and reflect on the processes your camp Board uses to adapt to changes while staying true to its mission and values. 

Written by Julia Riseman. Julia is a Mentor with JCamp 180. Julia leads Data2Donors, a program to advance Alumni Outreach, improve camp databases, and raise more major gifts, and Fundraising Fundamentals. Julia has also sparked the creation of many JCamp 180 programs and offerings, including this blog.

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