Inclusion Training Guide for Jewish Summer Camps

By Howard Blas, Lisa Tobin

Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC), Ramah Camping Movement, June 2015

FJC and Ramah have been receiving an unprecedented number of calls and emails from camps wishing to start programs for people with disabilities, expand services, or become more inclusive. Camp directors and staff members are actively seeking guidance, support, and resources. Attention to including campers with disabilities is exploding as a priority across movements, and organizations with interest in overnight camping, day camping, vocational training programs, family camps, and more.

This guide is designed to be used optimally by various camp stakeholders. Camp directors may want to take a look at sections pertaining to inclusive camping for people with disabilities, successful inclusion in Jewish summer camp, inclusive camps, specific disabilities and related activities, communicating with parents, staff training, and people first language. Inclusion Coordinators will find it particularly useful to access certain materials like intake forms, people first language and general information on inclusive camping before the summer, while other materials like staff training (role-plays, sensitivity activities, values based on Jewish texts, and people first language) may be useful while camp is in session. Counselors, division heads, inclusion coordinators, program directors and camper care teams may find such tools as social stories, visual schedules, and tips on managing camper behavior, and speaking to the bunk about inclusion and disabilities to be particularly useful.

Topic: Jewish Camp, Professional Development, Training, Disability and Special Needs, Inclusion, Camp

Funder: Neshamot Fund , UJA-Federation of New York

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Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Blas, Howard. Tobin, Lisa. Inclusion Training Guide for Jewish Summer Camps. Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC),Ramah Camping Movement. June 2015: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=22410


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