Community Service and Leadership Development

Community Service and Leadership Development

Teen Camp Community Service

Here and now, you have the incredible opportunity to give back to your community. Are you ready to make a difference in the lives of others? Our community service projects make this simple and fun.

Each week, a variety of in-camp and out-of-camp community service projects are available for campers. These projects involve partnering with various local nonprofit agencies and give campers access to working with senior citizens, children with learning difficulties, animals, and younger campers. Previous partners include The Milford Senior Center, The Country Ark Farm, The Gait Therapeutic Riding Center, The Pike County Agency on Aging, in-house projects within NJY Camps, and more.

With each project that campers participate in, they receive an orientation about the project along with framing around how their efforts tie into our camp’s Jewish values. All completed volunteer hours are logged and campers receive a signed letter from the director for future use, be it for high school volunteer requirements, National Honor Society, or college applications.

A camper alongside an elderly woman.

Teen Camp Leadership Development

Our Teen campers are individuals who are poised to become the next generation of influential and inspiring leaders. They are characterized by their forward-thinking mindset, their ability to adapt to changing circumstances, and their unwavering commitment to achieving their goals. But they aren’t able to make the world a better place all on their own.

Future Leaders is a Jewish leadership training program offered to all campers. The nationally recognized curriculum is built around core modules of leadership training, including communication skills, group dynamics, and methods of learning to name a few. The curriculum is taught through interactive workshops that focus on teaching practical skills through games, practical activities, role playing, public speaking, and other hands-on methods.

This teen leadership program framework acts as a platform for giving campers the opportunity to take on positions of responsibility. Committees are formed for the planning of TAC banquets, delivering fun programs in Camp Nah-Jee-Wah and Cedar Lake Camp, organizing evening events and competitions within TAC and developing legacy projects to leave behind at camp.

Two campers speaking.

Internship Program

Teen campers have the opportunity to complete an internship during their summers in TAC so that they can gain first-hand experience in working with younger children. The internship is designed to sharpen leadership and counselor skills while allowing campers to learn more about their own interests and strengths. Campers who successfully complete both years of Teen Camp, including a TAC internship are given preference for future positions as staff members.

A camper playing piano.

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