Camp Harlam’s leadership is dedicated to helping families afford our extraordinary summer experience in any way possible. In addition to partnerships with URJ synagogues and One Happy Camper (OHC) sponsors, Harlam provides very generous scholarship through the Mitch Perlmeter Scholarship Fund and other programs, including the Weidhorn program for families sending multiple children to camp and the Morris Fund allocated for campers who have lost a parent. Gifts from Harlam are made confidentially through an anonymous/needs-based process facilitated by the camp’s Financial Assistance Committee.
The Camp Harlam Financial Assistance application, as well as other materials related to this process, will be available for enrolled families in their CampInTouch accounts after enrollment. A family must complete a Financial Assistance application by November 15 (or within 2 weeks of enrollment for registrations after November 15).
You can refer to the 2021 Financial Assistance Resources for Families, 2021 Financial Assistance Application Instructions, and 2021 Synagogue Participation Form to review information on the Financial Assistance process (most of the same information is detailed below and these forms can be found in an enrolled family’s CampInTouch account). Please feel free to contact Cori Miller, our Camper Care & Enrollment Manager, at CMiller@URJ.org or 610-668-0423, ext. 1033 with any questions.
Please feel free to review the information below regarding Financial Assistance at Camp Harlam:
Families with Multiple Children at Camp and Other Scholarships
- Our sibling Discount was increased to $150/$250 (second child/each additional child) in 2016.
- Through the generosity of the Weidhorn Family Foundation, a $1,000,000 endowment for scholarship has been established at Camp Harlam. This will allow us to begin awarding special Weidhorn Scholarship Program awards to families with 2, 3, 4 or 5 children at camp. No special form needs to be completed and families with multiple children will be considered for this program during Camp Harlam’s Scholarship Committee review process. Weidhorn Scholarship Program awards are intended for families with special circumstances that make affording camp for multiple children especially difficult and those families trying to stretch to make camp possible for multiple children earlier or longer than expected. Key program details include:
- Open to all families with more than one child at camp during the 2021 season.
- This program is meant to offer a similarly sized gift award as the standard scholarship process, but will be renewed each year for the same or similar amount as long as the financial circumstances remain the same and the same number of children attend camp. This is intended to give families more of a long-term and reliable view of support from camp.
- Applicants should provide insight into the specific circumstances that make being a multi-child family at camp difficult this year, and why this has both immediate and longer-term impact on their enrollment.
- In addition to the ability of the camp community to help children develop deep connections and grow, we have seen the healing nature of camp. Camp Harlam’s Morris Fund provides financial support for campers who have lost a parent. These funds can be accessed and are allocated through our general Financial Assistance program and no additional application is required.
One Happy Camper Grants
One Happy Camper (OHC) is a program run by the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) that provides non-needs-based incentive grants for children to attend Jewish overnight camp for the first time. The grant amount is $1,000 for a child attending Harlam’s 3½-week session and $700 for a child attending Harlam’s Introductory Experience (in the Greater Metro West area, there are reductions in the grant amount if a sibling has ever received the grant). OHC grants are funded through a combination of the FJC and other donors and may only be available in certain Jewish communities in North America. We are pleased to report that in 2020, Camp Harlam will once again be a donor in partnership with the FJC to fill the geographic gap where an OHC grant is not available. FAMILIES MUST ENROLL FOR CAMP PRIOR TO APPLYING FOR THE OHC GRANTS. Once we receive notification from the FJC on the OHC approval, the $1,000 (or smaller grant, as appropriate) will be applied as a credit to your account. Families can apply and learn about eligibility for the OHC grants at onehappycamper.org. There are often limited numbers of OHC grants available, so we recommend you applying as early as possible.
Many synagogues have scholarship programs to help offset the cost of camp tuition for their congregants. We often partner with congregations, particularly for those families that apply for assistance through the Camp Harlam Financial Assistance Program. A Synagogue Participation Form (now available on our website and in your CampInTouch account) is a key part of the Financial Assistance application, but you can also submit a request to your congregation independent from participating in the Camp Harlam Financial Assistance program. When a synagogue notifies us of a scholarship commitment, it will immediately be applied as a credit to your account and lessen your financial responsibility. For all families that are members of URJ (Reform Movement) synagogues, Camp Harlam works hand-in-hand to help leverage available funds from camp and the congregations. Some synagogues have special scholarship funds set aside, while others may consider support on a person-by-person basis. If you are going to consider support from your synagogue, please use the 2021 Synagogue Participation Form.
Many Jewish Federations in North America offer needs-based camp scholarships. Please contact your local Federation for information about their programs or click the appropriate links below for more info on selected programs:
Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia | https://www.jewishphilly.org/programs-services/jewish-camping/camp-scholarships
Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley (PA) | http://jewishlehighvalley.org/scholarships
Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey | http://jewishheartnj.org/camp-travel
Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey | https://www.jewishsouthjersey.org/financial-assistance
Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest (NJ) | https://www.onehappycampernj.org/financial-incentives/greater-metrowest-scholarship/
Jewish Federation of Reading (PA) | https://readingjewishcommunity.org/home/camp
Jewish Community Alliance of Lancaster (PA) | https://www.jcalancaster.org/jcal.html
Jewish Federation of Greater Washington (DC) | https://www.shalomdc.org/
Financial Assistance Policies
- The online Financial Assistance Application and accompanying materials should be used by families seeking financial assistance for either Camp Harlam (residential camp in Kunkletown, PA) or for the Harlam families with a child enrolled for the NFTY in Israel program.
- If you are a family seeking assistance for MULTIPLE children to attend Camp Harlam, please note that the Weidhorn Scholarship Program will be continuing this year and families with multiple children should follow this same application process to be considered for this program. There’s no need for you to apply separately – our committee will consider families for this specific opportunity on their own.
- The Financial Assistance Program is available to members of URJ (Reform Movement) congregations as well as those unaffiliated with a URJ congregation. The options for each group are distinctive in this way:
- URJ congregational members will be part of the standard scholarship process that has the benefit of funding from both the budgeted assistance allocated annually by Camp Harlam and the supplemental support of the Mitch Perlmeter Scholarship Fund. Requests by URJ congregational members will be considered for support as the camp’s priority.
- Non-URJ congregational members will be eligible for support from the Mitch Perlmeter Scholarship Fund only.
- Scholarship awards are considered on an anonymous/needs-basis. The committee will consider:
- Household family income as confirmed by the current year’s tax returns. While assets and other metrics may be relevant, the committee has found current tax returns to be the most consistent and useful tool.
- Extraordinary expenses (i.e. extreme medical costs) and circumstances (i.e. loss of job or illness), but less so expenses that are more typical in the life of a family such as orthodontics, B’nai Mitzvah and/or college costs.
- Divorce (or other like issues) in families with an absent parent. However, the committee is wary of difficulties related to parental disputes (such as decrees that do not include camp costs), because it is not the committee’s role to adjudicate such family matters.
- Applicants must submit the online application. Please identify any child you are requesting assistance for, but you only need to complete one application per family. All timely applications will be reviewed before any late applications will be considered. Complete applications received after the deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis with awards given from funds available (if any) at the time of consideration.
- All NEW applicants (those that have not received awards in the past) must supply a copy of their 2019 Federal Income Tax Return. RETURNING applicants (those that received applied or received awards in the previous year) do not need to resubmit their 2019 taxes this year. Applications not submitted with the proper documentation will be considered incomplete. You will receive a confirmation email when we receive the necessary Federal Income Tax Return and your application is complete.
- When completing the online portion of the application, it is required that families indicate the amount they are able to contribute toward camp tuition. This amount should include all funds being contributed by family/friends, but should not include scholarship being provided by synagogues, federations, etc. Applications without specific and reasonable requests will not be considered.
- Harlam requests that families contact their own congregation, local Jewish Federations and/or communal organizations to inquire about any available resources they may be able to provide. Please feel free to provide your congregation with the 2021 Synagogue Participation Form located under “Forms/Documents” in your CampInTouch account. Scholarship allocations can be sent to our Business Manager, Jeremy Wasserman, at JWasserman@URJ.org on the aforementioned form or by other means (email, congregations forms, etc.).
- Award recipients will be notified by email after final determinations are made (typically by April 1, 2021). These awards are provided as a credit toward camp tuition and seldom will result in full scholarships (even with other sources of support). Harlam reserves the right to adjust the awarded credit at any time without prior notice or notification to compensate for credit due to any additional payments received (including, but not limited to, other scholarships and/or grants) or credit given.
- In order to achieve our goal to help as many families in need as possible each year, the amount of assistance awarded will be based partially on the overall number of applicants and the funds available.
- Decisions on awards will be made by the Harlam Financial Assistance Committee on an anonymous basis, but when appropriate, the financial assistance application may be supplemented by information shared by both the camp’s professional staff and/or the applicant’s URJ congregation (confidentially).
Financial Assistance Application Instructions
- Fully complete the online application by November 15th or within 2 weeks of enrollment if you register after November 15th. If you are applying for assistance for more than one child, please indicate all children on your ONE Financial Assistance Application and submit your Federal Tax Return (if required) by uploading it directly to your CampInTouch account or by email to CampHarlam@URJ.org by mail by November 15th. We kindly ask that you do not mail tax returns, as our entire professional staff is working remotely at this time.
- New Information about Taxes: We are able to accept 2019 taxes this year. If you have indicated a significant change in your financial situation via application and believe it would be helpful for us to see your 2020 taxes, please submit them by February 28th, 2021.
- Prepare the following information ahead of time so that you can complete the form more readily (the CampMinder system will time-out if the form isn’t submitted in 40 minutes):
- Reason requesting assistance (we recommend you have this available in Word to readily cut and paste into the application)
- Additional information you would like to provide to our Scholarship Committee (we recommend you have this available in Word to readily cut and paste into the application)
- If you are a URJ Congregation Member, the name of the congregation and religious educator/Rabbi
- Amount you are able to contribute
- How many children you are requesting assistance for, as well as the number of years at camp and the sessions enrolled for in 2021
- 2020 Salary (for both custodial parents)
- Home value (if owned)
- Years owned
- Amount owed
- Additional real estate value
- Investment Value
- Investment type
If there will be a dramatic change in income, please explain (we recommend you have this available in Word to readily cut and paste into the application).
Call us with questions – 610-668-0423 (you can reach out to Cori Miller or another member of our team can direct you).