The Cincy Journeys Camp Counselor and Staff Fellowship supports the professional development of Cincinnati young adults as they fulfill the staffing needs of overnight Jewish camps and become tomorrow’s Jewish leaders.


The Fellowship will be available for Cincinnati Jewish young adults from age 18 (or after high school) to age 26 to work at an approved Jewish overnight camp in the United States or Canada. The fellowship will include the following grant for a work contract of at least 8 weeks: 

  • $1,200 for new counselors/staff
  • $2,400 for returning counselors/staff


Prorated grants will be provided for those who fulfill work contracts of at least 4 weeks. No grant will be provided if a Fellow does not complete the work contract.

Camp fellows are required to complete professional development provided by the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. For 2024, we have planned the following professional development days.

  • Friday, May 10, from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m.
    • We will spend until 5:00 on professional development topics, then have a social networking event until 6:00 p.m. with Jewish professionals who have benefited from their camp backgrounds.
  • Wednesday, August 7, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

We highly encourage fellows to attend these events in person. However, for applicants who have existing conflicts, then at-home work can be completed.

In addition, every fellow will be required to conduct an informational interview or shadow a senior camp professional during camp as well as complete a reflection project after camp.

The list of approved overnight Jewish camps is the same as for campers. If the camp provider you’re interested in is not listed within the grant application program section, please contact Cincy Journeys at to find out how the program can be added to the approved provider list.


Apply for the Cincy Journeys Camp Counselor and Staff Fellowship today.

Grant Eligibility Requirements


·       Applicant must be ages 18-26


·       Applicant must have at least one Jewish parent or have converted to Judaism

·       Applicant must identify with Jewish faith at time application is made


·       Not taken into consideration


·       If applicant is currently attending college outside of the Cincinnati area, parent or guardian must be a permanent resident of the Greater Cincinnati area, and must have maintained this residency for at least a year

·       Applicant does not have to attend or have graduated from a Greater Cincinnati college

·       If a college graduate, applicant must be employed in Greater Cincinnati and have lived in the area for at least 12 months

·       Former Israelis must have lived in the United States for a minimum of 10 years, Cincinnati residency requirements also apply