Jewish summer camps operate under the auspices of Jewish organizations, youth movements and private institutions within the Jewish community framework in the Diaspora, and especially in North America. Each year, almost 1,700 summer shlichim are matched and placed with these camps as counselors for Diaspora Jewish children and teenagers - mainly during the summer months. Their role is to strengthen the connection with Israel; develop young Jewish leadership; deepen their knowledge of, and familiarity with, the State of Israel; and create cultural and social bonds between the Diaspora and Israel.
Shlichim provide leadership in Jewish education at both day and overnight camps, as well as offer a range of specialized skills. Shlichim to the overnight camps are integrated into all aspects of life and programming in the camping community. For their period of shlichut, day camp shlichim are hosted by families from the Jewish community itself. In addition to their regular commitments at day camp, these shlichim run a range of educational encounters in local community frameworks.
Shlichut Requirements: IDF or National Service graduate: extensive informal education experience as a child/youth counselor in one of the following specialized areas: nature, camping, art, music, folk-dancing, Hebrew language instruction and sports (water sports, swimming, gymnastics, martial arts, basketball, soccer, abseiling, aerobics, etc.).
Period of Shlichut: 7-9 weeks. Departure for placements: end of May to end of June. Return: August through early September