This program promotes Jewish culture change at camp by offering Jewish educational training to exemplary returning bunk staff and professional development to camp leaders.
Returning counselors are the “cornerstones” of their camp. Over the last ten years, nearly 1600 fellows have participated in this transformative experience. As we head into our eleventh year, we expect the largest seminar to date. At this seminar, 400 staff members come together for workshops, song sessions and campfires to learn not only from our seasoned faculty, but also from each other. Fellows share “magic” and ideas between camps, creating a new type of camp community. Cornerstone also offers an important professional development opportunity for senior camp staff supervising counselors' progress throughout the program. Both fellows and senior camp staff are supported by a faculty advisor, who provides coaching throughout the summer so that visions and action plans can be implemented successfully.
Cornerstone Seminar 2013
May 19th to 23rd
Capital Camps in Waynesboro, PA
• Experiential Jewish Education and Leadership Training for Fellows
• Professional Development for Supervisory Staff
• Individualized Attention from an Expert in Camp Management
• College Credit for Fellows in Experiential Jewish Education
Interested in learning more? Read more about the Cornerstone Fellowship here.
The Cornerstone Fellowship: New Camp Track
The New Camp Track is an intensive track intended for camps that are new to the Cornerstone Fellowship. This program is designed to be a thorough introduction that will enable you to successfully implement Cornerstone at your camp this year and for many years to come.
New camps will experience Cornerstone through a behind-the-scenes lens, both as a liaison (supervisory staff member) and fellow (programming bunk counselor.) The New Camp Track will equip camps with the tools to enhance their Jewish educational programming as well as recruit, retain, and invest in returning counselors who will serve as Cornerstone fellows in future years. Participation in year one is limited to one liaison per camp who will work towards full participation, including fellows, in year two.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact Alina Bitel, Cornerstone Program Director, at 646-278-4533 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cornerstone Fellowship is a program of the Foundation for Jewish Camp, generously supported by the AVI CHAI Foundation, Crown Family Philanthropies, and the Morning Star Foundation.
Camps select returning bunk staff to be a part of this cohort of young leaders. They are required to attend the Seminar in May and implement programs back at camp during the summer.
Each camp nominates a member of their senior leadership team to guide the fellows. Liaisons attend the May Seminar and oversee the Cornerstone fellows and their Action Plans over the summer.
Select returning Israeli staff members attend the May Seminar to strengthen their relationship with fellows at their camps and design Action Plan components that they will implement together.