Camp CAR is a year-long partnership with Cooke Magnet Elementary School in Waukegan, IL. NFTY teens volunteer in Waukegan throughout the year, and then welcome elementary school campers to a weekend planned and led by NFTYites at OSRUI. Campers who otherwise wouldn't get to experience summer camp have the opportunity to meet teen counselors eat three nutritious meals a day, and enjoy activities such as music, hiking, arts and crafts, cooking, and a variety of sports and team building activities – all for free! For more information, reach out to the Camp CAR Leadership Team.

Apply to be a Camp CAR Counselor! Camp CAR 2018-19 Dates

Camp CAR Weekend at OSRUI: May 23-26, 2019 (by application only)

NFTY Participant Camp CAR Staff Application:

If you are a 9th-12th grader this school year and a participant in NFTY, you are eligible to apply to be a Camp CAR counselor. We are looking for caring, responsible, and passionate counselors to make this summer’s Camp CAR the best camp yet! Staff will be responsible for planning and leading programming, helping to be responsible for campers in the cabin, and making a great weekend for the kids.

Counselor options are counselor in training (for current freshmen), counselor (for current sophomores-seniors), senior counselor (juniors-seniors). Applications are due Friday, November 9, 2018.

Volunteer Opportunities Throughout the Year:

We also volunteer throughout the year at Cooke, our partner school in Waukegan. These events are open to anyone. They are not official NFTY events, but they are a great way to spend time with your NFTY friends while doing a mitzvah with our campers and their families!

Upcoming volunteer dates at Andrew Cooke Magnet School:

  • Saturday, May 18, 2019 (time TBA)

We have a fundrasing  page for Camp CAR, which you can use to donate online with a credit card. Every dollar goes toward creating an excellent experience for our campers and NFTYites. If you want to honor one of our NFTY teen volunteers, please visit their fundraising page or search for their name in the search box located on the donate page.

All online donations are safely processed through Classy, which encrypts personal and credit card information during all transactions and sends an automated confirmation email for all transactions which serves as a tax exempt donation letter from the Union for Reform Judaism.

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You can also send us a check, which will be processed through the Union For Reform Judaism/NFTY Development Team. You can send checks made out to Union for Reform Judaism (with Camp CAR in the subject line) to:

NFTY Camp CAR 1121 Lake Cook Rd. Suite D Deerfield, IL 60015

There are so many ways to help bring campers to Camp CAR - thank you so much for considering donating or fundraising for this incredible program!

This is a flyer you can share to tell your friends and family how to donate to Camp CAR.

How can you put Camp CAR into words? Check out Camp CAR as described by some of our amazing campers! 
Meet Paili, Jon, and Mindy, the Camp CAR Leadership Team! Along with our Camp CAR volunteers, we work all year to fundraise and create an incredible experience for our campers.