Machon (Staff in Training)

The Machon Staff-in-Training programs train future leaders of the Camp Coleman community. Participants will:

  • Learn what it means to be a great staff member – a role model and mentor to children.
  • Develop essential 21st-century skills such as communication, problem-solving, conflict resolution, and more through our e21 program
  • Receive hands on experience through internships in bunks and specialty areas.
  • Earn community service hours and certifications such as first aid, CPR certification, and lifeguarding.

Ready to learn more? Read about Machon program expectations and the application process.

 

Machon Full Summer program (8 weeks)

Program: Full Summer (8 weeks)

Dates: June 12 – August 4, 2022

Tuition: $4,675

Overview: The Machon Full Summer Program is a Leadership Development and Staff-in-training program.   Our emphasis in this program is to provide participants with an immersive opportunity to work directly with campers and to reflect on their experience.  During the 1st session of camp, participants will learn what it means to be a great staff member and will develop the skills necessary to be an effective role model and mentor to our campers.  During the 2nd session, participants will live in cabins with campers and staff and under supervision, will practice those skills.

Machon Adventure Program (5 weeks)

Dates: July 3 – August 4, 2022

Tuition: $3,995

 Overview: The Machon Adventure Program is a Leadership Development and Staff-in-training program.  Machon Adventure participants spend a week living outdoors gaining outdoor living skills. During the Machon Adventure week, participants will learn to setup a campsite and how to cook their own meals. In partnership with Landmark Learning, participants will also receive training and certification in Wilderness First Aid, a 2-day advanced first aid course. The week also includes several outdoor adventure experiences, including whitewater rafting, hiking, and ziplining. You will push your limits both physically and emotionally and take pride in your accomplishments.

Participants of this program will arrive back at camp on opening day of 2nd session and will spend the next 4 weeks incorporating their Machon Adventure experience into our Leadership Development and Staff-in-training program. Participants will learn what it means to be a great staff member and will develop the skills necessary to be an effective role model and mentor to our campersMachon Adventure participants live in the Machon Village and have daily opportunities to work directly with campers and practice the skills they are developing.

Machon Mitzvah Corps Atlanta program (6 weeks)

Dates: June 24 – August 4, 2022

Tuition: $4,995

Overview: The Machon Mitzvah Corps Program is a Leadership Development and Staff-in-training program.  Mitzvah Corps Atlanta is run in partnership with Camp Best Friends, a subsidized, quality summer program for Atlanta children, engaging them in wholesome, organized and productive recreational activities while school is out for the summer. Machon participants will spend 14 days volunteering as junior counselors at Camp Best Friends, while living in dorm-style accommodations in Atlanta. This program is inspired in part by the relationship that Camp Coleman and NFTY have built over many years with the City of Atlanta in running Camp Jenny. As participants do volunteer work, listen to guest speakers, and learn about issues of race and access to education, they will build meaningful relationships with one another and their global peers, understand the complexities and challenges facing various communities, take action on issues they care about, and embrace the ways that Judaism empowers them to enact real change. 

Participants of this program will arrive back at camp on opening day of 2nd session and will spend the next 4 weeks incorporating their Mitzvah Corps experience into our Leadership Development and Staff-in-training program. Participants will learn what it means to be a great staff member and will develop the skills necessary to be an effective role model and mentor to our campersMachon Mitzvah Corps participants live in Machon Village, and have daily opportunities to work directly with campers and practice the skills they are developing.

Details:

URJ Mitzvah Corps is the Union for Reform Judaism’s network of immersive social justice travel programs for high school students, running summer programs in locations around the globe. We have consulted with URJ Mitzvah Corps to develop a custom experience for our Machonikim.  T

Details and Sample Daily schedule:

While in Atlanta, Machon Mitzvah Corps operates on a regular schedule, with participants spending each weekday at their day camp jobs, with afternoons to relax or cook dinner, and evenings to engage in learning or explore activities around Atlanta.  Camp Best Friends operates many sites around Atlanta. Machon volunteers will be placed at several sites, in small groups. 

Click here for a sample schedule

Learn more about URJ Mitzvah Corps here!

Apply for Machon!

Important Dates:
Dec. 5- Applications Due

April 1-3- Machon Weekend

Interviews will take place in December

“The Machon program was amazing this year. I’m so grateful for the experience. Overall, best summer of my life!”

The internships gave me real insights on being staff at Coleman for the first time, and made me truly realize how much I want to be a counselor next year. The amount of freetime and worktime I felt was perfect. We had freedom, yet also had responsibility. Overall it was a great program!