Program Expectations / FAQ

The Machon program represents our efforts at Coleman to develop the future leaders of our Reform Jewish camp. We are seeking the best and brightest applicants for our Machon programs because we believe that our staff is our most valuable resource. With a competent, knowledgeable, enthusiastic group of camp counselors and specialists, we know that our camp will continue to offer a special Jewish camping experience each summer. 

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.

Additional 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!

Camp Coleman values all of our Machon programs as effective programs to train future staff members. Each has a different focus, and is better suited for teens with different experience levels. All three options include the opportunity to earn community service hours and the opportunity to earn a Red Cross Lifeguard certification which is good for 2 years. 

In addition to their training sessions, all Machonikim have real, meaningful opportunities to work directly with campers. Every Machon participant will do “internships”  in a specialty area, where they will get to first observe, and then help teach the specialty. They will also do “internships” in a bunk, where they will become a part of that cabin community and get to experience almost everything a counselor does.

Please note – All programs will have opportunities to socialize with each other and work together at times.

Why should i participate in a MAchon program?

To prepare all participants to be excellent staff members and activity leaders at URJ Camp Coleman in the years ahead.

How Should i decide which program to apply for?

Who should apply to the Machon Adventure Program?  The Machon Adventure Program is best for teens that have a desire to grow as individuals and learn to push their own limits. The ideal candidates have a desire to try new things and step outside their comfort zone.  

Who should apply for the Machon Mitzvah Corps Program?  The Machon Mitzvah Corps program is best for teens whose past experiences show that they are passionate about social justice and are interested in an intense volunteer experience with children coming from a wide variety of backgrounds. The ideal candidates have experience with service work and/or experience working with children.  

Who should apply for the Machon Full Summer Program?  The Full Summer program is best for teens who showed leadership as a camper through their commitment to our Brit Kehillah and core values and have proven that they are ready to be role-models at camp. The ideal candidates have experience working with children in a camp or school environment, however not a requirement. 

What is the application process for the Machon Programs?

Application Process:  The Machon programs are open to rising 12th graders. They are selective programs and all participants must complete the application process. Applicants are evaluated based on the strengths of their application, reference and interview with a Coleman representative.  

Applicants will be notified by e-mail of their application status by January 15.

PLEASE NOTE:  Program option is subject to change based on the number of interested participants.

What do Machonikim do?

The Machonikim participate in interactive training sessions focusing on camp leadership skills, child development and behavior management, so that they can become effective camp leaders as counselors and specialists.  Included in every Machonik’s training are a wide variety of opportunities to learn and grow as cabin counselors or specialists based on the participant’s assignment to a specific bunk or specialty.  The program is designed so that participants can learn about children, group development, and his/her own strengths/limitations based upon active involvement in a specific cabin group or specialty area.

PLEASE NOTE: The Machon Programs are Leadership Development and Training programs.  Machon are NOT staff and do not share the same responsibilities or privileges as contracted staff members.  Our emphasis in the program is to provide participants with an opportunity to work directly with campers and other staff members and to reflect on their experience.

Where will my program take place?

Machon Full Summer Program – URJ Camp Coleman
Machon Adventure Program – Black Rock Mountain Campsite and URJ Camp Coleman
Machon Mitzvah Corps Program – Atlanta and URJ Camp Coleman

Machon Adventure and Machon Mitzvah Corps Programs participants will live in Machon Village under the supervision of the Machon adult advisors.   

Machon Full Summer will live in the village first session, and live in a bunk second session.

What are the dates?

Machon Full Summer Program – June 12th – August 4th
Machon Adventure Program – July 3rd – August 4th
Machon Mitzvah Corps Program – June 24th – August 4th  

What do Machon in the Full Summer Progam do during second session?

During the 2nd session, Machonikim will live in bunks with campers in order to ensure a full and meaningful experience for all involved.  There will be no guarantee as to which age group a Machonik will be assigned.  It is our intention to place Machonikim where we feel they will perform best, however it is our expectation that all participants will perform to the best of their abilities no matter where they are assigned.

What do Machon Adventure Program and Machon Mitzvah Corps Programs do during second session?

After returning from their incredible experiences, the two programs will bring what they’ve learned and join together,  to participate in interactive training sessions focusing on camp leadership skills, child development, and behavior management, so that they can become effective camp leaders.  Included in every Machonikim training are a wide variety of opportunities to learn and grow as cabin counselors and specialists based on the participant’s assignment to a specific bunk or specialty.  The program is designed so that a Machon participant can learn about children, group development, and his/her own strengths/limitations based upon active involvement in a specific cabin group or specialty area.

Apply for Machon!

Important Dates:
Dec. 5- Applications Due

April 1-3- Machon Weekend

Interviews will take place in December

It is expected that Machon attend an in-person orientation weekend at Camp Coleman which has been tentatively set for the weekend of April 1-3, 2022  (this date is subject to change, and based on the current COVID 19 numbers in our region, we reserve the right to make this a virtual event.)