FAQs – Staff

General Questions

Where is URJ Camp Coleman Located?

URJ Camp Coleman is located in Cleveland, GA (birthplace of the Cabbage Patch Doll) just 75 miles northeast of Atlanta. Coleman is situated in the beautiful natural setting of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

How often do I receive time off?

Each staff member usually receives one period off per day. Also, after the campers are safe and sound in their bunks, staff may have some down time and can “sign out” of camp. We will frequently have social and educational programs for the staff at nighttime. Staff will receive 4 30 hour days off during the summer. Days off may begin at dinner and end at dinner the next day. Counseling staff will have several days to choose from each month. However, only so many people can sign up for each day off based upon the unit size and schedule. Specialists, because of the nature of the program will be given specific days that must be taken off (All camp trip day and whitewater rafting day). Staff will also have free time during Inter-session, the days in between Session 1 and Session 2.

What if I have diet restrictions?

We strive to accommodate a variety of dietary preferences and restrictions to ensure everyone can enjoy their meals at our camp. We offer a comprehensive menu that includes vegetarian options, and there’s a well-stocked salad bar available for all camp participants.

For those who keep kosher, we provide both vegetarian meals, which many participants opt for, and do have kosher meat upon request. We are committed to meeting your specific needs, so please inform us of your dietary requirements, and we will do our best to prepare meals that align with them.

In addition to vegetarian and kosher options, we can accommodate various dietary restrictions such as dairy-free, vegan, and gluten-free. If you have specific concerns related to sugar or carbohydrate intake, we encourage you to make the most of the meals available and take advantage of our extensive salad bar.

Lunch and dinner feature peanut butter and jelly stations, as well as a pasta bar, offering diverse choices for participants with different dietary preferences. We are dedicated to creating a dining experience that caters to the unique needs of each individual, ensuring that everyone can enjoy delicious and satisfying meals during their time at camp.

May I receive visitors during the camp session?

Visitors are welcome during the camp session on Saturday mornings between services and lunch. However, it’s essential to note that not every Saturday is available for visits. To arrange a visit, please ensure that Amy, our camp director, approves the visit in advance via email.

Will I be the only new person at Coleman this summer?

Each year at Coleman is a new and different year. 70% of our staff either worked at or were campers at Coleman and approximately 30% are completely new. We have new and returning staff from all over the world that makes a wonderful mix of tradition and openness to new ideas.

What is URJ?

The URJ – Union for Reform Judaism – helps to create and sustain vibrant Reform Jewish congregations wherever Reform Jews live. The synagogue is at the very center of Jewish life, transforming individual members into caring, committed Jews, inspiring them to live Jewish lives. The URJ provides opportunities for individual growth and identity which congregations and individuals cannot provide by themselves including 12 residential camps, a day camp and trips to Israel. The URJ is also the main supporter of the Hebrew Union College (HUC) – the seminary that trains Reform Rabbis, Cantors and Educators.

What is the smoking policy at Camp Coleman?

All URJ facilities are no smoking institutions. Staff may find it difficult to leave camp during the day and in the evening. We highly encourage our staff to try to use this time as a great way to start on a healthier path of life by quitting. Smoking on campgrounds is prohibited and may result in a review of employment.

Application Process

How do I apply?

You can apply online. Once we have received your application you will be contacted to set up an interview. You will also receive an email with information and forms, including a link for your references to fill out. Once we have completed your interview and your preliminary paperwork has been received we may come to a verbal agreement. It is the understanding of URJ Camp Coleman that we consider these verbal agreements as commitments. It is not appropriate for you to speak with another camp about employment after agreeing to work at Coleman. Upon accepting a position with URJ Camp Coleman you will be sent a contract, a health form, tax forms, a copy of the personal policies and other forms. You are required to sign the contract and return it to our winter office by the date listed on the bottom of your contract in order to formalize our agreement.

What else can I expect to receive from Camp Coleman and when will I receive it?<br />

In the spring (no later than the end of April) you will receive an information packet from camp. It will include a packing list and other important information and forms for you to review.

For more information, check out our general FAQs!

Ready to apply to work at camp Coleman?

If you would enjoy a summer full of learning, Judaism, fun, creativity, leadership, nature, dedication, friendship, and hard work, Camp Coleman is the right fit for you. 

If you want to have the summer of your life, apply here!