Camp Seneca Lake believes that the Jewish summer camp experience should be available for every Jewish child, regardless of ability to pay. Financial aid, scholarships, and community programs/grants (minimal restrictions) are available from many different resources including synagogues, local Federations, private funders, and CSL financial aid.

All personal and financial information is always kept strictly confidential. We have provided information and options below to assist you. Please contact the CSL office if you have any questions at csl@jccrochester.org or at 315-536-9981.

CSL Financial Assistance

Tuition assistance is available through the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester. We are able to provide aid to members of the Rochester JCC (you must be have a family membership at the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester at the time of enrollment and remain a member until September 1, 2023), and to children of CSL alumni. 
We maintain a confidential and respectful process to review need-based applications to determine if you are eligible to receive assistance. There is a sliding scale fee based on income to determine the level of aid we are able to provide. 
As there are limited funds available, we work with families and our community funders to explore options for assistance. Families can explore funding streams for financial aid that include synagogues, Jewish Federations and community foundations, private donor funds, One Happy Camper, PJ Library funds. Families not from Rochester may also contact their local JCC to explore funding options. There is no need-based scholarship awarded by the JCC for our CSL in Israel program, as there are other financial assistance options that may be available for families to explore.
To learn more about joining the JCC, please contact Anne Hossenlopp, Membership Director at 585-461-2000 x216; ahossenlopp@jccrochester.org or visit our website at: jccrochester.org/membership.
The 2023 CSL Financial Aid application will be available in December 2022. If you have any questions, please contact the CSL team at CSL@jccrochester.org or at 315-536-9981.

One Happy Camper Grants

The Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester (includes Monroe, Livingston, Yates, Seneca, Wyoming, Ontario, Orleans, Genesee, and Wayne Counties) in partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp offers One Happy Camper incentive grants for Rochester area first time campers attending Jewish overnight camp.  
  • First time campers attending Jewish overnight camp for over 19 days can receive $1,800 off camp tuition, this is not needs-based and is open to ALL first time campers!  
  • Second-Year and Beyond: Craving More after Year One? Come Back for Year Two & Beyond! The Rochester community is unique in that it offers needs-based grants to campers (second-year and beyond) attending Jewish overnight camp for 19 or more consecutive days.
For more information visit https://www.jewishrochester.org/one-happy-camper or contact Marissa Barashi at mbarashi@jewishrochester.org or 585-461-0490.  

For One Happy Camper Grants outside of the Greater Rochester area, please check out the One Happy Camper website at: jewishcamp.org/one-happy-camper/

Mike Nozik Scholarship Fund

The Mike Nozik Scholarship Fund, administered by the Jewish Federation of Rochester, awards a small number of partial scholarships annually for Camp Seneca Lake. Any family may apply for this need-based scholarship - selection criteria is outlined on the application. For additional information, contact Marissa Barashi at mbarashi@jewishrochester.org or 585-461-0490. The application is available by following this link: The Mike Nozik Memorial Camp Seneca Lake Scholarship Fund Application.   
The Deadline for applying for this fund is January 31st.

PJ Library Grants

PJ Library offers PJ Goes to Camp incentive grants provides incentive awards in the amount of $700 for campers who attend overnight camp for 12-18 days, or $1,000 for campers who attend camp for 19 days or longer. Eligibility requirements and contact information are available on their website.  One caveat is that your family must be a PJ Library family registered by the September 1st preceding the camp summer. Other restrictions may apply. 

Other sources of funding for Camp may be found by contacting your synagogue or local Jewish Federation.