As summer approached and new information was shared with us from the American Camp Association and the CDC, it became increasingly difficult for us to see a path forward for BBYO’s summer programs that meets our high standards of wellness and programmatic excellence. Therefore, as of May 14 we made the heartbreaking decision to cancel all BBYO 2020 summer experiences due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
At the same time, our team worked quickly to create new ways for teens to stay connected to friends and develop leadership skills through alternative opportunities that are now open for registration! Visit our new summer 2020 offerings page to explore these options and find one that’s right for you.
If you have any questions, please reach out to us at [email protected].
BBYO offers need-based scholarship so that anyone who wants to is able to attend our programs without financial constraints standing in the way. Funds for our 2020 experiences are available—please contact [email protected] upon registration. Specific information on 2021 scholarship will be published here when available.
Select Leadership Experiences
BBYO members participating in CLTC, ILTC, and Kallah are eligible for scholarship.
Average 2019 scholarship—CLTC: $479; ILTC: $590; Kallah: $615
For Israel Experiences
Any teen participating in BBYO Israel experience is eligible for scholarship. Apply as part of your teen’s risk-free registration.
Average 2019 scholarship—Israel experiences: $1,019
AZA & BBG Leadership Scholarships
Founders of new chapters ($500 USD off), newly elected chapter board members ($100 USD off), and Alephs and BBGs who are leading in their communities are ALL eligible for additional scholarships—all you have to do is register, apply via the scholarship application link above, and be in touch with questions!
Program grants and need-based scholarships may be available through Jewish organizations in your community like your local Jewish Federation, JCC, or synagogue. Give them a call to find out!
One Happy Camper
BBYO is proud to be part of the Foundation for Jewish Camp Network. First-time Jewish overnight campers could be eligible for up to $1,000 off from One Happy Camper for BBYO Summer Experiences in the United States! To see if your teen qualifies, visit OneHappyCamper.org. Please note there are regional variations in eligibility criteria and awards are limited!
New York Teen Scholarship Opportunity
In an effort to make Jewish summer experiences more affordable, the New York Teen Initiative, launched by UJA-Federation of New York and the Jim Joseph Foundation, is providing scholarship for all BBYO Summer Experiences! High school–age teens from New York (all NYC boroughs, Westchester, Rockland, Nassau, and Suffolk counties) are now eligible for generous financial assistance toward any our programs in Israel, Europe, Africa, Latin America, and North America. Learn more about eligibility criteria and how to apply.
PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION POLICIES
This information reflects the general policies for BBYO Summer Experiences. Specific information for summer 2021 will be released in the future and published on this page.
At the time of registration, a $250 deposit per program is required to save a registrant’s spot. This deposit is fully refundable through the advertised deadline.
Full payments are due on the advertised deadline and after that day payments are non-refundable and non-transferable. All payments made after this day are subject to a $75 late fee.
Due to the popularity of our Summer Experiences and to prevent disruption to program planning late in the season, no refunds or transfers will be issued after the final payment deadline date. This policy applies to cases of homesickness, dismissal, and voluntary withdrawal.
For BBYO International Immersive Experiences: After participants make their initial $250 deposit, they will have the option to pay the outstanding funds either by credit card or e-check. If a credit card is chosen, participants will be charged a 3% fee that BBYO incurs from the credit card companies. This fee is non-refundable. There is no fee, however, if participants pay their balance by e-check. For additional questions, please contact [email protected].
For CLTC, ILTC, and Kallah, the payment plan is as follows:
A $250 deposit is due at the time of registration
Half of the payment is due by the advertised deadline
Final payment is due by the advertised deadline
We are glad to accept registrations initiated after the final payment deadline. In these cases, fees must be paid in full within 15 days. If teens register within 15 days of the start of their summer program, their balance must be paid in full before they arrive.
BBYO strives to welcome all Jewish teens, regardless of background, denominational affiliation, gender, race, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status, including those with a range of intellectual, emotional, and physical abilities. Reasonable accommodations are made in an effort to create an inclusive environment. If you are interested in learning more, please contact our Director of Inclusion Arielle Handel at [email protected].
COMMITMENT TO SAFETY
The well-being of our participants is our number one focus, and we treat every participant as a member of our own family. Safety and security always come first. We work with our hosts, campuses, medical providers, and host city or country governments to ensure that our teens enjoy their experiences to the fullest extent in a safe environment. Visit the BBYO Passport Health and Safety page for more information on our commitment to safety, as well as information specific to safety in Israel.
BBYO offers travel insurance policies, available through CampDoc. Check back here for details on 2021 plans.
CODE OF CONDUCT
The BBYO Code of Conduct is designed with the health, safety and well-being of teens, staff, advisors and participants in mind. Teens are expected to follow all program rules and to act in accordance with the values of BBYO so that they are seen as role models within BBYO and the community at-large. Failure to do so could result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from a program and/or expulsion from BBYO. Read the full Code of Conduct here.
There are so many ways for you to extend your fun, learning, and self-exploration this summer by combining experiences. Additional information about 2021 connections will be available here.