Entering 12th Grade: Avodah

Become a leader this summer!

Spend Your Summer at GFC

GFC’s Avodah Program is our staff-training program for campers entering their senior year in high school. Whether or not you have been to GFC as a camper, this program gives you the unique opportunity to start on the road leading to a camp staff position after high school, as well as valuable skills to prepare you for college and the workforce.

Members of our Avodah program  have traditionally been required to attend a full summer program – both sessions as well as an intersession trip. We understand this has been challenging for some participants as they may have other commitments with their families or schools through the summer. This year, we are excited to announce a single session option for this program. Avodahnikim can choose to sign up for Session One, or for the Full Summer with a generous discount. Our Full Summer program includes the traditional intersession Avodah trip.

In our Avodah program, you’ll gain valuable skills you wouldn’t be able to attain through a traditional internship or summer program. Check out some of the benefits below.


As part of a unit team, you will work with bunk counselors and assist in the leadership of campers. You will remain with the same bunk throughout each session, allowing you to develop relationships with the campers and to have a positive impact on their lives.  Learn how to lead small and large groups, to manage complex, time-sensitive situations, and to make smart decisions quickly. You will discover your own leadership style and learn how you lead best individually and in a group setting.

College Prep

You will have the opportunity to work on your college essays—from concept to writing skills, work with a visiting college academic counselor, and consider which colleges are right for your personal and career goals. You will also have an opportunity to learn about Jewish life on college campuses from some of our visiting faculty who are Executive Directors of Hillel at the following campuses—Texas A&M University, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Oklahoma.

Shadow Program

Learn about different parts of camp through shadowing members of GFC’s leadership team. Learn how to ask questions in a professional environment and to analyze your experience.

Community Service

After successfully completing both sessions, you will receive a letter verifying that you earned 230 hours of community service at Greene Family Camp, and as an Official Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Awards program, you will receive a certificate to certify your volunteer time at camp. In addition, a leadership program like Avodah looks great on your college applications and resume.


Live with fellow participants in the Avodah program, relax on a three-day trip during Intersession, spend program time and down-time together, and become closer with old and new friends than you ever thought possible!

For questions about the Avodah program, please contact McKenzie Sigle at msigle@urj.org.

Application Information

See Avodah summer dates and rates here.

How to Apply

1. Complete the online application here. In addition to our classic camp application, applicants will need to fill out an Avodah Questionnaire that you will find in your Camp Minder Forms & Documents section once you apply. 2. Have at least two people (a teacher, mentor, Rabbi, etc) fill out our Reference Form. At least one referral must be from a congregational professional (i.e. Rabbi, Cantor, Youth Group Advisor). The best references are those who know you best from a congregation, school or leadership setting. We kindly ask that family members do not serve as references for you. We look forward to your application!