What do we look for?

We seek candidates with different talents and interests from diverse cultural, regional, racial and economic backgrounds who have the potential to change their worlds. Our campers do not fit a single mold; rather, we choose candidates who can complement each other by bringing different strengths, experiences, and interests to the community.  CRS prepares global citizens who question, innovate, and challenge fearlessly. Individuals who are a good fit with CRS tend to demonstrate:

  • Leadership Potential: A history of taking initiative among one’s peers; self-confidence, openness and fairness in dealing with others; cooperation and collaboration when others lead.
  • Character: Honesty, compassion, integrity, a concern for humanity and an appreciation of the value of human diversity.
  • Individuality: A wide range of personal abilities and interests; creativity; divergent thinking.
  • Intellect: A capacity for academic achievement and the ability to think critically; curiosity about the world.
  • Learning from Experience: The ability and willingness to learn from mistakes; using feedback to improve and grow; gaining insight from new experiences.
  • Cultural Representation: The ability to represent one’s local or regional culture, and an awareness of the diversity within one's region. Candidates should have lived at least 3 years in the region or country from which they are chosen. Exceptional candidates who do not fulfill the residency requirement may still be nominated.

How does it work?

Campers are selected by alumni committees around the world.  These local alumni, who we call “selectors,” perform outreach in their areas, review applications, interview candidates, and support accepted campers and their families.  If there is no selector in your area, your application will be reviewed by CRS volunteers.  

Applications for Camp Rising Sun 2017 are now closed. Please check back in the fall for more information about Camp Rising Sun 2018. Applications will be available online in November 2017. For more information, please contact the Foundation staff at apply@lajf.org.


Requirements

2017 Applicants should:

  1. Be 15 years - 16 years old at the start of Camp (with a birth date between August 25, 2000 and June 20, 2002). Exceptions for highly mature 14-year-olds will be considered based on written recommendations to LAJF from the regional selection committee. If a 14-year-old camper is accepted, arrangements must be made to have a family member or other responsible adult accompany this camper throughout travel to New York.
  2.  Be available for the full four-week season.
    1. Dates of the 2017 boys’ session are: June 24 – July 21. Approved travel and hosting dates are June 22 – 24 and July 22 – 23. 
    2. Dates of the 2017 girls’ session are: July 29 – August 25. Approved travel and hosting dates are July 27 – 29 and August 26 – 27.
  3. Be competent in spoken English.  English is essential for understanding safety instructions and for maximizing the benefits of the CRS experience.  Candidates should complete an in-person or telephone interview as part of the selection process.
  4. Not be the child, grandchild, or stepchild of any previous Camp Rising Sun participant.
  5. Have a full medical (physical and mental health) evaluation prior to arrival.  Please note that candidates whose physical or mental health history would preclude full participation in our program may be asked to withdraw their applications.

Links

If you would like to apply to Camp Rising Sun, please fill out an application.

If you would like to provide a reference, please fill out the reference form.