Camp Mountain Chai is proud to support children from our active military and veteran families for the last 12 years. With all the branches of our armed forces serving in Southern California, there are many families still unaware that their children can attend Camp Mountain Chai at little cost due to our two Military Financial Assistance programs. The benefits of Jewish overnight camp to children from military families are so important:

Campers with an active duty or a veteran parent are eligible for financial assistance through ONE of the following programs:

Operation Summer Camp (rising 3rd – 8th grade)
CMC Military Scholarship (rising 2nd or 9th – 10th grade)

Campers may still be eligible for other grants/scholarships.
Parents will be required to prove eligibility and fill out pre- and post-camp surveys.

Operation Summer Camp

Home to the largest Jewish overnight camp network on the continent, JCC Association of North America and JWB Jewish Chaplains Council®, with generous support from the Marcus Foundation, are proud to bring the joys and values of Jewish summer camp to Jewish children in military families beginning this summer.

  • For campers entering 3rd – 8th grade:
  • May be eligible to have their entire camp session tuition (minus Health and Safety fee) covered via a grant from the Marcus Foundation.
  • At least one parent is active duty or a veteran (honorably discharged within the last 3 years)
  • At least one parent identifies as Jewish


CMC Military Scholarship

  • For campers entering 2nd grade or 9th – 10th grade:
  • At least one parent is active duty or veteran
  • At least one parent identifies as Jewish
  • If a family has more than 1 parent on active duty, scholarship will be awarded based on the highest pay grade.
  • CMC Military Scholarship awards will be based on pay-grade using the following table:
Pay GradeScholarship (% off)

All eligible camp families should start the process by completing our primary application below:

Military Financial Assistance Application