FAQs - Cornerstone 2017


What will I learn from the Seminar in May? What am I expected to do?

At the May Seminar, you’ll learn how to enhance the Jewish experience for your campers by attending innovative Jewish programs and exchanging ideas with Fellows from other Jewish camps. Then, you will be expected to design and implement programs for campers and staff over the summer. For more details, speak with your Liaison or your camp’s Director.

Once I have registered and selected sessions, can I switch?

Unfortunately, we do not allow Fellows to change sessions. Please be sure to review all your session choices with your Liaison BEFORE registering!

Which camps are participating in Cornerstone?

Camps will be notified of their acceptance status in late January, 2017. The list below will be updated in late February 2017, once all participating camps have submitted their Participation Agreements.

List of 2016 Cornerstone Camps

  • Beber Camp
  • B’nai B’rith Camp
  • B’nai B’rith Perlman Camp
  • Camp Airy
  • Camp Alonim
  • Camp Be’chol Lashon
  • Camp Daisy and Harry Stein
  • Camp Hatikvah
  • Camp Interlaken JCC
  • Camp JCA Shalom
  • Camp JRF
  • Camp Judaea
  • Camp Kadimah
  • Camp Kinneret-Biluim
  • Camp Laurelwood
  • Camp Livingston
  • Camp Louise
  • Camp Moshava Ennismore
  • Camp Northland-B’nai Brith
  • Camp Pembroke
  • Camp Poyntelle Lewis Village
  • Camp Ramah Darom
  • Camp Ramah in California
  • Camp Ramah in the Berkshires
  • Camp Ramah in Wisconsin
  • Camp Solelim
  • Camp Tawonga
  • Camp Tel Noar
  • Camp Tel Yehudah
  • Camp Tevya
  • Camp Wise
  • Camp Yavneh
  • Camp Young Judaea Midwest
  • Capital Camps and Retreat Center
  • Eden Village Camp
  • Emma Kaufmann Camp
  • Habonim Dror Camp Galil
  • Habonim Dror Camp Gesher
  • Habonim Dror Camp Gilboa
  • Habonim Dror Camp Miriam
  • Habonim Dror Camp Moshava
  • Habonim Dror Camp Na’aleh
  • Habonim Dror Camp Tavor
  • Herzl Camp
  • J. Academy Camp
  • JCC Camp Kingswood
  • JCC Camp of Greater Washington
  • NJY Camps – Camp Nah-Jee-Wah
  • NJY Camps – Cedar Lake Camp
  • Pinemere Camp
  • Shwayder Camp of Temple Emanuel
  • Surprise Lake Camp
  • URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech
  • URJ Camp Coleman
  • URJ Camp George
  • URJ Crane Lake Camp
  • URJ Eisner Camp
  • URJ Greene Family Camp
  • URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp
What should I pack?

For details, see our Packing List. Capital Camps and Retreat Center will provide all bedding and linens, as well as towels, mini shampoo & mini bar soap. However, it does get very cold at night in the cabins (which do not have heat). You may wish to bring an extra warm blanket, a sleeping bag and/or sweatshirt to sleep in (we will not have extra blankets)!

Note: There is an optional Overnight Experience that Fellows may choose to opt into during the Registration process. An additional packing list will be provided at the time of sign-up.

What emergency number I can give my guardians?

During the seminar, Cornerstone’s office number at Capital Camps will be: 717-794-2177 ext. 316 Prior to the seminar, you may contact the Cornerstone Coordinator at 646-278-4507 during typical weekday business hours (9am-5pm eastern).

Is there internet and cell phone reception?

There is wireless connection in the main program spaces, and some other areas of camp. There is some cell phone service (Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T tend to get better reception). Fellows are welcome to use these services during free time, but should refrain from doing so during programming.

Are there vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options?

Yes, and we ask that you indicate your dietary restrictions and food allergies fully and completely in your online registration form. Capital Camps is a kosher and nut-free campus!

Who will I be sharing living space with?

We try to assign bunking with others from your camp when possible (with 3 or 4 camps per cabin) and based on gender self-identification.* Fellow accommodations with be on top and bottom wooden bunk beds. Bedding, linens, and towels will be provided by Capital Camps. If you have any concerns about our housing policy, please let us know.

The Cornerstone Fellowship Program is inclusive and open to participants of all genders. Housing assignments are based on gender self-identification. All Fellows will be in gender-specified cabins with Fellows from both their camps and other camps.

Are there private showers?

Yes, each cabin has private showers.

When does registration open and close?

Registration for the Cornerstone 2017 Seminar is open from March 15, 2017, through April 13, 2017 (for Fellows, Liaisons, Directors, Shlichim, and Shutafim). See our Travel Policy for information about late registration penalties.

About Travel

If you do not see answers to your questions here, please visit our Travel Policy page.

How do I get to Cornerstone?

Participants traveling from NYC, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, DC will travel to camp by bus. All other participants will fly to BWI airport.

Do I have to arrange my travel through FCM Travel Solutions?

Yes. This process ensures that FJC is able to cover all costs and provide support from a travel agent in any emergency situations.

Can I be picked up or dropped off?

Fellows may not drive themselves to and from the Seminar, but you may get a ride with your Liaison, or be dropped off at camp by family/friends. However, you will need to inform FJC that you will be arriving by car (including the name of who will pick you up and drop you off). All driving arrangements must be confirmed in writing to cornerstone@jewishcamp.org.

Do I have to take flights both ways?

No. You may book a one-way ticket if needed. However, if you book a round trip flight and forego the first leg of that trip, the second half will be automatically cancelled by the airlines.

Additionally, you may book a two-leg flight that is not necessarily round-trip. For instance, if you are traveling from school to the Cornerstone seminar and then home, this can be arranged by FCM Travel Solutions. Similarly, if you are traveling from home to the Cornerstone seminar and then straight to camp, this too can be arranged by FCM Travel Solutions. If you plan to extend or alter your trip in anyway, FCM Travel Solutions will ask for your credit card information up front on the phone and you will be responsible for that expense. Please be prepared to pay for any additional costs associated with changing or altering your flight as soon as you confirm your itinerary.

Can I arrive late or leave early?

No. The Cornerstone Seminar is crafted so that each piece intentionally builds upon the next, we cannot allow for participants to miss any portions of the program. This helps ensure you are set up for success and have the opportunity to maximize your camp cohort’s experiences.

How far is Capital Camps from BWI Airport?

It’s approximately an hour-and-a-half drive. FJC will provide bus service between the airport and the Seminar for those who are flying.

How do I get to/from the Cornerstone seminar from New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, or Baltimore areas?

There will be buses from NYC, Philadelphia and Montgomery County Maryland (just outside of Washington, DC). If you are traveling from the Baltimore area, you will meet at BWI airport and take the FJC shuttle to Capital Camps with those arriving by plane. FJC will provide you with information closer to the start of the Cornerstone Seminar if you note on your registration that you will be coming from or going to one of these locations.

Is there any cost to the Fellows?

Generally there is no cost to participants. However, if you plan to alter your travel arrangements after booking, FCM Travel Solutions will ask for your credit card information upfront on the phone. Please be prepared to pay for any additional costs associated with changing or altering your flight as soon as you confirm your itinerary.

FJC will also not cover any travel booked after April 13, 2017 (online registration close date). See our detailed Travel Policy for more information.

What happens if I don’t register for travel on time, make changes late, or cancel?

If participants fail to register for transportation by the registration close date (April 13th), or if any changes are made after the registration close date – and therefore the travel cost increases or change fees are applied – the participant is responsible for the difference in cost. Participants are responsible for reimbursing the full cost of travel if cancellation occurs after travel arrangements are confirmed. If in any situation FJC is unable to recuperate costs from the participant in these situations, the participant’s camp will ultimately be held responsible. See our Travel Policy for more information about late registration penalties.