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What is the timeline for applications and acceptances?

Avodah applications are due by January 7. Avodah references and interviews must be completed by January 14. Mechina applications are due by January 14. Acceptance decisions for Avodah and Mechina will be announced on January 28.

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How do I apply?

For both programs, parents will need to complete a camper application and teens will complete a separate online application. Click here for a complete step-by-step guide to our SIT application process.

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I’m interested in Avodah, but I need to leave during the summer and come back. Will this be allowed?

As with our traditional staff training, the entirety of this program has value. Our focus is always on our campers, which requires us to ensure that all our staff have received proper training. We will work with participants on a case-by-case basis to figure out if we can accommodate your needs in the program. In general, this will […]

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What if I sign up for Mechina and then decide I want to be on staff in July?

Avodah participants will go through a more rigorous application and interview process so we can verify that they are ready to be on staff in July before they are admitted into the program. They will also begin their training earlier, and we are limited by ACA standards as to how many staff members we can have under the age of 18. For these reasons, if […]

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When will I know if I am hired for July? Will CBM pay the cost to change my flight if I am not hired?

Avodah applicants will be interviewed prior to summer. If we do not believe an applicant is prepared to be on staff, they will not be admitted to the program. During Avodah training in June, you must follow all camp and program rules, participate fully in all aspects of the program, and demonstrate readiness for staff. All Avodah participants who do this in June will be hired. Our intention is for […]

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How many participants will you accept in each program?

We will be selective for both programs. Our final capacity will depend on how many apply for each program, housing, and the composition of our staff as guided by ACA standards.  

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Can I have my phone?

From experience, SIT program quality and focus has suffered when SITs have cell phones. Part of this program will include discussing how to incorporate technology into camp life successfully. As such, Mechina participants will not be allowed their cell phones. Avodah participants will be given their cell phones once they transition to staff at the end of June. 

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Can I have my car?

Because we have limited space available for staff parking at camp, SITs in both the Mechina and Avodah programs will not be permitted to bring a car to camp. However, we are committed to arranging or providing transportation for Avodah participants on their days off in July (as we historically have done for any staff members who do not have cars […]

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Will Avodah participants have days off?

In June, Avodah participants will still be considered campers. They will not have days off but will still have camper-style activities and programs, including off-site experiences. In July, Avodah participants will be on staff, and they will have three days off during the session, just like all staff members. There will also be opportunities during both sessions to join Mechina participants […]

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Is there an intersession break for Avodah participants?

Yes. Mechina participants will depart with campers on the last day of the session. Avodah participants will depart camp later, at the same time as staff, and will return to camp with staff before second session campers arrive. For participants who do not live in the Atlanta area, we can arrange for you to stay with a host family during your time off if requested. 

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