Eileen Snow Price, founder and executive director, In the City Camp
Price’s model for running her Jewish summer day camp allows each camper to choose two of the three activity periods on a daily basis, and they have many options.
Price borrows Druid Hills High School and parts of the Emory University campus for In the City Camp, giving campers access to an Olympic-size pool, baseball and soccer fields, and a large indoor gym.
Price selects her staff members in accordance with their experience and expertise in their fields. For example, the camp’s yoga instructor teaches yoga professionally.
With experience as a JCC camper and a counselor at Camp Barney Medintz, Price knows what kind of counselors she needs and selects each one personally. She also trains the staff herself.
She has experience as a Marcus Foundation program manager and a Federation endowment adviser.
When she started In the City Camp, it served 65 campers. Now in its third year, the camp serves 150 campers each week between the Kid Camp for ages 5 to 10 and the Tween Camp for ages 11 to 14.
Kid campers embark on one off-campus trip each week to educational sites. Tween campers can choose their destination and have an overnight experience each week.
Price’s passion and commitment guide her attention to detail, which pays off for campers and staff.
“Success for us is a kid who creates a stronger Jewish identity, who creates a relationship with the state of Israel, who learns something new and has fun, and who is also able to form a lot of new friendships and relationships,” Price said.