NOTE: Applications for the 2024 Ozo Program are closed.


Steeped in 70 years of tradition, Herzl’s staff-in-training program is a year-round leadership development program, which trains qualified Jewish youth to be skilled and caring Herzl staff and creates a close-knit kehilah (community).  Ozrim are committed to serving campers, camp and the community during and beyond their Ozo year. They bring ruach and warmth to all areas of camp!

Selection Process

Step 1 – Interested high school juniors enroll in the Ozo process via the camper registration system in the Fall. Registrations must be complete on November 10. No late enrollments will be accepted.

Step 2 – Over the course of the school year, potential Ozrim complete and submit our entry qualifications.

Step 3 – If there are more qualified applicants than there are spaces available in a given session, a lottery will be held for the available spaces.

Step 4 – Ozrim who accept a spot in the program must sign and abide by the Ozo Agreement.

Entry Qualification Criteria

Ozrim must complete the following by May 5 to qualify for the Ozo Program:

    • Complete enrollment by registration deadline.
    • Complete an interview with a Herzl Camp staff person.
    • Submit 1 personal or professional reference.
    • Complete and submit resume and personal essays.
    • 25 hours of group childcare experience.
    • 100 volunteer/work experience hours, including volunteering at a Herzl Camp event at least once.
    • Exemplary behavior and maturity in past camp programs
      • Dismissal from any school, camp, or community program or activity after 8th grade will be carefully scrutinized and may preclude participation in the Ozo Program.


Should your child require modifications (i.e. IEP, 504 plan, etc), please contact us for an individual consultation.