Steeped in 60 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!

The Ozo Program begins during the Junior year, when future Ozrim register and complete our acceptance criteria.

During the summer, Ozrim receive specialized training in all areas of camp including caring for campers as bunk counselors, teaching fun and skill-building activities in specialty areas, preparing and serving meals, assisting in many operational behind-the-scenes areas of camp.

At the end of their session, Ozrim graduate from the program at a special ceremony and receive documentation for 140 community service/volunteer hours.


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 15. 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

We have modified our requirements during the Coronavirus pandemic. Volunteer hours and group childcare experience are currently not required. Ozrim must complete the following by May 1 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 essay.
  • Demonstrate commitment and proficiency in 3 values-driven areas which are key to success as a Herzl staff person. The areas are:
    • Leadership
    • Supporting children in their development and growth
    • Personal commitment to Jewish learning and identity development
  • 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.