Where is OSRUI located?
OSRUI is located in Oconomowoc, a small town about 35 miles west of Milwaukee, WI.

After I submit my application, when will I hear from OSRUI?
After your application is received and processed by our office, and your references have been submitted, you will be contacted to set up a time for your interview.

What happens if I am hired to work at OSRUI?
Upon accepting a position, you will receive a contract. The contract is to be signed and returned to the camp office within ten days. In addition to the contract, there will be other forms you need to fill out, sign and return with your contract.

When do I get paid?
Paychecks are issued twice during the summer.

Does OSRUI have a curfew for staff?
We expect everyone to perform at the peak of their abilities during the day. A good night’s sleep is the best way to keep yourself healthy and on top of your game. All staff are required to be in their living quarters by curfew each evening.

When do I have time off?
All staff members (except Avodah Corps and Machon) are entitled to four days off and four nights off during the summer, one each week that campers are in attendance. These days should be arranged with your rosh eidah.  Staff members are also assigned an hour off each day during normal program hours.  Members of the Machon program are entitled to three days off and three nights off, during weeks 3-8.  Avodah Corps members are allowed one day off during their session.  Because they are under 18, the Avodah rosh eidah must receive a note from a  parent if the Avodahnik is leaving camp with anyone other than a parent.

Will I have to attend a staff orientation?
Absolutely! Our comprehensive staff training program is held prior to the arrival of the campers. Staff members (with the exception of members of Avodah 2) arrive between one and two weeks before opening day, depending upon your role in camp.  See Staff Dates and Salaries for more information.  Staff training provides the tools and skills necessary to guarantee a successful summer for all, and does so within the framework of building a Jewish community. Our goals are to give the staff members the chance to get know one another and start building working relationships, as well as to prepare staff members for the challenges of working in a residential camp setting. The program includes a wide variety of activities, such as group-building experiences, training sessions, and program planning time.

What if I am a vegetarian or have dietary restrictions?
Special diets, e.g., vegetarian, gluten-free, food allergies, etc. can be accommodated. We are a nut sensitive camp. If you require such assistance, it is your responsibility to make such arrangements in advance with the camp.

What is there to do in Oconomowoc?
The camp is located about 1.5 miles from downtown Oconomowoc, which has restaurants and shops.  Other shopping areas are about 10 minutes from camp.  Oconomowoc is midway between Milwaukee (45 minutes away) and Madison (an hour away), two major Wisconsin cities with lots of shopping and entertainment options.  Milwaukee’s SummerFest – 12-day summer music festival, is a favorite for staff to visit on their days or nights off.  When you arrive at camp you will receive a booklet with information on what there is to do in the area.

Will I have access to my e-mail?
Computers are available for staff use in the staff computer room in the office. Staff members have free access to the Internet in specified areas of camp.

How will I do my laundry at camp?
There is a Laundromat about 10 minutes from camp.  You can do laundry on your days or nights off.  Avodah Corps goes into town as a group to do laundry.

May I bring my vehicle to camp?
Yes, you may bring your car to camp. There is a designated staff parking area.  When you arrive at camp, please check in at the office to receive your parking permit, which must be displayed on your dashboard.

What can I expect from my experience on staff at OSRUI?
Being on staff at any residential camp is perhaps the most difficult and most fulfilling job you will ever have. A summer at OSRUI will be challenging, both physically and emotionally, but most of all it will be fun! As a staff member at OSRUI, you’ll have the opportunity to experience life in our unique community, positively impact the lives of campers, and create friendships that will last a lifetime.

Still have questions? Contact Susan Alexander, salexander@urj.org, or Dylan Singer, dmsinger@urj.org, for more information: