December 30, 2013
Families often find the price of summer camp shocking when they first start looking at camp. Few families are aware of summer camp scholarship option. You have probably heard of scholarships in the context of college, but summer camp scholarships exist in a very similar fashion. They essentially act as a summer camp tuition grant to offset the costs of camp. Let’s dive in a little deeper.
Summer camp scholarships and camperships are essentially the same thing. They happen to be two terms for the same thing, a summer camp tuition grant. Ther terms are found interchangebaly in organizations with the summer camp industry cleverly coining the term “campership”. Summer camp scholarships are typically given to families who demenstrote financial hardship. There are not any hard and fast guidelines on what qualifies. These qualifications will change from camp to camp.
Ann Sheets, former national president of the American Camp Association estimated, “About 90 percent of resident camps and 89 percent of day camps offer scholarships.” Below are some tips that can help you identify campership opportunities.
Summer camp scholarship funds come from a varitey of sources. They typically fall into two major categories, summer camp funded scholarships and external, third party funded camperships.
As mentioned at the beginning of the post a majority of summer camps have scholarship funds. Camp professionals believe strongly in the benefits of camp and want to make sure that as many kids as possible get the summer camp experience.
Camp alumni, staff and camp families often donate to their summer camp scholarship funds. There is no master list or resource for which ones do and don’t have funds. But the funds are limited. Be sure to call early and enquire about camp funded camperships.
Many outside organizations offer summer camp scholarships. Some of the best places to check are your church organizations, social community organizations like the Lions Club, or other teen organizations your children are involved in. It is even possible if you have a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account to use those funds for camp on a pre-tax basis.
There are options out there on how to pay for camp. You just have to ask. Finally, realize that most camps aim to offer scholarships to campers who will be community leaders and contribute in a unique, positive way to the camp culture. Be prepared for providing examples and reasons for why your child would enrich the camp community!
If you are starting your search for the right summer camp program for your child, feel free to click the link below to learn more about a complete guide to choosing the right summer camp:
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