Campership

Campership 2011

2011 Campership Guidelines
 
BACKGROUND
The American Camp Association (ACA), Southern California/Hawaii believes that the world would be better off if Everyone Goes to Camp. In addition to camp accreditation, professional development, education, and providing assistance to families when choosing a camp, ACA provides camperships to low income children and youth to support their attendance at ACA accredited day and resident camp programs.

ACA raises funds from individuals, corporations and foundations each year and makes grants available to member organizations. Member fees are not used to support the campership program. Funds raised each calendar year are granted the subsequent year. Multi-year funding grants are not available but camps may apply each year.

GUIDELINES
Each camp must meet certain criteria to receive funds. Additionally, specific guidelines have been established in order for a child to qualify for the program. Please review both the organization and camper eligibility information. Funding will be made available only once per year. Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, May 31, 2011 and funding decisions will be announced in June 2011.

Camp Qualifications & Use of Funds:

Only accredited camps of ACA Southern California/Hawaii may apply.
Funds may only be used for accredited camp programs in good standing with ACA.
The maximum amount of support that can be applied toward an individual’s camp fee shall not exceed $250 per camper in any one year. This is the case even though more than one organization receiving support may be involved in providing the camp experience for one child. For the 2011 summer, camps may apply for $1,000 to $5,000.
Funds may only be used to support a child’s attendance during the 2011 summer (June – September) at either ACA accredited overnight or day camps.
Camper Eligibility:
Children must be between the ages of 5-17 to be eligible to benefit from the campership program.

There are two ways to establish a camper’s financial eligibility:

Use the chart below to establish a family’s financial eligibility. Children from households with incomes at or below the levels listed are eligible for support. The chart that is utilized is from the federal government’s eligibility requirements for free or reduced lunch and represents income at 185% of poverty guidelines. Camps are asked to verify income by reviewing a family’s current tax returns or recent income.
All foster children, AFDC/TANF children or families who receive
Medi-Cal automatically qualify for the program. Camps that receive campership support will be asked to provide each child’s foster care number, AFDC/TANF, or Medi-Cal number on reporting forms. Please verify the numbers by having families produce a copy of their appropriate state document. Social Workers who refer children must provide each child’s foster care number.
Family Income Requirements:
Children from households with incomes at or below the following levels are eligible:

GROSS INCOME SCALE

Household Size

Income by Year

Income by Month

Income by Week

1 20,036 1,670 386
2 29,955 2,247 519
3 33,874 2,823 652
4 40,793 3,400 785
5 47,712 3,976 918
6 54,631 4,553 1,051
7 61,550 5,130 1,184
8 68,469 5,706 1,317
For each additional family member, add: 6,919 577 134

Source: 2010 USDA Food & Nutrition Service Program, no change for 2011

*Household means a group of related or non-related individuals who are living as one economic unit and sharing living expenses. Living expenses include rent, clothes, food, doctor bills, utilities, etc.
**A household of one means a camper who is his/her sole support. Institutionalized children are always one member households. Foster children are one member households only if the welfare/placement agency maintains legal responsibility for the child.

Download 2011 Campership Eligibility Guidelines

APPLICATION PROCESS
Completed applications are to be electronically submitted to ACA Southern California/Hawaii by midnight, Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Please email to:executive@acasocal.org.

Incomplete forms and applications received after the deadline will not be considered for funding. Organizations will be notified of funding granted in June 2011.

Click below to download:
2011 Campership Eligibility Guidelines
2011 Campership Application

REPORTING DOCUMENTS
Reporting documents request detailed information about each camper and how the camp used the funds provided. Camps who receive funding will be required to complete the following documents:

Reporting document: Service Report Form
Reporting document: Camp Narrative Report

Deadline to complete Reporting Documents: September 30, 2011.

The data provided is used to assess the program’s effectiveness, provide reports to funders and develop future support strategies.

All grant monies must be used during the summer of 2011 from June through early September. Monies will be awarded once camps submit their completed reports. Please allow 30 days after report submission to receive campership funds. Completed reports are due by September 30, 2011.

All camps receiving funds are asked to follow the strict program guidelines for the Everyone Goes to Camp Campership Program. Funding is limited and camps are strongly encouraged to only request funds that can be used during the 2011 summer.

Failure to utilize all funding awarded may affect future support.

KEY DATES

Completed applications must be submitted electronically to ACA, Southern California/Hawaii by midnight, May 31, 2011.
Applicants will be notified of funding decisions in June 2011.
Grant reports must be submitted electronically to ACA by
September 30, 2011.
Checks will be issued to camps following receipt of completed reporting documents. Please allow 30 days after report submission to receive campership funds.
Thank you for your interest in the Everyone Goes to Camp Campership Program! Please contact ACA, Southern CA/HI: (765) 349-3520 or executive@acasocal.org
if you have any questions.