Camps: Accessing Send a Child to Camp Funding

Understanding the Send a Child to Camp Fund

The American Camp Association (ACA) Send a Child to Camp Fund provides camp scholarships for ACA-accredited day and resident camps to support children who will benefit from the camp experience but whose families may not otherwise be able to afford camp for their children.

How to access Send a Child to Camp Fund scholarships

ACA does not provide scholarships directly to camper families, and we do not directly select which camps receive scholarship dollars. ACA partners with the UltraCamp Foundation to distribute Send a Child to Camp Funds. UltraCamp selects camps to receive funding through a formal application process. Those camps then award scholarships to campers on behalf of ACA and the Send a Child to Camp Fund. ACA accredited day and resident camps are eligible to take part in the program. Learn more about the UltraCamp Foundation.

Emphasis is placed on children from financially disadvantaged backgrounds

Every child experiences some summer learning loss—the loss of skills learned during the school year resulting from a lack of organized learning during the summer. Children whose families are not struggling financially have more opportunity to participate in camp and other educational programs during the summer to help their minds stay sharp. ACA believes children whose families are financially disadvantaged should have the same opportunity. Send a Child to Camp scholarships help children from financially disadvantaged backgrounds to constructively learn independence and safe risk-taking, build essential mentor relationships, and reap the benefits of connecting with nature.

ACA Camper Scholarship Program & Camp Moves Me

In its first three years, American Camp Association’s Camp Moves Me raised more than $185,000 to send kids to ACA Accredited camps.  Thousands joined the movement that sent more than 850 kids to camp.  Now, we are taking Camp Moves Me to the next level.

Camp Moves Me helps you raise funds to send kids to YOUR ACA-accredited camp!

As an ACA-accredited camp, you now have the opportunity to use 90 cents from every dollar raised by your team toward scholarships to send children to your own camp! Camp Moves Me serves as a national fundraising opportunity for all ACA-accredited camps to grow their own camper scholarship programs!

How can you get involved?

Camps wishing to raise camp scholarship funds for their own ACA-accredited camp must first be registered with the ACA Camper Scholarship Program. Learn more about the benefits of ACA’s camp scholarship program. This is a one-time registration, so if your camp is already registered, you don’t have to sign up each year.

Once you are registered in the Camper Scholarship Program, you need to form your team.  Your team can be any size, and can consist of staff, alums, even campers!   It’s a great way to stay connected. Register your team on RallyUp, and then promote your involvement so you can get supporters.

Camps: Learn more about Camp Moves Me.

Camps: Learn more about the ACA Camper Scholarship Program

Families: Learn more about affording camp.