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 whose families may not otherwise be able to afford a camp experience. It is funded solely through donations.
How scholarships are awarded
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. Through a formal application process, UltraCamp selects camps to receive funding. 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.
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.
Awards to date
Since the Send a Child to Camp Fund was established in 2008, more than 900 scholarships have been awarded to campers at ACA-accredited camps.
- Learn more about UltraCamp Foundation
- Make a Donation — Help Send a Child to Camp
- For more information on how you can help change a child's life, contact contribute@ACAcamps.org or 765-342-8456, ext. 305
Partnering with ACA
ACA has opportunities for you to support the Send a Child to Camp Fund through a partnership.