Send a Child to Camp – Donor Information 

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.

Camps Accessing Send a Child to Camp Funding

The 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.

Thank You for Helping to Change Children's Lives

As the holiday season approaches, we at the American Camp Association (ACA) realize we have many reasons to be grateful.

In the camp world, there are so many people who make an impact, and we are thankful for all of you.

3 Ways to Give on Giving Tuesday

During the holiday season, it is important for families, friends, and communities to come together to help others when and how they can. That is what Giving Tuesday — the Tuesday following Thanksgiving — is all about: Giving back to and strengthening your community.

At the American Camp Association (ACA), we strive to enrich the lives of children across the country. We believe the camp experience helps children to grow and develop self-esteem, courage, responsibility, and more.

ACA Makes It Possible

Dear Friends,

Passion provides hope, direction, and vision. One quality I admire the most in the camp community is the dedication and commitment to the children we all serve. It is what we all do, and it is our passion.

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday

Each year on #GivingTuesday, we are given a chance to model the lesson of giving for all of those who we hope to positively impact in the world.

Annual Giving Fund

Invest in Camp, Invest in Children

Making a contribution to the American Camp Association’s Annual Fund safeguards the future of the camp experience for thousands of deserving children each year.

Through accreditation, leadership, education and promotion, the ACA endeavors to enrich the lives of children and prepare them to be the leaders of tomorrow.

We do a great deal with the 50 percent of camp fees that come to the national office, but there is so much more that can be done and that you want to see accomplished.

Send a Child to Camp Fund

Change a Life.

Just $35 will send a child to camp for one day and $500 for one week. Just one camp experience can positively change a child’s life forever.

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ACA Camper Scholarship Program for Camps

Building Bridges of Understanding

The camp experience has the unique ability to break down economic, racial, geographic, religious, ethnic and social barriers. Camp celebrates diversity and promotes understanding. And open-hearted children become open-minded adults.

The American Camp Association invites you as an ACA-Accredited® camp to take an active role in promoting unity and an appreciation of differences among your campers. The ACA Camper Scholarship Program was designed to help ACA-accredited camps do that.


Camp is an experience every child deserves. And there's nothing quite like watching a child’s face light up with the joy of discovering new friends, the pride of accomplishment, and the wonder that nature offers.

Unplugged from the constant buzz of computers, television, video games, and cell phones, children find themselves at camp — making genuine connections with other children, rediscovering the fun in physical fitness, learning their own strengths, and finding their own voices.