Cultural Access Initiative

The Cultural Access Initiative (CAI) is a key resource for many Summer Fund camps. By subsidizing field trips for youth in metro Boston, the CAI provides camps with the opportunity to explore some of Boston’s foremost cultural institutions.

Camps and cultural vendors come together each spring on Cultural Day to schedule field trips for the summer. Over 12,000 campers enjoy free field trips, on-site cultural activities, and other arts and historical experiences. For many of them, the Cultural Access Initiative brings about their first exposure to the renowned arts and cultural institutions in and around Boston.

In 2017, the Summer Fund partnered with:
Afro-Latin Ryhthm Co.
Boston Children’s Museum
Boston Harbor Now
Boston Public Market
Concord Museum
Curious Creatures
Eliot School of Fine &
Applied Arts

The Esplanade Association
Farrington Nature Linc
Franklin Park Zoo
Hale Reservation
Harvard Museum of Natural History
Historic New England
Historic Newton
Kadence Arts: Beat Bus
Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center
Metro Lacrosse
MIT Museum
Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Science
New England Aquarium
Puppet Show Place Theatre
Reach! BU Summer Dance Program
U.S.S. Constitution Museum
Youth Enrichment Services

Our Impact

Our mission is to provide stewardship of the land and resources and to offer educational experiences. The Summer Fund gives campers the opportunity to enjoy and learn about nature and teambuilding activities. It is a great way to get inner city camps and children to become stewards of the land.

— Hale Reservation

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In 2017, the Summer Fund allocated $980,000 to support over 20,000 disadvantaged and at-risk youth, youth in homeless shelters, and those facing housing insecurities to take part in summer camping, access to cultural and arts activities, and job opportunities for the summer.