The Homeless Campership Fund

A special initiative created by the Summer Fund in 1988, the Homeless Campership Fund (HCF) provides free summer camp experiences for vulnerable children living in Boston-area homeless shelters.

Each year, the Summer Fund partners with 20-25 shelters and transitional agencies to reach the most vulnerable youth in need of summer programming. The HCF collaborates with the Summer Fund’s network of high-quality camps, providing camp scholarships or “camperships” amounting to 400-600 weeks of camp throughout the summer at no cost to the homeless campers and their families.

The HCF is a vital resource for homeless families, most of whom have few if any options for providing their children with a safe, structured recreational environment during the summer months. Our camp scholarships are made possible through the generosity of corporate, foundation, and individual donors who direct their support to the HCF, and through the participating summer camps who underwrite a portion of the free camperships.

Homeless Campership Fund Partners

Asian Task Force (ATASK)
Casa Myrna
Casa Nueva Vida
Community Action Programs Inter-City (CAPIC)
Cross Street Shelter
Elizabeth Stone House
EMPathways
FamilyAid Boston
Hildebrand Family Self-Help Center
Housing Families Inc.
MHSA Scattered Sites
Nazareth Residence
Victory Programs – Portis and Chamblet Family Homes
Project Hope
Saint Ambrose Family Shelter
Sojourner House
Saint Mary’s Center for Women and Children
Transition House

Our Impact

I am writing to let you know that my daughter thoroughly enjoyed her camp experience last week! Jane is a “slow-to-warm-up” kind of child, so it was especially wonderful to see her positively beaming at the end of each day and telling us all about her camp experiences, singing songs, and showing us her projects each evening. My husband and I are thankful to her counselors and to all of the staff for making it such a great week for her!

— Parent of camper, Boston Nature Center Summer Day Camp

Random Quote

Camp Starfish has changed my son in ways I didn’t think were possible. Before this summer, he always seemed uncomfortable in his own skin and didn’t feel confident enough to make friends. But now the fragile and self-secluded boy I raised is gone. The unique program you offer for kids with challenges is amazing.

— Parent of camper, Camp Starfish