Families and Campers

The Summer Fund’s goal is to develop and support a network of high-quality camps and summer programs offering free, reduced fees, sliding scales  and/or scholarships for low-income and at-risk children and youth in Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, and Somerville. We direct our grant support to nonprofits that operate summer programs in Greater Boston neighborhoods.

We are delighted by your interest and we encourage you to visit our resources page to review the list of Summer Fund camps or find a summer camp or program.  If you identify a program that suits your child’s needs, please contact that camp directly about reduced fees or scholarship opportunities.

The Summer Fund does not provide grants or scholarships directly to individuals or families.

Summer Fund Fact

We direct resources to high-quality summer camps and programs that serve underserved, at-risk children and youth ages 5-18, from low to moderate income households in Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, and Somerville.

Our Impact

The Homeless Campership Fund made a significant impact in several children’s lives this summer. The experience of traveling to an environment so different from the sidewalks and alleys they see every day brought energy and enthusiasm back to their eyes. The freedom and independence of the summer camp environment is especially valuable to children that have experienced the powerlessness that can come with being homeless.

— Elizabeth Stone House, Roxbury

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