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

Each year, between 10,000-12,000 campers enjoy as many as 300 free field trips, on-site cultural activities, and other arts and historical experiences.

Our Impact

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

Random Quote

Cultural Day enables us to reach many camp groups who would have difficulty participating in our arts programming without the Summer Fund’s financial assistance. It also allows us to offer additional weekday show programming over the summer, keeping our staffing and artist roster consistent, active, and productive in the summer months. With the Summer Fund’s help, our outreach is more extensive, and our organization is able to operate at full capacity through summer, when otherwise it would not.

— Puppet Showplace Theatre