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

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.

Our Impact

The Summer Fund provides 60% of the total number of groups we serve for our summer programs, which yields 35% of our total participants and 40% of our participant fees. The impact of the Summer Fund on YES’s Outdoor Adventure Program is substantial. It provides the opportunity for more than 250 participants to receive introductory, one-day outdoor experiential education excursions, which we hope will leave them yearning to come back for more.

— Youth Enrichment Services (YES)

Random Quote

When I was thirteen, MetroLacrosse changed me by giving me the opportunity to learn how to be a leader on and off the lacrosse field. I have learned how to solve problems both individually and cooperatively (like communicating in ways other than just using my voice), how to respect and learn from the people around me including my peers and mentors, how to play on a team of players who are my opponents during the season, and maybe most importantly for me, how to allow other’s voices to be heard.

— Victoria D’Elia, former camper MetroLacrosse Teen Summer Programs