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

As part of the Summer Fund, in 2017 the Homeless Campership Fund supported 25 camp and shelter partners enabling families in homeless shelters and those facing housing insecurities free access for over 1300 summer camp slots for this at-risk youth population.

Our Impact

Partnering with the Summer Fund allowed the Boston Harbor Island Alliance to expand its reach and support community visits that might not have been possible without the partnership. In addition to bringing children and youth to visit the islands, we were also able to raise awareness about the islands among the more than 390 camp counselors, campers, and parents who may not have known about us otherwise.

— Boston Harbor Island Alliance

Random Quote

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