Summer Camps and Programs

The Summer Fund provides operational support grants to quality summer camps and programs that focus on academic enrichment, social skill development, personal growth, and providing safe structured settings for low-income and underserved youth.

In particular, we work with nonprofit organizations in Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, and Somerville, which serve low-income and at-risk populations with diverse backgrounds, interests, and needs. We strive to ensure that our camp network offers a wealth of summer programming that reflects the diversity of these target communities.

Nonprofits that are grantees of the Summer Fund network receive the following benefits:

  • Operational support that is flexible enough to meet individual camp needs and increase funding for  staff, general expenses and scholarships
  • Access to value-added programs such as the Homeless Campership Fund, the Cultural Day Initiative, and other special initiatives. These programs strive to provide valuable capacity building  assistance, resources, and support above and beyond an operational grant, enabling camps to run more efficiently and build higher quality, more well-rounded summer programs
  • Workshops and networking opportunities for camp administrators and staff interested in meeting peers and discussing current issues or trends in the summer programming field
  • Year-round group discounts for camps and after-school programs on supplies through Summer Fund partners and vendors of recreational equipment, and arts and crafts materials

See a list of 2016 Camps »

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

In partnership with Bank of America, Boston Private Industry Council and Hale Reservation, the Summer Fund’s 2017 Teen Leadership Institute provided 150 Boston Public High School teens job training, workplace skills, leadership development and CPR training to better prepare them for success in a summer employment opportunity.