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

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 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

Cultural Day has had a significant impact on MetroLacrosse’s ability to implement quality summer programming. This summer, our Coaches-In-Training program implemented lacrosse clinics for 32 community organizations, 23 of which were secured through the Summer Fund. Cultural Day gives us the opportunity to efficiently and cost-effectively secure partnerships with past partners as well as new organizations we haven’t worked with before.

— MetroLacrosse