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

Fifty-eight organizations operating at 93 sites in Greater Boston received general operating grants from the Summer Fund in 2017.

Our Impact

The Homeless Campership Fund made a significant impact in several children’s lives this summer. The experience of traveling to an environment so different from the sidewalks and alleys they see every day brought energy and enthusiasm back to their eyes. The freedom and independence of the summer camp environment is especially valuable to children that have experienced the powerlessness that can come with being homeless.

— Elizabeth Stone House, Roxbury

Random Quote

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