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Scholarship Options and Free Summer Camps: How not to break your bank account

March 21, 2012

It’s that time of year again to sign up for summer camps and plenty of families are on the prowl for discounts and scholarships to make the experience more affordable. Without compromising quality, the following camps based in the San Francisco bay area offer scholarships, free or affordable experiences for your child. If you’re looking for summer camps that will offer your youngsters a unique and exciting season without breaking the family budget, then check these out.

Camp Edmo For youth aged 7th grade through high school, Camp Edmo offers a free counselor in training program. This teaches kids important leadership skills while making it an opportunity open to everyone by not charging for the training session.

Golden Gateway Tennis & Swim Club is often described as an “urban outdoor oasis”, located in downtown San Francisco. Kids enjoy a fun and safe camp environment, including tennis and swimming lessons. Financial aid is available upon request.

Camp Galileo works to provide children with a week-long camp with specialty themes like Greek art and the science of music. They focus on a classical learning style that is rare for summer camps and yet exceptional in its positive effects. Camp Galileo has a financial assistance program which accepts applications until April 6th.

Chabot Space Explorers Camp is located in the East Bay and offers financial assistance to little space adventurers each and every summer. This camp will bring not only out-of-this-world fun, but improved understanding of math, science and astronomy.

Crissy Field Center Summer Camp features two-week day camps with plenty of financial aid options. Their camp is designed for children who otherwise could not afford to explore the local national park and ecological lessons found all around them.

Kids on Camera is a TV & Film acting school which offers a work exchange program for students who cannot afford to pay for the entire camp. Everyone wins as children pursue their passion while also learning the responsibility of putting in hours to “pay” for something they love.

Presidio YMCA is a place for campers to enjoy outdoor activities and learn important interpersonal skills. They give out discounted rates to YMCA members and offers financial aid to those who qualify

TechKnowHow Technology and LEGO Summer Camps offers classes for students aged 5-14 and is based in various locations throughout the bay area. The camp offers up to 50% scholarships to select students, so if your child is passionate about creating things based in technology, this will be the camp for them!

Aim High, a camp aimed at middle school students, helps reach students at a “critical crossroads” due to their family’s socioeconomic status. They operate a 5-week program each year, and cover everything from academic classes to arts and sports opportunities. Qualifying students can fill out an application every spring, and those who are accepted attend camp free of charge.

The Foundation for Jewish Camp weaves traditional camp activities through Jewish values and traditions, helping children find an identity within their own community. This year, the foundation is offering the One Happy Camper contest, which provides a summer camp grant to one winner that has never before attended camp.

Rotary Nature Center, located in Oakland, hosts week-long nature discovery day camps for kids aged 5-15. The camps average at about $200 per week, and the counselor training program costs $100.

Real Options for City Kids, aka R.O.C.K., is holding a brand new summer camp program this year for 1st graders, high school students and everyone in between. 100% free of charge in many instances, the program focuses on providing city kids with the option to learn valuable skills and experience nature in a way they never have before.

Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center, for those located in the sunset district of the city, provides summer fun, regardless of the child’s ability to pay. Their 3-hour summer camp for 2-5th graders features art projects, sports, outdoor games and field trips. They also offer a longer camp option for older children.

Operation Purple camps offer a free week of summer fun for military kids with parents who have been, are currently, or will be deployed. Camps will be held in Alaska, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, North Carolina, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia.

Of course, don’t forget to check out the always updated SignUpForCamp discounts page for deals and discounts that camps are offering for early registrations and then throughout the summer.

Know of any affordable camps or discounts we’ve missed? Tell us!

One Comment leave one →
  1. February 26, 2013 11:40 am

    Camp Unalayee – also has a large financial aid program!

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