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Camp Scholarship Application Info

 

Deadline to apply for Summer 2024 is Friday, March 1st, 2024.

In addition to funding that may be available from your local congregation, Camp Kalsman has limited funds available to families in need of financial aid for Summer Camp sessions.

  • For Washington State residents, applications will open mid-November. Please apply directly to the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. The Federation acts as a financial aid clearinghouse for local camps, shuls, and other organizations. Please also contact your synagogue directly to ask about applying to their scholarship program as well.
  • For non-Washington State residents, please complete our online scholarship application for NON-Washington State residents. Please also contact your synagogue directly to ask about applying to their scholarship program as well.
  • First-time campers may also be eligible for a One Happy Camper incentive grant for Summer Camp sessions only. Please visit One Happy Camper to see if you qualify.
  • NEW THIS YEAR – Available to kids in communities of 10,000 Jews or less: any new campers enrolled for 2024 will have the opportunity to apply for a second year grant for 2025!

One Happy Camper Grants

Your first-time camper may be eligible for a One Happy Camper grant of up to $1000!

OVERNIGHT CAMP INCENTIVES FOR ISRAELI-AMERICANS

FJC is again offering an incentive program for families with at least one Israeli-born parent! New this year, families in Colorado and Arizona, as well as in California, Oregon, and Washington state are eligible!

  • First and Second year returning camper grants are available!
    • $1,500 for first year 19+ day sessions
    • $1,000 for first year 12-18 day sessions
    • $1,000 for second year 19+ day sessions
    • $700 for second year 12-18 day sessions
  • Second year grants must be for a consecutive second summer (child attended camp and received this grant in 2023)

This incentive is in lieu of traditional One Happy Camper® grants, and families may still be eligible for additional financial assistance from their camps.

ELIGIBILITY: 
  • Family must live in Colorado, Arizona, California, Oregon or Washington state and choose an overnight camp in these states
  • At least one parent is Israeli-born
  • NEW: First AND Second year returning campers are eligible (see above!)
  • Camper must not attend a Jewish Day School
  • Families will be asked to complete pre and post summer surveys 

A limited number of grants are available for Summer 2024; please talk to your camp of choice about this opportunity. Apply now! >

FJC webpage about this grant: https://jewishcamp.org/camp-professionals/field-growth/overnight-camp-incentives-for-israeli-americans/

Please be aware that scholarships rarely cover 100% of camp tuition, so be prepared to pay some portion. Scholarships are typically awarded in late spring. In the meantime, we ask that you try to make small payments toward your tuition in January, March, and April. We normally require 25% of camp tuition in January, another 50% in March, and the final balance in April. However, for scholarship applicants who are still waiting for their scholarship awards, we ask that you just pay what you can on those dates and then pay your final balance after your scholarships have been awarded. While we can arrange a payment plan for your remaining balance in the spring after your scholarships awards have been posted, we are not able to carry balances beyond the first day of your camper’s camp session.