Jewish Day Camp Scholarships

The bonding experience of day camp not only builds a long-lasting yearning for community, but also creates habits of Jewish practice.

The Federation provides need-based scholarships to children attending qualified Jewish day camps (both summer and winter camp) in the Federation’s service areaThe Federation’s day camp scholarships are intended to provide “last resort” community resources above and beyond what is contributed by families and individual camps.

Scholarship guidelines

  • Families with children between the ages of 3 and 15 who live in the Federation’s service area are eligible.
  • Qualifying day camps must be located in the Federation's service area.
  • Children must be Jewish (as identified by their families).
  • Families may apply for the Federation day camp scholarships for one or more children for multiple sessions. 
  • Families must contribute a minimum percentage of total tuition according to their ability to pay.
  • Federation scholarships must be “last resort” funds, supplementing financial assistance provided by the day camp, family and all other possible sources, for families who would otherwise not be able to attend.
  • Scholarship funds may be used for camp tuition and associated before- and after-care. Camp-provided bus transportation is not covered unless included in camp fees.

How to apply

Families must apply for the Federation’s day camp scholarships through their day camp.

Qualifying day camps

The following day camps qualified for the Federation’s scholarship funding for summer 2019.


San Francisco:



Scholarship award process

The Federation allocates block grants to each qualifying day camp from which to award scholarships based on financial need. Applications are reviewed and awards determined by the camp’s financial aid committee. Application contents and materials and applicants’ identities are kept strictly confidential. Applicants will be notified about award decisions directly by the day camp.

For additional information:

Please contact your day camp directly.

For more information, please contact:
Caroline Poland
Program Officer