Summer Camp Scholarships


The Camp Scholarship program was created to give as many kids as possible the opportunity to experience the benefits of camps. Since its inception in 2004, the program has provided over 500 camp scholarships to deserving East Bay families.

About The Program

Camp is a great experience for kids. It’s a place to learn new skills, meet friends, and have fun! We want as many kids as possible to have the opportunity to attend our camps. But we also know that the cost of camp can be a burden for some families.

Scholarship awards are granted only to campers with financial need and determined by a set criteria. Awards are provided per family per season and not guaranteed to every applicant. Applications are required for each child (multi-child families may submit one set of financial data with all applications).

Maximum Award Guidelines per Family:
Full-Day & Two-Week Camps – $300
Half-Day & One-Week Camps – $200

All submitted information is confidential. Applicants will be notified of award status via email and US Mail.

Awards are not valid for Social Skills Camp, Aquatics Swim Lessons, or for Extended Care.

Program Dates

First review of scholarship applications and required documents will be Wednesday, April 15th. Supplemental documents are required to complete the application and are due within 7 days of application submission.

ATDP Camp Scholarship: First round will be Wednesday, April 15th. Complete online application, and mail in receipt from ATDP Academic Program showing scholarship award.

How to Apply

Applications will continue to be accepted through the camp season. Parents and families are encouraged to apply.

Complete the online application in order to apply for the Camp Scholarships. See below for the required materials.

Summer Camp Scholarship Online Application

Required Materials

During the scholarship application period, in addition to filling out the online application, you will need to submit the following information. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

  • A copy of the previous year’s Tax Form
  • Verification of scholarship or financial assistance from other sources (i.e., Free and Reduced Lunch Program, Academic Talent and Development Program (ATDP), “Yes” Program or Pell Grants).
  • Letter from your child explaining why they want to take the class or participate in the program. Child should write this letter or dictate to adult to write for them.
  • Letter from the parent or guardian explaining how your child would benefit from participation in our program.

PLEASE upload required documentation to the online scholarship application or mail to the address below.

Rec Sports Scholarship Program
University of California, Berkeley
Cal Rec Sports – Customer Service Center
2301 Bancroft Way, MC 4420
Berkeley, CA 94720-4420

Scholarship recipients will be required to complete a general survey about their experience at camp. Failure to complete the survey will impact future scholarship eligibility.

Requests for scholarships will not be considered without this information.


Funding for the Summer Camp Scholarship Program is provided in part by a portion of the proceeds from the annual Cal Bears Auction.

Berkeley Rec Sports