The things I am going to miss the most are the activities and the exercise I got every day. I really like being active!”

— Giselle, attended Jahn / Urban Initiatives summer camp in 2018.


Camp Out for Kids Eligibility Criteria:

AGE: We serve children and youth between the ages of 5 – 17. Youth over the age of 17 are considered if they are enrolled as a full-time high school or high-school equivalent student. The age limit may also be waived for children and youth with special needs. Any waiver of age limit is determined on an individual basis and at the sole discretion of Camp Out for Kids.

INCOME ELIGIBILITY: Children must be less privileged and whose families do not have the means to pay for camp.

AUTOMATIC ELIGIBILITY: Children in the foster care system are automatically eligible for Camp Out for Kids assistance.

NONDISCRIMINATION: Camp Out for Kids considers all applicants who meet the age and income eligibility requirements and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, disability, religious affiliation, or sexual orientation.

TRANSPORTATION: Transportation to and from the chosen camp is the responsibility of the parent or guardian.


In order to be considered for Camp Out for Kids the following must be provided

1. Camp Out for Kids Application and Hold Harmless

2. Sponsor Application – An applicant MUST have a sponsor in order to be eligible for Camp Out for Kids assistance. A sponsor should be a person who knows the child, such as a teacher, caseworker, coach or counselor and cannot be a friend, parent, or other relative.

3. Application from the selected camp - If the selected camp has an online application process, please call them directly for a paper application OR to confirm if you can submit the application online pending payment from Camp Out for Kids.

4. Letter, video, or drawing – we love hearing from potential campers as to why they want to go to camp!  

check back in January for 2019 Application information

Please note that Camp Out for Kids assists children and their families on a first-come, first-served basis.  Depending on the cost of your chosen camp, we may limit the number of camp sessions you can apply to, or ask that you choose a different session or summer camp program.

We encourage you to submit the application early to ensure Camp Out for Kids campership assistance as well as secure a spot at the camp your child desires. Camp reservations can fill early!

Camp Out for Kids cannot guarantee a spot at your selected camp.


It’s hard not to smile at Camp Kesem.
— Pekka, attended Camp Kesem in Champaign, IL in 2018
Camp is a place where kids explore who they are and who they want to be in a safe and nurturing environment created to challenge them and expand their view of the world.
— YMCA Camp Echo, 2018
I am going to miss all of the coaches and the bond that I have made with all of the coaches.
— Demaris, attended Jahn / Urban Initiatives camp in 2018