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.

summer 2019 APPLICATION information


In order to better serve prospective campers and send more kids camp, Camp Out for Kids is changing the application process.

Moving forward, we will be supporting the financial aid & scholarship programs of specific camps and focusing our efforts on our existing camp relationships. For information on how to apply to these camps and programs, please contact us and we are happy to assist.

*Please note that camp applications are open only to eligible campers and campers who meet the financial aid or scholarship requirements, if applicable.  Camp Out for Kids cannot guarantee a place in camp. Camp acceptance is at the sole discretion of the camp you are applying to.  We will still accept applications directly, but on a very limited first come-first served basis.

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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