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Camps Financial Assistance

Berkeley Youth Recreation’s Financial Assistance Program was created to give as many kids as possible the opportunity to experience the benefits of camp. Since its inception in 2004, the program has provided financial assistance for more than 500 deserving East Bay families.


About Berkeley Youth Recreation’s Financial Assistance Program

Berkeley Youth Recreation’s programs provide great opportunities to learn new skills, meet friends, and have fun! Financial Assistance is awarded to youth participants with financial needs, as determined by a set criteria on a first-come, first-served basis until the fund is used up for the respective (summer or year-round) season. 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). Those who qualify to receive a Financial Assistance award can attend one of our summer camps or year-round offerings. Berkeley Youth Recreation will be offering two review periods. Families will be directly notified via the email provided three weeks after the cycle deadline. Awards do not apply to swim lessons or extended care programs. If your family qualifies, your child will be invited to attend one of the programs you have selected in your application.

Availability of youth programs are subject to change based on enrollment at the time each application is reviewed. For a guaranteed program enrollment, we recommend registering in advance and then we can offer a refund of the awarded amount.

How To Apply

In order to be considered for Financial Assistance, please follow the following steps:

Summer Camp Aid

  1. Complete the Financial Assistance Application (Summer Camp Aid). You will be asked to share some information about your family, your relationship to UC Berkeley, some information about your financial situation, and to share your own story about why you are asking for assistance.
  2. Your Financial Assistance application will be reviewed by a Berkeley Youth Recreation’s Financial Aid committee.
  3. You will be notified via email (email provided on application) of the status of the Financial Assistance Application. 
    1. First review deadline: February 16, 2024
    2. Second review deadline: week of March 15, 2024

Funds for financial aid for Summer 2024 have been exhausted.

Year-Round Aid

  1. Complete the Financial Assistance Application (Year-Round Aid). You will be asked to share some information about your family, your relationship to UC Berkeley, some information about your financial situation, and to share your own story about why you are asking for assistance.
  2. Your Financial Assistance application will be reviewed by a Berkeley Youth Recreation’s Financial Aid committee.

  3. You will be notified via email (email provided on application) of the status of the Financial Assistance Application. 
    1. First review deadline: August 4, 2024
    2. Second review deadline: week of December 15, 2024

Support the Financial Assistance Program 

Your gift will allow families from around the Bay Area to access high-quality programming at a fraction of the price. The average cost of our programs ranges from $350-$500. Your gift could provide kids the opportunity to attend our one- or two-week sessions.

Donate Now!

All donations are non-refundable and go towards supporting our year-round and summer youth programs. Donations are not interchangeable with session fees.

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