In 1994, recognizing the need of lower-income families to ensure their children were in a safe, healthy, fun environment in the summer, a few volunteers led by Kay Gellert, with a major boost from the County of Bergen, and the Bergen Volunteer Center, established the Summer Campership Fund. Since 1996 the Summer Campership Fund has been supported by the generosity of individual and corporate donors thus making it possible to continue this invaluable program.
The Bergen County Summer Campership Fund is a scholarship program to send children from lower-income working families to local day camps. Contributions to the fund provide children with life-shaping experiences in a safe and healthy environment. Hundreds of working families in Bergen County are unable to afford summer day camp for their school-age children. As a result, many of these children spend their summer home alone while others are exploring and growing in a productive, healthy, memorable way. Not only does The Summer Campership Fund (SCF) provide day camp scholarships to children (ages 3-12) but, at times, provide other support to said families in emergency and/or crisis situation(s). Case and point, last spring when two young children lost their father, the SCF stepped in and provided scholarships which allowed these children to form memories that will last a lifetime while giving a respite from their grief.
To apply for a scholarship, log on to www.bergencampershipfund.org.
The summer camp experience can give a child an advantage in school and in life. Research shows that camp does the following:
- Enhances self confidence
- Helps kids unplug and build friendships
- Reintroduces kids to nature
- Fosters teamwork
- Encourages personal growth
In 2017 the Summer Campership Fund helped 49 children have a terrific summer by providing $58,795 in scholarships. To help send a child to camp, send Tax Deductible Contributions payable to Bergen Volunteer Center – Campership Fund, 64 Passaic Street, Hackensack 07601. Give a child a safe and meaningful summer and be assured that every dollar raised goes directly to pay camp cost. Thank you for giving!