Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid, Discounts & Incentives

We know that it can be a challenge to find the money to send your kids to overnight camp, and we believe that no camper should miss out on this experience! Spending a summer at Jewish overnight camp is the #1 way to ensure that Jewish youth remain connected to their community into adulthood and form a strong Jewish identity. At CSS, our campers are immersed in Judaism, make lifelong friends, experience growth in their social skills, and, of course, have a TON of fun! We have a large amount of scholarship funds available to ensure that every camper can come to camp every summer.

See below for details on our available scholarships and find out how to apply.

First-year campers are eligible for $1000 off their tuition.

Washington: First-time campers attending camp for twelve or more consecutive days, who are from Washington State and do not attend Jewish Day School are eligible for a tuition incentive up to $1,000. The Washington One Happy Camper program is a partnership between the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) and the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. To find out more, or apply now, go to www.onehappycamper.org or contact our Registrar.

Oregon: First-time campers attending camp for twelve or more consecutive days, who are from Oregon are eligible for a tuition incentive up to $1,000. There are a limited number of camperships available for Jewish Day School students. The Oregon One Happy Camper program is a partnership between the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) and the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland. To find out more, or apply now, go to www.onehappycamper.org or contact our Registrar.

All Other States: First-time campers attending for 12 consecutive days or longer, who are from other states may be eligible for a tuition incentive up to $1,000 if they do not attend Jewish Day School. To find out if your camper is eligible, go to www.onehappycamper.org or contact our Registrar.

Another first-year camper incentive grant for Israeli-Americans in California, Washington, or Oregon. Campers are eligible to receive up to $1,500 for 19+ days of camp and up to $1,000 for 12-18 nights of camp. This is a higher amount than traditional One Happy Camper, and it can not be combined with OHC. All other OHC eligibility applies. Apply Here!

 

All first-time campers from Oregon/SW Washington are eligible for a $250 campership from the Judith & Garry Kahn Campership Fund. This is not need-based. If the camper receives One Happy Camper in their first year, the $250 campership will be applied to their second summer.

Do you love camp? Of course you do! Well, now you can share your enthusiasm for Schechter, and get rewarded for it! Introducing Schechter’s Camper Referral Program.

Here is how it works: For each new camper that you refer to CSS, we’ll give you a $150 credit towards your tuition.

All you need to do is send them the link to register! The camp application will ask who they were referred by, and if they put down your name… you’ll be a winner! Campers must be new to Camp Solomon Schechter, and register for one week or more to be eligible for this incentive program.

NEED HELP CONVINCING FRIENDS?

CSS staff will come to your house to give a presentation about camp, share some SWAG, and show a highlight video. We’ll even bring pizza! If you’d like to host a CSS Recruitment Party at your house, please email Josh Kittay, at jkittay@campschechter.org

For more information about the CSS Referral Program, email Ruth Chaban at info@campschechter.org.

Applicants who reside within Washington State, you will apply directly to the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. You can access the application here. Applicants who reside outside of Washington State: you will apply directly to CSS. The Scholarship Application is available under the “Forms and Documents” tab of your CampInTouch account.

Camp Solomon Schechter offers financial assistance to parents who may find it difficult to afford the expense of camp. How you apply for financial aid from Schechter depends on where you are from. If you have any questions, please email our Registrar.

Washington Residents: Apply directly to the Jewish Federation, which acts as a financial aid clearinghouse for all of our scholarship applicants from Washington. For information on how to apply, click here.

Non-Washington Residents: You will have the opportunity to apply directly to CSS for financial assistance after registering your camper for camp. We also suggest that, if you are a member of a synagogue, you approach your Rabbi about the possibility of assistance.

  • The Camp Solomon Schechter Financial Aid Application priority deadline is March 8. The second round and appeals deadline is April 19.
  • Everyone applying for financial aid must pay the $250 deposit.
  • Allocations will be made by Schechter and other sources starting in March; there are limited funds available.
  • All financial aid applicants must make regular monthly payments on the 15th of the month, starting the month after the deposit has been received. All tuition and other charges must be paid in full by July 15th.

Pierce County Residents: The Tacoma Jewish Community Fund offers camp scholarships for Tacoma-Pierce County area children who need financial assistance to attend Camp Solomon Schechter. To apply, simply email our registrar.

Maintains a pool of funds for need-based scholarships for camp families in the greater Tacoma area. Contact our registrar for more details!

We have a pool of $10,000 available for need-based scholarships for campers in the greater Olympia area (OLT).  Contact our registrar for more details!

This is an incentive campership set up like the Kahn fund. $250 is available to folks in micro-communities for either their first or second year at camp. Contact our registrar for more details!