Camp Fire Central Puget Sound believes that every child should be able to benefit from our programs, regardless of the ability of pay. Due to the generous support of donors, financial assistance is available to families that meet our income and eligibility requirements.
Eligibility is determined based on the Seattle Public Schools Free and Reduced Lunch sliding scale, which factors both household income and family size. In addition, we will consider additional factors such as extenuating family circumstances and participation in fundraising or service through Camp Fire programs. Priority is given to families that live within our service area of King County, Kitsap County, and north Mason County, but all families are welcome to apply.
If you were awarded financial aid for a 2020 program and were unable to use it due to closures, you will be automatically approved for the award again in 2021. Contact us about carrying over your 2020 award.
Who Should Apply?
All families are welcome to apply for financial assistance. We especially encourage families to apply if:
- You receive Basic Food
- You take part in the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
- You receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- You are applying for a foster child
How to Apply
Step 1: Each family must complete a Financial Aid Eligibility Form. The form only needs to be completed once per year for the entire family/household.
Step 2: Send us supporting documentation to verify your household income or circumstances. This may include tax returns, a statement of benefits or eligibility from an organization providing aid, or a statement from a caseworker or other professional who is familiar with your family’s circumstances.
Step 3: Register for the program(s) your child/family wants to attend. Your application will be considered once you register for a program. When you register, select the “I am applying for financial aid” option at check-out. Some programs require a small deposit to register, which will be refunded if we are not able to provide financial aid.
After completing your application and registering for a program, Camp Fire will assign awards based on the eligibility criteria above. No applications will be considered if they are incomplete, lacking documentation, or if the family owes a balance from a previous program. Applications will be considered in the order they are received, so we recommend completing your application early. Each department has a different timeline for application and awards (see below).
Upon consideration, you will be notified of your financial aid status, which may include:
- An award of 25%, 50%, 75%, or 100% of the program fee
- Wait-listed for financial aid, usually due to insufficient funds
- Not eligible for aid – either due to incomplete application or other reasons
If you are awarded partial financial aid, you are responsible for paying the remaining balance. If you are unable to pay the balance, please contact us about other options. We can move you to a less expensive program or arrange a payment plan. If you decide not to participate in the program, we will cancel your reservation and refund in full any money you have paid.
Financial Aid Policies for Specific Programs
Camp Sealth Overnight Camp
Financial aid requests will be considered as soon as registration opens, on a rolling basis until all funds are given out. We recommend applying early as funds are limited. Awards will be determined monthly starting as soon as registration opens. A $30 deposit is required to hold your camp reservation. Contact us if paying this fee up front causes a hardship for your family. Financial aid is limited to one camp program per child per summer.
Financial aid requests will be considered as soon as registration opens in late January, on a rolling basis until all funds are given out. We recommend applying early as funds are limited. Awards will be determined monthly starting as soon as registration opens. A $10 deposit is required to hold your camp reservation. Contact us if paying this fee up front causes a hardship for your family. Financial aid is limited to one camp program per child per summer.
Financial aid requests will be considered on a rolling basis as soon as you register for Group Program, and funds are usually available throughout the year, regardless of when you join. There is no deposit to register for Group Program when applying for financial aid. Families who are awarded aid will also be provided with assistance in purchasing vests, emblems, or other recognition items. Participation in the annual Candy Fundraiser is required for Group Program recipients of financial aid.
All Other Programs (Family Camps, Teen Events, and more)
Financial aid request must be made one month in advance of the program. Notification of the award will be given at least two weeks before the program begins. A $10 deposit is required to hold your reservation for programs costing more than $50. Please note that because we are a youth-serving organization, no financial assistance is provided for adult-only programs.
Other Sources of Financial Assistance
Financial assistance for youth to attend some of our programs is also available from the following agencies:
- Treehouse for Kids– for youth in foster care.
- DDA/DSHS – for qualifying youth with developmental disabilities