Established in 1994, the mission of Camps for Kids is to provide life changing, first-time resident camp experiences for children in Milwaukee County. Camps for Kids offers a unique opportunity to youth ages 8-15 to attend an overnight, residential camp in Wisconsin. Each camp provides exciting activities and a chance to meet new friends and learn in a safe environment.
The founding organizations of Camps for Kids included: Faye McBeath Foundation,The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Youth Serving Agencies (Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, COA Youth & Family Centers, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast, Holiday Home, YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee), the American Camp Association Wisconsin, Milwaukee Public Schools Division of Community Recreation, and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.
For more than 25 years, this collaboration has provided a week of camp for over 5,500 children (ages 8 -15 years old) who lacked the economic means for such a rewarding introduction to overnight camping.
Camps for Kids provides a one-time scholarship to youth who qualify so that they may attend an overnight, residential camp in Wisconsin.
Students must be ages 8 – 15 and meet the following criteria:
- Full-time residents of Milwaukee County or children in foster care through the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare
- First-time participant in the Camps for Kids program
- Between the ages of 8 – 15 years of age at the time of the camp session in which they are enrolled
- Camper’s family must qualify for one or more of the following program subsidies: FoodShare/SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), Wisconsin Shares Childcare Subsidies, or Foster Care.
- All foster care children, Medicaid or W-2 recipients are eligible. Proof of enrollment/eligibility must be submitted to participating agency with the camp application.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most Camps for Kids partner camps will not be running overnight camp programming this summer. If you are still looking for an overnight camp experience, please connect with Camp Lakotah to see about their availability. Day camp opportunities are available at most camps listed here.