2018 Summer Camp Funding Applications

The Department of Children and Families Camp Funding

The New Jersey Children's System of Care (CSOC), which serves children and youth up to age 21, is now accepting requests from families for financial assistance toward the 2018 summer camp session. Requests MUST be postmarked or received by PerformCare no later than April 30, 2018. 

The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute developed a checklist and guide to help you with CSOC's camp application process. Links, dates and other important information can be found in the materials below.

The Division of Developmental Disabilities Camp Funding

 Individuals 21 years of age and older are served by The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD).

The New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) Family Support program may be able to provide limited funding assistance for DDD eligible individuals who are not enrolled in the Supports Program or in Fee-for-Service under the Community Care Program and plan to attend camp in 2018. As with all Division services, funding for camp is based on available resources. The deadline to apply for camp funding assistance is Monday, May 7, 2018.

Please note that the Division is transitioning to a Medicaid-based, fee-for-service system. For individuals not enrolled in the Supports Program or the Community Care Program-Fee-for-Service, Family Support funding for the 2018 camp season (July-August) will continue to be processed as it has been in the past. Please see Important Note for Individuals Enrolled in Fee-for-Service on page 2.

Other Camp Funding Options

Mercer County Summer Campership Award Program
The County of Mercer, NJ awards funds to its residents ages 4 to 25 who have a disability to attend a summer program/camp of their choice from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The 2018 Camp Scholarships will be awarded on a first come - first serve basis. The amount of the award is dependent upon annual household income and the total members living in the household.

Summer Camps of The Arcs

Special Camps

Camp Firefly (Burlington County, but accepts campers from throughout the state)

For children who have lost a parent, sibling or other special person through death, Camp Firefly provides a special place to share feelings, to make new friends, and to find relief from grief. Throughout the camp weekend, activities designed to help ease grief are combined with traditional fun camp experiences such as swimming, canoeing, cookouts, and arts-and-crafts. The camp is fully staffed by professional counselors and trained volunteers.