SCOPE (Summer Camp Opp. Promote Education)
253 W.35th St. 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001
About SCOPE (Summer Camp Opp. Promote Education):
Summer Camp Opportunities Promote Education, Inc. (SCOPE), an independent, nonprofit organization, has provided camp scholarships for more than 20,000 children from low-income communities since 1991. Each year, hundreds of children receive the beneﬁts of summer camp through SCOPE from funds raised from foundation and corporate partners, individual gifts and fundraising events.
The cornerstone of SCOPE’s program is to provide camp scholarships to children in need to attend nonprofit overnight camps which are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). Eligibility guidelines require that all SCOPE campers must qualify for the USDA Free or Reduced Lunch Program, and be enrolled in public school. All SCOPE campers make a commitment to stay in school in order to return to camp summer after summer. As an added incentive, campers who continue in the SCOPE camp scholarship program and graduate from high school will receive a scholarship to attend college or an approved vocational school through the Sanford Lavitt Education Fund.
Camp scholarship allocations are made to participating camps upon submission of required documentation for each camper. SCOPE’s eligibility guidelines require that these children are enrolled in public school and qualify for the Federal Free or Reduced Lunch Program. Many camps recruit and enroll campers in partnership with schools and community agencies which work with the eligible children year-round. Parents may also apply directly to participating camps.
SCOPE reinforces the connection between academic achievement and enriching recreational and educational benefits of summer camp, as children who return to camp each summer and graduate from high school are provided with scholarship funding to complete their college education.
SCOPE continues to seek ways to expand the program to other regions throughout the United States. Affiliates receive administrative and fundraising resources through SCOPE in order to provide camp experiences to children in their region.
SCOPE has gained recognition for its work with children and camps and was the recipient of the American Camping Foundation's prestigious Eleanor P. Eells Award for Program Excellence.
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