SCOPE provides children from underserved communities with life changing opportunities through the experience of summer camp.

Our campers benefit from a positive, safe, and healthy environment led by excellent role models, who help them develop their full potential.

SCOPE believes summer camp reinforces what children learn in school and enhances overall academic learning.

SCOPE bridges the opportunity gap by making summer camp accessible to as many deserving children as possible!

The cornerstone of SCOPE’s program is to provide camp scholarships to children from underserved communities to attend nonprofit, resident camps accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA).

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Why Camp?

Camp allows children to grow socially, emotionally, and physically while providing them with meaningful and fun interactions with children and excellent adult role models. Camp helps children develop individual interests and learn the importance of contributing to the camp community.

How Does SCOPE Work?

New York YMCA Camp

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SCOPE allocates funds to participating SCOPE camps to provide camp scholarships

Participating camps enroll campers; campers are selected in partnership with public schools, public charter schools, and community agencies

SCOPE campers make a commitment to stay in school in order to return to camp summer after summer

SCOPE campers who graduate from high school will be eligible for a college scholarship through the Sanford Lavitt Education Fund


SCOPE reinforces the connection between academic achievement and the enriched recreational and social educational experiences at summer camp.

By making a long-term commitment to our SCOPE campers, we seek to inspire and empower them to succeed as individuals and make a positive impact on their families and in their home communities.

SCOPE campers are children who are enrolled in public school or public charter school (ages 7 – 16) and qualify for the USDA Free or Reduced Lunch Program. They attend nonprofit, resident camps in the New York/Tri-State area, Midwest, Southeast, and Southwest.


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