What does SCOPE stand for?
Summer Camp Opportunities Promote Education
What is SCOPE’s Mission?
To provide children from underserved communities with life-changing opportunities through the experience of summer camp. SCOPE funds camp scholarships ‘camperships’ to send children who commit to staying in school to nonprofit, resident camps which will empower them to develop to their full potential.
How long has SCOPE been in operation?
SCOPE began in 1991 and the first camperships were provided in the summer of 1992.
Where is the SCOPE office located?
The SCOPE staff in the national office currently work remotely. The mailing address for SCOPE is PO Box 5450, Astoria, NY 11105.
What regions of the United States does SCOPE serve?
SCOPE partners with camps who serve children in the Northeast, Midwest, Southeast and Southwest regions of the United States.
Is SCOPE a tax-exempt, charitable organization?
Yes, SCOPE is a nationally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Why is it important that children attend summer camp?
Summer camp reinforces what children learn in school and enhances overall academic learning; camp allows children to grow socially, emotionally, and physically while providing them with meaningful and fun interactions with children and excellent adult role models.
Well-designed summer camps are educational programs that offer artistic, musical, and athletic experiences, adventurous outdoor programs, and a safe environment. Trained staff and camp professionals are educators who support, encourage, and teach campers.
Summer camp is an essential component of the year-round educational continuum and plays a critical role in helping children from underserved communities to thrive.
Children who receive SCOPE camperships come from low-income families and the chance to attend summer camp is a unique opportunity that their parents could not otherwise afford. Families work directly with the SCOPE partner camps to enroll their children – there is no specific ‘SCOPE Camp.’
Camperships and Partner Camps
What is a SCOPE campership?
Campership = Camp Scholarship
SCOPE’s role is to allocate an allotted number of campership funding to each of our SCOPE partner camps. The camps work directly with families/community partners, who do not have the financial means, in order for their children to attend camp.
Who is eligible to receive a SCOPE campership?
SCOPE campership recipients must meet all of these requirements:
- Be a child age 7 – 16
- Be enrolled in a public school/public charter school
- Qualify for the USDA Free or Reduced Lunch program
- Commit to staying in school
What is the value of a SCOPE campership for one child to attend camp?
- Northeast SCOPE Campership: $1,500
- Midwest SCOPE Campership: $750
- Southeast SCOPE Campership: $750
- Southwest SCOPE Campership: $750
How many weeks of camp does a SCOPE campership cover?
Generally, a campership offers a child two weeks at overnight camp. In certain cases, session dates may vary.
- Northeast Camperships: Two weeks
- Midwest Camperships: One or two weeks
- Southeast Camperships: One or two weeks
- Southwest Camperships: One or two weeks
How many camperships does SCOPE fund each summer?
In 2018, SCOPE funded 700 camperships. In 2019, SCOPE funded over 750 camperships. Since inception, SCOPE has funded over 25,000 camperships.
What kinds of camps are the children attending?
All SCOPE partner camps are:
- Nonprofit camps
- Overnight camps (resident)
- Accredited by the American Camp Association
- Accept children at the cost of a SCOPE campership with no additional fees
How does SCOPE select the camps to partner with?
Based on SCOPE’s available funding:
- Camps must meet SCOPE’s eligibility requirements
- Camps must apply for SCOPE campership support annually
- Camps must follow SCOPE guidelines for providing camper information in a timely fashion
What is the application process for a SCOPE campership?
Camps that meet the eligibility requirements to be a SCOPE partner camp apply to SCOPE annually for support.
SCOPE partner camps recruit campers on their own; SCOPE does not match potential campers with camps. Individuals looking to apply for a campership must apply for SCOPE support through the camp in which they are applying to attend. Check out the list of SCOPE partner camps to determine what camp is right for you/your child. Inquire directly with the camp about applying for a SCOPE campership. SCOPE is not a camp.
How can I get my students/someone I know to camp?
Although SCOPE sets the eligibility guidelines, each camp determines which children will be accepted into its program. The child’s family must apply for SCOPE support directly with the camp in which they are applying to attend.
Donations & Funds
How does SCOPE raise money?
SCOPE is grateful to receive support from a large community made up of individuals, groups, businesses, and foundations. In addition, SCOPE events throughout the year help to strengthen SCOPE’s mission.
How does SCOPE use the funds raised?
Funds raised annually by SCOPE are allocated with the support of the SCOPE Board of Directors to the nonprofit partner camps to fund camperships.
What is SCOPE’s tax ID number?
Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yes! However, if you receive a benefit from making your donation (i.e. event tickets, raffle, silent auction) you can only deduct the amount of your donation that is greater than the value of the benefit you receive.
Who do I make my check out to in support of SCOPE?
Where do I mail my donation to SCOPE?
SCOPE, PO Box 5450, Astoria, NY 11105
How can my company match donations?
Matching gifts are a type of corporate giving program that essentially double an employee’s initial donation to eligible nonprofit organizations. Check with your employer to double your impact!
Where can I find the latest copy of SCOPE’s 990 form or audited financial statements?
Where can I find the SCOPE annual report?
What can I do to help support SCOPE?
How can I volunteer with SCOPE?
What SCOPE events are coming up?
View SCOPE events calendar and photos from past events.
How can I join an event committee?
Discover how you can get more involved with SCOPE
Can I create my own SCOPE event/fundraiser?
What can my camp do to help support SCOPE?
Learn from the many other camps who have woven efforts to support SCOPE into their camp culture Camp Strides4SCOPE