MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It may seem strange to be thinking about summer camps for the kids right now. But registration for some of the most popular camps has already started, and those openings are filling up fast.
But here’s the real news. Did you know there are many camps for kids that offer some financial help to pay for them? Yes, you can get a scholarship for your child for camp. And you may really need it because the fees of some of those camps are $200 to $400 for just one week.
Here are some examples: The Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley has day camps for kids from pre-school age all the way to high school seniors. They learn all about animals and farming and even dinosaurs. Money from the zoo’s foundation and donations from private companies and individuals covers the cost for some of the kids in attendance.
They have scholarships that cover either 50 percent of the camp fee or 85 percent of it. It’s based on financial need. You just go online and apply.
The Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul also offers day camps. They include learning to design computer games, carpentry, meteorology, robotics, fashion design and even wizard school. It’s the same deal: apply online for scholarships. You could get up to 50 percent of the cost covered there.
And there is golfing camp. You may have heard about the First Tee program. It’s offered at golf courses around state for kids 6 to 18 years old and is growing to include more locations. In St. Paul, kids learn how to golf at the Highland golf course.
Families can request a scholarship to participate in The First Tee for free or reduced fees. The equipment is included.
That’s just a sampling. You also get scholarships to camps offered by the YMCA. The challenge, though, is that openings are filling up at these camps and the deadlines for scholarship applications are approaching. So if you are interested, get moving.