Campership Program

Our Camperships are open to low income, underserved youth who can contribute in positive ways to the camp community and would thrive from the
1opportunity to develop leadership skills, self-confidence, determination and respect for others and nature.

The Foundation establishes relationships with youth-mentoring, non-profit organizations and schools as well as independent volunteers to help us identify great applicants interested in a summer camp experience at one of our partner Camps.

These Mentors play a critical role in guiding a child and family through the application process, assisting award recipients in preparing for camp, advising through the Camper Contribution or Capstone Service Project requirements, and helping the Foundation with follow-up after camp.

What is a CAMPERSHIP and what does it include?

What is a JACF Campership and what does it include?

A JACF Campership is a scholarship to one of the JACF recognized Associate Camps, and it includes:

  • Camp tuition (minus Family and Camper Contribution)
  • Camp store account
  • Transportation to and from Camp (if requested)
  • Limited equipment assistance
  • Mentor support to assist the Applicant and Family throughout the camp enrollment process, to help answer questions, complete paperwork, and meet deadlines.
  • Potential to reapply for renewal as many years as the camp accommodates.

What are the QUALIFICATIONS of a successful Campership applicant?

  • Camper Applicant will be a minimum of 10 years old by June 1st of camp year
  • Camper Applicant will be able to be away from home for up to 4 weeks
  • Camper Applicant will be from a family of low income generally not exceeding 225% of Federal Poverty Guidelines. (Click here to view our Income Eligibility Guidelines)
  • Camper Applicant will be able to contribute in positive ways to the camp community and will have strong potential to thrive from the opportunity to develop personal skills, social skills and environmental awareness.
  • Camper Applicant will be from an underserved population who would not otherwise have the advantage of a high quality camp experience.
  • Camper Applicant must reside in the contiguous United States of America.

What is a MENTOR and why does the Campership applicant need one?

Mentors may be veteran volunteers for the foundation that have worked in a particular region of the country, personnel within a partnering youth services agency or school or a person selected by the Camper who is willing to become a volunteer for the John Austin Cheley Foundation. Click HERE to view the Mentor Guidelines.

Mentor Qualifications:

  • Mentors must be at least 21 years old with current professional experience or prior background in education, youth development, counseling, coaching, ministry or youth related fields
  • Mentors will live in the Applicant’s geographic hometown
  • Mentors will have approximately two hours per month to support the Applicant/Camper and Family
  • Mentors will be willing to commit to Mentoring the camper for the full ‘life-span’ of the camp experience
  • Mentors must be vetted by JACF through completing the JACF Mentor/Volunteer Application
  • Mentors may NOT be related to the applicant

How do I apply for a JACF Campership?

There are 3 different types of Campership applications. Click HERE to learn about the differences and to apply.

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