Covering the Cost of Camp

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Tuition for accredited camps can vary from $75 to more than $800 per week, according to the American Camp Association. Money doesn’t have to be a barrier for kids today. The ACA lists avenues of support available to help families afford camp tuition costs.

Assistance offered from camps

* Camps offer special discounts for everything from early registration, full season or multiple enrollments from one family.

* Ninety percent of camps offer “camperships” – partial or total scholarships and financial assistance.

Assistance offered from the U.S. government:

* Some camps participate in income-eligible subsidy programs, for instance through Title XX.

* A Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account allows parents to use pre-tax dollars for child care expenses for qualified dependents that are necessary to allow parents to work, look for work, or attend school full time.

* Day care expenses, including transportation by a care provider, may be considered dependent care services and paid with pre-tax dollars in certain circumstances.

* The IRS allows an income tax credit of up to $6,000 of dependent care expenses if you have two or more dependents (up to $3,000 for one dependent). The Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit applies to qualifying day camp expenses as well.

Originally printed at Reprinted by permission of the American Camp Association. ©2011 American Camping Association Inc.

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