Covering the Cost of Camp
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 www.CampParents.org. Reprinted by permission of the American Camp Association. ©2011 American Camping Association Inc.
Don’t miss our Camp & Education Fairon Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, from noon to 4 p.m. at Cary Academy. Enter our drawing at the fair for a chance to win a week of summer day camp at YMCA of the Triangle.