How early should I apply?
The earlier, the better. Sessions and programs can fill quickly and Financial Assistance funds are limited. Please apply as soon as you are able to provide all four of the components listed in the "Application Process."
How much Financial Assistance will I receive?
We award Financial Assistance on a sliding scale, based on your household income and the number of people in your household. We award a discount 5-70% Financial Assistance based on this scale. The percentage is applied towards your session fees only (example: if a family qualifies for 50% Financial Assistance and the Tier I cost of the program is $679, they would receive $339.50 in Financial Assistance for that camper). Financial Assistance is not applied toward transportation fees, membership fees, or store account deposits. If you currently receive Financial Assistance from a YMCA of Greater Seattle branch, we will match the percentage that they award your family up to 70%.
What if the program that I try to register my camper for is full?
If the program that you indicated on your Registration Form has already filled, we will add your camper's name to the program's waitlist and call you to discuss alternative programs or sessions.
Will my deposit be refunded if my camper does not attend the program that he or she is registered for?
Our refund policy is that everything, including deposits, is refundable until April 1st. Between April 1st and June 1st, everything but the deposit is refundable. After June 1st, nothing is refundable (except with a doctor's note or proof of other extenuating circumstances). If your camper is a "no-show" (i.e. you do not cancel his or her registration), nothing is refundable. If you know that your camper will not be attending his or her session or would like to move him or her to a different session, please contact us immediately.
How will I be notified of my Financial Assistance Award?
When Financial Assistance is awarded, you will receive an email with an invoice attached showing the session and program for which your camper is registered, the total charges, and the amount of Financial Assistance being awarded. You will also receive an invoice in the mail with other camp materials.
What if my camper is interested in multiple weeks of camp?
In order to be able to give as many kids as possible the opportunity to attend camp, we are only able to award Financial Assistance toward one week of camp per camper per summer. If your camper is interested in attending multiple sessions or a multi-week session, please note that Financial Assistance will only be awarded based on the cost of one week.
What if I'm unable to pay my balance by the June 1st deadline (or upon receipt of invoice if registering after June 1st)?
We can work with you to set up a payment plan that will ensure your balance is paid by the time your camper's session starts. To set up a payment plan, please contact the Camping Services office at 206.382.5009. Again, the earlier you call us to establish a payment plan, the better.
There are extenuating circumstances that should be taken into account with my Financial Assistance application; how can I communicate this?
If you feel that there are circumstances we should be aware of (decrease in income from what is shown on your Tax Return, loss of job, etc.), please include a written description of the circumstances with your application. We will do our best to take these circumstances into consideration when awarding your Financial Assistance.
How will applying for Financial Assistance affect my camper's experience?
Receiving Financial Assistance will have no effect on your camper's experience. Financial assistance is anonymous and camp staff and campers are not told who is or is not receiving Financial Assistance. About 1 in 7 of our campers attend camp with the help of Financial Assistance.