Algonquin Campership Award

Purpose of Scholarship

To provide financial assistance through campership awards for low-income children ages 8 to 17, especially those from upstate New York, to attend canoe-tripping camps in Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada.

Application Period

Rolling Deadline: December 1 to February 1, April 1, June 1

Number and Size of Awards

Award amounts vary based on the group size and supply rental needs; paid in one lump sum prior to camp trip. Note: This aid cannot be used toward travel expenses.

Allowed Use of Award

Awards may cover the cost of attending camp and/or necessary rental supplies.

Eligibility Criteria

For nonprofit organizations (including schools) with programs for youth who may be interested in attending camp in Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada during the off-season. Only the cost of attending camp and the rental of supplies are eligible for aid. Preference will be given to groups with diverse membership and limited wilderness experience.

Application Process

For groups attending camp off-season: Group applications are available below. Note: The group application allows for a request to support an entire group from a school in a district with need or individual students with need. In either case, one or more group projects describing what the members hope to experience from going to a wilderness camp will be required. Additionally, other information may be required.

Prior to applying for a group camp experience, please email to discuss the application process.

Group Application

Committee/Selection Process

The selection process is coordinated through the Algonquin Campership Fund Scholarship Committee. A committee comprised of alumni of the wilderness camps in Algonquin Park reviews applications and selects recipients. Note: The group selection process may include a personal or telephone interview with the trip coordinator by a member of the alumni or Algonquin Campership Fund steering committee. Once selection of the recipient(s) has been made, the Community Foundation is notified.

Award Announcement and Payment

The Community Foundation mails a letter along with the award payment to the school or sponsoring organization of the group trip.

For groups attending camp off-season: Special payment arrangements must be made by contacting at least two to four weeks before departing for the trip.


This scholarship is not renewable; however, groups may reapply each year they are eligible.

Donor Information

This award was established by alumni of wilderness camps in Algonquin Park who want to ensure that children whose families might not be able to afford the cost of camp have access to this life-enhancing experience.


Email or call 585.341.4350 for assistance.

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