Financial Assistance

Policy Statement
It is the intention of YMCA Camp Collins to provide services to all those who request them regardless of economic limitations. This is accomplished by setting fees at rates affordable to the majority of residents in the service area and by providing a financial assistance program for those who request and prove they are in need of fee adjustments.

The YMCA believes a strong sense of ownership and pride is developed if the financial assistance recipient contributes to the cost of their YMCA involvement. Therefore, all applicants will be required to pay a portion of the camp fees. A sliding scale for the balance will be used. Staff will have the discretion to take into account special situations while striving for fair and equitable distribution of available resources with the goal of treating similarly situated individuals and families equally. The program will be operated with strict confindentiality to maintain and strengthen the dignity of all applicants.

In keeping with the YMCA’s commitment to serve the entire community, we believe that it is critical to provide financial assistance to families at a rate consistent with their representation in the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette’s service area. Our goal at YMCA Camp Collins is to never turn a child away for the inability to pay the full fees. However, our general guideline is to provide financial assistance to no more than 35% of the campers enrolling in camp, and not less than 20%.

Financial assistance eligibility will be determined by the Executive Director or their designee, based on a review of the required documentation listed below. The YMCA reserves the right to refuse assistance to any applicant.

Financial Assistance applications must be submitted, reviewed, and accepted one week prior to the start of the session.

The maximum amount of Financial assistance that can be granted is capped at 65% the total cost of camp.

Financial Assistance Income Chart
(Estimated Award based on Income)
Family Size
Household Monthly Gross Income 2 3 4 Over 4
Below $1529 60% 65% 65% 65%
$1530 – $2083 40% 50% 60% 65%
$2083 – $2500 30% 40% 50% 60%
$2501 – $2916 20% 30% 40% 50%
$2917 – $3333 10% 20% 30% 40%
$3334 – $4166 0% 10% 20% 30%
$4167 – $5000 0% 0% 10% 20%
$5001 and up 0% 0% 0% 10%

Assistance will be granted on the basis of financial need. Financial assistance applications must be re-submitted each year. The following documents are required to be considered for the financial assistance eligibility:

    • • Completed Financial Assistance Application
    • • Completed Free and Reduced priced meals application or documentation from the school district showing eligibility
    • • Income verification (copies of paystubs, unemployment checks and/or other types of assistance)
    • • Proof of child(ren) dependency (copy of most recent tax return showing child(ren) as dependents or a letter from the school stating parents or guardians listed on file.)

Financial assistance may be awarded for only one session of overnight camp, no more than three sessions of day camp or one family camp weekend. Financial assistance is available for a maximum of 65% of the cost of camp programs. Submit applications to: YMCA Camp Collins - Office Administrator, 3001 SE Oxbow Parkway, Gresham, OR 97080.

Funding and Award Process
Funds are the result of the generosity of YMCA supporters who give to the annual YMCA Community Support
Campaign. Awards are made without regard to race, religion, sex, or any other legally protected status.

The evaluation process may take up to 5-7 business days once the completed application and all required supporting documentation has been received. Incomplete applications will not be processed. You will be contacted by a member of the camp office staff to notify you of your scholarship award.

If scholarship is accept before June 1st a $50 deposit is require for camp registration. Acceptance after June first requires total balance due at time of registration.

If you have further questions, please contact the Camp Collins office at 503.663.5813 or email