Summer Camp

Campers at a Maine Childrens Home summer camp learning how to build a fireEach summer since 1967, The Maine Children’s Home Summer Camp Scholarship Program has made the dream of attending a summer camp a reality for underprivileged children throughout Maine.

In partnership with several summer camps, including Camp Susan Curtis, Camp Tracy, Fair Haven Camps, and Camp Mechuwana, children are making new friends, learning new skills, building self-esteem and independence, and overcoming many of the hurdles they face while living in poverty.

As a nonprofit relying heavily on donor contributions, The Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers needs the support of businesses and individuals to raise the $250-$400 per child for us to give deserving children an opportunity they would otherwise not have.

Please help make an experience at camp a reality for a Maine child by donating to our Summer Camp Scholarship Program.


In order to qualify, families must:

  • Meet state income guidelines (we currently work at 133% of the federal poverty level)
  • Agree not to accept Summer Camp assistance from any other organization
  • Be the parent or legal guardian of the children for whom they are applying
  • Apply only for children who are grades 2-10
  • Provide social security numbers for each income-earning individual in the household
  • Provide their annual gross household income

Read detailed eligibility guidelines here.

2019 Income Guidelines

To qualify for the Summer Camp Scholarship Program, your income must be at, or less than, the amount listed here for your family size.

Household Size Monthly (133% of Federal)
2 $1,874
3 $2,364
4 $2,854
5 $3,343
6 $3,833
7 $4,323
8 $4,813
  +$360 for each person over 8

How to Apply for a Summer Camp Scholarship

Read the Summer Scholarship Program eligibility requirements, then go to the online application to apply.

We are sorry, but we have reached the maximum number of children we can help in our Summer Camp Program this year and are no longer accepting applications. Please check with, your school counselor, your local police/fire department, or your caseworker for other resources.

Contact Us

If you would like to support The Maine Children’s Home Summer Camp Scholarship Program or if you know of a child in need that could benefit from an overnight camping experience, please contact Rick Dorian at 207-873-4253 or by email.

Our Supporters


JMG logoJobs for Maine Graduates (JMG) partners with Maine's public middle and high schools, community colleges, and university systems to help students reach their fullest potential. Each year, they choose a philanthropy project to help students give back to their local community. We were very fortunate that they have chosen us to raise funds for our Summer Camp Program! Through "Coins for Camp" JMG partnered schools are aiming to donate their spare change so more Maine children can go to camp each summer! 


Damon's logo

During the summer, we partner with Damon’s Beverage to send kids to summer camp. Anyone who goes to a participating Damon’s will have a chance to purchase a tent pinup for one dollar and all proceeds go to the Summer Camp Scholarship Program. Participating Damon’s locations include Augusta, Bangor, Skowhegan, and Waterville. 

Maine Childrens Home summer camp photos


Maine Childrens Home summer camp horseback riders
Photos courtesy Fairhaven, Mechuwana, and Susan Curtis camps