Each Child Deserves the Camp Experience

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Each year there are scholarships, incentive grants, and discounts available to all of our camp families. Some programs are strictly need-based (Scholarships), but other community programs/Grants (i.e. OHC, PJ Library, etc.) are available with minimal restrictions.

All personal and financial information is always kept strictly confidential, and our staff is always available to answer any questions you may have. We have provided information and options below to assist you.

Grant Programs

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All first-time Jewish overnight campers are eligible to receive incentive grants of $700 for 12+ days of camp or $1,000 for 19+ days of camp provided the camper has not attended an overnight Jewish experience for 12 or more consecutive days. Grant amount may vary depending on campers permanent address.

You must apply for the grants AFTER registering your camper for CMC by. For further information and/or assistance please contact our office at (858) 499-1330.



First and Second year returning grants are available!

  • $1,500 for first year 19+ day sessions
  • $1,000 for first year 12-18 day sessions
  • $1,000 for second year 19+ say sessions
  • $700 for second year 12-18 day sessions

This incentive is in lieu of traditional One Happy Camper grants, and families may still be eligible for additional financial assistance from their camps. 


  • Family must live in California, Oregon, Colorado, Arizona, or Washington state and choose an overnight camp in these states
  • At least one parent is Israeli-born 
  • Camper must be a first or second-time camper to overnight Jewish camp
  • Second year camper must have attended consecutive years (attended 2023)
  • Families must complete pre and post summer surveys 
  • First-come, first-served basis


Outside Funding

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Your local Synagogue
Most synagogues have camp scholarship programs for their members. Contact your local synagogue and inquire about how to apply for assistance. Deadlines vary. Please contact your congregation to learn more.

Your local Jewish Federation
Most local Jewish Federations offer summer camp scholarships.  The Jewish Federation of San Diego County generously provides funding directly to Camp Mountain Chai for scholarship for CMC families, meaning you do not need to apply to Federation for funding. Families outside of San Diego county should contact your local Federation to find out about deadlines, applications, and qualifications.

Payment Plans
CMC is happy to work with our families to make paying for camp as seamless as possible. Please contact the CMC office at 858-499-1330 to discuss payment options.  Full balance must be paid prior to your camper’s arrival at Camp.

Interest-Free Loans
If you have had unexpected expenses, you can also inquire about emergency loan assistance from Jewish Free Loans of LA or Hebrew Free Loans of SD.

Jewish Family Service – Supporting Jewish Single Parents (SJSP Grant)

Jewish Single Parents can qualify based on financial need. Families may be awarded up to $500 in camp scholarships per child. Financial assistance is awarded on a first-come first-serve basis and is subject to available funds. Please email [email protected] or call the Center for Jewish Care Line at 858-637-3018.

Military Scholarship

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CMC Financial Aid

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We are committed to helping every camper experience the magic of Jewish sleep-away camp!

Scholarships are based on need and subject to available funds. Scholarship applications will be available in Fall 2023, but families are encouraged to enroll in camp as soon as possible. Applications submitted by 03/01/2024 will be announced in April 2024. Applications submitted after 03/01/2024 will be awarded on a limited, rolling basis.

If at any time the CMC Financial Aid amount awarded exceeds the family balance (based on the family’s acquisition of additional outside awards post CMC’s distribution ) the amount awarded from our Financial Aid will be adjusted accordingly.

It is our expectation that families submit aid requests from other local funding sources, such as synagogues, federations, and Jewish Family Service before requesting assistance from CMC.

The San Diego Jewish Federation and Leichtag Foundation generously provide funding to Camp Mountain Chai to allocate on their behalf, therefore an application to Camp Mountain Chai may, based on their qualifications, make you eligible for those resources as well.

For more information regarding Financial Aid please call our office at 858-499-1330.

Summer Camp Financial Assistance Application