Camp Fire Central Oregon | Light the Fire Within

Financial Assistance

Camp Fire Central Oregon has a long history of providing financial assistance to families in need. We strive to make all of our programs available to as many youth as possible, regardless of the ability to pay.

We recommend applying for assistance far in advance of the programs you are interested in attending, as funds are limited. To do so, we are offering a new pre-application option. (Scroll down to learn more.) Programs are open to all and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, physical challenges, or sexual orientation.

Eligibility for Camp Fire Financial Assistance


Assistance will be awarded to those with proven need, dependent upon availability of funds. 100% financial aid is rarely given, so we can meet the needs of as many families as possible. Typical financial assistance includes 20%-50% discount off of the retail price of program fees.

Assistance level is determined using the current school year’s Income Eligibility Guidelines from the Oregon Department of Education for Free and Reduced Lunch.

Special circumstances and previous Camp Fire participation may also be considered. Additional proof of income may be requested.


Applying for School-Year Financial Assistance?

If you're interested in applying for financial assistance for our school-year programs, you will be given that opportunity during the registration process. Or, click here to learn How to Apply During Registration.

How to Apply for Summer Program Financial Assistance
(Hot Tip: Start by Pre-Applying Early!)

Financial Assistance Applications for summer 2023 open on Wednesday, February 1. Please complete your application early for the best chance of receiving a financial assistance award. You may do this—and we encourage it—by pre-applying, before actual registration happens.

How to Pre-Apply (no fees collected at time of pre-application)

To pre-apply for financial assistance, you will fill out the financial assistance application form (en español). There is no cost to apply. Applications are processed in the order they are received and can take up to 10 business days to process.

Once your application is processed, you will receive an email notifying you of the status of your application. If you are awarded financial assistance, this email will include the percent of assistance and a discount code that you can apply to your summer reservations at checkout. Be sure to go all the way to checkout when completing your reservation where you will be able to enter your code.

How To Apply During Registration ($10 non-refundable fee/reservation collected at time of application. All fees collected will be applied towards program cost)

If you have not been pre-approved for financial assistance, you can still apply during the registration process while funds are still available by following the steps below.

1. Sign up for ALL of the sessions that you are interested in (so we know the full amount of your need and because space is limited and our summer programs fill very quickly).

2. Register for each session for each child. Select the Session Option for Financial Assistance. This option will allow you to pay only $10 per session while we review your application.

3. You will be prompted to complete/update a very simple financial assistance application form (en español)

4. When you are ready to check out, Proceed to Payment and select “Pay the minimum amount due.”

5. Allow 15-20 business days for your application to be processed.  Once your application has been processed, you will be notified of your award. At that time, your balance will be divided into a monthly payment plan using the payment method applied at checkout.

6. If you are not awarded sufficient financial assistance for your needs, you will be given a grace period to cancel your reservations for a full refund, or we can help you set up a payment plan.

Other Community Programs for Potential Assistance

Here is a list of some other community resources that some of our participants have been able to receive support from in the past. We encourage you to explore all of the options to receive as much support as you are eligible for. This allows us to stretch our limited resources to support as many families as we can.

PacificSource Community Solutions (OHP) Flex Funds

If your family has health insurance through PacificSource Community Solutions (OHP) and your child is under the care of a physician for any conditions that could be supported through the programs we offer, you may be eligible for up to 100% reimbursement of your program service fees. Some examples of conditions which have qualified families for this program in the past includes, high BMI, anxiety, or other social/emotional behavior conditions. Please ask your child's Primary Care Physician if you think you might qualify.

You may then be eligible to be reimbursed for any portion of the fees not covered by Camp Fire's financial assistance program.

Family Access Network

If your family is working with a Family Access Network Advocate at your school, there may be limited scholarship funds available for participation in our programs. Please contact your advocate to ask.

You may then be eligible to be reimbursed for any portion of the fees not covered by Camp Fire's financial assistance program.

Our Financial Assistance Partners

We are grateful for the support of partners in our community that have provided us with grant funding to support financial assistance.

Our Promise

Young people want to shape the world.

Camp Fire provides the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are.

In Camp Fire, it begins now.

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