Scholarships & Discounts
We want to make camp a reality for ALL children! In fact, one of our main goals when we created Camp Lakotah was to offer a high-quality program at an affordable price. We fully believe that all kids should have the opportunity to attend Camp Lakotah and no one should be left behind due to finances.
Each year we work hard to find funding from friends, family, private donors, and like-minded organizations that want to support a camp experience for our campers. In turn, we use 100% of all donations to directly benefit those in need. In 2011 we created the Sarah Collis-Olier Need for Nature scholarship program here at Lakotah.
Along with scholarships, we also offer discounts, camper programs, and payment plans. If you can’t find an option that works for your family, please contact us!
Need for Nature Scholarship Program
Thank you for your interest in sending your child to Camp Lakotah this summer. We are confident that they will have a great time with us and we look forward to having them join our camp family!
The intent of our scholarship fund is to provide financial assistance to families that might not otherwise be able to afford the full cost of a summer camp experience. Scholarships may be granted based on income or special circumstances or both. This assistance is granted in the form of a partial tuition campership and is dependent upon the availability of funds. In order to spread the funds and serve more children, we do not offer any full tuition camperships.
Please Note: Campers may also qualify for a multiple camper discount, early enrollment discount or scholarship, but not all three. Only one discount or fee reduction per camper.
- Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. (One application per camper)
- Funding is limited and scholarships are not guaranteed to all applicants.
- Income eligibility is based on household size, and all sources of household income. Wages, spousal/child support, unemployment, social security, and any other source of income must be included when reporting income.
- Scholarships are for camp registration fees only and do not cover the cost of other camp expenses such as the camp store, transportation, supplies, etc..
- Applications are evaluated without regard to race, religion, natural origin, gender, or physical ability.
- Scholarships will be awarded based on need and/or merit.
Scholarship Recipient Requirements:
- Submit completed Day or Overnight Camp Enrollment Application.
- Submit completed Scholarship Application including documentation demonstrating need.
Camps For Kids
Camp Lakotah is proud to partner with the Camps for Kids program. Established in 1994, the mission of Camps for Kids is to provide life changing, first-time resident camp experiences for children in Milwaukee County. Camps for Kids offers a unique opportunity to youth ages 8-15 to attend an overnight, residential camp in Wisconsin. Each camp provides exciting activities and a chance to meet new friends and learn in a safe environment.
First-time campers from families with limited financial resources are referred to Camps for Kids from over 25 agencies. Based on their interests, parents match their child with one of the participating American Camp Association accredited camps in Wisconsin.
The founding organizations of Camps for Kids included: Faye McBeath Foundation,The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Youth Serving Agencies (Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, COA Youth & Family Centers, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast, Holiday Home, YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee), the American Camp Association Wisconsin, Milwaukee Public Schools Division of Community Recreation, and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.
For 25 years, this collaboration has provided a week of camp for over 5,200 children (ages 8 -15 years old) who lacked the economic means for such a rewarding introduction to overnight camping.
Camp Lakotah ONLY accepts campers between the ages of 10 & 12 years to participate in this program. If your camper falls outside that range, please visit the Camps for Kids website to learn about other camps offered in WI.
Camps for Kids provides a one-time scholarship to youth who qualify so that they may attend an overnight, residential camp in Wisconsin.
Students must be ages 10 – 12 and meet the following criteria:
- Full-time residents of Milwaukee County or children in foster care through the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare
- First-time participant in the Camps for Kids program
- Between the ages of 10 – 12 years of age at the time of the camp session in which they are enrolled
- Camper’s family must qualify for one or more of the following program subsidies: FoodShare/SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), Wisconsin Shares Childcare Subsidies, or Foster Care.
- All foster care children, Medicaid or W-2 recipients are eligible. Proof of enrollment/eligibility must be submitted to participating agency with the camp application.
It is never too soon to plan for summer camp! We offer great incentives and promotions throughout the year! Whether you are a returning family or joining us for the first time, we can’t wait to host your children this summer at Camp Lakotah.
Early-Bird Discount – For those who like to plan ahead or want to make sure their child get into the session of their choice, we offer early-bird discounts. There are two early-bird discounts we offer each year. The first is locking in the current summer’s prices for the next summer. This special is offered from September 1 through October 31 each year. The second is a $100 discount per session of Overnight Camp or $20 off a week of Day Camp if you sign up from November 1 through February 28. Sign up and save big! When registering on-line the timely Early-Bird Discount will be automatically applied at check-out!
Details: To redeem the Early-Bird discount, sign up for the next season of camp during one of the defined time periods (Sept 1 – Oct 31 OR Nov 1 – Feb 28). Appropriate offer available during discount period only. Payment plans can be established with this discount. Early-Bird Discount can be combined with the Bring a Friend Discount only and may not be combined with camperships.
New Family Discount – Try Camp Lakotah for the first time, you won’t be disappointed! First time families receive 10% off their total on-line purchase if you sign up during the months of January and February. Use Discount Code: Newcamper during your on-line enrollment to redeem your New Family Discount.
Details: To redeem the new family discount, apply the code during the check-out process. Offer available for new families only. Payment plans can be established with this discount. New Family Discount may not be combined with any other discounts or camperships.
Sibling Discount – Why not pamper yourself and send all your kids to camp at the same time? When multiple siblings head to camp together you’ll save, even more! After the first child’s enrollment, get $50 off per week of Overnight Camp and $10 off per week for Day Camp for each additional sibling. Use Discount Code: Sibling when enrolling.
Details: After enrolling the first camper, each additional camper enrolled from the same household qualifies for the discount. Two or more campers in the same family must be enrolled for the same weeks in order to receive the discount. Sibling discount can be combined with Bring a Friend, New Family, and Multi-Session Discounts, but cannot be used with Early-Bird Discount or camperships.
Multi-Session Discount – Studies show the longer your child attends camp the greater the impact on their lives! Enroll your children for a second week of camp and save $40 for Overnight Camp and $10 for Day Camp. Save $50/week for Overnight Camp or $15/week for Day Camp on the third week and each additional week. Use Discount Code: Multisession when registering your children.
Details: Savings does not apply to Early Bird Discount, Sibling Discount or Camperships.
Bring a Friend Discount – What better way to enjoy summer camp than to do it with your best friend or cousin! Bring a friend and receive a reward for you and a discount for your friend! The more friends you bring to camp the larger your reward. Receive $100 credit towards a your camp enrollment for each camper family you refer, and they receive $50 off their first enrolled session!
Details: Log into your account and submit the email address and name of each family you’d like to refer. For each new registering family you refer, Camp Lakotah will discount your enrollment $100.00 Bring a friend rewards is only awarded for the referral of new families who have not previously attended Camp Lakotah. Bring a friend can be combined with Early-Bird, Multi-Session, and Sibling Discounts but may not be combined with Camperships. To refer a friend, simply complete the Refer a Friend Fields provided during enrollment.
Military, Police, Fire and Teacher Discount – As a way to say “Thank You” for your commitment to public service, Camp Lakotah is offering a 15% discount off your summer camp enrollments! Just use the Discount Code: Service at checkout to receive your discount.
Details: Discount is for families who have members actively employed military, fire, police, or teacher. Savings may not be combined with any other discounts, or camperships.
Just need a little more time to pay? Consider signing up for a payment plan and spread out the cost of camp over 3, 6 or even 12 months!
One way to help make camp more affordable especially when enrolling multiple campers, is to create a no interest/fee payment plan. These payment plans enable you to divide your balance into multiple installment payments instead of paying in one lump sum. When registering on-line just use the Coupon Code: Payment and you will be contacted by the camp office to set up a plan that works for you.
*Minimum deposits are required
If you have the ability to help others and believe all children deserve the opportunity to attend summer camp, please consider a donation and help make camp a reality for all!
By partnering with the American Camp Association (ACA), a charitable 501(c)(3) organization, we can offer tax advantages to donors and open our program to more children who might otherwise never experience camp.
Make your contribution to ACA Camper Scholarship Program and reference Camp Lakotah in the memo line.
Donations can be sent directly to Camp Lakotah at the following address:
Camp Lakotah Scholarship Fund
N1875 21st. Ave. Wautoma, WI 54982
You will receive an acknowledgement of your contribution, as well as the heartfelt gratitude of the camper you will ultimately be helping to attend camp.
Thank you for your generosity and support! Together we can change lives and build friendships at Camp Lakotah!