Outside Kids Financial Assistance Program

Empowering All Kids through Outdoor Adventure

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OUTSIDE Magazine and Avid4 Adventure have joined forces to empower more kids to choose active, outdoor lifestyles by offering summer camp financial assistance for low and middle income families. Every year, we have been pleased to offer increasingly more financial assistance through both partial and full assistance packages.

Generous families and partners make our financial assistance program possible. We match donations 100%! Donations may be given any of these ways: 

  • Add an amount to your next camp registration.
  • Visit the American Camp Association website and enter “Avid4 Adventure” as the camp you are donating to.
  • Send a check to:  ACA- Avid4 Adventure Campership Fund, P.O. Box 287, Boulder, CO  80306.


Who is Eligible for Financial Assistance?

If your family’s household income is less than $100,000, you are eligible to apply for financial assistance for Avid4 Adventure day camps and overnight camp. Please note that awards may be available at a higher income level, however priority is given to families with incomes below $100,000. Proof of previous year’s annual income in the form of a tax return and/or current pay stubs must be provided if requested by Avid4 Adventure.

Annual Household Income

Financial Assistance Available to Those Awarded

Less than $55,000

Avid4 pays up to 100% of your camp tuition and Extended Care.


Avid4 pays up to 75% of your camp tuition. Extended Care can be purchased separately.


Avid4 pays up to 50% of your camp tuition. Extended Care can be purchased separately.


Avid4 pays up to 25% of your camp tuition. Extended Care can be purchased separately.

Greater than $100,000

Avid4 pays up to 25% of your camp tuition. Extended Care can be purchased separately. Priority is given to families earning less than $100,000 per year.

A $25 registration fee will be charged for all financial assistance registrations.

How To Apply

Please complete one online application per child that is applying.

Application Deadlines:

  • Colorado Mountain Camp:  March 15, 2017
  • Day Camps:  April 15, 2017

When awards are made:

  • Colorado Mountain Camp: between March 16 – 31st, 2017.
  • Day Camps:  by May 21, 2017.

If selected, you will be awarded a specific session date and camp. Unfortunately, not all camps and session dates will have space available for financial assistance recipients, so we request that applicants maintain flexibility. 

Online Application:

Apply Online Here


  1. Application must be completely filled out to be considered.
  2. A separate online application must be completed per child.
  3. Complete the application when your child is around, as we will ask you to seek a response from him or her.
  4. PLEASE do not call about the status of your application. We will contact you directly for any missing information and/or to let you know when award decisions have been made.
  5. Financial assistance may not be applied to previously purchased camp sessions- all paid sessions are considered final and subject to our cancellation policy.

How Financial Assistance is Awarded

A committee will meet at the end of April to review applications and make awards until all funds are distributed. You may submit your application at any time up until our deadlines. Financial Assistance will be awarded based on the following:

  • Diversity-These scholarships are intended to broaden the diversity of life experiences of campers participating in Avid4 Adventure.
  • Economic Need-We consider family size, income, and/or extenuating circumstances when making awards.
  • Motivation– A written statement from campers and their parents helps us assess motivation during our review process.
  • Funding– Awards will be made based on the availability of scholarship funds.

Campers who complete a written or hand-drawn answer to the following question will be awarded bonus points during the review process:

Why is outdoor adventure important in your life?
By 4/15 please send entries with your name to:
Avid4 Adventure- Scholarship Committee
PO Box 287
Boulder, CO 80306