Camp Subsidy through the SUNSHINE FUND
Every child deserves the opportunity to go to camp regardless of race, faith, family income, or special needs. Camp is a place where everyone belongs.
The Manitoba Camping Association Sunshine Fund is here to help children experience the benefits of camp. We would not be able to provide this support without help from our generous donors and granting agencies.
To apply for financial assistance, the Sunshine Fund application is available to download by clicking on the link below. To find out if you qualify for assistance, please review the Statistics Canada Low Income Cut-Off chart below. If you qualify, the maximum subsidy amount is $700.00 per child per year.
Sunshine Fund application
*IMPORTANT: Please ensure that your application is complete and includes all required documents. There is a checklist on page 4 of the Sunshine Fund application for your reference.
*Please ensure that your email address and phone number are PRINTED CLEARLY to avoid any delays with your application.
*See below the Income Cut-Off Levels For 2020 Sunshine Fund Application
2020 Income Table
Example 1 - A family of two people (parent plus child) who has an annual gross household income of $36,000 does not qualify for Sunshine Fund assistance as the Low Income Cut-Off is $32,899 for families of this size.
Example 2 - A family of four people (2 parents and two children or 1 parent and 3 children) with an annual gross household income of $42,000 does qualify for Sunshine Fund assistance as the Low Income Cut-Off for this family size is $49,106.
Applications are reviewed on a first come, first served basis. The number of children we can subsidize annually is dependent on public donations and grants that we receive.
Completed Sunshine Fund applications can be emailed, mailed, faxed, dropped off in person or left in our mailbox at the MCA office at 1215 Henderson Hwy, Unit F.
Tips to Apply
Camp is about creating lasting memories for your kids. But sometimes there’s more to it than signing up your child to spend the week away.
Below we’ve listed some helpful resources and tips for choosing the right camp, preparing for camp, and dealing with homesickness.
How to Choose a Camp
Manitoba and NorthWestern Ontario have many incredible, unique camps to choose from. What you need to do before signing up is determine which one will be best-suited to your child.
Location matters - Not all camps offer transportation services so it is important to confirm this with the camp. If they do not offer transportation, you will need to be able to physically transport your child to camp.
Your child’s age - Most camps offer programming for children that range in age from 6-17 years old. It is important to ensure that the session they are registered for is age appropriate for your child.
Interests - Knowing what your child likes or hopes to do at camp is an important factor when selecting a camp. Some camps offer more adventure based programming and physical activity than others. The variety of activities available varies from camp to camp so it is important to know what your child is interested in what experience he or she wants to get out of camp.
Preparing for Camp
Most camps will provide you with a list of things you’ll need to bring and some suggested items. But if it’s the first time away at camp, especially a sleepover camp, a little mental preparation needs to go into getting ready.
Give your child a sense of independence. Let them try packing their camp supplies themselves and do chores around the house.
Have sleepovers at a friend or relatives’ house. Even though these are familiar places, they are still not at home and can be useful practice for your child being away at camp.
Assure children that camp is a safe and fun place to be. Give them realistic expectations about what kind of fun they will have and let them know that at the end of the week you will be excited to hear all about it.
A great resource on tips for parents and campers on how to prepare for camp is at:
Dealing with Homesickness
It doesn’t happen to everybody, but when it does it can be a difficult experience for both the parent and the child. Even if you’ve practiced independence before sending your child to camp, he or she may feel the need to be at home with their parents.
Send a note and/or a care package - this will act as a reminder that you’re thinking of them and that you will be there when they get home to hear about their adventure.
Let a camp director know if your child might be apprehensive so they can make sure to include them in activities and help gently guide them through fun activities until they’re able to do it on their own.
Encourage your child to stay at camp the whole week.. If home-sick phone calls occur, it can help to remind your child there are only a few more short fun-filled days before heading. home.
Good advice for homesickness can be found at:
FIND AN ACCREDITED CAMP
The following list represents camps that are members in good standing with the MCA, and agree to comply with MCA standards on an annual basis.
WINNIPEG and AREA
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sunshine Fund applications will be suspended at this time.
We'll re-assess at the end of April. Those who have already applied, we'll contact you if anything changes after April 30.