the project ember scholarship fund

Project Ember is committed to increasing access to our summer day and overnight camps through full and partial scholarships. Our scholarship fund is comprised of internally allocated resources as well as community donated gifts. We believe project-based education promotes curiosity, creativity, collaboration as well as self-reliance and empathy. These skills pave the way for a life of connection and fulfillment, no matter one’s personal definition of success. We are striving to build a robust and safe program within reach for all interested kids while maintaining our commitment to competitively compensate a staff of talented professionals at industry leading staff:camper ratios.

Girls planning their design


If camp is outside your means, you are welcome to apply for tuition assistance. You can do so by submitting a scholarship application in our registration system and informing us of the amount of assistance needed to make camp a possibility for your family. The application is free to submit; once an application is approved, you may set up a flexible payment plan to best suit your needs. Scholarships will be awarded as funds and space allows on a first-come, first-served basis.

If it is your first time using our registration system:

  1. Please create an account in UltraCamp. Once you have added the primary adult, you must also add each child as separate individuals on the account.

  2. Click "Make a Reservation" to get to the scholarship application page. You can navigate here either by clicking on the "Reservations" menu at the top of the page or by using the shortcut listed under "Common Tools" on the account page.

  3. Select the child from whom you are applying for a scholarship from the account members list. You will need to submit a separate application for each child in need of a scholarship.

  4. Our scholarship application is the first option on the session selection page. Please mark the box, and click register at the bottom of the page.

  5. You will be asked to confirm individual details on the account and fill in some brief questions about your need. On this page, you will be able to indicate which session(s) of day or overnight camp you would like to attend as well as the price you would prefer to pay for the session.

  6. Lastly, you'll be asked to sign our waiver, which will be transferred over to your registration should we be able to award the requested scholarship.

  7. You're all done! Check your inbox for a confirmation email. We will follow up with you within two weeks of receiving your application.

If you are a returning family:
Please follow the directions above starting at step 2. Please note, the process has changed from our first year. You only need to fill out the free scholarship application. and we will follow up to finalize your registration and place you in one of the requested sessions. Please do not attempt to register for the individual session you’d like to attend. You are no longer able to complete a registration for an individual session at a reduced price.

Feel free to contact us should you have any questions about the process!

Contributing to the fund:

Economic diversity is far more than a feel-good quality. It’s foundational to a healthy camp where kids learn empathy, how to work on a team, and how to listen to and incorporate different perspectives and creative ideas. We are committed to making sure families from across the economic spectrum have access to our camp and community.

We have said yes to every single financial aid application we’ve ever received. It’s a feat we are incredibly proud of and hope to continue indefinitely. We need your help to make sure we can keep saying yes.

  • In 2016 we gave out over $13,000 in scholarships

  • In 2017 we gave out over $21,000 in scholarships

  • in 2018 we gave out over $38,000 in scholarships

Help us reach an all-time high in 2019.

Apprentice - $10-$100
We all start somewhere!  Any size gift allows us to build up to full and partial scholarships.
Journeyperson - $325
You're honing your craft.  This gift allows us to offer one half-scholarship. 
Artisan - $675
You've completed your training! Send one kid to camp with a full-ride scholarship.
Grandmaster - $1750
The student becomes the teacher.  This generous gift provides three kids with full-ride scholarships to day camp or one child with a full-ride scholarship to overnight camp.
Guild Member - $3000
You're invested in the future of your craft.  This far-reaching gift provides one child with a full scholarship to overnight, one child with a full scholarship to day camp, and another child with a partial scholarship to day camp as the finishing touch.  



thank you to all our contributors