Although it may be months away, now is the perfect time to start planning for summer camp. For children and adults alike, camp is an eye-opening experience for individuals to learn about themselves and to make meaningful and lasting relationships. Most importantly, summer camp is a whole lot of fun. The first step is deciding the best summer camp for you. Whether that is a surf camp, a science camp or an outdoor adventure and cultural enrichment camp, there are many options. The second step is funding your summer camp adventure. Here are fundraising ideas!
Crowdfunding is an ideal platform to drum up support from friends, family and others in your community, social network and beyond. Remember, you must be 18 years old to start an online fundraiser, so enlist the help of your parents to help set up your campaign if your are under 18. Create your fundraiser with a compelling story about what you hope to gain from summer camp, along with plenty of good photos and a video to further illustrate your ambition and the enriching experiences you hope to gain. Then make sure to share it several times via social media and email and encourage your connections to do the same. See our Fundraising Tips page for online fundraising best practices to ensure a successful campaign.
Supplementing your online fundraiser with unique ideas such as offline events and ongoing promotions is an ideal way to keep the momentum going throughout your campaign.
Six Great Fundraising Ideas for Summer Camp
1. Show Someone the Ropes
If you are attending a camp that is designed to help you learn or perfect a skill set, you can offer to teach donors afterward. For instance, those planning on attending a photography camp can offer various promotions such as lessons in film photography or a crash course in Photoshop to potential donors in return for helping fund your summer camp experience. In your online fundraiser, simply include what promotions you plan on offering upon your return. Individuals can indicate which promotion they are interested in when they donate.
2. Wigging Out
One way to motivate people to donate to your campaign is to inspire them by giving back yourself. You can pledge to grow your hair out, have it cut and donate it to be made into a wig for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. If you lead by example by showcasing your compassion, others are likely to follow in your footsteps by donating to your campaign.
3. Community Cleanup
Volunteer to clean up a local park, beach, river or other natural area and reach out to people in your community to sponsor you in the form of a donation to your campaign. Ask donors to give an allotted for each pound of trash you clean up. This will not only help you bring in funds but also help to maintain the natural beauty of your neighborhood. People will likely jump at the opportunity to both help you and their community.
4. Bag It
Head to your favorite local grocery store and ask if you can donate your time to help bag groceries in return for a donation to your campaign. You can talk to the customers about your summer camp goals and provide them with a flyer containing a link to your campaign to raise awareness and expand potential donor reach. Ask the store owner if you can also post the flyer at the entrance so shoppers know you are bagging groceries in exchange for campaign support.
5. Get Crafty
Create something that embodies your dream to go to summer camp, such as a dream catcher. Rally some of your friends together and ask them to help you craft a bundle of dream catchers to sell to potential donors. Gather some simple materials like colored string, feathers, beads and wire and get those creative juices flowing. You can showcase photos of the dream catchers on your campaign page so donors can indicate which one they want. You may consider asking donors to add a few dollars to their donation to cover shipping costs.
6. Parents Night Out
Offer to help parents in your community get the date night they deserve. Whether they need babysitting or pet sitting, you can offer your services on Friday and Saturday nights so that they get some necessary time off to have some fun. This is a promotion you can offer every weekend until you go to camp, and you may even get some repeat clients.
Campaigns We Love: Three Awesome YouCaring Summer Camp Fundraisers
1. Daisy’s 100-Mile Walk From Bannerman to Bluff
In an effort to raise funds for a camp she helped create, Daisy Crone walked the length of Eleuthera, Bahamas, a total of 100 miles in January 2016. In conjunction with their local library, she and her friends created the camp, Project Cay, in summer 2015 for the children of Governors Harbour, Eleuthera. Daisy used YouCaring to raise funds to purchase necessities such as food for the kids and supplies for enriching activities, including sports games and art programs. She shared the campaign plenty of times and persuaded her network to do the same, and also posted numerous photos of her walk and the camp. She has raised $6,450, surpassing her fundraising goal by $2,450.
2. Help Send High School Students to Woodleaf Summer Camp
Dexter Masland made the selfless decision to start a fundraiser to help five high school kids go to Camp Woodleaf in the Sierra Nevada foothills. By taking on the role as a Camp Champion, he aims to help sponsor these kids’ summer camp experience to repay them for all the smiles they have brought to his face. As a volunteer leader, he hopes to offer these students the opportunity to both gain support and to have fun. Including the Woodleaf Summer Camp promo video in his campaign gallery was a great way to illustrate the impact the camp can have on kids.
3. Support Taylor in Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps
Taylor Smith was invited for his second summer to participate in the Blue Stars’ prestigious band camp. He took to YouCaring and started a campaign so people could help him achieve his dream. His desire for excellence and professionalism are mirrored in the mission of the Blue Stars, and he is excited to further his music education even more.
Get Set for Camp!
Ready to create your own summer camp campaign? YouCaring makes the setup process simple so you can have your campaign up and running within minutes. With no platform fees, more money goes toward making your summer camp dreams a reality. Start your summer camp fundraiser today.