Who is Eligible?

Who is eligible?

We use eligibility for the free lunch program as qualification because it reaches children in low-income families, foster children and homeless children. We don’t open our doors and hope that those with the greatest need will walk in; the federal government has already identified the families which are at risk, and those are the families we assist.

Read about the free lunch program legislation and its history at the U.S. Department of Agriculture website, and view Michigan’s 2014-2015 application at Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application Form.

Until we are able to reach the whole county, we will invite as many children as we can afford, in the school district which has the highest percentage of eligible children: Ypsilanti Community Schools.

In addition, we will invite all 4th and 5th graders in the entire county who are homeless, victims of neglect or abuse, and foster children.

  • To reach 4th and 5th graders who are homeless during the school year, we are partnering with the Education Project for Homeless Youth, a project of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, which works to ensure that students in homelessness and temporary living situations enroll, regularly attend and succeed in school.
  • To reach 4th and 5th graders who are homeless during the summer, we are partnering with the SOS Community Center, which provides wholesome activities for homeless families throughout the year.
  • To reach 4th and 5th graders who are under the jurisdiction of the Washtenaw County Trial Court – Juvenile Division because of neglect or abuse, we are partnering with the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).
  • To reach 4th and 5th grade foster children we are partnering with the Department of Human Services Foster Care Division.

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According to the 2010 census, one in thirteen children in Washtenaw County live in poverty.

A full scholarship to camp is just a start for these families and children. First there’s the 40-minute drive to the camp bus or the one-hour drive to camp, which requires reliable transportation and gas money. Add to that the cost of essential camp gear such as a sleeping bag and duffel bag, and enough clothes for one or two weeks, and camp is out of the question.

SCS provides assistance every step of the way because these secondary outlays can be overwhelming for a family living from paycheck to paycheck. Click on Testimonials to hear the stories and read the notes of gratitude we receive from parents, children, and even a camp director!