Camp Scholarships & Low-Cost Summer Camps Around West Michigan

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It’s Time for the End of School Year Camp Scramble

Every year as the school year closes, many parents – myself included – begin scrambling to figure out what their kids will do once school’s out for summer. Some kids will head to daycare, others get to hang out with parents and friends, but many parents also find themselves looking at summer camps.

Our Summer Camps Guide lists many camps that would provide an AMAZING experience for our kids. However, many parents may not find these camps affordable and are just doing their very best to provide the basic needs for their families.

The good news for those of us in that boat? There are several area camps that are free, low cost, or even offer scholarships for those who can demonstrate financial need. Below are some of the our favorite affordable camps that kids love!

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Summer Camp Scholarships & Low-Cost Camps for Kids – Greater Grand Rapids


  • Onbase with GRPD – Ages 9-12. GRPD teaches kids baseball! Search onbase at the link to register.
  • Artworks – Ages 14-18. Students participating in the Artworks program will receive on-site job training and mentorship, and engage in art, design, and installation projects.
  • SHAPE – For boys and girls currently in 7th and 8th grade. A one-week day camp introduction to the health professions for boys and girls currently in 7th and 8th grades.


  • DC2 Student Day Camp (Design. Develop. Collaborate. Create) – for students entering 5th or 6th grade. A two day camp experience where students will solve real world problems by developing empathy, working in teams, building solutions, and reflecting. They will learn how to give their ideas shape, voice, and wings. $25
  • Girls Rock! Grand Rapids – For girls ages 8 -16. A week long summer camp that exists to empower girls and women through music. Each year, girls at camp get to participate in instrument lessons, workshops, band forming, song writing, and logo and album art creation. Priority acceptance is given to girls living in the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood.
  • Summer Art Camps at WMCAT – For all teens who have finished 6th – 11th grade. GRPS students receive discounted tuition, BUT camps are open to all current middle and high school students in the area. GRPS tuition is $20, some restrictions apply.
  • Camp Blodgett – Ages 8 – 13 years old for kids who live in Kent or Ottawa Counties. These week-long themed camp sessions aim to empower youth in West Michigan. Camp Blodgett offers a sliding fee scale.


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    Some scholarship funds are still available for Camp Greenwood! Fill out the request form online.
    Time is running out to register your child for the best week of their summer! Camp Greenwood still has some openings in some of their amazing camps. This overnight camp in North East Kent County (Greenville) features cabins on Woodbeck Lake with interior bathrooms and showers, fun and kind counselors and all kinds of camp games and activities. From kayaking to arts and crafts, from science experiments to building cardboard boats, your camper will make friends and create memories that will last a lifetime! Camps start on Sunday afternoon and end on Friday afternoon. (Late pickup on Friday by request.) A registered nurse and certified waterfront lifeguards are on duty at this highly rated ACA certified camp to keep your child safe. Register today!

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