Scholarships

Scholarships are available for qualified campers and can be applied for by following these steps.

Initial Application

Complete the Initial YMCA Scholarship Application form

If you prefer to submit a paper application, you can download the form and submit it to the Customer Service Center.

The initial application considers your annual income and the number of adults and dependents in your household. Scholarships are awarded to align with your individual circumstances. This initial application applies to all YMCA programming including Camps. You will receive an email notification from the YMCA Customer Service Center indicating the initial scholarship amount available to you.

Secondary, Widji-Specific Application

If the initial scholarship award does not meet your family needs, we encourage you to initiate the second part of our Scholarship process by replying to the award notification email with a request for an “exception.” Please indicate Camp Widjiwagan as your program of interest in this reply. 

You will receive a follow up email asking for a narrative that explains your need for additional assistance. You will be asked to answer the following questions:

  • Are there any additional circumstances that we should be aware of and take into consideration? Please include unusual expenses or debts that affect your monthly budget as well as any financial changes that may have happened over the last two years.
  • If applicable; please have your camper share why they want to attend camp this summer.

Widjiwagan’s Camper Services Committee will receive and review these requests in an anonymous format and consider additional scholarship awards. Please note, committee review can take up to 14 business days. You will be notified of the outcome via email. 

We recognize that Widji trips stretch the financial resources of many families. The Widji Administrative Team and Board raise funds annually to ensure that these powerful experiences are accessible to all interested campers. We encourage enthusiastic campers to register and apply for a scholarship. The majority of families who apply for a scholarship receive some assistance. Campers who opt to withdraw because their scholarship award does not meet their financial needs can receive a complete refund of any tuition paid including their deposit.

Volunteer Credit

As an option to reduce some of the cost of Camp, Widji recognizes volunteer work with trip credit. This volunteer opportunity is limited to advanced campers (Explorer, Advanced Explorer, Voyageur, and Mountaineer trips) and financial aid applicants on a first come first serve basis.

For each 8-hour chunk of volunteer hours an eligible camper submits, they will receive the equivalent of the cost of 1 day of camp off the total cost of their session. The maximum amount a camper can earn is the cost of 3 days for a total of 24 hours of volunteering. 8 hours of service is equivalent to 1 day and not more than 3 days will be accepted. We do not accept partial days.

Traditionally, we ask that campers restrict their volunteer hours to the academic year preceding their session. However, we recognize that many of our campers have unused volunteer credit from canceled 2020 trips and understand the challenges of volunteering over the 2020-2021 school year. We will accept volunteer hours logged during the 2019-2020 school year in addition to those logged during the 2020-2021 school year for summer 2021 volunteer credit.

Volunteer Report Form

Please feel free to call the Widji Office at 612-822-2267 with any questions.

Anti-discrimination policy

In the operation of the Summer Camp Food Service Program, no child, as defined by the Program regulations, will be discriminated against because of race, sex, color, national origin, age or handicap. Any person who believes that a child has been discriminated against in any USDA-related activity should write immediately to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington D.C. 20250