Financial Assistance


Testimonials from our CMC Families

My daughter has been RAVING about her 2 weeks. She hasn't stopped recounting story after story. The Embassy Game was the highlight for her. One of the first questions she asked on our way home was: Can I go back next year? The best testament for a wonderful time. She LOVED it - Camp Parent, San Diego

CMC's major strength is to allow my young teenager to explore and understand who he is in a safe and happy environment - Camp Parent, Phoenix

CMC gives my child a sense of confidence in herself - Camp Parent, Los Angeles


Each year there are scholarships, incentive grants, and discounts available to all of our camp families. Some programs are strictly need-based (Scholarships), but other community programs/Grants (i.e. OHC, PJ Library, etc.) are available with minimal restrictions.

All personal and financial information is always kept strictly confidential, and our staff is always available to answer any questions you may have. We have provided information and options below to assist you.


At Camp Mountain Chai, we are committed to helping every camper experience the magic of Jewish sleep-away camp!

As our scholarship funds are limited, CMC utilizes a committee-based process to evaluate each each application based on the information provided.


*All Camp Mountain Chai Scholarships are based on need and subject to available funds.  The applications will be processed monthly on a rolling basis.

If at any time the CMC Financial Aid amount awarded exceeds the family balance (based on the family’s acquisition of additional outside awards post CMC’s distribution ) the amount awarded from our Financial Aid will be adjusted accordingly.

It is our expectation that families submit aid requests from other local funding sources, such as synagogues, federations, and Jewish Family Service.

The San Diego Jewish Federation and Leichtag Foundation generously provide funding to Camp Mountain Chai to allocate on their behalf, therefore an application to Camp Mountain Chai may, based on their qualifications, make you eligible for those resources as well.

For more information regarding Financial Aid please call our office at 858-499-1330.


Your local Synagogue
Most synagogues have camp scholarship programs for their members. Contact your local synagogue and inquire about how to apply for assistance. Deadlines are usually in January. Please contact your congregation to learn more.

Your local Jewish Federation
Most local Jewish Federations offer summer camp scholarships.  The Jewish Federation of San Diego County generously provides funding directly to Camp Mountain Chai for scholarship for CMC families, meaning you do not need to apply to Federation for funding. Families outside of San Diego county should contact your local Federation to find out about deadlines, applications, and qualifications.

Payment Plans – CMC is happy to work with our families to make paying for camp as seamless as possible. Please contact the CMC office at 858-499-1330 to discuss payment options.  Full balance must be paid prior to your camper’s arrival at Camp.

Jewish Free Loan Association
A Jewish non-profit lender will give interest free loans for camp. For more information visit the JFL website


ONE HAPPY CAMPER – First-time camper grant program

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All first-time Jewish overnight campers are eligible for one of the following incentive grants provided the camper has not attended an overnight Jewish experience for 12 or more consecutive days. Each incentive grant is its own program therefore cannot be combined.

Click HERE to begin your
One Happy Camper application

SAN DIEGO Residents – Sponsored by SD Jewish Federation

  • Ineligible if camper is currently enrolled in private Jewish day school
  • Resident of San Diego County
  • For questions please contact Janese Cassel at 858-737-7136 or
  • Family OHC Grants:
    1st Camper: 2 Weeks = $700 / 3+ Weeks = $1000
    Additional Campers: $500/each

PALM DESERT Residents – Sponsored by Jewish Federation of The Desert

  • Ineligible if camper is currently enrolled in private Jewish day school
  • For questions contact Rebecca Hope at 760-324 4737 or email her at
  • 2 Weeks = $700 / 3+ Weeks = $1000
  • Additional Campers: $500/each

LOS ANGELES Residents – Sponsored by LA Jewish Federation

  • Ineligible if camper is enrolled in private Jewish day school
  • Resident of Greater Los Angeles
  • For questions please contact Natasha Tobin at 323-761-8320 or
  • 2+ Weeks = $700 / 3+ Weeks = $1000
  • Additional Campers: $500/each


  • Entering grades (2nd – 10th) in the Fall
  • For campers who live in areas that do not have an active OHC program OR for those who attend Jewish Day School
  • 1st Camper: 2 Weeks = $700 / 3+ Weeks = $1000
  • Additional Campers: $500/each

PJ GOES TO CAMP (1 Year Grant) – Sponsored by JCamp180

  • Families must have participated in the PJ Library program
  • Includes all siblings and children who have “aged out” of the program
  • Children who are enrolled in Jewish Day School are eligible
  • Family must have been enrolled in the PJ Library program prior to 9/1/16.
  • Need PJ Goes to Camp code (Contact the office for assistance at 413-276-0735 or
  • 2 Weeks = $700 / 3+ Weeks = $1000
  • Additional Campers: $500/each

You must apply for the grants by visiting For further information and/or assistance please contact our office at (858) 499-1330.

While we list our regional One Happy Camper partners, many other communities also participate as a One Happy Camper partner. To explore opportunities in your area, please visit the One Happy Camper website.