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.


ONE HAPPY CAMPER – First-time camper grant program

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All first-time Jewish overnight campers are eligible to receive incentive grants up to $1,000 provided the camper has not attended an overnight Jewish experience for 12 or more consecutive days.

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



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.



Military scholarships will be offered according to the following policy:

  • At least one parent is active duty or retired military
  • At least one parent identifies as Jewish
  • Parents will be required to prove eligibility and fill out pre- and post-camp surveys.  Please fill out our pre-camp survey here.
  • If a family has more than 1 parent on active duty, scholarship will be awarded based on the highest pay grade.
  • Need-based scholarships will continue to be available for families requiring additional assistance
  • Scholarship levels will be based on pay-grade using the following table:
Pay Grade Scholarship (% off)
E1-E6 75%
E7-E9 60%
W1-O4 50%
O5-O10 40%
Veteran/Retired 10%

Note: May not be used in combination with any other discount. Kavanah and SIT campers are not eligible.


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