Financial Assistance & Info


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

Scholarships, Grants and Discounts



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 third-party to process and 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 and are due by March 15.  Any application received after the deadline will be subject to available funds.

**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.


PAY IN FULL: Available through December 31st
$200 off per camper for payment in full at time of enrollment.
$100 per camper for the Rishonim sessions.
(NOTE: Pay In Full does not apply to the Kavanah or SIT programs)

Register by October 31st and pay by eCheck to meet or beat our 2018 rates and receive our 2019 Early Registration Gift.
(NOTE: Discount does not apply to the Kavanah or SIT programs)

Any family that sends two or more children are eligible to receive a $75 discount per child.

Receive $100 off your summer tuition for each camper you refer to CMC.

– Support camp and save money!

  • Host a “Mountain Chai Mingle” at your home (receive a $100 credit simply for hosting) 
  • Invite at least three families who have not sent their child(ren) to CMC in the past.
  • CMC Staff will bring snacks, drinks, and everything else to make this a fun and informative experience for both kids and parents.
  • Receive an additional $100 off your tuition for each new camper that registers for camp as a result of the event.
  • Call the CMC office and speak with our Director, Dan Baer, for details and more information at 858-499-1330.

Thank you for your service!
-Any camp family who has at least one Jewish parent currently serving active-duty will receive 75% off their total camp tuition.
-Any camp family who has at least one Jewish parent that is a military veteran will receive 10% off their total camp tuition.
Note: May not be used in combination with any other discount. Due to the nature and cost of the Kavanah and SIT programs, this discount does not apply.

Jewish Communal Professionals (30 hours or more per week) receive 25% off summer camp fees. Thank you for supporting our Kehillah (community)!

*Percentage based discounts are taken off the base rate of the session, after other discounts, grants, and incentives have been applied. Atid trip fees and other add-ons will not be discounted.


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
The Jewish Federation of San Diego and most local Jewish Federations offer summer camp scholarships. 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 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

  • Entering grades (2nd – 10th) in the Fall
  • Ineligible if camper is currently enrolled in private Jewish day school
  • Resident of San Diego County
  • For questions please contact Brenda Silvers at 858-737-7146 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

  • Entering grades (2nd – 12th) in the Fall
  • 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

  • Entering grades (2nd – 10th) in the Fall
  • Ineligible if camper is enrolled in private Jewish day school
  • Resident of Greater Los Angeles
  • For questions please contact Rebecca Huberman 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 The Grinspoon Foundation

  • 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.