Camper Scholarships

To be considered for a camper scholarship you will need to fill out the Camper Scholarship Application and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) eligibility form. The SFSP eligibility form is available from a link below. We ask that you and your child take the time to fill out the necessary forms completely, and return them to Pathfinder Ranch by the following dates order to be eligible for consideration:

  • First Round of Applications: Due March 13th, 2021
    • Applicants will be notified by March 20th, 2021
  • Second Round of Applications: Due April 11th, 2021
    • Applicants will be notified by April 26th, 2021
  • Third Round of Applications: Due May 9th, 2021
    • Applicants will be notified by May 24th, 2021


Once we receive the application we will review it and make our decision based on the timeline above. The Summer Camp Scholarships will be awarded based on need and available funding. Scholarships will be applied to your account balance and are applied only to the Summer Camp registration fee.

Named Scholarships

Pathfinder Ranch is proud to be able to offer a select number of named scholarships funded by sponsors. If you would like to be considered for one of the named scholarships listed below, please include a note in your regular scholarship application and your camper will automatically be considered for the named scholarship you note as well as for a scholarship from our general scholaship fund. 

HomeLight Summer Camp Scholarship

The HomeLight Scholarship is available for Summer Residential, Summer Day, and Early Explorers Day Camp participants who are the children of Essential Workers. This scholarship will cover $370 of camp fees and is sponsored by HomeLight. You can learn more about HomeLight and their work here.

Application Forms:


How does the Scholarship work?
Families who would like to receive financial assistance to pay for Summer Camp are encouraged to submit a Summer Camp Scholarship Application. The amount of the scholarship will be applied to the final invoice for the Summer Camp Registration, reducing the cost of attending Summer Camp. Scholarships will not be distributed as cash.
Where do the Scholarships come from?
Our Scholarship Fund is the result of generous donations from community members, clients, and philanthropic organizations. One of the largest contributors to this fund is the Palm Springs Pathfinders.
What is the Summer Food Service Program?

The following excerpt is from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service website: “The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. This summer, USDA plans to serve more than 200 million free meals to children 18 years and under at approved SFSP sites.”

As an approved site, we receive funding from the federal government for providing meals to eligible campers. We are then able provide an additional reduction to camper fees. You can read more about the SFSP here.