Shelburne Social Services Committee funds camp scholarships

The Shelburne Social Services Committee funded a number of scholarships for children to attend Shelburne Craft School camps and Shelburne Parks and Recreation Department camps this summer.

“We are so thrilled to receive these funds; with the help of the Shelburne Social Services committee and the Town, we will be able to offer more scholarships this summer, and for the school year to Shelburne kids and their families,” said Sage Tucker-Ketcham, executive director of the Shelburne Craft School, a local nonprofit. “It truly takes a village to support all the wonderful families here in Shelburne,” she said.

According to Betsy Cieplicki, Parks and Recreation director, “We get many requests each year, and do our best to work with the individual camp directors to offer discounts or waived camp fees, but that impacts their earnings directly, so it is limited, especially in smaller camps.”

Cieplicki said that Shelburne Parks and Recreation had a fund for many years, but it is depleted now and the department has no other direct funding other than occasional donations, typically from a local business. The department also tries to lower costs by waiving the portion of the camp fee that is budgeted for overhead.

There are two different ways to apply for a Shelburne Parks and Recreation camp scholarship. Registration forms are available at the Parks and Recreation office or on the town website at www.shelburnevt.org. A camp registration form can be obtained at theParks and Recreation office, filled out, and returned with a simple “scholarship requested” written in at the top. If a family is currently working with a school counselor at SCS, they could also inquire for help and the counselor will assist in getting the registration information.

The Parks and Recreation department would like to have all summer camp scholarship requests made by June 2. Questions about their summer camps or scholarship opportunities can be made to the Shelburne Recreation office at 802-985-9551 or email: bcieplicki@shelburnevt.org.

For the Shelburne Craft School, applicants are asked to complete a friendly, but thorough, online form that asks a few questions about their financial situation. Look for information and applications at: http://theshelburnecraftschool.org/news/about/programs-of-the-shelburne-craft-school/youth/ and the scholarship web page:

http://theshelburnecraftschool.org/news/about/scholarships/ . Questions about camps and scholarship opportunities can be made to the Shelburne Craft School.

Both directors emphasized that they work with Allen Miller, Shelburne Community School principal, as well as the school guidance office, to identify candidates that would benefit from the camper experience. The objective of the Social Services Committee is to address the needs of the residents of the Town of Shelburne through a variety of means and to support the organizations that serve them. Camp scholarships benefit not only campers, but parents who struggle with childcare expenses during the summer school vacation.

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