National Youth Camps

Camps offer children the chance to feel like they belong. Camps build confidence and help children feel in control of their lives.

Camps create long-lasting friendships. Every child deserves the chance to go to camp.

Applications will open March 15, 2019. Check back soon for more information.


You may qualify for a grant for your child to go to camp for a week at an accredited camp :

  • Up to $700 for a week-long residential camp
  • ​Up to $400 for a week-long day camp
  • Up to $1,100 for a week-long residential or week-long day camp for a special needs child

Eligibility criteria

Supporting documents required during application process

Dependents of deceased Canadian Armed Forces members

No documentation required.

Dependents of ill or injured members of the Canadian Armed Forces being supported through the Joint Personnel Support Unit (JPSU)/Integrated Personnel Support Centre (IPSC)

Copy of posting message to JPSU/IPSC, or
Letter from Chain of Command, or
Copy of Member Personnel Record Resume (MPRR) indicating diagnosis of illness or injury.

Dependents of Canadian Armed Forces members who are currently deployed, on a prolonged course or training program, scheduled for deployment, or serving away from their families

Copy of deployment message, or
Copy of prolonged training course or tasking record, or
Letter from the Chain of Command supporting the deployment.

Special needs dependents and/or one sibling per special needs dependent of Canadian Armed Forces members

Diagnosis letter from a medical organization or representative.

Military families who do not fit the above eligibility may still be considered

Nominated by a superior within their Chain of Command.

The Canadian Armed Forces member must be the parent or legal guardian of the child.


Application Process:

  • Select an accredited camp in your province or territory
  • ​Submit the Support Our Troops National Summer Camp Grant Application Form
  • Applications will be reviewed by the Support Our Troops Camp Committee
  • If approved, you will receive a grant approval email confirmation within two weeks of final submission (please be sure to check your Junk email folder regularly)

Receiving the Grant:

  • Grant will be issued after you provide a final paid camp invoice and proof of attendance, such as a descriptive testimonial along with photos or a letter from the camp
  • ​Four to six weeks after we receive your final camp invoice and proof of attendance, the grant will be deposited directly into your bank account
  • The last day to submit paid invoices is 30 September
  • ​If you choose to register a child for camp prior to receiving a grant approval, you are responsible for the fee if your grant is not approved
  • Grants are intended to help with the cost of camp fees only. Other use will be subjected to the Code of Service Discipline.

  • Reserve Force members must be on a current contract of 180 days or more; and

  • Grants are for one week only per child per summer.

  • Residential or day camps must be accredited by provincial camp associations.

  • Residential or day camps may include Personnel Support Program (PSP) or municipally run programs.

Accredited Camp Associations:

Canadian Camping Association
BC Camping Association
Alberta Camping Association
Saskatchewan Camps Association
Manitoba Camping Association
Ontario Camps Association
Association des camps du Québec
New Brunswick Camping Association
Camping Association of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
Newfoundland/Labrador Camping Association (709) 686-2363

Popular Summer Camp Locations:

Camp Maple Leaf
Camp Manitou (Manitoba)
PSP Summer Camps
Muskoka Woods Camp
Camp Thunderbird YMCA
Camp Kéno
Frontier Trails Summer Camp
Camp Imadene
Camp Trois-Saumons
Circle Square Ranch
Camp Summit