2021 Camperships

Affording camp can be a challenge.

Campership opportunities are available to help defray the cost of attending 4-H Camp Shankitunk. Application deadline is March 31st! We will accept late applications as long as funding is still available.

Applications for camp scholarships can be requested from the 4-H Office in Hamden by calling (607) 865-6531.  You can also apply online or download a PDF (see bottom of page). Delaware County Social Services may have scholarship monies available for youth of families currently receiving services. Please contact the Youth Bureau or Social Services directly.  If you are not located in Delaware County, please check with your local youth services organization to see if they are able to assist in sending your child to Camp. The Camp Committee will make every effort to award camperships based on desire to attend camp by carefully evaluating your story.  If your child is awarded a campership, we ask that they write a Thank You card and send it to our office. We will share these thank you letters with the appropriate donor on your behalf.

Lennox Campership Fund

Available to Delaware County residents who live on a bonafide farm. The Lennox Campership will pay a portion of the camp fee. No form necessary, check box on camp application. Funds are limited, so please apply early. 

Gladstone Family Campership

Has been set up so that all Delaware County 4-H members can attend camp at a reduced fee. To be eligible you need to be: A Delaware County 4-Her; if a new Delaware County 4-Her, you must be enrolled by March 31 and all other 4-Hers must have completed 4-H the previous year. The Gladstone Family Campership will pay a portion of the camp fee. No form necessary, check box on camp application. Applications for camperships are ranked in the order they are received.  

Pat Gladstone Memorial Campership

Given by her family. The Gladstone family has been active in 4-H for years. A Delaware County youth will receive a full campership.

The Madelyn Sanford Campership

Given in memory of Madelyn by her family. The family would like to award this campership to a Delaware County camper who plans to take counselor-in-training classes (14 years of age & older) to become a camp counselor. Winner will receive a partial campership.

The Carley Memorial Campership

Given by the Carley family from Stamford. Harold Carley was a former 4-H Agent in Delaware County; David Carley was a 4-H member and leader; Marilyn Carley was a leader; and the Carley children attended camp and were employed at 4-H camp. A Delaware County camper will receive a full campership.

The Peg Ruff Memorial Campership

Given in memory of Peg who claimed to be the oldest living Delaware County 4-Her, she was a 4-H member in 1923. This campership will provide 2-3 Delaware County Youth, ages 11-13 years old, based upon need and desire to attend camp, with a partial campership. This campership is provided by relatives of Peg Ruff.

The Terry Kaufman Memorial Campership

Terry enjoyed working as a camp counselor and Activities Director at 4-H Camp Shankitunk. 2 partial camperships for Delaware County youth will be awarded in his memory by Terry's family and friends and through proceeds from Maple Weekend at Catskill Mountain Maple. Apply by filling out the campership application and answering the essay. This essay should be separate from other camperships you are applying for.

The Owen Kelly Memorial Campership

Owen absolutely loved everything about Shankitunk, and even though it was only a few weeks each summer, Shankitunk was part of his life year round. Owen made numerous 'forever friends' and lifelong memories at this magical place. Owen would want everyone to share in the Shankitunk experience; so this campership has been created for deserving children in need who would enjoy Shankitunk as much as he did.  This campership is open to all eligible campers age 8-16 regardless of where they are from. The campership will pay the complete cost of camp for one camper each week.  In their application essay, applicants should discuss why they want to attend camp Shankitunk and would need financial assistance.  In addition, applicants should submit one letter of recommendation (download at bottom) from a teacher, 4-H leader, clergy, or friend of the family explaining how camp will help this child with high potential to grow as a leader, learn skills, and make friends at camp, when they may not otherwise have the opportunity.

Michael and Erin Martucci Family Foundation

The Michael and Erin Martucci Family Foundation hopes to inspire others to make a positive impact on the communities around them. They strive to do great things for those around them and have generously agreed to sponsor local youth wishing to attend 4-H Camp Shankitunk who may not otherwise have the opportunity to do so.

Van Mierlo Campership

This award is generously given by the Van Mierlo Family. Laura Lynn(Marzec) of Downsville, NY, and Johan van Mierlo met while working at 4-H Camp Shankitunk nearly 30 years ago. Johan returned to work at camp from his home country, the Netherlands, for two additional summers. He and Laura Lynn started a family together. Their two children also attended 4-H Camp Shankitunk for multiple years.  Camp was an important part of their lives and they wish to give back to their community through scholarships to camp. Their wish is that all kids have access to the positive experience camp can provide. Their support aims to overcome financial and application barriers. Youth with the highest need may not always apply, so recruiting them through the help of and connections with local schools and youth service organizations will be encouraged.

Lister/Korwan Campership

This award is generously given by the Lister and Korwan families who come together annually to offer a full scholarship for a Delaware County youth. This year, the recipient will also receive a keepsake hooded sweatshirt to wear on those chilly camp nights.


Applications are due by June 15th. We are thrilled to announce that we've been selected as a recipient of SCOPE funding this year to cover the cost of 5 youth to attend camp and with the supplies needed to do so! 

Do you qualify?

  • Child must attend a public school or public charter school (documentation required)
  • Family must be income eligible (documentation required)
  • You may be a new camper or returning camper
  • Youth residing in Nassau County or some areas of the Adirondacks will be given preference; this is not a requirement to apply though.

The application requires a written statement from the camper on why they wish to attend camp. A commitment to your schooling, is also required. Note: A letter from your child’s school or referring agency (other than camp) stating that the child is enrolled at public or public charter school and qualifies for free or reduced lunch, is acceptable in lieu of two separate forms of documentation. This must be on official letterhead from the organization and signed by an official school or appropriate organization representative.

Anonymous Friends of 4-H & Service Clubs

Established by anonymous friends for partial camperships to Delaware County youth. Includes, but is not limited to . . . 

  • The Richard Coulter Memorial Campership- is given by 4-H friends of Richie to a Delaware County youth. Richie was an active 4-H member and attended camp each summer. His 4-H Club, The Spring Peakes, was responsible for setting up this annual campership. Winner will receive a partial campership.

  • Dann Memorial Campership - The Janet and Raymond Dann Memorial Campership provides a partial campership for a Delaware County 4-H member between 11 and 13 years of age to attend 4-H Camp Shankitunk. The award is based on interest in camping and 4-H activities at the Delaware County Fair.

  • The Nettie Axtell Campership - is given by friends of Nettie. Nettie was a 4-H leader for 22 years with the Study and Fun 4-H Club. Interest from donations will provide a partial scholarship to a Delaware County camper.

The Campership Committee will make every effort to award camperships based on desire to attend camp by carefully evaluating your story/application.

Other Scholarship Opportunities:

Parisian Foundation Camperships

The Ricky J. Parisian Memorial Scholarship Foundation will sponsor several $100 Campership opportunities in summer 2021 to assist youth in defraying the cost to attend summer camp. Youth from the Oneonta area and Otsego County are eligible to apply.

Chenango County 4-H Leaders/Volunteers Association

Provides some funds for youth to attend a 4-H summercamp of their choice.  Youth must be enrolled 4-Hers in Chenango County to be eligible for this award. For more information, or to obtain an application, please visit Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chenango County's website or call  607-334-5841.

Sullivan County 4-H Member Campership

This campership is provided by CCE Sullivan County to assist youth in attending 4-H Camp Shankitunk. Youth must be a currently Sullivan County 4-H member and is based upon a first come first serve basis for partial camperships. Please contact CCE Sullivan County office at 845-292-6180 to request the application.

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