Attending camp is often the highlight of a child's summer! To ensure everyone gets a chance to experience it, the United Way of  Greater Waterbury offers the Campership Program for children ages 5 - 18 who are members of low-income families in Bethlehem, Cheshire, Middlebury, Prospect, Southbury, Thomaston, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott, or Woodbury. Campership enables children to attend one summer camp session, and they are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Greater Waterbury YMCA accepts the campership for Camp Matuacha and Camp Oakasha! You may qualify for two weeks free of camp. 

Apply today!

To qualify for the Greater Waterbury Campership Program, Campers must reside in the United Way of Greater Waterbury ten-town area (Bethlehem, Cheshire, Middlebury, Prospect, Southbury, Thomaston, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott, and Woodbury.)

  • Children must turn age five by June 1, 2023 (proof required)
  • For households that do not receive SNAP benefits, proof of household income must be submitted when applying. NO APPLICATION WILL BE APPROVED WITHOUT PROPER DOCUMENTATION. (Documents include: two recent paystubs, SNAP benefits letter, W2, etc.)
  • All SNAP recipients must provide proof of current SNAP benefits.
  • Awarded Campers will receive one free camp session at a participating camp per year. 

Camperships will be awarded first-come, first-serve basis while funding is available.

The 2023 Campership Application must be filled out in full to be accepted. 

2023 Campership Application


Please note that the campership will be denied if not attached to this form. Proof of income must be submitted for the application to be processed. If you have SNAP benefits, only upload a picture of your SNAP card.