Welcome to Washtenaw Camp Placement Association (WCPA)
We have been awarding camperships since 1962 – more than 9,500 in all!
Campership Defined: A campership is one or two weeks of expense-paid summer resident camp, plus supportive services. Services may include clothing and gear, medical examinations, an orientation session with representatives of participating camps, and transportation to and from camp.
Mission Statement: WCPA believes that attending a summer resident camp is a unique life experience that provides children an opportunity for growth in social, emotional and physical well-being. Our mission is to connect at-risk youth to camps through community support.
Eligibility: The youth we place in camp would not have such an opportunity otherwise. We are happy to offer this enrichment possibility to students in Grades 5 and above next year who live and/or go to school in Washtenaw County. Applications are screened to determine which applicants would most benefit from a resident camp experience.
Area served: WCPA is the only camping program that accepts referrals from teachers and counselors in all Washtenaw county school districts, as well as from social workers in human service agencies throughout the county.
Process: WCPA campers attend several different camps at different times during the summer. Separated from their peer groups and making new friends, they are just kids like any other kids. One might say that the camp is a level playing field.
Campers: 47% of last year’s applicants were from Ann Arbor and 37% were from the Ypsilanti area. The remaining applicants were from Dexter, Manchester, Milan, Saline and Whitmore Lake. No applications were received from Chelsea. 46% of the applicants were female and 54% were female. Their ages ranged from 10 to 17.
Organization: WCPA operates with one part-time staff member and the dedication of dozens of volunteers who handle the screening and placement of the applicants, as well as the many other details involved in the operation of a small non-profit organization.
Camps: WCPA gratefully acknowledges the critical role of our partner camps who generously reduce fees for our campers. See the Partner Camps page for a list of the camps that currently work with us.
Questions? E-mail: CampPlacement@sbcglobal.net or call 734.971.4537