Welcome to Washtenaw Camp Placement Association (WCPA)
We have been awarding camperships since 1962 – more than 9,300 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. In addition, a Reunion Picnic is held each autumn for campers and their families.
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 5-12 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: Of 109 campers in 2013, 59% were from Ann Arbor, 29% were from the Ypsilanti area, and the remaining campers were from Dexter, Manchester, Milan, Saline and Whitmore Lake. No applications were received from Chelsea. 53 of the campers were female, and 56 were male.
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 we worked with in 2013.
Questions? E-mail: CampPlacement@sbcglobal.net or call 734.971.4537