Camp PALS tuition

The tuition for Camp PALS is $1400. We recognize that this amount is beyond the reach of some of our families, and we want to ensure that no one ever feels that PALS is not for them due to financial reasons. We fundraise year-round so Financial Aid can serve 100% of requests.

Why $1,400? That’s the direct costs per Camper, on average, across 14 programs in 2018.  Despite almost all our staff being volunteers, housing and feeding 1.2 staff members per Camper adds up quickly.

Tuition payment suggestion

To aid families in completing the Financial Aid application, we have set tuition payment suggestions based on annual household income. Please understand that we know that every family has different living situations and needs so feel free to request an amount not represented below:

Sliding Scale

financial aid support

We are always looking for ways to lower our costs and welcome any ideas or suggestions you have. Last year over 32% of our families received financial aid directly from PALS and 14% worked with outside entities (state funds, local Arc chapters, local Down syndrome associations, churches) to fund their child’s tuition. We do our best to update this guide of outside funding opportunities to help you in your search. 

Camp cost breakdown

Here's a breakdown of our costs for reference:

  • $544.42 - Housing

  • $417.19 - Food

  • $129.42 - Transportation

  • $131.23 - Centralized Program Costs (apparel, background checks, insurance, etc.)

  • $78.38 - PALS Leader Training & Travel

  • $59.61 - Supplies

  • $40.03 - Programming

  • $1400.28 - Total Program Cost


PALS Programs operates with an annual budget of about $936,000. To see additional details, please check our our annual report or our most recent 990. We rely heavily on the support of our generous partners, as well as the dedication of our many donors that participate in our annual fundraising campaign. Every year, the PALS staff team works to raise $180,000. These funds are put towards the administrative costs that give PALS the bandwidth to support all of our programs at the highest level as well as our Financial Aid Fund. 

Have more questions about PALS costs? Contact our Managing Director, Julia at