Summer camp can be an amazing learning experience. Unfortunately, it can also be very expensive. But it is possible to attend summer camp for virtually no cost. Here’s how to save money on summer camp:
Be aware of any scholarships the camp itself may have. But also look for scholarships elsewhere. I personally got a scholarship from UNCG’s Summer Music Camp by writing an essay for the Bandmasters Association in our area. I was then awarded a scholarship from the Howren Music Company.
Some tips for getting scholarships may seem fairly simple, but few people do these. Some people think they shouldn’t apply for a scholarship because they won’t have a chance, but many scholarships can go unclaimed because of this. So always apply for relevant scholarships. Trust me, it is worth your time.
When actually applying for the scholarship, my best advice is write in your voice, because that will be what sets you apart since you are unique. People that write in a cookie-cutter format won’t stand out, and they won’t get the scholarships.
My scholarship covered most of the cost for the actual camp tuition. But then it was a matter of saving for snacks, souvenirs, instrument maintenance, and other necessities.
To save up I recommend asking someone who has been already how much money you should bring that way you can get a ballpark idea. Then determine how much time you have before camp and set aside money each month until you have enough.
To save money, you can pack your own snacks and water so you don’t have to go to vending machines. In my case, I packed simple snacks like granola bars, but I didn’t bring water, and I regretted it.
I also made sure to bring valve oil and slide grease so I wouldn’t need to spend money to buy more. I figured that the prices of those items at camp would be double what they were at home.
Also keep in mind that while souvenirs are nice, they aren’t must-haves, so if you find yourself struggling to raise money just realize it might be best not to buy the $40 sweatshirt.
And if you absolutely need a souvenir, check the clearance section of the store. That is how I saved $10 on the shirt I bought.
But the most important thing to remember is to just have fun. Learn something new, get better and enjoy yourself. In the end it will be worth the hard work on savings, I promise.