“How much does it cost to run a PoH camp?”
This question gets asked a lot, so we thought we’d share the numbers with you. Have a look at the chart below to see a breakdown of expenses. In short: approx. $30,000 to run an 8 day camp on Cortes Island.
The question that usually follows is “How much do you make in tuition, and give in scholarships?”
We brought in nearly $15,000 in tuition per camp. And we gave an additional $15,000 in scholarships per camp. Thanks to our amazing donors and a provincial grant, we were able to fund 50% of the overall cost.
The Cortes Island camp experience has always been the heart and home of the organization, and that tradition will continue; but this year, we’re looking to move one of the camps to the lower mainland. This will help maximize donor dollars, as the expense of running camps on Cortes Island are quite high. For example, as you’ll notice on the chart, the cost of just getting participants to a remote location like Cortes is over $10,000. There’s another great reason for stretching our wings: taking one of our camps closer to a large population base will reach a greater diversity of youth and reach new stakeholders.