2013 CentriKid Prep #4: Camp Fundraising Ideas

Raising money for camp can often be an overwhelming task, and yet, it is also one of the most important things to plan prior to camp. That’s where we come in! We’ve put together a list of fundraising ideas to help you make sure you get the money you need for camp and to help even more kids have the opportunity to hear about Christ this summer at CentriKid. Check out the list of fundraising ideas below:

  • Envelopes This is a new idea we heard about from Angela, one of our awesome group leaders in East Texas. Collect standard envelopes and number them from 1 to 100. Place the envelopes on a table in a central location in your church, and then ask members to take an envelope (or more than one) and simply return it with the corresponding amount of money inside. This provides a wide spectrum for folks that can give a little or folks that can give a lot, and the total you will raise if every envelope is returned is $5050!
  • Plan a Meal Sunday afternoon meals are a great way to earn money for camp. Encourage kids to serve as waiters and waitresses. Some meal suggestions include spaghetti, chili or soup, sandwiches, or pancakes. These are all low cost meals, so you will have very few expenses to deduct from the funds you raise.
    Tip: Instead of setting a particular price, ask for donations. Many guests will be very generous.
  • Compile a Cookbook Encourage kids, parents, and families in your church to submit recipes for your cookbook, compile all the submissions, then print the book and sell it in your church or community. You can get your cookbook spiral bound at a company like FedEx, or to save money, punch holes in your pages and place them in a folder.
  • Car Wash This is a fun way to serve others and earn money for camp. Make sure to announce the time and location of your car wash to the members of your church.
  • Scholarships Ask members of your church to sponsor individual kids from your group. This can be anonymous if you choose.

Check out these links for even more fundraising ideas from our team at CentriKid Camps, and please comment with your ideas! We love to hear about new ways to earn money for camp.

Fundraising Tips

2012 Fundraising Ideas

2011 Fundraising Ideas

Making Sure Everyone Gets to Camp

Fundraising Idea…Kroger Cares

Fundraising // Waiting Tables

2010 Fundraising Ideas

Henry Dutton

Henry received a MA in Christian Studies and a BA in English, both from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. He began working for CentriKid in 2008 and joined the office team in 2012.


ON 02.19.2013 Sandra Golightly SAID:

Our church has a simple meal every Wednesday night before all of our regularly scheduled activities. We don’t plan the meal or cook – that’s handled by the adults that usually take care of it. Our campers weight the tables for tips by helping adults or other children carry their trays to their seats, refilling drinks, removing dirty dishes from the tables. I have bright lunch sacks on the table with a sign stuck to it them that thanks diners for their tips explaining that their tips go to help offset our kids cost to attend summer camp. We publish the dates our kids will be working for tips in the bulletin and sometimes have members who contribute if they can’t be there for the meal.

This isn’t a big fundraiser for us but it is something our campers (those whose parents are paying their registration and those going to camps on scholarships) can do to have ownership in raising money to help with the cost of their camp registration.

ON 03.13.2013 Susan Peyton SAID:

We allow our kids to sell stock certificates of them selves to members of the church to help defray the cost of camp the certificate can be for any amount and then when we return we have a shareholders meeting and the kids share their experience from camp

ON 04.13.2013 Jana VanBlaricum SAID:

Another fun idea is a kickball/dodgeball tournament. $5 – $10 a player and include adults. It’s fun and a low to no overhead. you can advertise it in the local paper and schools. Everyone loves to play and it takes no special skill or equipment.

ON 04.22.2013 Nicholas Wilson SAID:

I’ve used this one for Mission Trips and Youth Camp Trips. Buy boxes of M&M Minis and give tubes away to church members. Ask them to return the tubes with quarters in them. The tubes hold $14 worth of quarters. We always advise them if they don’t have quarters that we will take cash & checks. We’ve raised LOTS of money with this one.