Help fund your trip to Camp America
We know it can be daunting coming up with the money for your flights and insurance and visa fee – but we have some ideas for you to help you get some support from others.
How much can you afford yourself – work that out first!
Work out how much you can afford yourself from the savings you already have, figure out how many weeks you have to save the balance and also how much you think you can save each week, and then figure out a plan on how you can save and or fundraise the shortfall.
Here are some examples of how some past participants have raised funds to go to camp.
  • Raffles – using donated goods from local businesses and community.
  • Selling cupcakes at school or uni and local markets
  • Mufti Day at school or uni.
  • Sausage Sizzles
  • Getting their story about going to Camp, with a photo into the local paper and then approach local businesses with the article – they will be more likely to support you knowing it’s for real.
  • In return for a donation – promising to speak at local clubs about taking a Gap Year on your return and what it did for you as a person
  • Selling old stuff they didn’t need like old phones, clothes, ipods etc on TradeMe
  • Getting the PE Teacher and Careers Advisor on board to help with fundraising projects at school.
  • Car Washes every weekend.
  • Selling baking/sweets at local businesses and clubs, schools, farmers markets
  • Asking everyone you know – friends and family – for an item form their pantry (or two) and make up some large Grocery Hamper and raffle it off.
Fundraising ideas for Camp America
  • Ask your family and friends to donate.
  • Ask for a donation instead of birthday or Christmas gifts.
  • Ask your employer to sponsor you. It’s worth a try!
  • Contact your local newspaper to write up about your goal and ask for support.
  • Sell unwanted items or hand-made crafts on Trade Me.
  • Mow the lawns or wash the cars of all your neighbours in your street – it’s a great way to get to know them too!
  • Host a fundraising event
  • Trivia night – invite 20 people for $10 each..
  • Movie night – invite 20 people for double the ticket price and sweeten the deal with some lollies or home-made popcorn.
  • Sponsored fun run/walk – ask for $2 for each km and boost your fitness!
  • Sausage sizzle – ask your local butcher for a deal on sausages.
  • Mufti or themed dress-up day at school or work – ask for a gold coin donation
Contact Local Clubs that support youth and send a letter to ask for donations of prizes for raffles, or other funding ideas/sponsorship. For example:
  • www.rotary.org.nz
  • www.lionsclubs.org.nz
  • www.rsa.org.nz
Community Groups
If you belong to a community group like a sports club, church or choir, ask if they have any fundraising ideas such as holding an event for you. Community groups are experts in fundraising!
Helpful hints for letters of application for fundraising support
  • Write a bit about yourself including, name, age, what region you live with and who you live with and what you do e.g. student/work. Explain that you have applied for Camp America and are seeking funding support – outline the total costs and what you have raised and saved so far.
  • Explain why you want to go and what you feel you will gain from the experience that Camp America will give you.
  • Outline what you are doing to fundraise for your trip and include the progress you have made so far. E.g. I have been saving money from my part- time job for my trip to Camp America and I also received $50 from my Uncle George for my birthday that I am putting towards my Camp America Trip. Be sure to include all your planned fundraising activities that you have coming up. E.g. Every 2nd Sunday I will be holding a car wash at the local farmers market.
  • Thank them for their time and consideration. Mention that you would be happy to come and speak with the club and learn more about the club and how you may be able to help in the future. Be sure to include your contact details and the best way to get a hold of you.
Some other Fund Raising Ideas for your Camp America Trip
Art Expo & Auction
An Auckland school hired the local yacht club for the weekend and invited local artists to exhibit paintings for sale. The school received 1/3 of the sales price for artwork sold. The opening Friday night was a gala night ($40/ticket) with wine and cheese, entertainment and an auction of some donated pieces of art. Over $30,000 was raised.
Kiwi Quiz Find-out-athon
A small Wellington Primary School ran a find-out-athon based around the great new NZ game Kiwi Quiz. Students were sponsored by friends, family & neighbours for the number of questions they answered correctly. Kiwi Quiz games were also sold as part of the fundraiser. This was a great educational activity and fundraiser, which raised about $4,000 for this small school.
Recipe Boo
An Auckland School recently produced its own recipe book. This high quality book had beautiful photos, glossy pages and great recipes. Recipes came from staff and prominent people in the community. The dishes were cooked and photographed by a member of the school community. The book was produced by volunteers. The printing costs were covered by sale of some tasteful advertising in the book. Families were encouraged to buy one book for themselves, and one as a gift. The books sold for $40 each, and the school raised about $100,000.
There are some donation sites you can use to fund raise for Camp America as well.
  • You can make a donation page on your Facebook account using the donate feature on PayPal. Here’s the instructions. http://m.wikihow.com/Make-a-Donation-Page-on-Facebook
  • Start a fund raising page on Give A Little and then share it with your friends and on social media – https://www.givealittle.co.nz/register
Hope this helps. Any questions be sure to let us know. And tell us what works for you.