For Immediate Release
Posted: January 18, 2023

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Kim Houghton, Communications Administrator
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Creating a summer of memories 

ReKINDling Curiosity launches its third year

CONCORD, NH — The New Hampshire Department of Education is launching its third year of ReKINDling Curiosity – hoping to ensure that every child who wants to attend a fun and engaging summer camp this year has the opportunity. 

“Summer camp is the perfect time to play outside, escape from the everyday pressures of school, meet new friends and make new memories,” said Frank Edelblut, commissioner of education. “ReKINDling Curiosity is a program that offers low-income families or children with disabilities a scholarship to attend a New Hampshire-approved overnight or day youth recreation camp.” 

In its third season, ReKINDling Curiosity has been a lifeline for 1,475 children who have been able to take advantage of scholarships to attend summer camp, which includes 318 recipients in the summer of 2021 and an additional 1,157 recipients in the summer of 2022. Since its inception, the program has provided $730,820 in summer scholarships using COVID-relief funding. 

In 2021, 40 camps participated in the program. With the growth of the program last summer, 97 camps participated and received funds. 

“Camp Hale is thrilled to be participating in the ReKINDling Curiosity program this summer. We want to make sure that every child who wants to attend our camp has the financial means to attend. With our newly renovated and expanded camp facilities in Sandwich, this is the perfect time to welcome campers of all abilities and income levels, and we are eager for a busy and fun-filled summer,” said Gareth Boone, director of Camp Hale. 

Using federal COVID-19 response funds, students with a disability are eligible for a $750 camp fee, and other eligibilities of $600 or $450 are possible depending on the family’s federal poverty level. For more details on the program, or to apply, visit ReKINDling Curiosity.