free camping Program

Camping Experiences for Underserved Youth and Families

Campland on the Bay Free Camping Program

This Campland on the Bay® Free Camping Program is provided in cooperation with the California Coastal Commission and is limited to underserved youth and families. In order to receive free camping, the California individual or organization sponsoring California participants MUST meet one or more of the following requirements:

  1. Underserved youth and families – means individuals or groups that have been historically excluded from accessing the benefits of coastal opportunities and/or disproportionately impacted by environmental burdens and includes low-income households; Black, Indigenous, and people of color; people with disabilities; youth who attend Title 1 schools (and their caregiver/s); and foster and transition age youth.
  2. Low Income individuals and families – “low income” is calculated using standards such as the Area Median Household Income for the county income limits as published by the California Department of Housing and Community Development, the Federal Poverty Level, and housing burden calculations published by the CalEPA Office of Environmental Health and Hazard Assessment.
  3. Organizations – means a school, nonprofit organization, or government agency that organizes, coordinates, supervises or refers groups or program Participants who are eligible underserved youth and/or families.

Please DO NOT complete the form below if you do not meet the above stated qualifications. 

A printable version of the form can be downloaded here.

Campland on the Bay Free Camping Program Application Form

Complete this form to certify you qualify for Campland's Free Camping Program for California underserved youth and families.

Background & Eligibility

This Campland on the Bay Free Camping Program is provided in cooperation with the California Coastal Commission and is limited to underserved youth and families. As determined by the California Coastal Commission, underserved youth and families include low-income households; Black, Indigenous, and people of color; people with disabilities; youth who attend Title 1 schools (and their caregiver/s); and foster and transition-age youth. See definitions listed in Exhibit A.

Contact Information - must be a California Resident. (Required)

Enter name, address, and other contact information for the Program Applicant.
Name
Address(Required)
Best phone number to reach you.

Free Camping Applicant

(List each camper - Maximum of 6 per campsite).

Camper #1 - Head of Household. (See Exhibit A for definitions.)

Name(Required)
Low Income?(Required)
Please select Ethnicity/Race.
Disabled?(Required)
Title 1 School?(Required)
Foster or Transitional Youth?(Required)

Camper #2 Information (See Exhibit A for definitions.)

All Information must be provided.
Name
Age of Camper
Low Income?
Is Camper #2 Low income - Yes or No
Please select Ethnicity/Race.
Disabled?
Is Camper #2 disabled - yes or no
Title 1 School?
Does Camper #2 attend Title 1 school?
Foster or Transitional Youth?
Is Camper #2 a Foster or Transitional Youth

Camper #3 Information (See Exhibit A for definitions.)

All information must be provided.
Name
Enter age of camper
Low Income?
Is Camper #3 low income - yes or no
Please select Ethnicity/Race.
Disabled?
Is Camper #3 disabled - yes or no
Title 1 School?
Does Camper #3 attend Title 1 school?
Foster or Transitional Youth?
Is Camper #3 a Foster or Transitional Youth

Camper #4 Information (See Exhibit A for definitions.)

All information must be provided.
Name
How old is Camper #4?
Low Income?
Is Camper #4 Low Income - yes or no
Please select Ethnicity/Race.
Disabled?
Is Camper #4 Disabled - yes or no
Title 1 School?
Does Camper #4 attend Title 1 school - yes or no
Foster or Transitional Youth?
Is Camper #4 a Foster or Transitional Youth

Camper #5 Information (See Exhibit A for definitions.)

All information must be provided.
Name
Age of Camper #5.
Low Income?
Is Camper #5 low income - yes or no
Please select Ethnicity/Race.
Disabled?
Is Camper #5 Disabled - yes or no
Title 1 School?
Does Camper #5 attend Title 1 school - yes or no
Foster or Transitional Youth?
Is Camper #5 a Foster or Transitional Youth

Camper #6 Information (See Exhibit A for definitions.)

All information must be provided.
Name of Camper #6
Age of Camper #6
Low Income?
Is Camper #6 low income - yes or no
Please select Ethnicity/Race.
Disabled?
Is Camper #6 disabled - yes or no
Title 1 School?
Does Camper #6 attend Title 1 school - yes or no
Foster or Transitional Youth?
Is Camper #6 a Foster or Transitional Youth

Additional Information Needed

Please enter a number from 0 to 6.
How did you hear about this program?

I (we) are interested in water sports rentals.
Economic Hardship
Please enter a number less than or equal to 6.
Campland can provide one sleeping bag for each camper that is experiencing extreme economic hardship.
Certification(Required)
Name for Consent(Required)
MM slash DD slash YYYY
MM slash DD slash YYYY

Thank you.

All participants and their guests must comply with Campland’s Rules, Regulations, and Policies, which can be found here https://www.campland.com/rules-regulations

This Free Camping Program is provided in cooperation with the California Coastal Commission and any information provided for the program may be shared with the California Coastal Commission.

Exhibit A

Title 1 School: A school that receives funds under the Title 1 federal entitlement program that provides funds to schools in need based on student enrollment, the free and reduced lunch percentage for that school, and other informative data. Any school that is eligible for and accepts funds under any programs authorized by Title 1 of No Child Left Behind  is a “Title 1 school”. Anyone can determine if a child’s school is a “Title 1 school” by searching the Public Schools database supplied by the National Center for Education Statistics at Search For Schools and Colleges (ed.gov) (https://nces.ed.gov/globallocator). Disability: In California, disabilities are broadly defined as conditions that limit a major life activity, including physical and mental disabilities, as well as medical conditions such as cancer or HIV/AIDS. Transition age youth are usually aged 16 -24 and transitioning out of foster care or juvenile detention facilities, youth who have run away from home or dropped out of school, and youth with disabilities (www.youth.gov). Low-Income individuals and: The phrase “low income” can be calculated by any of three methods:
  • using the Area Median Household Income for your county income limits as published by the California Department of Housing and Community Development income-limits-2021.pdf (ca.gov) (https://www.hcd.ca.gov/grants-funding/income-limits/state-and-federal-income-limits/docs/income-limits-2021.pdf). For example, a family of four living in San Diego, with a household income of less than $97,000, would qualify as low income to participate in the Free Camping Program.
 Family size 60% Income  65% Inc. 70% Inc. 80% Inc.
One $50,940 $55,150  $59,400  $67,900
Two $58,200  $63,050  $67,900  $77,600 
Three $65,460  $70,900  $76,350  $87,300 
Four  $72,720  $78,800  $84,850  $97,000 
Five  $78,540  $85,100  $91,650  $104,800 
Six  $84,360  $91,400  $98,450  $112,550 
Seven  $90,180  $97,700 $105,200  $120,300 
Eight  $96,000  $104,000  $112,000  $128,050 
  • using the United States Health and Human Services poverty guidelines for the number of persons in a family/household, which can be found here Poverty Guidelines | ASPE (hhs.gov)( https://aspe.hhs.gov/topics/poverty-economic-mobility/poverty-guidelines). For example,  under the 2022 Poverty Guidelines for the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia, the Poverty Guideline for a family of 5 is $32,470.
  • using the housing burden analysis to determine if the persons/household in a census tract is both low income (making less than 80% of their county’s median family income) and severely burdened by housing costs (paying greater than 50% of their income for housing costs). This information can be found at Housing Burden | OEHHA (ca.gov)( https://oehha.ca.gov/calenviroscreen/indicator/housing-burden. For example, census tract 6073015801 in El Cajon has 3,544 people, and 34 percent of people in this census tract are housing burdened low-income households.

Click here to download a printable form to be completed and emailed to freecampingprogram@campland.com or printed, completed and turned into or mailed to;

Campland on the Bay
Attention:  Kimberly McAnally,
2211 Pacific Beach Drive, San Diego, 92109

Eligibility

The manner in which I/we meet the qualifications of “underserved youth and families” in order to participate in the Free Camping Program is as follows.  The definitions of the categories are set forth in Exhibit A, attached.)

  • Low-income household (as defined below)
  • Black or African American
  • Person of color
  • Disability
  • Youth attending Title 1 School
  • Caregiver for the youth attending Title 1 School referenced above
  • Foster youth (under 18 years old)
  • Transition Youth (18 – 24 years old)

This program is for California residents only. Proof of residency is required.

Campland on the Bay’s Free Camping Program is provided in cooperation with the California Coastal Commission and any information provided for the program may be shared with the California Coastal Commission.

Exhibit A

Title 1 School: A school that receives funds under the Title 1 federal entitlement program that provides funds to schools in need based on student enrollment, the free and reduced lunch percentage for that school, and other informative data. Any school that is eligible for and accepts funds under any programs authorized by Title 1 of No Child Left Behind  is a “Title 1 school”. Anyone can determine if a child’s school is a “Title 1 school” by searching the Public Schools database supplied by the National Center for Education Statistics at Search For Schools and Colleges (ed.gov) (https://nces.ed.gov/globallocator).  

Disability: In California, disabilities are broadly defined as conditions that limit a major life activity, including physical and mental disabilities, as well as medical conditions such as cancer or HIV/AIDS.

Transition age youth are usually aged 16 -24 and transitioning out of foster care or juvenile detention facilities, youth who have run away from home or dropped out of school, and youth with disabilities (www.youth.gov). 

Low-Income individuals and: The phrase “low income” can be calculated by any of three methods:

  • using the Area Median Household Income for your county income limits as published by the California Department of Housing and Community Development income-limits-2021.pdf (ca.gov) (https://www.hcd.ca.gov/grants-funding/income-limits/state-and-federal-income-limits/docs/income-limits-2021.pdf). For example, a family of four living in San Diego, with a household income of less than $97,000, would qualify as low income to participate in the Free Camping Program. 
Family Size60% Income65% Income70% income80% Income
          One$50,940$55,150$59,400$67,900
          Two$58,200$63,050$67,900$77,600
          Three$65,460$70,900$76,350$87,300
          Four$72,720$78,800$84,850$97,000
          Five$78,540$85,100$91,650$104,800
          Six$84,360$91,400$98,450$112,550
          Seven$90,180$97,700$105,200$120,300
          Eight$96,000$104,000$112,000$128,050
     
  • using the United States Health and Human Services poverty guidelines for the number of persons in a family/household, which can be found here Poverty Guidelines | ASPE (hhs.gov)( https://aspe.hhs.gov/topics/poverty-economic-mobility/poverty-guidelines). For example,  under the 2022 Poverty Guidelines for the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia, the Poverty Guideline for a family of 5 is $32,470.
  • using the housing burden analysis to determine if the persons/household in a census tract is both low income (making less than 80% of their county’s median family income) and severely burdened by housing costs (paying greater than 50% of their income for housing costs). This information can be found at Housing Burden | OEHHA (ca.gov)( https://oehha.ca.gov/calenviroscreen/indicator/housing-burden. For example, census tract 6073015801 in El Cajon has 3,544 people, and 34 percent of people in this census tract are housing burdened low-income households.
  • using the United States Health and Human Services poverty guidelines for the number of persons in a family/household, which can be found here Poverty Guidelines | ASPE (hhs.gov)( https://aspe.hhs.gov/topics/poverty-economic-mobility/poverty-guidelines). For example,  under the 2022 Poverty Guidelines for the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia, the Poverty Guideline for a family of 5 is $32,470.
  • using the housing burden analysis to determine if the persons/household in a census tract is both low income (making less than 80% of their county’s median family income) and severely burdened by housing costs (paying greater than 50% of their income for housing costs). This information can be found at Housing Burden | OEHHA (ca.gov)( https://oehha.ca.gov/calenviroscreen/indicator/housing-burden. For example, census tract 6073015801 in El Cajon has 3,544 people, and 34 percent of people in this census tract are housing burdened low-income households.