CDSS camp scholarships are a vital part of creating inclusive and welcoming spaces at camp. Scholarships help make our programs financially accessible to people who couldn’t otherwise afford to come.
In 2019, we awarded over $45,000 of scholarships, all made possible by generous donations from CDSS members and supporters, and by fundraising auctions at camp. If you are able, you can make a donation to scholarship funds when you register for camp to help us share the magic of camp with as many people as possible.
How to apply
When you register for camp, the registration form will give you the option to add a scholarship application for yourself of any other member of your party. You can also log into CDSS Commons after registration to add a new scholarship request or edit details.
Check out the scholarship options below for specific application instructions. If you are applying for a scholarship and are unable to pay the $150 registration deposit, please call (413-203-5467, x101) or email (email@example.com), and we can process your scholarship application without a deposit payment.
When to apply
All scholarship applications received by March 21 will be processed together, and applicants will be notified by March 25. Applications received after this date will be processed on a rolling first come, first served basis for as long as funds remain.
Your registration deposit is fully refundable if we aren’t able to offer the assistance you need to attend.
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Types of Scholarships
|Scholarship||Sessions||Award Amount||Requirements||How to Apply|
|Work Scholarship||All||$200||Ages 14+, 90 minutes work per day||With registration|
|Named Scholarships||All||Varies||Eligibility criteria varies, no work required||With registration|
|Canadian Scholarship||All||Varies||Attending camp from Canada||With registration|
(preference for Cascade of Music & Dance and Dance, Music & Spice)
(reduces camper fee to $415 at Pinewoods and Cavell, $445 at Ogontz, and $385 at Louise)
|90 minutes work per day, some photography experience and own equipment required||Register, then fill out this additional form|
|Pinewoods New Generation Initiative (PNGI)||All Pinewoods sessions||Varies||Ages 15-30 (especially first-time campers)||Registration not required; use this form to nominate yourself or use this form to nominate someone else|
|Affiliate Matching Scholarship||All||Varies, CDSS will match the amount contributed by your local Affiliate group||A scholarship from the camper’s home Affiliate for CDSS to match||Registration not required; use this form to apply|
Description: Work scholarships reduce the camper fee by $200 and generally entail about 90 minutes of work per day. All campers have a job to help camp run smoothly, and work scholarship recipients just have a little more to do than others. The extra work shouldn’t interfere with class time, so campers receiving work scholarships will still be able to fully participate in the program. The type of work required varies depending on the facility and program. It can include washing dishes, helping the camp staff with set up and tidying for parties and other camp events, and assisting the camp director with various other tasks.
Who can apply? All campers age 14 and up are eligible for Work Scholarships.
How to apply? Start by registering for your chosen camp program (see Registration page). On the registration form, indicate that you’re applying for a scholarship and fill out the additional form.
Description: Named Scholarships are established to honor individuals who have made exceptional contributions to CDSS’ mission, or to support a particular educational purpose. These scholarships are usually offered in addition to a work scholarship, and they allow for a larger reduction in the camper fee than the work scholarship alone.
There are a variety of Named Scholarships with different purposes and eligibility criteria. You can view a list of them below, but you won’t be asked to apply for a specific one.
Who can apply: Anyone with financial need can apply for a Named Scholarship. Based on the input you provide in your application form, we will choose which one is the best fit for you.
How to apply: Start by registering for your chosen camp program (see Registration page). On the registration form, indicate that you’re applying for a scholarship and fill out the additional form. You will be asked to provide details about your community involvement, financial needs, and what you hope to gain from coming to camp. This will help us match you to an appropriate Named Scholarship.
2022 COVID-19 Update: We recognize that it may be difficult for Canadians to attend our programs this year, but this scholarship remains available to anyone who is able to travel and we hope to offer it in future years as well.
Description: CDSS is setting aside $3,000 of Scholarship funds to help Canadians attend our camp programs. This is in recognition of the additional costs involved in international travel and currency exchange. Our Canadian members and Affiliates are a valuable part of CDSS, and we want to make sure they have access to our camp programs.
Who can apply: All scholarship applicants living in Canada are eligible.
How to apply: Start by registering for your chosen camp program (see Registration page). On the registration form, indicate that you’re applying for a scholarship and fill out the additional form.
Description: CDSS is looking for talented photographers and videographers to help document our camps. This is a work-exchange position where you would receive a discounted place at camp in exchange for acting as our official photographer. The amount you would have to pay for the camp week is $415. We would expect you to spend approximately 90 minutes per day working as a photographer, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the camp week.
How to apply: click here to fill out the application form.
Pinewoods New Generation Initiative
Description: The Pinewoods New Generation Initiative (NGI) is a scholarship program offered by CDSS in collaboration with Pinewoods Camp. Full and partial NGI Scholarships are available to help young people on limited budgets access transformative experiences that might otherwise be unavailable to them.
Who can apply: NGI scholarships are designed to help people in the 15-30 age range who need financial assistance to come to Pinewoods, especially those who would be coming to camp for the first time. Candidates with leadership initiative are also encouraged, in keeping with our mission that our camp programs should support participants in bringing the magic home to their local communities, but enthusiasm and a desire to participate fully in the program are the most important.
How to apply: NGI scholarships require a recommendation from a community member who knows the intended recipient. Do you know someone who meets these criteria and would benefit from a magical camp experience?
To nominate someone for an NGI scholarship, or if you have any other questions about the process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out this form. You can also nominate yourself (please fill out this form. . In this case please give the name and contact details of someone in your community who could act as a reference.
Note: for an NGI scholarship you do not need to register yourself through CDSS Commons – please email (email@example.com) to register, or fill out this form.
NGI recipients are asked to write a letter after they return from camp describing their experiences. View these on the Pinewoods website to get a sense of how transformative this experience can be.
Affiliate Matching Scholarships
Description: CDSS has almost 300 Affiliate groups across the USA and Canada, representing a broad range of dance, music, and song organizations. Through our Matching Scholarship program, CDSS matches contributions made by Affiliate groups sending their members to camps. For example, if the group offers $200, CDSS will match this amount, and the camper will receive a $400 scholarship. CDSS offers a guaranteed match up to 50% of the camp fee – so if the group pays this much, then the recipient goes for free! If the Affiliate offers more than 50% of the camp fee, we may be able offer a travel grant to the recipient.
Are you a leader or organizer of a CDSS Affiliate? Your group can benefit from supporting members of your community to participate in our camp programs. Our camps provide high quality instruction from some of the best musicians, callers, and dance teachers. We aim for participants to go home at the end of the week feeling inspired and bringing new skills to put into practice in their local communities.
In 2019 we provided Matching Scholarships to 14 people with a total award of over $5,500. In 2020 we aim to increase the reach of this program and hope to match every offer from an Affiliate. In the event that requests exceed the available funds, priority will be given to applications from people who haven’t yet attended one of our camp programs.
Who can apply: All CDSS Affiliate groups are eligible to nominate members of their community.
How to apply: To apply for a Matching Scholarship, please complete this form This application form serves as the camp registration and the recipient does not need to register themselves through CDSS Commons as well.
List of Named Scholarships
|Scholarship Name||Intended Use/Recipients||Description|
|CDSS Scholarships||To supplement work scholarship as needed||These supplement work scholarships in cases where the need exceeds the normal work scholarship award.|
|The Youth Scholarship||Ages 15 – 30 (Pinewoods & Louise) or 13 – 30 (Cavell)||This fund is used specifically to make our adult weeks financially available to youth age 15 – 30 (13 – 30 at Cavell). Used in conjunction with a work scholarship, this fund could reduce the camper fee by 1/3 to 1/2.|
|Canadian Scholarship||To support campers from Canada||This fund allows us to offer extra support to Canadian scholarship applicants to offset the costs of international travel and currency exchange.|
|Ed & Marjorie Potter Family Scholarship Fund||Families attending Cascade of Music & Dance||In honor of Ed & Marjorie Potter’s legacy of supporting, and celebrating the magic of intergenerational dance, music, and song throughout their lives, and especially through many years of bringing their own grandchildren with them to CDSS’s family programs at Buffalo Gap, Timber Ridge, and Pinewoods camps: family and longtime friends of the Potters have established this fund in order to create opportunities for more families to experience that magic.|
|Steve Adams Memorial Fund||Morris/sword dancers with financial need||Steve Adams was a longtime dancer with the Marlboro Morris Men, Thames Valley International, and the Green Mountain Mummers, who died on September 11, 2001. His family and friends asked that we set up a memorial scholarship fund in Steve’s name. The fund offers scholarships at CDSS summer programs to ritual dancers with financial need.|
|Christoffer Carstanjen Scholarship||All weeks||This scholarship is made possible by a gift from the family of Christoffer Carstanjen. Christoffer was a dancer and a Pinewoods camper from a young age; a member of the Berkshire Morris as a teenager; and part of the Marlboro Morris Men until his death at age 33 on September 11, 2001. He will be remembered for his generosity, his positive spirit, and his unquenchable good humor. His teammates dubbed him “Mr. Wonderful,” a nickname he adopted with enthusiasm. It is the wish of the family to celebrate his life and to pass on his spirit of generosity with this scholarship, which was made possible through donations from friends, family, and the dance community at large.|
|Early Music Leadership||Promising students of early music who have not previously attended||Provides annual scholarships to CDSS’s Early Music Week at Pinewoods, to promising students of Early Music, with leadership potential, who have never been to Early Music Week.|
|Grace Feldman Fund||Promising students of Early Music Week; staff at Early Music Week||This fund was established in 1991 to honor Grace Feldman, longtime Program Director of Early Music Week at Pinewoods. Grace is a member of the Playford Consort, and teaches at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven. The fund supports Early Music Week in many ways, including funding apprentice and special faculty at Early Music Week and providing scholarships for students of Early Music Week faculty.|
|Mary Kay Friday Memorial Scholarship Fund||All adult dance weeks||This fund was established in 2001 after Mary Kay’s death, through gifts from her many friends. Mary Kay, of Washington, DC, was a dancer and dance caller, and an invaluable organizer in both the Folklore Society of Greater Washington and the Baltimore Folk Music Society. She served on the CDSS Governing Board and Executive Committee from 1988 until her death, including a term as Secretary, and had been a CDSS representative to the Pinewoods Camp board since 1999. The Fund provides scholarships to our adult dance weeks for those who might otherwise be unable to attend, as a legacy to Mary Kay’s spirit of inclusiveness and joy.|
|May Gadd/Phil Merrill Fund||Aspiring leaders and teachers of English or American Dance||The Gadd/Merrill Fund was established in 1979 to provide funds for special programs that advance the aims of the Country Dance and Song Society. May Gadd was a guiding light for CDSS from 1927 until her death in 1979; she served as National Director until 1972. Phil Merrill was Music Director for many years and inspired numerous musicians and dancers; he died in 1985. The Fund is used each summer to grant scholarships for aspiring leaders and musicians at our summer programs.|
|Michele Godbout Memorial Scholarship Fund||Young folk singers and musicians||The Godbout Fund was established in 1976 in memory of a bright young dancer and folk musician, active in CDSS until her accidental death at age 18. The Fund aims to provide two permanent scholarships to Pinewoods Camp, one at Harmony of Song and Dance and one to a dance week. The intent is to award the scholarships to persons who would greatly benefit from the Pinewoods experience and who could not otherwise attend.|
|Ed and Christine Helwig Fund||People involved with dance research and reconstruction||This fund was established in 2000, in memory of Ed Helwig, longtime dancer and CDSS supporter from Larchmont, NY. Ed was one of the founders of the Country Dancers of Westchester, and was a notable fundraiser for Pinewoods Camp. With his dedicated interest in historical dance manuscripts, he was a lifelong inspiration and support to his wife, English dance leader and historian Christine Helwig. The unique and valuable function of this fund is primarily to provide scholarships and other support for dance research and reconstruction.|
|Bob and Kathleen Hider Fund||English country dancers at English Week and Cascade of Music & Dance||The Hider Fund was established at the request of the family of Bob and Kathleen Hider of New Jersey upon Robert’s death in 1996. Kathleen joined CDSS in 1927 when it was still the English Folk Dance Society, and held the highest award given by EFDSS, the Folk Certificate in English Country, Morris, and Sword Dancing. She died in 1991. Robert was a longtime member of CDSS who was involved in folk dancing from his teen years. He was a teacher of English country, morris, and sword dance, as well as a square dance caller and folk singer. The Fund provides scholarships specifically for English country dancers to attend our summer programs.|
|John Hodgkin Scholarship Fund||All family programs with preference for families who are new to CDSS camps.||John Hodgkin of Philadelphia and New York City was a longtime CDSS supporter and our treasurer for many years. He worked tirelessly during his life in support of our programs and activities. (Pinewoods English and Family Week campers will long remember him as the Hobby Horse.) This fund was established by gifts from his family and friends after his death in 1994, for use at our family weeks, with preference given to those who haven’t previously attended.|
|Jennifer Wedgwood Lehmann Scholarship Fund||Recorder and viol players at Early Music Week||For many years throughout the 1980s, Jenny Lehmann of New Jersey was a member of the Early Music Week at Pinewoods faculty. The memorial fund was established in 1993, seeded by donations from the Princeton Recorder Society and by Jenny’s husband. It provides a scholarship to Early Music Week for recorder and viol players.|
|Peter Redgate Memorial Scholarship Fund||Dancers and musicians aged 15 – 30 with financial need at English Dance Week||The Redgate Fund was established in memory of Peter Redgate, a dancer and musician from London and Toronto, Ontario, who died in 1999. Peter was born in England, and danced on several morris and country dance teams there before immigrating to Canada in 1958. He was an active dancer and musician in both London and Toronto. Because of his skill and grace as both a dancer and musician, he was much in demand by English country dance groups and morris teams. The Fund provides scholarships to English Dance Week at Pinewoods, giving particular preference to applicants between the ages of 15-30.|
|Karl Rodgers/PMM Scholarship||Morris and sword dancers, leaders, or musicians||The Karl Rodgers scholarship is made possible by an annual gift from the Pinewoods Morris Men, who offer it in memory of Karl Rodgers. Karl was a founding member of the Pinewoods Morris Men in 1964. A few years later, he helped found the Village Morris Men in New York City; soon afterwards, he helped establish the Greenwich Morris Men. He was squire of the Pinewoods Morris Men in 1972, and started the team’s newsletter, which became the springboard for the American Morris Newsletter. Karl’s other main interest as squire was in providing aid for morris dancers to attend the English dance sessions at Pinewoods, for the purpose of eventually becoming teachers and foremen themselves. His efforts led to the PMM Scholarship, which was established by the team in 1974. After Karl’s death in 1978, the team formally renamed the scholarship in his memory.|
|Bruce Weigold Scholarship Fund||Folk singers and musicians; morris and sword dancers, leaders, or musicians||This scholarship fund was created to honor Bruce Weigold (1954-1990), funded by donations from his family and friends. Bruce was an artist, a blacksmith, and a printer, as well as a dancer, musician, and instrument maker. He was a founder of the erstwhile Rose and Thorn Morris team. The scholarship is awarded to a wide variety of campers, reflecting Bruce’s many interests – a folk singer or folk musician, or a morris or sword dancer, leader, or musician.|
|Janie Winkles Scholarship Fund||English Dance Week, with a preference for people from the South||Janie Winkles of Little Rock, Arkansas, was a member of CDSS and a Pinewoods camper for nearly 20 years until her death in 1996. She was a founding member, officer, and teacher of the Arkansas CDS, and squire of the Arkansas Traveller Northwest Morris and Garland Team. The fund in her name was created by friends and fellow dancers to be used for scholarships to English Dance Week at Pinewoods, with a preference for people from the South.|