Site Director Ian leads circle time at Tilden Outdoor Camp in Berkeley

Financial Details including Aid, Payment Plans

“I can’t express enough how transformational and impactful this camp is. Monkey Business Camp has been a part of my community and my ability to succeed as a student-parent and single mother. I’m truly grateful for the philosophy and actions of this camp.”

We want our camp to be accessible to all families, as it makes our camp a better place. The budget it takes to run a high quality, award winning camp with thoughtful programming and higher than average teacher pay is high.  We offer several options to defray the cost of camp tuition for families attending Monkey Business Camp programs. These include: Flexible Personalized Payment Plans, discounts for paying by e-check, Financial Assistance (20-75% off regular fees), usually for those making $100,000 or less, and gift certificates and coupons. Please find applications for each of these programs on this page, as well as details on how to submit coupons or gift certificates.



We offer these at NO COST and some can be paid out up until 8 months later (sometimes shorter, depending on time of registration). Choose a payment plan option during the online registration process on the checkout page.


You can claim a 1% discount, if you wish, by paying with your bank account and entering this code in the shopping cart: eCheck. Our processing fees are lower so we pass that savings along to you.

“”Thank you again and I look forward to sending my boys to the best summer program ever!”


Diversity, equity, and inclusion are important to us, as goals that we are continually working towards, and reason that some of you name in choosing our camp over others when you register. In acknowledgment of how systemic racism has affected the ability of Black, Indigenous, and other people of color financially, we give special consideration to applicants from these communities if they opt to share this information with us.

We offer awards for campers and CIT youth leaders, ranging from 20-75% off our lowest pricing tier. Usually $100,000 is our cut off point for applications, unless you have special circumstances. Our fund is supported by generally camp fund, which is helped by those folks who have slid up to pay the higher fees on our camp.  Also, throughout the year, our merchandise sales supports the fund as well as donations by individuals. MORE INFO HOW TO DONATE

Financial Aid spaces sometimes fill, so get in your applications as soon as possible, we cannot guarantee there will be aid for each camp up until their start dates.  Usually camps that have more spaces will stay open longer.

  • Summer Camp 2024 Financial Aid Application New Families-for former families, see note below to e-mail office.
    • Currently June 10-28 is closed to financial aid for campers-other sessions open and we will try to keep this updated, otherwise go to form and see details there for other dates.
  • Financial Aid Application for 2024-2025 School Year Camps (We will activate links once we are registering for these camps)
  • Former families who received financial aid in the past two years, if your financial situation is the same, for campers, please e-mail with camp dates you would like to request. For return youth leaders, please fill out a return youth leader interest survey and you can name you would like financial aid again. As long as we have financial aid still for that camp (sometimes aid closes), you would receive the same discounted rate as in the past.

Our daughter has been attending Monkey Business Camp for years and it is a highlight of the year. She loves being in Tilden all day, working on art, being creative, and making friends. We highly recommend Monkey Business.


If you have done work exchange with us before and are interested again, please inquire with the office and explain which sessions you are interested and if you would prefer a full or half trade. We do not have any other openings at this time.



All gift certificates and coupons must be received within one week of registration.

To use a gift certificate, register for camp online, and then call or email us with the code written in the lower right corner of the certificate. If you paid in full, we will process a refund, or if you’ve set up a payment plan, we will update your account with a credit in the amount of the certificate.

To use a paper coupon, first complete online registration, then write your child’s name & camp session attending on the coupon, then take a photo and text it to our office phone: 510-540-6025, and then recycle (can only be used once). If you paid in full, we will process a refund, or if you’ve set up a payment plan, we will update your account with a credit in the amount of the coupon.

To use a mobile coupon, click “redeem” yourself to be shown a three-word code phrase. Complete online registration, entering that code into the box marked “discount code”.

“We’re a Monkey Business family through and through.  Your values mean so much to us.”