Let Benefits.gov Help You Make Your Summer Count

Summer is approaching; the school year is wrapping up, temperatures are rising, and kids, students, and families are all looking for things to do. Benefits.gov has many resources that provide information on summer programs, ways to get outdoors, and staying healthy and active this summer.


  1. Explore the Outdoors: There are many ways to enjoy the summer weather. Soak up the sun by visiting a national park or trail.  You can get free help planning a trip, search for hiking tips and explore trail guides on Recreation.gov. You can even make reservations for private tours and find information on essentials needed for all your outdoor adventures. For more information, check out our news article on Great Outdoors Month!
  2. Get Involved and Learn Something New: For college and high school students looking for a summer fellowship, educational training, job, or outdoor activity, Benefits.gov has many resources for you. Students may be eligible for federal work-study and/or study abroad programs, such as Fulbright, offered by The Department of Education. The Department of Labor also has innovative programs for youth to explore, such as the YouthBuild and the WIOA Title I Youth programs. There are many ways to get the most from your summer by having fun, giving back, and expanding your knowledge base. Visit our Grants/Fellowships/Scholarships and  Volunteer Opportunities categories for more information.
  3. Stay Healthy:  As temperatures rise during the summer, it’s important to stay healthy and hydrated. Be sure to drink lots of water when engaging in outdoor activities, to avoid dehydration. If you can, focus on consuming 2-3 fruits and vegetables a day, and cut back on high-sugar meals. Although it may be hot, try to get active for at least 30 minutes a day. Benefits.gov has information on the National Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) if you or a loved one needs nutrition assistance this summer. Check out our news article on Summer Resources for additional trips.


Whether you are taking a family camping trip, attending a backyard barbeque, studying abroad, or picking up a new job, the summer months offer a host of opportunities to enjoy the beauty of our environment and explore programs aimed to grant new experiences. As always, we encourage you to take our Benefit Finder questionnaire to determine your eligibility for over 1,200 benefit programs.