Camp Hope Season Starts Strong

The 66th season of The Arc of Essex County’s Camp Hope is off to a fun start, as more than 200 campers will enjoy a variety of games and activities with their peers this summer.

Starting the week of July Fourth, camp fittingly kicked off with “Holiday” theme week, celebrating holidays such as Halloween and Valentine’s Day in the summer sun. Other theme weeks have included “Discovery Days,” with rocket ships, robots, and fossils; “Splish Splash,” with water-based fun and the annual Camp Hope Car Wash; and “Travel Through Time,” with pirate and Wild West activities. August will bring theme weeks such as “Roll Out the Red Carpet,” “Color Wars,” and “Destination Vacation.”

The camp season lasts seven weeks, and camp days feature arts and crafts, games, and music, along with swimming, sports, and other traditional camp events. Safety precautions remain in place, but the most strict COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted for the summer of 2022.

Of the 205 campers registered to attend this summer, 43 benefitted from the expanded transportation services funded through The Arc of Essex County’s spring appeal donations, and The Arc thanks those donors for making a difference in the lives of campers and their families.

Camp Hope is a summer day camp for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities located in East Hanover. Operating since 1956, camp runs Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, visit To request a tour and for questions regarding the application process, contact Laurie Best, Senior Director of Children & Adult Day Services at (973) 535-1181 x1264 or