Camp Hope Fun Rolls Into August

Week after week this summer, campers have had the chance to try fun new experiences and enjoy an array of activities at Camp Hope, all tied into the weekly and daily themes organized by camp staff.

August kicked off with Color Wars week, which featured color days (red and orange on Monday, yellow and green on Tuesday, and blue and purple on Wednesday, with associated crafts), followed by a rainbow-filled Thursday that included tie-dyeing, and the annual (very messy and fun!) color run and color war on Friday.

Next up was “Once Upon a Time” week, which took campers through days that focused on Mickey Mouse, Star Wars, Moana, Toy Story, and Frozen. The week also featured a Zumba class, a visit from an ice cream truck, and a block-printing lesson from Studio Arc.

The final week of the summer was Barnyard-Palooza, with farm animals each getting their day: piggies on Monday, lambs on Tuesday, chickens on Wednesday, horses on Thursday, and cows on Friday, with games and crafts to go with each. Campers also enjoyed tote bag project from Studio Arc, and the annual end-of-summer party.

The Arc of Essex County thanks our Camp Hope campers and their families, as well as our incredible camp staff, for another summer full of special and lasting memories. We are already looking forward to our 68th season in 2024!

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 seven weeks in the summer. 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