An Action-Packed Start to Camp Hope 2021

July 29th, 2021

The Arc of Essex County’s Camp Hope team is once again creating a memorable and fun camp experience for scores of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Opening on June 28, Camp Hope’s seven-week season kicked off with “Operation Discovery,” a theme that took campers on science and exploration adventures. From the ocean to outer space, there was plenty to learn and many quests to complete, including a nature scavenger hunt.

Through July, the camp featured a variety of theme weeks. “Holiday Week” gave campers a summer dose of Halloween fun and Valentine’s Day magic, plus a 65th birthday for Camp Hope, complete with a “pin the color on the rainbow” party game. Highlights of “Water Week” included wet and wild relay races, water balloon baseball, and the annual camp car wash. “Pirate Week” had campers exploring the seven seas and going on a treasure hunt. And the month closed out with “Spirit Week,” including days that featured crazy hair, hats, and socks, tie-dye, and the Camp Olympics.

The Arc of Essex County is bringing the joy of camp to approximately 165 campers in 2021. Although there are still COVID-19 restrictions in place this year, those who attend will experience all that camp has to offer, including swimming and water play, field recreational activities, dance parties, arts and crafts, socialization, and more.

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., starting in late June and ending in August, with transportation provided for campers living in Essex County and surrounding areas. 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