Camp Hope 2015 Filled with Adventures, Sun, and Fun for 130 Campers

August 19th, 2015

On Friday, August 14th, Camp Hope’s 59th season came to a close. Throughout the summer, campers old and new enjoyed the seven themed weeks and programs.  Highlights included Around the World in Four Days concluding with a Fourth of July barbecue, Camp Spirit Week when campers dyed their hair crazy colors and mismatched their socks, and Active Adventure Week complete with a visit from the firefighters of East Hanover!

All of these wonderful activities and more could not occur without help from the following donors: The Newark Fresh Air Fund, The Orange Orphan Society, The Lillian Schenk Foundation, Novartis, United Way of Northern New Jersey, Ronald McDonald House Charities, United Way of Millburn/Short Hills, and Irvington CDBG.

Camp Hope is a seven week summer day camp program in East Hanover for campers with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Camp runs Monday through Friday, 9 am to 3 pm, starting in July and ending in August, with transportation provided for campers living in Essex County and the surrounding areas. Camp Hope provides traditional camp activities including supervised swimming and outdoor fun with modified sports, arts & crafts, and music. While enjoying these activities, attention is also given to daily living skills, peer interaction, socialization skills, and developing appropriate behaviors.

The 2016 Camp Hope Season will run from July 5 to August 19, 2016. The application will be available in early February. The deadline is rolling with a final deadline in late spring. Applications, deadlines, and additional details will be posted to The Arc of Essex County’s website in early 2016. Please visit for more information.