Camp Hope 2017 Underway; Create Play Campaign Momentum Continues

July 28th, 2017

Phase one of construction concluded earlier this Spring and Camp Hope officially opened for its 61st season on July 5.  Since then, the campers have thoroughly enjoyed each themed week and all of the new features added to camp as part of the Create Play Capital Campaign.

From water balloon baseball on the new recreation field, to science experiments and arts and crafts under the new outdoor activity pavilion, to summer fun on the new splash pad aquatic feature and playground, there is no shortage of excitement at Camp Hope.

The Arc of Essex County is delighted to share with you an update on the status of the Create Play Capital Campaign. The generous support of individual and foundation donors has brought the campaign total to an impressive $139,451! Completed phase one projects include:

  1. New Accessible-Friendly Playground
  2. Construction of a Multi-Purpose, Outdoor Activity Pavilion
  3. Installation of a New Splash Pad Aquatic Feature
  4. New, Expanded Recreation Field
  5. A Complete Revitalization of the Existing Pool Pavilion Building
  6. New Basketball Court with Adjustable Height Backboards

The Arc of Essex County would like to thank the Dorothy B. Hersh Foundation for their recent $10,000 contribution towards the splash pad aquatic feature.  There are still a number of projects slated to be completed following the 2017 camp season.  Donations will enable The Arc to complete the projects in advance of the 2018 season.

Will you help us reach our $250,000 goal? The Create Play Capital Campaign focuses on the revitalization of campground recreation spaces and the addition of new recreational amenities. These newly created and enhanced spaces will provide the perfect backdrop for future summers packed with joyful memories.

To make a donation towards the Create Play Capital Campaign, visit or contact Senior Director of Development and Communication, Heather Comstock, at or (973) 535-1181 ext. 1224.