Camp Hope Hiring; DCF Funding Deadline Approaching

March 26th, 2021

Do you know someone looking for a fun and exciting summer job? The Arc of Essex County’s Camp Hope is hiring!  Join us for a virtual Camp Hope employment information session on Tuesday, April 13th to learn about open positions, what to expect, and participate in on-the-spot interviews.  Available positions include:

  • Certified Life Guards
  • Counselors
  • Camp Nurse
  • 1:1 Behavioral Counselors

Camp staff must be available for the entire 2021 camp season which begins June 28 and concludes on August 13.  Mandatory training will take place approximately one week prior to the beginning of camp.  Staff hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – approximately 4 p.m.  Additional requirements may be required for certain positions.  Sign on bonuses are available for individuals hired as certified life guards or a camp nurse.

To register for the April 13 Camp Hope employment information session, contact Melissa Falletti-McCarthy at

DCF Funding Deadline Approaching

The New Jersey Department of Children and Families, which serves children up to age 21, is currently accepting requests from families for financial assistance toward the 2021 summer camp season. Completed applications for both financial support toward summer camp tuition and one-to-one aide services for summer camp must be postmarked or received by PerformCare no later than Friday, April 30, 2021.  For additional information and to download DCF’s Financial Assistance Application, click here.

Please note, limited availability remains.  Additionally, if you feel your camper requires 1-to-1 support to attend our summer camp, please contact us at or (973) 535-1181 ext. 1264 to discuss availability.

Camp Hope is a seven-week 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 am to 3 pm, starting in late June and ending in August, with transportation provided for campers living in Essex County and surrounding areas. Camp Hope provides campers with 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.