Camp Hope Opens for the 2020 Season

July 14th, 2020

The Arc of Essex County’s Camp Hope program opened for the 2020 season on Monday, July 13.  Although modified from previous summers, the 2020 camp focus remains the same with an emphasis on fun, friendship, safety and learning. 

Week 1 kicked off with water fun and featured activities including water relay races, water balloon baseball, boat making and racing, and the always anticipated camp car wash.  Campers celebrated “Spirit Week” during the second week of camp which included crazy hair and mismatch days, the annual camp Olympics, and tie dye activities. 

To end the month of July, the theme of week 3 was “Fitness is Fun”.  Campers enjoyed participating in a number of sports activities including kickball, wiffle ball and the annual color run.  All activities throughout the week focused on building teamwork and camaraderie.

Camp Hope is, traditionally, a seven week summer day camp for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities located in East Hanover (modified to 5 weeks due to the ongoing pandemic). Operating since 1956, 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.

For more information, visit For questions regarding the application process, contact Laurie Best, Senior Director of Children & Adult Day Services at (973) 535-1181 x1264 or