Camp Hope Success

August 28th, 2020

On Friday, August 13th, The Arc of Essex County wrapped up the 2020 camp season, one marked by the unprecedented Coronavirus pandemic.  In total, more than 60 campers, 78 percent of whom were under the age of 21, enjoyed the abbreviated, 5-week camp season.  Tireless effort, safety precautions, and enhanced cleaning procedures resulted in zero cases of COVID-19 in campers and counselors.

The final weeks of camp were lively as ever with campers suiting up for Superheroes week and bringing their enthusiasm and curiosity to Camp Hope Adventure Time.  As is tradition, swimming was one of the most popular activities, followed by target golf and wacky science experiments.

“I wanted to thank you so much for allowing Garrett the opportunity [to attend] these past 4 weeks at Camp Hope!  It made an incredible difference in his overall state of mind. His depression and anxiety from the months prior were replaced with fun physical activity, socializing, learning, and happy memories,” said Christine Smith. “I drove away Friday morning after drop off, full of emotion. It's organizations like The Arc that understand the crucial need of having our children fulfill their lives to their highest potential. Seizing all the opportunities of what's offered to them, despite the circumstances that are currently surrounding it.  Congratulations to your staff, they did an incredible job!”

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, contact Laurie Best, Senior Director of Children & Adult Day Services at (973) 535-1181 x1264 or