Camp Hope Wraps Another Safe and Fun Summer

August 30th, 2021

Camp Hope welcomed 165 campers to enjoy safe summer fun this summer, with theme weeks that included pirates, superheroes, and more.

Highlights of the seven-week 2021 season included a 65th birthday party for Camp Hope, the annual Camp Car Wash, the Camp Olympics (complete with traffic-cone hurdles, frisbee discus throws, and pool-noodle javelins!), and the end-of-summer Camp Hope Luau.

The final two weeks of camp in early August, which featured our youngest campers, included Superhero Week, featuring feats of strength, capes, and a superpower contest, as well as an Around the World theme that took campers to Mexico, Australia, Africa, and Japan.

Each day included activities such as arts and crafts, games, and music, along with swimming, sports, and other traditional camp events. COVID-19 restrictions limited some things, including the number of volunteers and visitors who could come on site. But overall, it felt like a normal Camp Hope summer, and The Arc of Essex County was thrilled to host so many smiling faces. The Arc is proud to report that once again there were ZERO cases of COVID-19 this summer for campers and staff.

We’re already looking forward to the 2022 season!

Camp Hope is a 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 a.m. to 3 p.m., starting in late June and ending in August, with transportation provided for campers living in Essex County and surrounding areas. For more information, visit To request a tour and for questions regarding the application process, contact Laurie Best, Senior Director of Children & Adult Day Services at (973) 535-1181 x1264 or