DCF Funding Applications Available for 2021 Camp Season

March 1st, 2021

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.

Camp Hope is an approved service through the Supports Waiver for individuals over the age of 21.  If your loved one is interested in attending Camp Hope this summer, contact your family member's Support Coordinator to have camp added to their service plan.

Please note, if you feel your camper requires 1-to-1 support to attend our summer camp, please e-mail us at camphope@arcessex.org to discuss availability. Many of our 1-to1 slots are filled at this time.

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.

For more information and to apply for the 2021 camp season, visit www.arccamphope.com. For questions regarding the application process, contact Laurie Best, Senior Director of Children and Adult Day Services at (973) 535-1181 x1292 or camphope@arcessex.org.