The Arc Receives 2 Grants for Camp Hope

July 18th, 2019

The Novartis Corporation recently awarded The Arc of Essex County’s Camp Hope a $4,000 grant to provide financial assistance for children and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to attend Camp Hope.  Since 2007, Novartis has awarded The Arc of Essex County more than $36,000 to offset camp tuition and fees for individuals and families in need.

The New Jersey State Golf Association (NJSGA) Youth Foundation also contributed a $10,000 grant to enable The Arc of Essex County’s Camp Hope to fund an adaptive sports specialist to craft and implement a sports program each summer that engages campers of all abilities in varied sports activities.  A position created in 2018 as a result of this three-year grant, the adaptive sports specialist helps campers realize their athletic potential and achieve goals in a variety of sporting activities.

Camp Hope is an eight 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, 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