You Can Help Make This Summer Magical

April 12th, 2021

As we get ready to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Camp Hope this summer, we can’t help but realize how fast time flies when you’re having fun.  While we are excited to celebrate this milestone anniversary, the implications caused by the ongoing pandemic require extra planning, strategic thinking, and generous donors like you.

With over six decades of experience, including the unprecedented 2020 season, our camp team is ready to tackle the challenge.  Thanks to one-time grants awarded in the thick of the pandemic, the 2020 camp season welcomed more than 60 campers and resulted in zero COVID-19 cases.  The Arc of Essex County accomplished this by investing in additional personal protective equipment (PPE) and individual camper supplies, increasing the frequency of professional cleaning services, and hiring extra staff to ensure smaller group sizes.

Utilizing this same model, preparations are underway for the 2021 season.  With more than 115 campers already registered, expectations are high for a summer of fun and The Arc plans to deliver.  However, with preventative measures expected to cost nearly $20,000 and the grants that made these safety precautions possible in 2020 no longer available, we need your help.

Our families have been greatly impacted by ongoing hybrid school schedules, Day Program closures, and the financial constraints that accompany uncertain child care situations.  They are counting on a fun-filled summer, and we are committed to providing it without raising rates.  Will you make a donation today to help us replicate the effective safety measures adopted during the 2020 camp season?

To make a donation, please visit or mail your donation to 123 Naylon Avenue, Livingston, NJ 07039. 

Celebrate Camp Hope’s 65th Anniversary on June 2!

Be sure to follow The Arc of Essex County on social media as we host a virtual Camp Hope 65th Anniversary Day of Giving on Wednesday, June 2!  We’ll share exciting updates about the upcoming camp season and rally Camp Hope families and alums young and old to help make the 2021 magical.