For some children, summer vacation includes family trips, sleepover camp, visits to museums and libraries, and all kinds of enriching activities. For other children, especially those from low-income communities, summer means months of boredom, inactivity and isolation. In fact, research shows that low-income and higher-income children learn at nearly the same rate while in school, however, during the summer, low-income students’ learning falls far below that of their higher-income peers. It is hypothesized that the non-school environment of low-income children does not support educational growth to the same extent as it does for children from families who earn higher incomes. While middle- and higher-income children spend their summers engaged in activities and enrolled in programs that reinforce learning, the vast majority of children in low-income communities have little or no access to enriching summer activities.
Hartford's Camp Courant responds to this problem by offering a free summer camp experience for Hartford’s children with outdoor adventures in arts, nature, athletics, and specialized programs like STEM workshops, Healthy Choices, 'Finance is Fun!’, Mock Trial, 'Brain Camp' in our computer lab, and an Early Learning Center for 5-6 year olds. Our goal is to reinforce skills and lessons that campers learned during the school year and to expose them to new opportunities and ideas which may not be available in the classroom.
Founded in 1894, Hartford's Camp Courant is the oldest and largest free summer day program in the nation serving around 1,000 Hartford children ages 5-12 for six weeks each summer. Hartford’s Camp Courant is the only summer camp serving Hartford youth that provides transportation, preventive and acute health services, two nutritious meals a day, and recreational, educational and developmental activities all at no cost to the camper or his or her family.