In 1988, Paul Newman opened The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Connecticut so that children coping with serious illnesses could have a special hideout where they could simply be kids. The Camp, which served 288 campers its first year now provides “a different kind of healing” to over 30,000 children and family members annually. Each year, 2,500 are served onsite and 25,000 visits by the Hospital Outreach Program bring the fun and friendship of Camp into more than 35 sites throughout the Northeast – all free of charge.
The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp’s signature summer program offers week-long residential Camp sessions for seriously ill children aged 7 – 15 and their siblings. Campers participate in traditional camp activities, while receiving care from a significant, yet unobtrusive, medical presence. Campers aged 7 – 15 ride horses, create crafts, swim and so much more, as they bond with other children facing similar challenges and learn they are capable of so much more than they ever thought possible.
For teens who have experienced a serious illness, the Hero’s Journey program offers a 7-day wilderness-based experience designed to serve young adults aged 16-18. Participants learn self-reliance, positive communication, teamwork and leadership by facing individual and group challenges, experiencing rites of passage and becoming an on-call search and rescue team.
The year-round Hospital Outreach Program (HOP) brings the hopeful, playful spirit of Hole in the Wall to children and families in the clinical setting. Taking the activities and experiences of Camp and transporting them to kids’ bedsides and playrooms, the program helps restore joy and laughter in a time of fear, stress and uncertainty.
Parent Programs bring the healing power of Camp to parents and caregivers. Year-round opportunities such as opening day parent picnics, parent work days and parent retreats held on and offsite, Parent Programs offer current camper parents a multitude of ways to expand their supportive community and connect with other Camp families.
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