The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp

The Heart of Us

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is dedicated to providing “a different kind of healing” to seriously ill children and their families, free of charge. We are a community that celebrates the spirit of childhood, the sound of laughter and the feeling of endless possibility.

Paul Newman & the Gang
Tree House

Who we are

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp was founded in 1988 by Paul Newman to give every child – no matter their illness – the chance to “raise a little hell.” Including our summer Camp in Ashford, Conn, we run 9 programs that serve more than 25,000 kids and family members throughout the Northeast each year.

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Kids Dancing
Camper & Staff


There’s no way to measure smiles, but our research and evaluation team works to ensure the safety and happiness of our campers, the smartest use of our funding, and positive outcomes from our programs.

CEO and Camper
Camp Director and Camper

Our people

Camp is a place of endless possibility – and our staff works hard to keep it that way! Meet the people who come together to make a difference in the lives of thousands of children with serious illnesses.

Latest News

Simon Konover (1922 – 2015) – A longtime Camp Board Member, Simon’s legacy of generosity endures at Camp as well as through the continued friendship of his family and The Simon Konover Company. He will be deeply missed.

From Camp’s earliest days, our Founder Paul Newman knew that it would take other hands and other hearts to make his dream a reality. Simon Konover was a longtime board member whose company built the Camp in a miraculous nine months, and his legacy of generosity and compassion is carried on by his family and The Simon Konover Company who continue to do so much for the seriously ill children and families in our care.

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Meet Dexter

At Camp, Dexter discovered a love and talent for performing that led to a successful acting career that includes a lead role in current #1 movie Maze Runner: Scorch Trials. Watch how Stage Night at Hole in the Wall uncovered his star power.

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News & video

Want to see the magic in action? You’ve come to the right place! Check out our recent news and video to see what we’ve been up to lately – and get a taste of the Camp experience.