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

Remembering Howard "Doc" Pearson, MD (1929-2016)

Today, we remember Dr. Howard “Doc” Pearson, Hole in the Wall’s Founding Medical Director and a beloved member of our Camp family, who passed away this weekend. Since day one, Doc was a tireless advocate for and passionate believer in “a different kind of healing,” and we are grateful for the extraordinary skill, incredible friendship and endless compassion that define his legacy. Happy trails to you, Doc Pearson. Until we meet again.

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Healing Feeling: Hero's Journey

At Hero's Journey, Justin stepped out of his comfort zone to find his truest self.

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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.