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 20,000 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

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp Named an Official Charity Partner of the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon Set for Sunday, November 4, 2018

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp has been named an Official Charity Partner of the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon, which takes place on Sunday, November 4, 2018.

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Sam Ross (1928-2018) -Sam "Rollo" Ross' legacy continues at Camp through his many contributions as a Founding Board Member and his long-standing, selfless devotion to our mission. He will be deeply missed.

From The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp's beginning, Founder Paul Newman inspired other hands and hearts to make his dream their own in pursuit of providing "a different kind of healing" to seriously ill children. Sam "Rollo" Ross answered that call, lending his expertise in residential programming for children, which helped shape Camp's programming. We are grateful for his endless passion for Hole in the Wall, which stemmed from his love of children and his conviction that a community of acceptance and understanding brings healing.

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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.