At the core of all of our programming is our signature summer program. Seven glorious week-long sessions in Ashford, Conn. that serve seriously ill children and one additional week dedicated to their healthy siblings. 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.
The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is planning to return to camper-exclusive programming in summer 2022 with seven, five-day sessions operating at a reduced capacity and various COVID-19 safety protocols incorporated including a requirement that all participants be fully vaccinated. The summer program will also include two, four-day Family Camps for those unable to participate in camper-exclusive programming, which will follow the 2021 summer program model with on-site testing, physical distancing, masking and other COVID-19 safety guidelines. And a wide array of alternative and virtual programming will also remain available to our children and families.
While we remain hopeful that Hole in the Wall’s 35th summer will more closely resemble a traditional season, Camp’s medical team will continue following local, state and national public health guidelines and those considerations will ultimately determine how we can most safely conduct our on-site program.
The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp changed my life the second I walked onto Camp in 2011. I cried the day before I came to Camp for the first time because I thought it would be the worst week of my life and that it would make me feel worse than I already did. I cried the day I left as a camper for the last time because Camp made me realize that I was not a victim, I am not an embarrassment, and I should never feel anything but happy. There’s no other place in the world where I can sing at the top of my lungs, jump off a tower knowing that nothing would ever happen to me, feel love the second I entered, and most importantly, not be made into an awkward embarrassment because I had leukemia.
Did you know?
More than 40 percent of our staff are former campers!