Camp Life

 

Many of us have experienced the profound positive effects that summer camp had on us as kids. 

The benefits of that experience — confidence-building, becoming more independent, making new friends — stay with us the rest of our lives. Unfortunately, many people with disabilities don’t have the opportunity to take part in this summer tradition. 

That’s why The Arc’s summer camp program exists. Every year more than 300 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities enjoy a week-long overnight camping experience operated by The Arc ECT at Camp Harkness in Waterford, Connecticut.

Dear Care Providers, Campers and Family Members:

Greetings from Camp Harkness 2019! We are excited about the upcoming summer months and embarking on our 21st camping season. We are committed to offering a quality vacation experience for our campers and continue to have a registration process that will ensure the health and safety of all the campers. Please review this year’s Application Documents and complete all other required forms as outlined in the Camp Harkness Packet. Make sure to submit ALL the required forms by the dates listed.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer Youth Camp anymore. Please click on the icon below for other youth camp options in the area.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at 860-889-4435x123, or bfishbone@thearcnlc.org. I look forward to another year of great camping and family activities.

Beryl Fishbone
Camp Administrative Assistant

Directions

From Rte 395:

Take Exit 77 for Rte 85. Turn right at end of exit ramp on to Rte 85 South. Follow to second light. Turn right onto Cross Rd. Follow Cross Rd to the fourth light and turn left onto Rte. 1 Proceed east (toward Waterford/New London) on Rte 1 for 1.6 miles to a stop light. Take a right onto Avery Lane (Sylvia’s Package Store will be on your right). Proceed 0.3 Miles to stop light. Proceed straight onto Rte 213 (Great Neck Rd). Proceed on Rte 213 down to the shoreline (past Harkness Memorial State Park on your right). Proceed to stop sign and turn right. Camp Harkness is the first right.

 

From Rte 95: 

Take exit 75 onto Rte 1. Proceed east (toward Waterford/New London) on Rte 1 for 3.8 miles to a stop light. Take a right onto Avery Lane (Sylvia’s Package Store will be on your right). Proceed 0.3 Miles to stop light. Proceed straight onto Rte 213 (Great Neck Rd). Proceed on Rte 213 down to the shoreline (past Harkness Memorial State Park on your right). Proceed to stop sign and turn right. Camp Harkness is the first right.

The Arc Quinebaug Valley and The Arc New London County merged in July 2019 to form The Arc Eastern Connecticut.  Both agencies were established in 1952 by parents of children with intellectual disabilities in order to ensure equal participation and choice in school, in the workplace, and in their communities. Combining program and staff strengths, The Arc Eastern Connecticut now serves the entire eastern CT region and is the largest chapter of The Arc in the state.

The Arc Eastern Connecticut

125 Sachem Street

Norwich, Connecticut 06360

T: 860.889.4435

F: 860.889.4662

E: info@thearcect.org

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