We will not be offering Camp Harkness programming for the 2020 summer Season.

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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 Campers, Friends and Family Members,

After careful consideration and with great regret, we have decided that in order to make sure everyone is as safe as possible, we will not be offering Camp Harkness programming this summer.

 

This was a very hard decision to make; camp is one of the very best experiences that we can offer you or your loved ones. Campers and staff all have a great time, and many cherished and lasting memories are made.

 

In light of information from both the Governor’s office and the CDC, however, regarding the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic and Connecticut’s susceptibility, we cannot be sure that all risk will have passed by summer.

 

For those of you who have already reserved a place, we will be refunding your deposit as soon as possible; please let us know if your mailing address has changed since you registered and mailed us your check.

 

Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions and do check our website and Facebook pages for some resources for summertime activities that are fun and help keep you safe and healthy.

 

We hope to see you all at camp next year!

 

Sincerely,

 

Kathleen Stauffer

Chief Executive Officer

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.

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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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