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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: AIDS, Cancer, Health, Patient & Family Support, Sports

Mission: Founded in 1988 by Paul Newman, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is a community dedicated to providing “a different kind of healing” to seriously ill children and their families through a variety of year-round programs. The Camp delivers fun, friendship and a healthy dose of mischief through its signature summer program and weekend sessions at the Camp facility in Ashford, Conn. as well as outreach to hospitals, clinics and communities across the Northeast. All services are free of charge.

Results: We served 25,000 seriously ill children and their family members in 2013 and expect to increase that number to 30,000 in the coming years.

Target demographics: seriously ill children with cancer, sickle cell disease, HIV/AIDS, hemophilia and other blood disorders, metabolic disease and mitochondrial disease

Direct beneficiaries per year: 25,000 children and family members

Geographic areas served: northeastern United States and some groups from overseas

Programs: We offer year-round programs for seriously ill children and their families, including our signature summer camp program, weekend programs for campers, families, parents and caregivers.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Dr Dave

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My family and I have been volunteering here for 15 years. My son started as a camper and for the past two summers has been a Leader in training (LIT I & Ii).
We look forward to our week of volunteering all year long. It's great to be able to help the kids have fun in a safe and loving environment. I'm not sure who gets more out if it, me or the kids. Equal. This is an excellently run camp, with top-notch facilities and staff. Can't wait for my week this summer!
Dr Dave

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered as part of the medical staff for the past 13 years. I've had the pleasure of seeing kids return year after year and telling me that they've looked forward all year long to their week at camp. These children with chronic illnesses get to experience a fun, safe, loving environment in rural Connecticut that lets them play like any other children. Just like the kids, I look forward to my week each year at camp - it is inspiring and motivational! In addition to volunteering my time, I am also a donor . See you at Camp! Dr Dave

1 Nicole18

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp has played a huge part in my life. This camp and all that it entails made my family a stronger unit, shaped who I am today and helped me to create relationships with some of the most amazing people in all the world!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp should claim the title, “The Happiest Place on Earth!” I have never heard, seen, and experienced more laughter, joy, and play in one summer. The campers and staff truly embody the Camp rules of “Safety, Respect, and Love” I was the Camping Specialist, currently volunteer for family/camper weekends, and will be back again next summer as full-time summer staff. The facilities are state of the art, the programs are incredible, but what makes Camp so magical are the people. During the year, I am a teacher and the staff and volunteers at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp are the most dedicated, enthusiastic, and qualified group of professionals that I have ever worked with. They meet each individual camper at their level. Through creativity and the passion to make sure each child is included in every activity, our campers see themselves as children rather than being defined by their disease. One of my favorite camp memories was when one of my campers, who is wheelchair bound, went up the high ropes tower via team fly (our cabin lifted her up to get to the top of the wall) and zipped down. Then, she turned to me and said, “I can’t walk, but after just two days at Camp, I can fly!” The energy at camp is electrifying, everywhere one turns there are campers and staff singing, dancing, and applauding one another. This spirit is exemplified during the Awards Ceremony where every camper is recognized and gets a standing ovation for their accomplishments that past week. After a week of Camp, our campers leave with a confidence and stronger spirit and sense of self. I wish I could do Camp justice in just a few paragraphs, but it is an indescribable place that has infinite benefits for anyone that experiences it.