This is a place where leaders are formed, relationships built, and, most significantly, where walls come down. My two summers with HUH were filled with moments of joy and beauty and with breakthroughs in self-understanding. The camp brings together folks who might not ordinarily meet yet who find themselves sharing and celebrating ample common ground. The mentors are terrific and participants' lives are transformed. A precious jewel of a place.
Heads Up! Hartford is a wonderful opportunity for young people to grow together in a supportive environment.
Heads Up! Hartford is a wonderful place for positive youth development. Proud to be a part of this group!
I'm extremely proud to be a part of this mission-driven organization. We have a talented and passionate board, operations committee, and youth advisory board working to deliver on our mission and grow the organization. Shout out to our campers and their parents too!
COVID-19 challenged us to rethink our summer camp and we successfully met the challenge. We couldn’t have done it without the dedication, hard work, and support of Julie McGarry, our camp director, the operations committee, our staff volunteers, our Youth Advisory Board campers, and our board of directors.
Here are some summer camp fun facts:
▪ 20 Staff counselors
▪ 51 Weeks of planning
▪ 4.5 Hours of Zoom training for staff counselors
▪ 105 Submitted videos from campers and staff
▪ 700 Community projects
▪ 3 Social Distancing Leadership awards given to Jared, Maddie, and Maya
What a great team!
Wonderful organization filled with love and support.
I have had the pleasure of serving on the Board of Directors for HUH over the past 3 years! The organization has a special place in my heart. I wish I knew about the camp when I was growing up as I have heard and seen the camp change lives.
Wonderful organization! Helps young people begin a lifetime of service, community engagement, and leadership. Campers have so many opportunities to discover their independence, and have opportunities to further develop their leadership skills over the course of the year. Camp week is a joyful time that kids look forward to all year long.
Heads Up! Hartford is a camp that brings together urban and suburban teens to learn how to be leaders, how to celebrate diversity, and how to serve the wider community by giving of themselves. With the coronavirus pandemic upon us, the youth leaders switched gears and said a resounding "yes" to make this year's camp a creative virtual experience via Zoom. During the week campers learned about some of the social injustices of our current time and how they might make a difference. They had engaging and difficult conversations on these topics in addition to having fun together. Their passionate counselors and youth leaders guided campers online to realize the difference they can each make wherever they are planted. I have volunteered with this camp for 15+ years and am continually amazed at the ways these young people teach me. These campers and youth leaders will be the future leaders of our communities! In one short week they deepened relationships and built new ones with the dream of returning next year for an in-person camp experience.
I have had the joy of being part of the Heads Up! Hartford community for 13 years as camp counselor, Operations Committee member and in recent years Board member. I leave camp each summer being filled with hope that I see in campers and other counselors--hope for our hurting world. I serve at camp even when we don't have high school young people from our parish attending, because I believe in this camp that changes people. Each night of camp we have inspiring evening programs that challenge and open hearts for lively discussion--programs that move us out of our comfort zones. At the end of each night there is an opportunity for campers to share God-moments which are times when they see God in the midst of their service or interaction with another. My heart is warmed by the many campers who share how God moves in and through what we do, even those campers who enter camp professing no belief.
Me and my siblings have been going to Heads Up Hartford for years and feel that it has made a difference in our life. I not only learned how to care for the world and community around me, but I also acquired better social skills; which is a big help since I am socially unconfident. Through Heads Up Hartford, I have made many new friends that care so much about me. I love helping people and it has truly changed my life for the better.
This year I am going to be attending HUH! for my fourth year as a camper, and I wouldn’t change it for the world. I have met so many great people through this organization and the friendships last throughout the year. I love what we do during the week, helping out different charities, if only it lasted a month! I’m so excited to meet more new people and help more charities
I am a camper and it was one of the best experiences of my life. We got to help the community while creating life long friendships. It is one of the most inclusive places. I met amazing people and one of my best friends. It also helped me learn leaderships skills.
HU!H is like a second home for me in the summer. I always enjoy helping the community and feeling like I’m making an impact.
Great experince, helped the community. As a camper, it made a positive impact on my life as well as the lives of others. I learned a lot about other people and myself.
Heads Up Hartford! Is an amazing summer camp that has shaped who I am as a person! I went into this camp going into my sophomore and in the past 3 years I have made friends that will last a lifetime! Throughout this camp I have had opportunities that I would have never have had otherwise. Through community service, speakers, and fellowship this week is easily the highlight of my summer!!!
I love this summer camp!! It gave me an opportunity to meet people who I otherwise would have never meant!! I have created lifelong friends who I will be friends with for a lifetime! I see people from heads up hartford around at fairs, football games, at the supermarket and all over and it brightens my day to see these people. It is even better that we all are doing gods work and making a difference in our community
Where do i begin. Heads Up Hartford has changed my life the amount of love, support, and fun you have throughout the week is just amazing. These people here are not my friends but my family and enjoy getting to know them and love them every second they live on this earth. Heads up Hartford is a great way to be yourself no matter what your background is you are welcome here. The second camp is over I am counting down to the next camp year. Much love to all my fellow campers, Yabs, Counselors, Directors and may more people. This camp also gave the pleasure to meet people I would never have imaged being my friends or in fact my family.
My church has been connected with HUH for over a decade and has made a significant impact on our teens. I love how this camp focuses on creating a diverse, supportive and loving community all while increasing teens faith in God.
Heads Up Hartford changed my life. I was a camper for a couple of years in high school and met some of my best friends at camp. It is so important for high-schoolers to have a week away from technology to give them a safe space to learn about themselves and others. HUH teaches campers that they can truly help people in their community, no matter how old they are or how small of an action. HUH does an amazing job.
This is a wonderfully run camp that provides an opportunity for youth from different backgrounds to come together in service to others. HUH's focus on youth leadership and youth empowerment has led to many of their campers maturing into leadership roles, at the camp and in the world. The community is so positive and welcoming that everyone - campers, volunteers, staff - feel welcomed.
Heads Up Hartford provides a remarkable and life changing experience for teens and the adult leaders as they navigate getting to know and work and play along side others, often unlike themselves. The world will benefit from every person who experiences Heads Up Hartford!
I have been a volunteer with this camp for over 16 years. Both of my daughters attended. There is no better group I know that brings together such dedicated counselors and staff, year after year, who are willing to donate their time to work hard to provide an amazing experience for the teens while serving the greater Hartford community at the same time. I've seen the experience change lives. Shy teens become leaders. Others find their life purpose in service. Some gain great confidence. All learn to take risks to become their best selves.
I have been a counselor and member of the ops committee for over 10 years. Both of my daughters also attended camp. From day one of my involvement I was impressed with the warm and welcoming environment that the returning campers and staff created for the new folks. HUH is safe place that gives campers the opportunity to stretch out of their comfort zones and take risks such as assuming a leadership role or challenging their perceived limitations as they give 100% at a work site. Friendships are formed across the urban/suburban divide as everyone works for a common goal. Every year I am so impressed by all the people who are served in one short week by teens who pour their hearts and souls into serving others yet manage to have the time of their lives doing it. Being able to be a part of the magic of HUH is a gift.
Heads up Hartford isn’t just a camp; it’s a second home. The love, the energy, the kindness expressed by every person you interact with all week is amazing. This is a dedicated group of people who are building up our community, not only through service projects across the state, but by building relationships with peers and creating a larger and more interconnected community in CT. As I’ve gone through the camp as a camper, a YAB (youth leader), and a councilor, I’ve gotten to learn and strengthen my leadership skills in different situations, which has prepared me immensely for “the real world”.
A great camp, service, and learning experience for high school students. As a local church youth leader, I attended as a counselor for several years and highly recommended it to our church families.
This is an incredible organization that is making a difference in greater Hartford!
Heads Up! Hartford is an extraordinary nonprofit camp that brings together urban and suburban youth to perform community service. It is a celebration of diversity, of the spirit of kindness and welcoming, and of helping others!
I have attended HUH for 3 years now and I plan on returning for many years to come. Working with my team has never felt like work, yet we always make an impact. I love the community and mission at Heads Up!.
This place is easily the highlight of my year. I started off as a thirteen year-old who needed a faith revitalization and initiative, and this camp did it in such an amazing way! I can’t even begin to describe how much I love this place, the people, the HUH traditions (basketball tournament, talent show, etc.) the worksites, and the knowledge that we are serving our God make me hope that each and every one of you will join us!
I have had the privilege of being involved with this effort since it was an inspiration within the mind and heart of Denny Moon, the founder. When I first met him, sipping iced tea on a hot day, he vividly described his vision. I was deeply moved by his compelling picture of bringing together young people who were 'right across the river' from each other. He saw the opportunity for youth from different backgrounds and ethnicities and socioeconomic status to learn about one another, and build bridges across the many differences. He believed that while mission trips to serve the underprivileged in other parts of the country were worthy and useful, he also believed that there was plenty of work to be done 'in our own backyards.'
After year 15, and still actively involved with Heads Up! Hartford, I continue to be amazed at the transformational quality of a week of co-existence and co-creation. The leadership growth of the teenagers who attend, and the people who are touched as a result of the community outreach work, is immeasurable.
I am in awe of the power, strength and hope that the young adults bring to and take from this spirit-filled experience that happens year after year. Very grateful!
This is an excellent, faith-based service camp that bring teenagers together for worship, fellowship, service, fun and leadership. There are opportunities for participation for the whole family during the week while the teens are serving in various capacities throughout greater Hartford!
Heads Up! Hartford found me when I was a young 9th grade girl who wasn't sure who she was or who she wanted to be. After just one week at camp, I walked away wanting to make a bigger difference in the world around me, learn more about others who were different than I was, and to create a stronger relationship with God. Now, 9 years later I am on the Operations Committee and I work to help plan and create camp, bringing the opportunity for another young 9th grade camper to have the life changing experience that I once had.
Heads Up! Hartford is an amazing charity focusing on growing our future leaders by teaching the importance of serving others in our community. It is wonderful to support a youth camp that makes a lasting difference in the lives of our youth. This camp brings high school aged youth from Hartford and surrounding towns in central Connecticut together for a week long summer camp uniting them to make a difference locally. Definitely a 5-star nonprofit!!