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Capable Kids
Hartford, Connecticut

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900 Asylum Avenue
Hartford, Connecticut 06105

900 Asylum Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105


TYPE OF CAMP: Day Camp. Runs for six weeks

CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: For a many years Harc has provided a Capable Kids Summer Camp for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities in collaboration with Camp Courant in Farmington. Our program integrates children with intellectual and developmental disabilities into typical camp experiences; creating a safe place of inclusion for children while their families continue to work. The camp runs for six weeks, Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00pm. The camp is free however there is a $25 application fee. The families provide lunch each day. If a child is unable to bring lunch it is provided by Camp Courant. Children are integrated into different activities including: arts and crafts, swimming, sports & STEM.

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPERS: Capable Kids summer camp is an integrated program in collaboration with Camp Courant. Each child with intellectual and developmental disabilities are able to participate in arts and crafts, STEM, swimming, music, sports and field trips with their typical peers. For six weeks beginning on the last week in June through the first week in August the campers enjoy and fun filled summer.

Dance, Music/Band, Fine Arts/Crafts, Basketball, Football, Weightloss, Soccer, Computers, Math, Science, Technology, and more.

CAMP LOCATION: We are located at 900 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105.

Camp Courant is located at 96 Batterson Road, Farmington, CT.

Please refer to our website for more information.

CAMP FACILITIES: At the Camp Courant site there are several recreational areas including a sandbox, swimming pool, playscape, outdoor game outdoor basketball courts and a outside dinning area.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: Capable Kids was started by a parent, Nesta Corso, in 1960. Today our key partnership with Camp Courant provides Harc an accessible physical location and allow us to engage and integrate with their groups. Harc builds a bridge for both sides to come together so that our campers are not sitting in a circle by themselves. While Camp Courant generously provides the accessible facilities to accommodate our campers for free, our children cannot integrate fully without the necessary staff supports. A third of our campers require 1:1 staffing assistance, the rest require one staff for every 3 or 5 children

Our summer counselors and lead staff receive extensive training that includes CPR/First Aide, Abuse & Neglect, Behavior Techniques and Community Services.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: There is a $35 application fee but the camp is free to Hartford residents. Fees for applicants who live outside of Hartford will be based on staff to camper ratio.

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: From September to June on the first and third Saturday of each month, Harc provides Camp Bulova. This program is located at 900 Asylum Avenue in Hartford. Camp Bulova is a respite program for medically complex children from the ages of 3-21. During each session from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm children are able to enjoy arts and crafts, cooking, health and wellness, massage therapy, music therapy and occasional traveling zoos.

Please contact Dawn Allen at 860-218-6031 for more information.

Capable Kids summer camp begins during the last week in June and runs for six week. The date usual depends on when the Hartford Schools break for the summer. Hours are 9:00am to 3:00pm. Transportation is provided to Hartford residents only. Campers who live outside of Hartford would meet at our main office at 900 Asylum Avenue in Hartford and the counselors will transport to and from the Camp Courant facility in Farmington. There is a $35 application fee only.

For more information please contact: Dawn Allen, Assistant Director of Community Services, at 860-218-6031 or via email dallen[AT]

We are currently accepting applications for Summer Camp Counselors. Please contact Dawn Allen at 860-218-6031.

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