Basic Organization Information
Hole in the Wall Gang Fund, Inc.
- Also Known As:
The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
- Physical Address:
New Haven, CT
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- NTEE Category:
E Health—General & Rehabilitative
E86 Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation
G Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines
G Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines
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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 children and their families coping with cancer, sickle cell anemia, and other serious illnesses. Through summer sessions and family weekends at the Camp in Ashford, Connecticut and year-round outreach to hospitals and clinics across the Northeast, the Camp serves more than 20,000 children and family members annually. All services are provided free of charge.
Mr. James H. Canton
James H. Canton, Chief Executive Officer of The Hole in the Wall Gang Fund, Inc., is a graduate of Stanford University with a B.A. in Humanities. He received a Masters in Theology from Yale Divinity School. He has had a long relationship with The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp since it began in 1988. During that time he has been a counselor, unit leader, Assistant Director and Camp Director.
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All Camp Programs
- Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Through our summer program we host more than 1,000 seriously ill youngsters at nine Camp sessions.Sessions 1 through 8 are devoted to seriously ill children and session 9 to the siblings of those children with serious illnesses and conditions.The following criteria have been established for attendance at sessions 1 - 8: Children aged 7 to 15; with a diagnosis of malignancy, genetic blood disorder, HIV or metabolic disorders, who reside in New England, New York and New Jersey (although children or groups from other geographic areas are included when possible); and/or children who are medically unable to attend any other camcomplications or therapy. We also make selections to assure appropriate balances of age, gender, and diagnoses, and take into account previous attendance at CamNew York and New Jersey. Camp is more than a place where children have fun, although it is certainly that; the purpose of Camp is to re-educate, redirect and restore a sense of possibility in its campers. It is a place where children with serious illnesses learn that they can do more than they ever thought they could.The principle of inclusion guides every moment at Camfamily weekends, clinic days, and our hospital outreach program that conducts weekly visits to the bedsides of seriously ill children. Friendships made over the summer are strengthened through our year-round programs, enabling youngsters to maintain the connections that have sustained them. Typically, campers attend Camp one week for three years in succession, giving them an outstanding experience to which they can look forward from year to year.Our programs include arts and crafts, adventure, swimming, woodshop, fishing, boating, theater, archery, overnight camping and horseback riding. They have been developed specifically to enable our campers to grow beyond their perceived limits and build confidence. Our activities are designed to allow every child to participate and are managed to ensure that no child will fail. For children with serious illnesses, the enthusiasm, self-esteem and sheer joy these activities foster become an important part of the healing process. As many of our campers attest, Camp helps keep them going – through episodes of pain and painful medical treatments, the loss of a limb, partial or complete hair loss, facial deformities, and other challenges of serious illness.During the fall and spring, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp administers 10 family weekend retreats serving the following disease groups: metabolic disorders, cancer, sickle cell anemia, and other rare and acute illnesses. Each family weekend will welcome approximately 20 families for an empowering and joyful experience designed to foster powerful friendships and strengthen vital support networks. Families enjoy a full range of universally accessible program areas complete with round-the-clock medical care and supervision. Often, it is the first time that an entire family can share a common joyful experience without the worry and concerns associated with providing direct care for their seriously ill child.The Hospital Outreach Program provides direct assistance to seriously ill children and families in hospital settings.By offering unique, creative and developmentally appropriate activities and interactions, we help restore joy and laughter in a time often laden with fear, stress and uncertainty. We work collaboratively with hospital staff to enhance, augment or support existing programs focused on improving the quality of life of patients in hospitals and clinics during and after treatment. All services are provided entirely free of charge.
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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit
2012 was a banner year for Cam141 children through our signature summer program. Equally inspiring, the Camp’s Hospital Outreach Program (HOP) made additional staff hires and expanded into more partnering hospitals. Our 20 full-time Outreach Specialists conducted more than 19,000 child visits at 24 partnering sites in 2012, thereby providing a critical continuity of care and support to children and their families year-round. The Hospital Outreach Program has experienced substantial growth (20% increase in child visits since 2010). For 25 years, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp has pioneered fully adaptive and recreational-based programming for seriously ill children. The Hospital Outreach Program was created in 2002 to extend our reach beyond Camp’s physical plant to further empower children, families, and medical caretakers. This year, the Camp’s Hospital Outreach Program will conduct more than 20,000 visits to children and their family members at 26 partnering sites. All services continue to be provided free of charge. As our most scalable program, HOP will continue to play a central role in our growth strategies over the next 5 years.Through summer sessions and family weekend programs at the Camp in Ashford, Connecticut, and year-round outreach to hospitals and clinics throughout the Northeast, the Camp serves more than 20,000 children and family members annually.The programs of The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp are designed to enhance peer support networks and strengthen the social and emotional capital of the children and families in our care. We invest fully in the notion that the children in our care will survive their illness, and provide seamless, year-round support to empower both child and family though the illness process. Our programs offer self-discovery, instill confidence, and develop life skills and new talents that are critical to healthy adulthood