Camp Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Camp D-H 2020 update

We will not be hosting an onsite Camp D-H in 2020. We apologize for the delay in this announcement as this has been a very fluid situation. We know how important camp is to campers, families, and our staff, and we are sad to do this. We hope you understand our decision to err on the side of caution during this time. Graduating campers will be afforded the opportunity to come back for another onsite year next year. We will be contacting you individually.

We do have good news. If there is enough interest we are prepared to hold a free virtual camp this year. We hope this will be a great opportunity for us to come together and feel the connection and excitement of the program. As this is the first time Camp D-H will be going virtual, we want to give you the opportunity to weigh in and tell us what you’d like to see and participate in! You can participate by completing our survey.

If you have any questions, please contact Emily (emilycampdh@gmail.com) or Liz (lizcampdh@gmail.com).

Most children with juvenile arthritis and other rheumatic diseases never meet or interact with peers who share these diagnoses. Created to fill this need, Camp Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) is a one-week summer camp experience for children with rheumatic diseases.

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Camp Dartmouth Hitchcock Logo

Experienced counselors and volunteers staff the camp at the Hulbert Outdoor Center in Fairlee, Vermont. Volunteers include physicians, allied health professionals, medical students, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, as well as adults with rheumatic diseases and past campers.

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Camp Dartmouth Hitchcock Campers

Parents and families who otherwise may be hesitant to involve their children in an overnight camp experience because of medical concerns are able to do so in a reassuring environment. In addition, our campers often maintain the relationships they forge at camp throughout the year.

Camp D-H is an invaluable part of services we offer to children, primarily from the New England region, with rheumatic diseases.

Since its inception in 1983, the camp has been operating due to generous donations made by both organizations and individuals. In addition, a staff of committed professionals (including volunteers from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), the VA, and local and national communities all around the country) donate a week of their personal vacation time each summer for the children.

Possible activities

Land sports

  • Golf
  • Frisbee
  • Bocce ball
  • Waterfront
  • Swimming
  • Sailing
  • Canoeing

Ropes course

  • Low zip line
  • High zip line
  • Climbing wall
  • Challenge courses

Explorations

  • Nature hiking
  • Fire building
  • Target Sports
  • Archery
  • Riflery

Arts and crafts

  • Tie-dye
  • Jewelry making

Other activities

  • Acting
  • Dancing
  • Yoga
  • Cooking

“Each activity teaches us something about ourselves and what we can do.”

Transportation and communication

Unfortunately, Camp D-H cannot be responsible for transportation of campers to or from camp. Please plan for your camper’s travel with this in mind.

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Campers Canoeing

While Camp D-H does not require English to be your camper’s first language, basic English comprehension is necessary for communication and safety. If your camper is from a non-English speaking household, accommodations can be made for registering your camper. To ensure an enjoyable experience for all campers and staff, we do ask that your camper has mastered basic English comprehension.

Donate or volunteer

If you would like to make a donation to Camp D-H or find out how to volunteer your time, please contac us at CampDH@hitchcock.org.

Campership funding is limited, and recipients must first complete a campership application online.

Arthritis Foundation offices in New England

For a complete listing of local offices, please visit the Arthritis Foundation website.

Connecticut Office

35 Cold Spring Road, Suite 412
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
800-283-7800
Connecticut@arthritis.org

Massachusetts Office

29 Crafts Street, Suite 100
Newton, MA 02458
800-283-7800
Massachusetts@arthritis.org