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Camp Dartmouth-Hitchcock

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.

Our 2019 camp will run from Sunday, August 18 to
Saturday, August 24

Camp D-H logoExperienced 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.

Group photo of 2018 campers and camp D-H

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
  • Special

    • Acting
    • Dancing
    • Yoga
    • Cooking

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

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.

2017 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 contact:

2019 deadlines

Camper deadlines:

  • Pre-registration payment of $30 due by May 24, 2019
  • Notification of acceptance by June 5, 2019
  • Follow-up paperwork due by July 13, 2019

Volunteer counselor deadlines:

  • New and returning counselor applications due by May 17, 2019

Forms and more information

Campers and counselors, please use the appropriate application form to register for camp:

Counselor candidates must be at minimum 20 years of age, and, if previously a camper, at least three years removed from camp. Candidates should also be friendly, outgoing, professional, with a well-groomed appearance, and enjoy working with kids.

Camp counselors are expected to be onsite, and committed to camp 24/7, for the week’s duration. While “down-time” is planned into a counselor’s schedule, we strive to provide campers with a continuity of leadership and minimal disruptions to routine during the week of camp.

Financial assistance

To make the camp experience accessible for all children with rheumatic diseases, the Arthritis Foundation provides camperships for children to attend Camp D-H. Contact Rebecca Farnlof in the Arthritis Foundation’s Rhode Island office for more information: or 401-433-7793.

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
    • 1-800-541-8350 or 860-563-1177
    • Massachusetts Office
    • 29 Crafts Street, Suite 100
    • Newton, MA 02458
    • 617-244-1800 or 800-766-9449
    • Northern New England:
      Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont
    • P.O. Box 3254,
    • Manchester, NH 03105
    • 603-224-9322