School buses from thirteen of Hartford’s neighborhoods traveled down I-84 to campus in Farmington to open Hartford’s Camp Courant for the 2014 Camp season on Monday, June 23rd. Close to 700 of Hartford’s children ages 5 to 12 years old embarked on a youth development program that has stood the test of time in serving the capital city for 120 years. Established in 1894 by a group of Hartford Courant employees, Camp has developed into much more than a recreational program, as learning and fun are combined to create a world of possibility for the young people in which Camp serves. The Opening Day ceremony saw close to 100 special guests, funders, volunteers, supporters and friends arrive a campus to witness bus doors opening with hundreds of smiling faces.
A formal presentation was emceed by Fox CT’s Jimmy Altman, who also will be honored later this year as one of HCC’s ‘Superheroes of the Year’ at Camp’s end of the season ‘Buddy Bash’ celebration. Speakers included in the presentation were Nancy Meyer, Publisher of the Hartford Courant, as well as a powerful talk from Nicodemus Monts, a member of the Bank of America Junior Leader program. Monts contributed personal accounts as to how Camp transformed his life and made a difference that he will take with him as he moves on to the next step on his personal journey. NEW to Camp this season will be a programming to include ‘BrainSTEM’ workshops with emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics along with the prestigious creation of the ‘Garmany Garden’ in which campers will learn all about the growing process while understanding better ways to conserve the environment.
Opening Day at Camp would not have happened without the outstanding support and partnerships of hundreds who make Hartford’s children a priority in their giving. For 120 years, HCC has made it their mission to provide a FREE summer sanctuary, where children can develop positive relationships, learn, and most importantly have fun. What began as a simple outreach program has transformed into the oldest and largest FREE summer program currently in the United States.