About Camp

Our History

Hartford’s Camp Courant has been a mainstay in the Hartford community for over 124 years. Founded in 1894 by a group of Hartford Courant employees looking to make a difference for the youth of the City, Hartford’s Camp Courant now serves over 1,000 of Hartford's children, ages five to 12, typically between 500 - 600 children per day for six weeks each summer. Hartford’s Camp Courant is the largest FREE summer day camp in the nation and is the only summer camp available to Hartford’s inner-city youth which provides transportation, preventive and acute health and social work services, two nutritious meals a day, and recreational, educational and developmental activities, all at no cost to the camper or his or her family.  At Hartford’s Camp Courant, children learn to develop into healthy, responsible adults. The Camp is located on a 36-acre site in Farmington, which is leased from the City of Hartford.

1909 Camp Courant ‘Fresh Air’ Excursion Trolley

Then & Now: Camp Courant in 1920 and & 2013

Trolley En Route to Camp Courant’s first location in West Hartford, 1930s

Kids line up for Camp Courant, 1939

Comedian Ole Olson sharing jokes with campers, 1957

WCCC Radio Station hands out ice cream, 1959

Soda Treat from Hostess Beverages Inc.. 1959

Hartford legend Bill Savitt visits campers, 1959

Campers riding pony train brought by Hartford County Sheriffs, 1979

Campers comparing birdhouses they built, 1987

Camp counselor and camper in computer lab, 1987


Camper learning to roller skate, 1990’s

Smiling campers, 1992


Camp Courant staff photo, 1994