Vacation Week Respite: Fun Learning, Exploring, and Engaging in the Community!

School vacations present unique challenges to children with developmental disabilities - and to their families. During the multitude of days and hours without structure, this break in the usual daily routine can get very exhausting for families.  It is during these weeks that families need respite services the most.

School vacations present unique challenges for families of children with special needs. The break in structure and routine for the special needs child is exhausting for the families. We understand that respite is crucially needed during this time.

Camp HOPe provides our families with respite services when they need it the most: during school vacation weeks. With a high staff to child ratio, our highly qualified HOPe staff offers children ages 8-21 opportunities to participate in fun, safe, and structured community outings and recreational activities.

During school vacation week, Camp HOPe allows parents to continue their daily work routines with the peace of mind that their children are having fun and learning with highly qualified staff in a safe, nurturing setting. Camp HOPe activities encourage fun and curiosity while simultaneously promoting confidence and social development.

Camp HOPe is offered four days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during regular school vacation weeks, with Extended Day until 5 p.m. available upon request. The cost is $75 per day for six hours of services.

Recent Camp HOPe adventures include outings to:

  • George’s Island
  • Davis Farmland
  • Boston Marathon
  • Edaville Railroad Festival of Lights
  • Newport Winter Festival
  • Hall of Patriots at Patriots Place
  • Plaster Funtime
“I feel exposing him to the world is one of the most important things I can do for him. We are very active, so HOPe has been a great fit,” Liz M - parent.
“Without Camp HOPe my husband or I would have to take off from work every school vacation to care for our child since most community programs do not accept or cannot meet her needs.  Camp HOPe has been a great help to our family and provided our child with fun activities with her peers, the same way her non-disabled peers are spending their school vacations.” Lauren T - parent.
“School vacation weeks are often the most trying times for our family. And, HOPe provides my son with the care and structure he needs. HOPe is my extended family. I couldn’t do it without them.” – Susan