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HARC, Inc.: Be Your Best Self

Harc, 900 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105


  • Art
  • Environmental Learning
  • Field Trips
  • Fitness
  • Games
  • Music
  • Recreational Swimming
  • Sports/Athletics
  • Theater
  • Yoga

Ages Served:

6–18 years old, Adults w/ special needs

Areas Served:

Bloomfield, East Hartford, Hartford, Manchester, West Hartford, Windsor

Program Length:

5–6 weeks (1-week sessions)

Start Date:

June 27, 2022 (first session)

End Date:

August 26, 2022 (last session)

Hours of Operation:

8:30 am–4:00 pm



To Register:

Dawn Allen
Harc, Inc.
900 Asylum Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105
[email protected]

More about our camp:

Capable Kids is Harc’s six-week free summer camp for children with intellectual and related disabilities. Capable Kids is one of the few summer camps available to participants with special needs in the Hartford area. It is an unfortunate reality that many children with disabilities are turned away by typical summer camps because they simply cannot accommodate their special needs. Typical camps are often unable to provide the 1:1, 1:3, or 1:5 staff-to camper ratios these children require. They also have difficulty accommodating participants who must receive medications, require wheelchairs or other assistive devices, have behavior challenges, or simply do not have staff trained to work with children with special needs. Capable Kids welcomes all such challenges and additionally provides door-to-door transportation for campers. Transportation is an important element of the Capable Kids summer camp because most of our families do not have access to, or own, a vehicle and public transportation with children with special needs can be difficult to manage. Capable Kids summer camp is unique due to the multiple services provided for children with complex special needs, allowing each camper to thrive in a typical summer camp experience. 

Campers will enjoy activities such as swimming, kickball, basketball, reading, arts and crafts, board games, dancing, gardening, yoga and other activities over the six-week camp. The literacy education and activities are an important part of the camp. Arts and cultural field trips such as the Science Center, Dinosaur Museum, and the 4-H Education Center at AuerFarm are also incorporated. 

In addition, campers participate in a variety of community volunteer opportunities. A favorite has been going to a local hospice center where they sing songs for patients. Other examples include neighborhood clean-up projects and working with the Life Enrichment Program for older adults with intellectual disabilities at Harc’s headquarters. Volunteer opportunities will vary based on individual strengths and comfort levels to challenge their own set of special skills and talents that can be utilized to accomplish great things. These activities offer the opportunity to socialize with typical peers as well as encourage children to become active members of their communities. Other ways to participate include their community’s recycling programs, writing letters to members of the armed services and legislators, and taking part in organizing donated goods for redistribution. 

The theme for the 2021 camp is “Be Your Best Self”. Our free Capable Kids summer camp program benefits one of Hartford’s most vulnerable populations: youth with intellectual or related disabilities can participate in recreational, educational and developmental activities that will build a health spirit, mind and body and challenge them to “be your best self.” In collaboration with Camp Courant children are able to engage in swimming, sports & fitness activities, yoga, dance and more.

HARC, Inc. Is Special Needs Accessible.

Harc’s co-Assistant Director of Community Services have been planning and developing Capable Kids Camp for seven years. Dawn Allen has been with the agency for 27 years and Maurice King has been with the agency for nine years. Both are trained in the following:

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • CPR
  • Dysphagia/Bloodborne
  • Fire Safety
  • Health Topics/Bloodborne
  • Med Certified
  • PMT