Oak Hill Camp Options

for People with Disabilities

Professionally Staffed, Disability Oriented Camps

Oak Hill offers two camps, specifically designed for people with physical and intellectual disabilities, veterans and seniors. The camps, located in Waterford and Hebron, are packed with outdoor activities such as biking, swimming, hiking and boating. Each one is set in a beautiful natural location with easily accessible amenities.

Our camps are staffed with licensed nurses, camp directors, lifeguards and swim instructors, who have extensive experience working with people with disabilities. Our staff is dedicated to providing an exciting get away where he or she can make new friends and enjoy healthy and safe fun.


Camp Choices

Oak Hill Camp
Residential summer camp for Oak Hill program participants.  Program participants are children and adults with developmental, intellectual and physical disabilities, including visual impairments.

Camp Hemlocks
Educational and residential summer camping for CT’s youth, adults, veterans and seniors with physical or developmental disabilities along with their families, friends and caregivers.


Bobby on an adaptive bike at camp

Camp Activities

Regardless of ability, people who attend our camps get opportunities to enjoy all kinds of physical and social activities. We include swimming, boating, fishing, biking, arts & crafts, sports & games, day trips to sporting events, restaurants and museums, and dances. Our recreational programs are designed to meet the needs and interests of each individual and to foster interaction in the community.



Choose a Camp


Take a look at the details below and contact the appropriate staff to enroll your child in one of our unique camps.


Oak Hill Camp

Program & Location
One week (Sunday-Friday), eight sessions available, June-August. Gender specific cabins with own bathrooms and showers; air conditioning; all cabins connected by accessibility ramps; 24/7 staffing; and 24 hour nursing in each cabin; dining hall provides all meals; special diets accommodated. In addition, participants have access to beach and boating; therapeutic riding; musical performances and traditional camp activities. Located at Camp Harkness in Waterford, CT along the Long Island Sound.

June 17, 2015 to August 10, 2015

Call for details.

Provided while at camp. Oak Hill does not provide transportation to and from camp.

Fees / Contact
Contact Dave Piggot, Assistant Director, Oak Hill Community Programs at (860) 242-2274, ext. 3643; email:piggotd@ciboakhill.org



Easter Seals Camp Hemlocks, An Oak Hill Center

Program & Location
Oak Hill’s plans are underway to renovate Camp Hemlocks and restore programming with the goal to reopen in June of 2015.

Camp Hemlocks is located on 160 acres in Hebron, CT. It provides educational and residential summer camping. The facility is approximately 50,000 square feet with large meeting rooms, dining room capacity for 150, overnight accommodations for 100, an open-air pavilion and three lodges. There is also a 22-acre lake on the property which is used for boating and fishing and a fully handicap-accessible 60’x40’ indoor pool. The facility features barrier free design, an environment that allows people with disabilities complete access and optimal independence.

The camp offers maximum participation for CT’s youth, adults, veterans and seniors with physical or developmental disabilities along with their families, friends and caregivers. Community programming and meeting spaces will be offered to the community at large and civic groups. Early programming considerations include: summer camp, nature’s classroom, programs for veterans and seniors, adaptive sports and potential partnerships with organizations like the Special Olympics.

For information on camperships or employment opportunities, please contact:
Jen Merkent, Camp Director at 860-242-2274 ext. 4068  or email at jen.merkent@OakHillCT.org.