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Hole in the Wall Gang Camp



Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
555 Long Wharf Drive
New Haven CT 06511
203-772-0522

Tax ID/EIN: 06-1157655
Year Founded: 1985
Last Updated 2016-06-06

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Why are we a Messenger?

The EQUUS Foundation has designated our organization as a Messenger. Click here to learn more about our horse care and use practices.

Messengers are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations.

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Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Public Service

Our organization operates programs involved with providing equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) using certified instructors for individuals with special needs.

Our organization is not directly responsible for the care of horses.

10% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.


Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Founded in 1988 by Paul Newman, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp provides a different kind of healing to more than 25,000 seriously ill children and family members annually all completely free of charge. For many of these children and families, Hole in the Wall provides multiple Camp experiences throughout the year at the facility in Ashford, Conn., in more than 40 hospitals and clinics, directly in camper homes and communities, and through outreach activities across the Northeast.

Horse-related programs:
Through the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp's summer camping program beginning in June and ending in August seriously ill youngsters are given the opportunity to participate in our horseback riding program in a controlled environment. Many of our campers come to us from urban centers and have never ridden a horse before. Campers have the opportunity to ride in our covered arena or on our trails assisted by trained volunteers who will be leading the horse. Our campers also participate in arena games and learn basic horsemanship and safety skills when in the company of horses. The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp maintains a group of horses on loan to us each summer. Horses arrive at Camp shortly before the first session begins the first week of June and will be housed in our Horse Barn facility through our last summer session at the end of August.

Non-horse-related programs:
Founded in 1988 by Paul Newman, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is a community dedicated to providing a different kind of healing to seriously ill children. Through Camp programs, year-round outreach to hospitals and clinics and ongoing services the Camp serves more than 25,000 seriously ill children and family members annually. While Connecticut-based, the Camp has a tremendous footprint in New York and Boston. More than half of client families are from low-income households in urban areas. All services are provided free of charge to children, families, and hospitals.

Over the past 25 years, the Camp has evolved from a summer program to a vibrant year-round community that operates both onsite and regional programs throughout the Northeast. Our organizational growth has and continues to be inextricably linked to the diverse needs of the children and families in our care. Parent-specific programs were added in the early 1990s, followed shortly by Family retreats during weekends throughout the Spring and Fall. In 2002, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp launched its Hospital Outreach Program, designed to extend the hope and healing power of Camp to hospitalized children across the Northeast. Altogether, Camp’s year-round program offerings enable a continuity of care that seamlessly engages children, families, and healthcare professionals.

Our Camp programs include arts and crafts, adventure, swimming, woodshop, fishing, boating, theater, archery, overnight camping and horseback riding. They have been developed specifically to enable our campers to grow beyond their perceived limits and build confidence. Our activities are designed to allow every child to participate and are managed to ensure that no child will fail. For children with serious illnesses, the enthusiasm, self-esteem and sheer joy these activities foster become an important part of the healing process.


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