About Channel 3 Kids Camp
The mission of Channel 3 Kids Camp is to provide fun year-round opportunities to children of all abilities, families, & communities through educational & recreational programs that promote diversity, acceptance, and environmental appreciation.
Continue to expand and update our facilities to maximize our ability to best serve our diverse and growing population groups, providing quality educational and recreational experiences for children of all abilities.
Continue to seek and actively pursue collaboration with communities, organizations, and individuals to provide greater opportunities for our current and future participants.
Be recognized as an independent non-profit organization whose sound fiscal management and use of best practices promote maximum growth for the future.
Recruit dedicated Board Members to advance our mission through governance; recruit and train qualified staff to build, manage and enhance our organization & programs.
Cultivate an active volunteer base through community engagement.
To advance our 100 year plus reputation of providing the highest quality recreational and educational program for participants of all physical, developmental and economic abilities.
We provide the best possible variety of activities and opportunities for our participants with emphasis on choice. We empower our staff, board, and volunteers to achieve this through professional development and accreditation at the highest standard.
We value our long and historical legacy of providing opportunities that greatly impact and enhance the lives of all those we serve. We operate our organization with a commitment to accountability, integrity, and honesty.
We respect every individual’s unique qualities and capabilities. We recognize and promote the value of a healthy environment and positive relationships. We honor our history by upholding the vision of our founders.
We commit to developing and maintaining long-term relationships with participants, families, volunteers, and funders in the communities we serve. We embrace diversity and inclusion in every way. We promote leadership and tolerance within our communities. We hold ourselves as responsible members of the community, as demonstrated through partnerships, opportunities, and active involvement.
In 1910, The Harrison B. Freeman family, in collaboration with the Union for Home Work in Hartford, began its tradition of providing a summer camping experience for city children at their summer home, the Almada Lodge. In 1920, the Hartford Times assumed full responsibility for the program. In 1931, the Freeman family and the Hartford Times deeded the camp over to a newly formed charitable corporation, The Almada Lodge - Times Farm Camp Corporation, with 501 (c) (3) nonprofit status.
In 1976 when the Hartford Times ceased publication, WFSB Channel 3, then located in downtown Hartford, stepped forward to serve as the media partner for the camp, renaming it the Channel 3 Country Camp. While Channel 3 has been a dedicated media partner for more than 40 years, we are not owned by the station, nor do they pay our expenses.
Now, Channel 3 Kids Camp is in it's 110th year of serving children. During that time, we have consistently and successfully offered an inclusive camping experience for all children and youth throughout our region and from a variety of backgrounds. Through the remarkable generosity of the public and other funding sources, the camp has grown from serving 20 campers in 1910 to serving more than 3,000 children year-round on our 150 acre campus located in Andover and Coventry.
Channel 3 Kids Camp programming focuses on helping children develop personally and interpersonally. Our program focuses on fostering the skills necessary for personal, social, and career-related success. These skills include character development, interpersonal skills, life skills, health-related behaviors, conflict resolution skills, communication skills, leadership skills, and management skills. Activities related to service learning are used to encourage civic participation and cooperation as well as career-related skills such as leadership and management. The Channel 3 Kids Camp’s programs are based on the latest research on the importance of recreational and educational opportunities for children from all walks of life throughout the year.
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Channel 3 Kids Camp sits on 150 acres along the shores of the Skungamaug River, in Andover and Coventry, CT. There are more than 25 buildings that include sleeping cabins, an open air pavilion, dining hall, recreation hall, arts & crafts cabin, 42’ x 75’ swimming pool and more. Built in 1995, the Freeman Center was renovated in 2014. In addition to the preschool, it also houses 47 beds and is wheelchair accessible. Our facility is available for rent to outside groups.
Staff & Board
Our staff consists of dedicated professionals who work year-round to build exciting adventures for children of all ages. We are committed to quality, respect, and excellence in everything we do and strive to continually meet the needs and expectations of our campers, families, and participants.
Channel 3 Kids Camp is a non-profit corporation in the state of Connecticut with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. Our Board of Directors are a volunteer group comprised of dedicated and enthusiastic professionals.
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