Who Can Attend Camp Havvago?
Applications for ARCCM Members
After March 15, any spaces left for Havvago will open to non-ARCCM families on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to put your camper on a waiting list for Havvago so you will be contacted after March 15 if a space opens up, please contact Camp Starfish directly at 978-637-2617. Non-ARCCM families pay the full cost of $625 for the 5-day camp.
Havvago Health & Meals
Spectrum- and Sensory- Friendly Meals
Our kid, parent and nutritionist-approved menu and snacks have no added sugars, candy, caffeine or junk. We bake everything - no frying! Each item served is separated in its own dish on the table (pasta, meatballs, sauce, etc.) so campers can plate the combinations that feel right to them. Fresh fruit, milk, 100% juice and water are offered at each meal, as well as a full salad bar at lunch and dinner. Gluten-free, vegetarian and other plans are all easily accomodated.
Our Havvago program is hosted out of our Camp & Conference Center, Crescent Lodge. The dining room is small and quiet, with additional outdoor eating locations in good weather. Campers who feel overwhelmed in the group eating setting have plenty of support from staff and may choose to take space outside anytime during the meal.
Professional Health Care & Camper Supervision
Our Healthy House is staffed by full-time, on-site nurses with experience handling medication dispensing, illnesses, and injuries. In the unlikely event of a more serious concern or emergency, we are minutes away from the camp pediatrician and a full-service hospital. Our camp staff have completed one of the longest training programs in the industry and have been carefully hired and fully background checked. Campers are never out of sight of camp staff, including after lights out, when cabins are fully staffed all night long.
The 2017 Havvago Dates are:
Havvago: Monday, July 3 - Friday, July 7
Havvago Beachcombers: Tuesday, July 25 - Saturday, July 29
Your camper will be met by one of his/her cabin counselors, who will guide you through the check-in process and ensure a smooth transition to camp. Camp Directors, Autism Resource Center Directors, and the camp health professonals will all be on hand to welcome you to camp.
Family Fun & Pick-Up
Family members and friends from home are invited to join us on the final day to view the session slideshow and have a celebration cookout, as well as an opportunity to meet and connect with other families and with our camp staff. Campers will be encouraged to take their families and friends on a tour of camp. Parents will have a chance to check in with campers' Lead Counselor and Village Administrators to hear all about your child's camp experience.
Havvago Application Details
We're thrilled that you are interested in sending your child to Camp Havvago this summer!
Camp Havvago is most appropriate for children who can bathroom themselves (nighttime/occasional accidents are fine) and who can feed themselves (a staff member sits next to each camper at meals to help with manners and healthy choices). Campers should be able to communicate - verbally or otherwise - enough to convey their basic needs.
To Apply for Camp
Applications for Havvago will go live in January of 2017. Please check this website for the updated link. Deposits may be made online or by check to the ARCCM. The deposit is $80, and is applied towards camp fees. All initial applications must be made through the ARCCM.
First-Time Camper Tours
Our campsite in Rindge, NH is closed through the winter and into the early Spring. Once the ground thaws and we get buildings opened up in preparation for summer, first-time Camp Havvago families will be invited to visit camp. We encourage you to visit camp prior to your child's first attendance because it helps your camper get a picture of what camp will be like, easing anxiety and stress about the unknown. During the visit, you will take a tour of camp, see a bunk, meet staff, and speak with the directors. Then, while your campers play outside with counselors, parents will attend a brief Q&A session. Dates will be provided to families after registration is completed.