FARMINGTON, Conn. — “We’re getting back to camp and that’s all that really matters,” said Corrianne Chipello, the executive director at Farmington-based Camp Courant. Chipello was happy to host a team from the Raytheon Corporation that brought both people power and PPE to get the campgrounds ready to greet at-risk kids from Hartford in June.
Chipello said, “The opportunity to just interact with other people again, I think all of us across the board missed that.” Camp Courant, like so many other summer programs, cancelled in-person activities in 2020. With protocols in place, they expect to have around 700 kids for opening day on June 21st.
Raytheon volunteers delivered more than 16,000 masks and 600 packs of sanitizing wipes in advance of the start date. Randy Bumps, Raytheon’s executive director of corporate social responsibility said, “more than ever Hartford students need to be back at camp this Summer, so this work has never been more important for us.”
Cleaning up Camp Courant
Camp Courant will enter 2021 celebrating their 127th year as the oldest free Summer camp in the country and staffers are hoping more volunteers sign on to keep their mission going. Chipello added, “without the support of volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to get this place ready… I’m so excited to see the kids get off the bus.”
To find out more about Camp Courant, donate or volunteer your work group click www.campcourant.org
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