About Camp Quinebaug...
Overview of Camp Quinebaug: A Summer
Day Camp in Killingly, Connecticut. A camp for children with developmental
disabilities. Funded and Operated by: The State of Connecticut, Department
of Developmental Services and The Friends of Camp Quinebaug. In
partnership with local schools and communities.
Camp Quinebaug was established in 1972 to provide a unique summer camp
experience for school age children with developmental disabilities in
northeastern Connecticut. The camp is located on Wauregan Reservoir in
Killingly on 11 acres and its waterfront is the only beach on this beautiful
waterway. Swimming, boating, fishing, nature enrichment, arts and crafts, sports
and games highlight the busy camp schedule. Approximately 90-100 campers
per season enjoy the benefits of this 6 week fully accessible camp environment.
The Summer Camp at Camp Quinebaug is operated by the State of
Connecticut Department of Developmental Services (DDS). Each year, the
camp is licensed through the Department of Public Health—Division of Youth
Camps. Licensed Youth Camps in CT require strict adherence to rules,
regulations and requirements around ensuring the health and safety of all
campers, at all times, with a high emphasis on the training and certification of
staff employed by the Camp and a safe camping environment.
Who can come to camp?
Camp Quinebaug Summer Camp is open to children ages four to twenty-one
- Eligible for services from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS)*
- Enrolled in school, register for camp on established registration dates,
and meet all requirements to be approved to attend camp
- Planning on attending camp with their own staff supports if they are
- Able to spend a considerable amount of time outdoors
- Able to participate in group settings
* If a child is not eligible for services from the DDS, and has a
documented disability, they may be able to attend camp provided they: (1)
meet all other above criteria, (2) have their own supervising staff who are with
them at all times and who have met Camp Q staff training requirements and, (3)
have been approved to attend by Camp Q administrative and managerial staff.
A one week day camp is available for individuals with developmental
disabilities who have just graduated from high school. This is held during
the week just prior to the start of the six week summer camp for children.
Registration dates are the same dates for all campers. The registrations
dates, registration packets, and supervision requirements are the same for
alumni camp as they are for day campers.