Common Camp Questions

How long is the summer camp at Camp Q?
Camp runs for six weeks each summer beginning on the last week of June. For registration purposes, it is broken down into three 2-week sessions.
How much does it cost for my child to go to Camp Q for each session?
There is no cost for eligible children to attend Camp Q.

How does the camp operate if families do not pay for their children to go to camp?
The overall operation of the camp is funded by the Department of Developmental Services by the taxpayers of the State of CT.

Operational funding of the summer camp includes the salaries of administrative, managerial and maintenance staff. The DDS also funds all camp employees who are in Director or Assistant Director Positions, as well as all nursing and lifeguard positions. In addition, DDS incurs all costs of facility operations including property upkeep, utilities, maintenance and repairs. DDS does not fund enhanced staff for campers and looks to the school districts or families to fund assistance in this area.

The Friends of Camp Quinebaug provides funding for eleven positions each summer. Nine positions function as camp counselors.  The other two positions serve as arts & crafts and sports & nature specialty positions.  The Friends also provide additional supports to enrich the camp experience when possible.
What role does a child’s school play regarding their attendance at Camp Q?
The school districts work cooperatively with families and children, as well as DDS staff, to assist in facilitating a child’s attendance at Camp Q. Many children with special needs require enhanced staff when they are in school. Most children require similar staff enhancements while they are at Camp Q. Many schools subsidize this cost, as well as the cost of transportation. Without their assistance, many children would not be able to attend camp.
How does a person register a child for Camp Quinebaug?
Registration for Camp Quinebaug is required to be done in person on three different dates, in three different locations, during the last week in April and first week of May.  Registrations are not accepted via mail, email or faxes.
If a child attended Camp Q the previous year, they will receive a full registration packet in the mail from DDS. The packet needs to be completed prior to bringing it to one of the registration locations.
If a child has not attended Camp Q in the past and is eligible for DDS, they should contact the DDS Helpline for a registration packet by calling 1-877-437-4577 or via email to If the child is not eligible for DDS, packets should be obtained by contacting the child’s school district.
What if a child has a disability, is not eligible for services from DDS, and wants to attend Camp Q?
The family should discuss attending Camp Q with their school district to see if the camp environment coincides with their IEP goals. In order to attend camp, non DDS campers must have their own supervising staff with them at all times.  If supervision will be in place, they should then contact the DDS Camp Administrator at 860-331-2039 to begin the process of seeking special approval to attend Camp Q.  DDS cannot provide supervision for children not eligible for services from the agency.  If approved, the family should register the child at the designated registration dates for Camp Q.
Who are the Friends of Camp Quinebaug?
The Friends of Camp Quinebaug are parents and caregivers of children with developmental disabilities and concerned citizens just like you!  If you have a child, friend or relative attending camp, or just wish to give back to the community, the “Friends” NEED YOU and YOU NEED the “ Friends”. Here’s how it works…

The Friends of Camp Quinebaug sponsor and engage in fundraising activities all year long to help to raise funds to pay for staff salaries at Camp Q. They also fund other improvement projects at the camp as well. Without a significant amount of money and donations from individual donors and the community, the cost for a child to attend Camp Q would be very expensive.

Every year, the Friends rely on getting new members to assist with all of their fundraising activities, socials, dances, dinners, races, walks, etc… If new members do not get involved with activities to raise these funds, or assist through donations, the costs will fall solely on the families of the children who go to this special camp. Caring for a child with a disability can be costly, and many children would not be able to attend without assistance. Please donate your time, your talent, your resources– anything– to keep this valuable resource to families in the Quiet Corner! So much good can come out of just giving a little!

How do you get involved with the Friends of Camp Quinebaug?
#1 Complete and sign the new authorization to release information that is included with the Camp Q registration packet. This will allow the State to release only the parent/guardian contact and email information to the Friends of Camp Q so that you can be informed about upcoming fundraisers, dances, meetings and more!
#2 Encourage those you know to make tax deductible donations to Camp Q through the Friends of Camp Q or DDS.
#3 Contact the Friends of Camp Q to see how you can help!
The Friends of Camp Quinebaug
P.O. Box 243
Putnam, CT 06260

Or ask to join us on our Facebook page; Friends of Camp Quinebaug
Information on people to contact who are currently affiliated with The Friends of Camp Quinebaug can also be obtained by the Administrator of Camp Q by calling the number below.
Elisa Marcoux, Camp Administrator
State of CT: DDS North Region
Newington Satellite Office
71 Mountain Road
Newington, CT 06111
Voice: 860-331-2039
Toll Free: 1-866-246-0704 ext 2039
Fax: 860-331-2015
Camp Quinebaug phone: 860-779-0528