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Camp Totokett


First Congregational Church of Branford founded Camp Totokett in 1996. Since its founding in 1996 camp has been held annually at Killiam's Point, the Church's waterfront property in Branford. Camp Totokett is a free one-week summer day camp for children from the Greater New Haven area. Camp offers a respite from stress, trauma, and responsibilities which these children face daily.


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Recognizing the impact of trauma and stress on children, Camp Totokett has begun to offer the camp experience to a small number of refugee children, relocated to New Haven through Integrated Refugee Immigration Services (IRIS).


Camp Totokett seeks to promote individual, family and community building by bringing together diverse urban and suburban groups. Camp serves strongly as a bridge spanning geographic, socioeconomic, racial, and religious lines. Campers and volunteers alike develop new understandings, compassion, lasting friendships, and respect for one another.

The camp staff is comprised of mainly community volunteers, including high school and college students, teachers, nurses, physicians, and clergy. Volunteers are always welcome and needed to make camp possible each summer! High school students who have completed Grade 9 are eligible to serve as Mentors and adults who either like to work with children in a specific age group setting or have other skills in the areas of waterfront, arts and crafts, music, and fishing, are encouraged to become a part of camp! For our 2019 season, we have filled all our Mentor spots.

Anyone who volunteers/attends camp is required to have had a physical within the last 3 years that is on file with Camp Totokett along with the appropriate corresponding registration paperwork in order to participate!



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Dear Past and Present Members of the Camp Totokett Family,

Back in February we began planning for a special year -- the 25th anniversary of Camp Totokett. Twenty five years! This is a remarkable milestone, and one in which 
you have played an integral part. Whether mentor, group leader, kitchen helper, cave coach, bubble blower, or fishing line detangler, you've helped us pull off something that was nothing short of miraculous, year after year. 

Though camp is just five days long, its impact extends well beyond a week. And we're never more grateful and humbled than when we hear this from the campers and their families. Every minute spent in hot pursuit of a rambunctious yellow group-er is time well spent when that former camper, now a college graduate, returns with years of saved pins, t-shirts, and awards, eager to thank camp for helping him overcome near-impossible odds. I suspect, too, the impact of camp has affected you as much as it's affected me.

Since our planning began earlier this year, twin crises in public health and racial injustice have roiled the country. The moment has laid bare the fault lines of inequality that run through our society. These are the challenging realities some of us first encountered at Camp Totokett.

Because the world has changed, Camp Totokett's 25th year won't be anything like we anticipated. Instead of camp as we've known it for the last 24 years at Killam's Point, we will be hosting a shortened virtual camp beginning on July 27. In addition to programming delivered via Zoom, we'll be mailing out camp care packages with all the staples -- t-shirts, pins, arts and crafts supplies, snacks, and other fun materials -- to campers who are eagerly awaiting their yearly dose of Camp Totokett. Precisely because of the events of the last few months, the children we serve need a week of camp more than ever.

For this unique 25th anniversary year we need your help. I've listed three opportunities below to lend your support to camp at this critical time. (Thanks to those who have already responded.)

1. 
Camp Welcome Video: So that we can still surround campers with the encouragement and familiar faces of camp, we're assembling a video of greetings and well-wishes, starring you! Please email a quick video no longer than 30 seconds to Hailey Nelson by July 19. You can shoot this video on your phone. It could be the camp call (what what!) an enthusiastic "good morning", something silly, or whatever you want --  we'd like everyone to be part of it.

2. 
Camp Care Packages: We're doing our best to recreate the Camp Totokett experience at home because we can't be together in person. Help us purchase items for our "camp in a box" care packages from this Amazon Wish List. We hope to finalize the order by July 17.

3. 
Support Camp Totokett: Camp Totokett, a carefree week of fun and friendship for the kids who need it most and provided at no cost to families, has only been possible through your generosity, your time, and your talents. Consider making a donation to Camp Totokett through the First Congregational Church of Branford. (We have some very cool 25th anniversary edition tie-dye t-shirts for anyone who donates $50 or more.)

Thank you for the invaluable role you've played in camp's legacy and the impact it has had on the lives of hundreds of children. Every piggyback provided, prank played, bruised knee nursed, and friendship formed has gone farther than you can imagine. (But you already knew that.) With your help we look forward to many, many more years to come.

"Camp Totokett ... what, what!",

Tim

Director, 
Camp Totokett
timothy.dinneen@gmail.com
For more information please contact
Hailey Nelson
Camp Administrator
(203) 859-1320
camptotokett@gmail.com










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