First Congregational Church of Branford founded Camp Totokett in 1996.  Since its founding the camp has been held annually at Killam’s Point, the Church’s waterfront property in Branford. Camp Totokett is a free one week summer camp for children from the Greater New Haven area. Camp offers a respite from stress, trauma and responsibilities which these children face daily. Recognizing the impact of trauma and stress on children, Camp has begun to offer camp to a small number of refugee children, relocated to New Haven through Integrated Refugee Immigration Services (IRIS).

Camp 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 understanding, compassion, lasting friendships and respect for one another.

The camp staff is comprised mainly of community volunteers, including high school and college students, teachers, nurses, physicians and clergy. Volunteers are always welcome and are 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 areas of waterfront, fishing, arts and crafts, or music are encouraged to become a part of camp.

Contact the church office at office@firstcongregationalbranford.org for more information.