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Camp Happiness is a Milford Recreation camp for Milford children with special needs.  The children range in age between 4 and 12 years old.  The camp is a day camp located at Foran High School.  It runs for five weeks during the summer months of July and August. Children qualify to attend camp if they have an IEP through the city of Milford.

The camp is divided into 6 groups, and the groups are formed with children of the same age.  The needs of the children range from developmental delays, speech and language delays, social/emotional delays, and multi handicapping conditions.

The camp is a structured 6 period day with the following periods, Music, Arts & Crafts, Physical Education, Instructional swim, a “Free swim”, and a Create your own period.  Musicians, Jugglers, and other Entertainers visit the camp for the children.  We also have theme days and awards given to all the campers.   Many of the special performers and trips and activities we develop for the camp need financial assistance from outside organizations due to budgetary restraints

Since 1965 the camp has been in existence. It has evolved from a camp of 20 - 30 children to a camp of 100 - 120 each summer.  There are 40 paid staff members who are high school students, college students and some teachers.  The camp has a full time nurse on duty.  We also have a behavioral management program in place from day one.

Camp Happiness motto is Come On~ Get Happy! We try to give children with special needs an opportunity to have a positive experience at a day camp environment that they may not otherwise get elsewhere.

General Information
  • Children qualify for Camp Happiness if they have an IEP from the City of Milford and are Milford Residents (proof of IEP may be required - submit page #1).
  • Applications are taken on a first come first serve basis, beginning on Monday, April 6, 2020
  • Deadline to apply is Friday, May 1, 2020
  • You must also complete the 2020 Photo / Video Permission Form (see Links and Forms)
  • Financial Assistance may be available through the Milford Youth and Family Services 203-783-3253.
  • Your child is not registered until the registration and the full payment is received by the Recreation Department. Those who are seeking financial assistance must submit the full registration fee with their application to reserve their spot. Refunds will be processed accordingly if financial aid is secured.
  • You will receive a letter confirming your child's acceptance after the deadline date.
  • For more information contact Marlene Sanchez at 203-783-3280 ext 8, or

Important Telephone Numbers
  • Camp Happiness Office - 203-783-3598
  • Camp Happiness Nurse - 203-783-3502 ext 1016
  • Email:

Daily Information
  • Everyday your child will need to bring the following to camp - Backpack; Lunch with a drink; Bathing Suit and Towel - All items need to be labeled!
  • Camp Happiness follows a 6 period day of Arts & Crafts, Music, Physical Education, Swimming, a "Create your own period" run by the group's counselors, and Lunch.
  • If you are driving your child to and from Camp Happiness, please park in the side parking lot. There is no drop off / pick up in the front of the building.
  • Transportation is provided.

Additional Forms and Files: Links:
Register Activity Ages Grades Days Date/Time Fees
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2020 Camp Happiness - Session 1 
4 - 12  K - 7  MTuWThF  07/06/2020 - 07/17/2020
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Foran High School
$250.00 Res

• Registration is available for Residents from 04/06/2020 12:00 AM to 05/01/2020 11:59 PM.
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2020 Camp Happiness - Session 2 
4 - 12  K - 7  MTuWThF  07/20/2020 - 08/06/2020
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Foran High School
$375.00 Res

• Registration is available for Residents from 04/06/2020 12:00 AM to 05/01/2020 11:59 PM.
* Adjustments and discounts will be applied during checkout if applicable. *

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