Dream Camp

Trinity College’s highly successful program Dream Camp was founded in 1998. Now in its 17th season, the summer camp and year- round academic mentoring program provides a fun, educational, and safe environment for participating elementary school through high school students.  Former Dream Campers and Trinity College students serve as tutors and mentors throughout the academic year, as well as counselors during the summer session.

Among the chief goals of Trinity’s Dream Camp are to enhance out-of-school educational opportunities for Hartford’s children, build confidence and academic skills, and improve success in school—and, therefore, build interest in pursuing higher education. As campers enter high school and begin considering options for college, Dream Camp’s programs focus more on issues such as college awareness, admissions, SAT prep, and navigating through college and financial aid applications.

During the summer, Dream Camp offers classes in creative and performing arts, a “World Tour” program exposing campers to a different country and cultures each week, reading enrichment, health and nutrition, as well as fitness and athletics offerings.   During the summer of 2014, 25o Hartford children, ages 6-16 participated in the program. About 20 percent of Dream Camp staff members are former campers; their success in college and in the leadership role of counselor provides inspiration to young campers.

For information about enrolling a child in the program, please contact:

Dream Camp Program Director – Matt Proffitt

Phone: (860) 987-6209,  e-mail:  mproffitt@esfdreamcamp.org

Generous supporters of Dream Camp (as of August 1, 2014):

  • Alumni, parents, and friends of Trinity College
  • Bank of America Foundation
  • Fisher Foundation
  • Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
  • George A. & Grace L. Long Foundation 
  • William and Alice Mortensen Foundation
  • NewAlliance Foundation
  • Charles Nelson Robinson Fund
  • Travelers Foundation
  • Versa Products
​Contributions are welcome to help make it possible for more children to attend Dream Camp. Please contact amanda.buhrer@trincoll.edu for more information on making a gift to Dream Camp.

Read more about and view the slideshows here and here from Dream Camp 2013.​​​​​​​​