Dream Camp

Trinity College’s highly successful program Dream Camp was founded in 1998. Now in its 19th 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, health and nutrition, as well as fitness and athletics offerings.   During the summer of 2016, 250 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 – Adah Gillon

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


Generous supporters of Dream Camp 2016:

  • Alumni, parents, and friends of Trinity College
  • Stanley D. and Hinda N. Fisher Fund
  • First Niagara Foundation 
  • Versa Products
  • Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
  • Ensworth Charitable Foundation
  • Charles Nelson Robinson Fund
  • George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation
  • Barnes Foundation
  • Bank of America Foundation
  • William and Alice Mortensen Foundation
​Contributions are welcome to help make it possible for more children to attend Dream Camp. Please contact elizabeth.fitzgerald@trincoll.edu for more information on making a gift to Dream Camp.

Read more and view the slideshow from Dream Camp 2016.​​​​​​​​