Making the World a Better Place For All of Us
For over 50 years, groups of volunteers with a variety of backgrounds and skills, have come together to create unique, week-long summer camp and weekend camp experiences for people with disabilities.
Our programs are structured around a theme brought to life through silly costumes, engaging daily activities, an interactive play, as well as art, athletic, musical, and sensory experiences. Though there are many things that have remained the same over time, no two programs are alike. This is because each program is generated from the collective imagination, energy and interests of the people who volunteer and attend Camp. When a camper’s dream is made a reality by the volunteer staff, we call the resulting experience “Fatimagic.” You never know when it will strike. But once it does, you are changed for life.
Changing lives, enriching hearts.
One camper, one volunteer at a time.
After you’ve been to Camp Fatima, your heart is a little fuller. You carry the memory of a place where you are appreciated for who you are and had the opportunity to shine in new ways. You become part of a caring community whose primary mission is to create joy. In turn, you seek to share this joy with others all year round.
What We Do
Imaginative, fun, silly, curious, mischievous children and adults who have cognitive, sensory, and motor differences and benefit from the care Camp Fatima provides to guarantee them a magical camping experience!
Playful, dedicated, creative, mature, people ages 16 and up, who have a passion for helping others, and wish to lend their talents and expertise to create Fatimagic for our campers.
Individuals, businesses, and grantors who financially support the mission of Camp Fatima, ensuring all campers attend programs free of charge.
In the late1960’s a group of seminarians visited a camp program in New Hampshire by the same name. They were so moved by their experience that they returned home and started Camp Fatima of New Jersey, which was officially incorporated in 1971. While both programs are called Camp Fatima, they are completely separate organizations with no affiliation between the two camps. Camp Fatima of New Jersey has been in continuous operation since its inception in 1968.
Camp Fatima is a private, not for profit, non-sectarian organization. Annually Camp Fatima offers two one-week overnight camping sessions for school-aged (5-21) children with disabilities. Camp Fatima also offers four weekends throughout the spring and fall for adults with disabilities. This program is for adults from age 21 and above. Camp Fatima serves over 100 children and over 60 adults annually.
Camp Fatima is funded by private donations and fundraising activities. Camp Fatima does not receive any government funding and no participant is ever charged a fee to attend.
Camp Fatima is run completely by volunteers, from the Board of Directors to the staff at the summer camp and adult weekend programs. Volunteers range in age from 16 to 70+. Each year over 400 volunteers give their time and talents to create the magic of Camp Fatima known as “Fatimagic”.
Board of Directors
Camp Fatima Board of Directors meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm.
Please contact the secretary if you have a question, suggestion or general feedback for the board to consider.