First Congregational Church Branford, CT         

...where you are welcome!

Camp Totokett
July 30 - August 3, 2018

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Camp Totokett is a free one-week camp for the "invisible" children of HIV/AIDS: children who, while not infected themselves, live in families where one or more family member is infected. At a very early age, these children must face the illness, and sometimes death, of a parent or other loved one, often in the isolation and silence that typically surround those suffering from AIDS.

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Founded in 1996 by The First Congregational Church of Branford and held yearly at Killam's Point, the Church's waterfront property in Branford, camp offers a respite from the enormous issues and responsibilities which these children face daily in their homes. In a stimulating, nurturing environment, children, ages 6-13, participate in seashore-based nature activities, arts and crafts, fishing and a daily music program.

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Camp Totokett also seeks to promote individual, family and community connections between urban and suburban participants.

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Camp staff (except for our waterfront director) is made up entirely of community volunteers, including high school and college students, teachers, nurses, physicians and clergy.

Through bringing together diverse urban and suburban groups, camp serves strongly as a bridge spanning geographic, socioeconomic, racial and religious lines. All participants develop new understandings, compassion, lasting friendships and respect for each other.

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There continues to be a significant need in the greater New Haven community for children and families living with AIDS/HIV. Camp regularly reaches out to newly affected families, but also serves as a long term support base to our campers, the majority of whom return for multiple seasons.

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Camp offers stability to children coping with the multiplicity of changes that AIDS can bring, including (as has been the case with some of our campers) the death of a parent or loved one. Camp Totokett plans to continue its support to those who find themselves living in the midst of AIDS for as long as there is a need in our community.

As a mission project of the First Congregational Church, the camp depends on volunteers for staffing and on donations of food, services and dollars from not only the congregation but also the wider community. It is funded in part by the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation, the Fresh Air Fund of the New Haven Register, the Woman's Seamen's Friend Society, private donations and, in the past by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and the Branford Community Foundation.

Volunteers are always needed. High school students who have completed grade 9 are eligible to be mentors and adults who either like to work with children in a specific age group setting or have other skills in the areas of waterfront, arts and crafts, music, fishing, grant writing etc. are encouraged to become a part of the camp.

For more information please contact
Rev. Theresa Borchetta, Director
Minister for Youth and Family
First Congregational Church of Branford

Laura Noe, Administrator

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