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Latest News & Events


Our summer 2021 camp dates are available now. Please click here for our Programs Calendar. At this time, we are still planning to open registration for summer 2021 programs in January as usual, but the decision on whether we can open will need to factor in local and state mandates regarding COVID-19. We are optimistic that at a minimum, we’ll be able to open at a lesser capacity to allow for distancing, cleaning, etc.


Join us for a Camp vs. Camp Challenge Weekend – virtually! In conjunction with Camp UPeninsulin (MI), we will be offering a weekend of camp activities for campers aged 6-16. Using zoom, we will have a friendly competition between camps through virtual games.  PLEASE NOTE: You must fill out all required information on the form to participate.  Click here for more information. 

Fundraise for your own camp fee or for our general campership fund which provides financial aid for those in need. We are using new online fundraising software which makes your fundraising experience fun and easy. It’s also easy to donate directly to a specific camper or to the general campership fund. Click here to get started fundraising or make a donation to camperships.

Looking for a gift for your camper or maybe yourself? We’ve drastically reduced prices on merchandise we have in stock at the camp store. Shop now and surprise your camper! Click here to view merchandise and click here for an order form.

Support one of our campaigns on FirstGiving. This is an easy way to make online donations directly to the campaign of your choice including our COVID-19 Support campaign.

We are thrilled to be continuing our partnership with Life is Good in 2020. The Life is Good motive is to spread the power of optimism through their ten superpowers – gratitude, creativity, authenticity, love, courage, compassion, simplicity, humor, openness, and fun. This summer, you’ll find our staff spreading optimism with the help of Life is Good. As part of our partnership, we are pleased to announce that they are offering a custom 25% off Friends and Family discount to be extended to Barton families and community for all Life is Good products. Shop online and use our promo code, BARTON, to receive 25% off your purchase!

During the summers of 2014 and 2013, a team of researchers descended on Clara Barton Camp and Camp Joslin to conduct the Bionic Pancreas study.  The study was led by Steven J. Russell, MD, PhD, an endocrinologist from Massachusetts General Hospital and Edward Damiano, PhD, an engineer from Boston University.  The 2014 study was focused on younger campers aged 6-11, while the 2013 study was for older campers and counselors.  For more information, please see our News page for press coverage and articles about the study.  Funding was provided by The Helmsley Charitable Foundation.  Click here for the Helmsley website.