Answering the Needs of Citizens with Handicaps through Organized Recreation
ANCHOR is a comprehensive year-round program serving 1,200 children and adults with special needs. Town residents five years of age and over with developmental disabilities may apply for admission to the ANCHOR program.
Throughout the winter/spring season, the Town of Hempstead ANCHOR Program presents an enriching and encompassing schedule of recreational activities on weeknights and Saturdays. Developmentally disabled residents, five years of age and older, are eligible to participate. Specific times and locations of ANCHOR activities are announced in the participant calendar.
Summer Program at Lido Beach
Camp ANCHOR, the town's six-week day camp program, will serve 720 children and adults with special needs throughout the summer. Camp participants enjoy an array of athletic, aquatic and cultural programs, as well as field trips and special events. This comprehensive recreational day camp will be available to eligible participants who are five years of age and older. Transportation is provided. Registration fee required.
Program: Six-week program runs Monday to Friday at Lido Beach Town Park.
ANCHOR Weekday Programs
ANCHOR's weekday programs are designed to develop socialization skills, improve self-image and integrate the participant into community life whenever possible. Diverse recreational programs such as bowling, swimming, fitness, sports, ANCHOR Teen Drama Workshop and Club ANCHOR for Teens and Adults, are offered on weekdays after school and in the evenings. Open to registered participants of the ANCHOR Program only!
Program: October through May. Times and places to be announced.
ANCHOR Weekend Programs
Professional educators, specialists, paraprofessionals, and volunteers will supervise exciting activities such as art, music, dance, physical education, home economics, special events and field trips during an all-day Saturday program. Participants are grouped according to age, needs, and ability. Bus transportation to and from various points in the community is provided. Open to registered participants of the ANCHOR Program only!
Program: October through May for both CHILDREN and ADULTS. Times and places to be announced.
ANCHOR Swim Program for Children and Adults
ANCHOR's recreational swim program is staffed by specially trained lifeguards, educators and volunteers, all experienced in working with special populations. Assistance in and out of the water and individualized instruction with specific exercises are provided upon request. Open to registered participants of the ANCHOR Program only!
Echo Park Pool, West Hempstead
Program: October through May for both CHILDREN and ADULTS.
If you are 14 years of age or older and wish to lend a helping hand during our 2018 Camp ANCHOR Summer Program, call the ANCHOR Office at (516) 431-6946, beginning Tuesday, January 2 at 8 a.m., to place your name on the waiting list. Due to a large number of volunteers currently in the program, our summer availability will be limited. The selection process is conducted on a first-come, first-serve basis. We will only be taking a small number of new volunteers this summer. If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to: Maryhan@tohmail.org
For further information and ANCHOR enrollment applications, please call (516) 431-6946 or write to: ANCHOR, Lido Beach Town Park, 630 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach, New York, 11561