CS9Children who have an incarcerated parent sometimes feel as though they are the only ones in the world in this situation. Yet, 1 in every 28 children in the United States has an incarcerated parent.

Child and Family Services and the YMCA of Greater Nashua is pleased to partner with the Family Connections Center of the New Hampshire Department of Corrections to provide a summer camp experience for children who have a parent who is incarcerated in the New Hampshire State Prison system. 

The Children of Incarcerated Parents (CIP) summer camp program was created to help these children realize that they are not alone, to share experiences with other children in similar situations, to have a traditional summer camp adventure, and get an amazing visit with their incarcerated parent!

At Camp Spaulding, these children will have the opportunity to experience two weeks of overnight camping on 55 acres of forest along the Contoocook River. 

Adventures include:

  • swimming
  • canoeing
  • horseback riding
  • high and low ropes challenge courses
  • arts & crafts
  • theatre games
  • archery
  • hiking


  • CIP campers will have the added benefit of enjoying some extra activities that are specially designed for them, including a field trip to spend some quality time with their incarcerated parent, where they will enjoy some traditional camp activities and each parent and child(ren) will create a large mural that will be publicly displayed after camp and will eventually go home to the child.

CIP special camp session:  August 5-18, 2018


Children of parents who are incarcerated in the New Hampshire State Prison in Concord, Goffstown, or Berlin, and are active members of the Family Connections Center (  

REGISTER your child today!  

Costs and Donations

Having an incarcerated parent places a huge financial burden on the family left behind. The total cost for a full, two-week session for a CIP is $1,350. This pays for the camp costs, the transportation costs to the prison and food and art supplies for the two days at the prison. We hope to have all of CIP campers go to camp for FREE!

SPONSOR a child today! Help us to provide this important and very special experience to children of incarcerated parents. Any donation helps!




Children of parents who are incarcerated in the NH State Prison in Concord, Goffstown, or Berlin, and who are active members of the Family Connections Center.

800-640-6486 Ext. 4156

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Download CIP Consent Form

Download the CIP Camp Spaulding Application Here.

Download CIP Camp Authorization Form

Download CIP Photo and Video Authorization Form