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Tag Sales with some or all of the proceeds donated to Camp

Look for Businesses that may be willing to donate goods, services or money.

Consider giving donations "In the Name of" as Teacher's, Birthday or Holiday Gifts.

Distribute the Wish List to friends and family.

Check into Civic and Local organizations in your area. 

Someone you know (or you, yourself) may be involved in one of these organizations - ask for help.

 For More Information  
 about  The Friends of
 John J Nerden                                           RTC Camp                         or 
       To get involved

Please call:

Victoria Brady 203-215-2813

Vickie Canale     203-271-1675

A Brief History:

The John J Nerden Regional Training Center is located on 15 acres of land next to Powder Ridge Ski Area in   Middlefield, Connecticut. 
The land was donated in 1965 and with a grant of $3,000.00, as seed money from the Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation, the first season of day camp began on July 6, 1966.  
Funding was arranged though the       communities’ Park and Recreation  Departments under the premise that it would be less expensive to support Camp Nerden than it would be to   begin a  program of their own.
Camp Nerden opened with a full  program of sports, arts and crafts, nature study, etc.    
For 40 years, Camp Nerden has provided many special needs children and adults with a summer filled with enjoyment and learning. Campers  leave with many precious memories of summer with their friends.
Campers enjoy monthly off-seasons activities sponsored by the Camp. Daily attendance runs from 60-90   campers. Campers are supervised by a paid staff of 20 and many middle and high school-age  volunteers.
Camp Nerden was set up as a free Camp to children and adults with Mental Retardation from the central Connecticut area.    
Requests for funding are made to the communities through their Park and Recreation  Departments based on the cost per camper per day.
Funding for program expansion, capital improvements and special activities depend on the sponsorship of many local service organizations, foundations and individual donations.
The Friends of John J Nerden RTC Camp is a group of camp parents whose  mission is not only to raise awareness about this wonderful camp but to help raise the funding necessary to keep this camp running. 
If you would like more information or would like to make a donation,Please contact: 
The Friends of Camp Nerden
Victoria Brady at 203-215-2813
Vickie Canale at 203-271-1675 or E-Mail us at:                                      
To Mail In a Donation, mail to:       The Friends of Camp Nerden c/o Brady  79 Briarwood Drive
Meriden,CT   06450 
The Friends Of Camp Nerden c/o Canale 872 Westside Road, Cheshire Ct 06410
Please make checks payable to:
  The John J Nerden RTC Camp  
Nerden in the News!
**Lot of cuts on Meriden's list without hike in tax levy
Other cuts could come to programs and organizations like the neighborhood associations, the campership program and the Nerden day camp, among others. Those cuts would save the city $83,450 per year.

Editor: Camp Nerden
 Wow! What a great summer my daughter had attending this camp for the first time. I had no idea this camp existed for as long as it has. 

Bake Sale - Cheshire
A Bake Sale held by The Suarez and Cassella Families of Cheshire raised $225.00 for Camp Nerden

Funding restored 
The City Council also approved the restoration of funding to community programs, which the Finance Committee had agreed on last week. Funding, for instance, has been restored to teen programs and the Nerden camp. 

Camp Nerden funding
Editor: The John J. Nerden Camp (Middlefield) has been servicing our physically and mentally challenged (children) citizens since 1966, some 44 years. The Nerden Camp's purpose is to provide recreational programs and leisure-time activities for children and adults with special needs. 

Budget reduces aid to organizations
 The budget calls for cutting or reducing funding to the Nerden RTC Day Camp, the Augusta Curtis Cultural Center, the Women and Families Center and the Boys and Girls Club, among other organizations.

Special needs camp could face cash issues
In the face of their own budget issues, Cheshire Town Manager Michael A. Milone has recommended eliminating the town’s $10,000 contribu­tion to the camp and Meriden City Manager Lawrence J. Kendzior has recommended eliminating the city’s contribu­tion

Camp Nerden 2007 Service Club Picnic
The Camp Nerden Dance Team performed their routine to "Anyway" at the 42nd Annual John J Nerden RTC Camp Service Club Picnic held on Monday, August 6, 2007.

An Open Letter to all Campers, Staff & Volunteers at the John J. Nerden Regional Training Center Camp in Middlefield, CT -
By Frank LoGuidice
On May 25, 2007, I received two first place photography awards from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists for photos that appeared

Power Ridge Plan Headed To Vote On April 10 By PETER DOWNS, Courant Staff Writer
The land not used for the ski slope - about 150 acres - would be owned by the town and be preserved as open space or recreational use. The town would also gain rights to about 16 acres now used for the Nerden Camp fronting Powder Hill Road

John J. Nerden Regional Training Center a
"Hidden Gem" By: Frank Logiudice
There's a wonderful gem in Middlefield and it serves people with developmental disabilities

Cheshire Parents to ask Town to help support Special Needs Camp - TakeAnotherStepStaff
Camp John J Nerden RTC Camp located in Middlefield, CT had been in existence since the mid 1960’s.

A Dream Quietly Realized
Generations of Volunteers at Regional
Summer Camp AMY ASH NIXON; Courant Staff Writer
For years, area teens have spent their summer vacations on a quiet, wildflower-covered hillside in front of Powder Ridge ski resort. 

MIDDLEFIELD -- Like mother, like daughter. Mike Wright, Record-Journal staff
Since she was 8 years old, Meghen Fitzgibbons, now 18, has spent her summers at the John J. Nerden Regional Training Center where her mother

Regional Training Camp A Regional Resource By Frank LoGiudice
It was all smiles and nothing but joy at the John J. Nerden Regional Training Center Camp

**Take Steps; Make Strides Walk for Camp Nerden Huge Success
The forecast for rain suddenly changed to sunny and warm just in time for the First Annual Take Steps; Make Strides Walk to support the John J Nerden RTC Camp.The first annual walk was held, Saturday, October 6th at Maloney High School in Meriden

Councilors eye split of billboard revenue 
Because the billboard may pull in $20,000 more than first expected, he said, he wants to look at splitting the proceeds between the humane society and another nonprofit, such as the Nerden Camp in Middlefield. The camp serves special needs children from Meriden and surrounding communities, and depends on municipal support.

Cheshire proposed budget cuts Camp Nerden funds 
Camp Nerden, a non-profit summer camp in Meriden, serves special needs adults and children. Most of its $110,000-budget is raised among municipalities

Camp Nerden 2008 Halloween Party
The John J Nerden RTC Camp held it's annual Halloween Party on Sunday, October 26, 2008 in Middlefield CT.

Sorority Of Women Educators Celebrates Anniversary
Since 1955 Alpha's members have upheld the sorority's altruistic goals at the international, state, and local levels by raising money and providing service to a number of groups and individuals. This year, gifts were collected for the John J. Nerden RTC Camp in Middlefield

Camp Nerden Annual Family Fun Night 2008 
The John J Nerden RTC Camp located in Middlefield CT hosted their annual Family Fun Night on Monday July 21st.

The John J. Nerden Regional Training Center Camp In Middlefield Celebrates 
"International Day."  Story & Photos BY FRANK LOGIUDICE.  The photos & article appear courtesy of Frank LoGiudice.
It was a little slice of Italy, Mexico, the Caribbean, South Africa & Japan at the John J. Nerden Regional Training Center Camp in Middlefield this summer 

Special Needs Camp Offers Hope to Area - Prospect Pages - CT
The Friends of Camp Nerden would like to thank all who supported our fund-raising sale

Nerden-Powder Ridge dispute resolved for now Pamela Morello Town Times 
Nerden-Powder Ridge dispute resolved for now . Despite a dispute with neighboring Powder Ridge, Camp Nerden's opening day went smoothly and without a hitch. 

 Powder Ridge faces two legal challenges sought and unsought Author: Sue Van Derzee Town Times
Ken Leavitt will  be in bankruptcy court on June 20, having filed a 'stay' against Camp Nerden, a camp serving children and young adults with developmental difficulties

 The John J. Nerden Regional Training Center Camp in Middlefield. By Frank LoGiudice
What do area residents do for summer fun? For a dedicated group of people in Middlefield

John J Nerden RTC Camp Annual Service Club Picnic - TakeAnotherStep Sfaff
Leaving No Eye Dry in the House, the “RTC Dance Troop” Performed their dance routine

Cheshire resident named Meriden's 
Teacher of the Year - 2006
Jennifer Straub is Meriden's Teacher of the Year for 2006

Cheshire Town Council Votes to Support Camp Nerden – April 2006
The Cheshire Town Council voted to add $10,000.00 into the Park and Recreation

John J Nerden RTC Camp Annual Halloween Party! - TakeAnotherStep Staff
The heavy winds and rain could not dampen the spirits of the John J Nerden Campers 


On May 25, 2007, I received two first place photography awards from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists for photos that appeared in the Town Times and the Record-Journal newspapers.
The Town Times 1st Place Photo Award was for a news photo titled “Hardy Kids At The Penguin Plunge.”  The second first place award was for a photo layout that appeared in the “Front Porch” section of the Record-Journal titled “John J. Nerden Regional Training Center Camp.”  When I went to accept the 
second award I was very happy not just for myself but for the campers at the John J. Nerden Regional Training Center Camp in Middlefield - Read More
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