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 fall/winter/spring season, the Town of Hempstead ANCHOR Program presents an enriching and encompassing schedule of recreational activities on weeknights and Saturdays. Residents with special needs, 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.
Camp ANCHOR is accepting new volunteers for the Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons. Interested applicants must call 516-431-6946 on August 16, 2021, starting at 8 am. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligible applicants must be age 14 or over by October 1st.
Camp ANCHOR will also be accepting new volunteers for the Summer 2022 season. Interested applicants must call 516-431-6946 on January 3, 2022, starting at 8 am. Volunteers must be 14 by July 1, 2022.
For further information and ANCHOR enrollment applications, please call 516-431-6946 or write to:
Lido Beach Town Park
630 Lido Boulevard
Lido Beach, NY, 11561