About Us

What We Are All About…

The program creates the opportunity for youth instruction and socialization through field trips, classes in literacy, dance, drama, arts and crafts, and character enrichment.

Our intent is to engage youth between the ages of 5 – 13 in a blend of cultural, academic, and enrichment activities that will keep the minds of the children stimulated. Designed to introduce inner-city youth to an enriched and diverse curriculum during the summer months, HFKC provides the children with structured educational activities.

At the conclusion of the program, we have a culminating ceremony that showcases the talents and skills learned in the areas of arts and crafts, music, drama, dance, and literacy.

Generally we have at least 3 field trips during camp. We have gone to such places as Mystic Aquarium, Connecticut Children’s Museum, Dinosaur State Park, Dinosaur Crossing, CT Historical Society, Chevrolet Theater, Imagine Nation Museum, Ocean Beach, Basketball Hall of Fame, Mashantucket Pequot Museum, CT Science Center, Jump N Jammin’, Lake Quassy and to encourage anytime reading, we go to the Public Library.

Generally we have at least 3 field trips during camp. 

We have gone to such places as:

  • Mystic Aquarium
  • Connecticut Children’s Museum
  • Dinosaur State Park
  • Dinosaur Crossing
  • CT Historical Society
  • Chevrolet Theater
  • Imagine Nation Museum
  • Ocean Beach
  • Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Mashantucket Pequot Museum
  • CT Science Center
  • Jump N Jammin’
  • Lake Quassy
  • Public Library.


The Hartford Friendship Kids’ Camp was founded by two educators, Richard and Clara Ruffin, in an effort to provide quality summer care for children between the ages of 5-13. This summer camp was created in response to a need observed in the community, discussed and lamented in the schools, and editorialized in the Hartford Courant. The camp has served a community need for 13 -14 years. The program offers children from Hartford and East Hartford high quality oversight, as the children are challenged to learn new things and form new friendships. Furthermore, the summer camp introduces this group of underserved youth to a variety of enrichment activities, structured curriculum and exercises.


  • 2002 – Humanitarian Award by the Black Business and Professional Women
  • 2013 – 100 Men of Color
  • 2016 – 100 Woman of Color
  • 2017 – Ebenezer D. Bassett Humanitarian Award
  • 2019 – Community Knight Award given by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • 2019 – Jumoke Academy Charter School Community Award