About Us

The History of Camp Venture, Inc. & the Venture Foundation, Ltd.

Camp Venture, Inc. was founded in the late 1960’s by a group of concerned parents in response to the severe lack of community services available for people with developmental disabilities. In response, a free summer camp for children with disabilities was opened in 1969.  During the 1970’s, Venture turned its focus to fighting the deplorable treatment of the developmentally disabled living in New York State mental institutions and, offering an alternative, opened the first ever community-based group home in New York State.  Throughout the 1980’s, Venture broadened its scope of services by adding a residential Industrial Training Program, a Day Treatment Program, and by becoming an adult day-service provider. Services and programs were added making group living possible for people with severe developmental disabilities.

In 1984, the Venture Foundation, Ltd. was established to create public awareness about the individuals with developmental disabilities in our care, as the charitable fundraising arm of Camp Venture, and as a financial safety net for needed capital and program needs unfunded or not fully-funded by government reimbursements.  Over the past three decades, Camp Venture and the Venture Foundation have partnered on many signature projects. During the 1990’s, fundraising campaigns helped to construct two indoor therapeutic pools, a memorial pond for handicapped victims of the Holocaust and the building of the Kathleen Lukens Independent Living Center. Foundation dollars also have assisted in the building an Alzheimer’s wing at one of our living centers and the rebuilding of Venture’s Summer Camp in Stony Point.

Since the year 2000, Venture has shifted its strategic focus from operating large residence facilities to offering smaller group homes and providing support for people with developmental disabilities living at home with their families. Innovative after-school, in-home, and weekend respite care programs have been added including a Creative Fine Arts Program and the construction of an Equestrian Therapeutic Riding Center both funded, in part, by the Venture Foundation.  Today, Camp Venture provides social services, assistance, and advocacy to over 2,000 developmentally disabled youth and adults in every town in Rockland County and has a budget of almost $40 million.

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Upcoming Events


Sports Carnival
Sunday ~ January 28, 2018 ~ 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
St Thomas Aquinas College  
125 Route 340, Sparkill, NY 10976

Pay One Price for Unlimited, Mini Sessions of Sports Skill Training
& Instruction by Coaches, Athletes & Instructors 
Advance Admission Fee with on-line Registration $20
Admission Fee at the Door $25
11 AM-1 PM ~ Ages 4-7
1 PM-3 PM ~ Ages 8-12
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All proceeds go to support Venture Programs



John A Murphy Scholarship Fund  
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