Frankenstein Lives, Dances and Sings at Camp Jabberwocky Play

On Friday and Saturday night at Camp Jabberwocky, Dr. Frankenstein hailed from Pennsylvania rather than Transylvania, and his use of electricity didn’t sit well with the Amish villagers. Welcome to Frankenstein’s Last Dance.

Students Lead With Stories From the Heart

Here they come. Three vans full. I’m hot. I’m exhausted. And I’m nervous. Camp Jabberwocky shows up in my meadow every year for a lively session of the Chilmark Writing Workshop.

Camp Jabberwocky Production Hits the Stage

Camp Jabberwocky has been around for more than 60 years now and summer wouldn’t be summer without its productions. Join staff and campers Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19 for Something Frankenstein.

Callooh, Callay!

In 1953 a few children from Fall River, some in wheelchairs and some wearing braces, clambered off the ferry and found freedom for the first time on the Vineyard. Sixty years later, Camp Jabberwocky is still changing lives.

Officially known as the Martha’s Vineyard Cerebral Palsy Camp, this extraordinary program gives adults and children with severe disabilities a few weeks each year to experience all the joys of summer — swimming, dancing, fishing, parasailing, painting, horseback riding, to name a few.

60 Years On, Jabberwocky Still Brightening Each Frabjous Day

Just one visit to Camp Jabberwocky seals the deal — you will want whatever it is the camp propagates. It will take some sacrifice and a little blood, sweat and tears but the unstoppable spirit that lives among the Tumtum trees in the woods surrounding the cabins is infectious.

Camp Jabberwocky Celebrates 60 Years

It was 60 years ago that Helen Lamb first brought six children with disabilities to a leaky cottage in Oak Bluffs. The rest is not just history, but her beloved legacy: Camp Jabberwocky, a residential vacation camp for people with disabilities.

Sixty Years of Camp Jabberwocky

Camp Jabberwocky, a summer camp for children and adults with disabilities, is enthusiastically looking forward to celebrating its 60th anniversary this summer. The celebration will also give fellow campers and me the opportunity to thank the residents of Martha’s Vineyard for helping make camp possible. For the past six decades, your generous support has succeeded in allowing the camp to grow and flourish.

After 33 Years, a Change at Jabberwocky

After 33 Years, a Change at Jabberwocky


The cabins are a topple of blankets and mattresses, the last of the tents is being taken down, and remnant odds and ends have been packed in boxes and lined up along the ramp railings. It is the middle of the afternoon and the loudest sound is the leaves rustling overhead. Like an empty ballroom, it is after the season at Camp Jabberwocky, and the echoes of shouts and laughter still hover among the tree branches and empty rooms.

Looking Glass: Jabberwocky Is Heading South with New Camp

Looking Glass: Jabberwocky Is Heading South with New Camp

Special to the Vineyard Gazette

Jowharah Johnson enjoys dancing and having fun. Her parents frequently take her out. But the 19-year-old African American teenager, who has Cerebral Palsy, does not have friends to hang out with.

Camp Jabberwocky Director Steps Down

Camp Jabberwocky Director Steps Down

Gillian Lamb Butchman Has Resigned to Pursue Ever-Widening Mission of Building Similar Camps


After 35 years, Gillian Lamb Butchman quietly stepped down from her role as director at Camp Jabberwocky on Saturday. The daughter of Jabberwocky founder Helen (Hellcat) Lamb, Mrs. Butchman's resignation leaves the venerable cerebral palsy camp with no Lamb in an active director role for the first time in its 52-year history.