Holzer Hospice is planning for its annual bereavement camp for children who have suffered a loss. The one-day camp, entitled Camp Courage, will be held on Monday, July 25, 9am to 6pm at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp, 1362 Jackson, Ohio. The camp provides an environment where children, ages 6 to 16, are able to come together with other individuals who have experienced a loss in their life. It gives them a place where they are free to let their feelings out, in a way that they want to. The fun activities that are held during the camp generate thoughts and enhance discussion about what they are feeling in a very non-threatening pattern.
One of the things about grieving is finding new meaning in life without your loved one. A camp of this nature has been very beneficial to the children in our community.
The camp is provided at no cost to the participants and is fully funded through grant dollars and generous contributions from our local business and community members.
Volunteers who help facilitate the camp and the activities/supervision include registered nurses, social workers, chaplains, counselors and adult/teen volunteers. According to national statistics, childhood bereavement is far more common than many realize. One in nine children loses a parent, friend, sibling or pet before the age of 20. The loss can also be through divorce or other circumstances.
For more information about the camp, apply for a child to attend, or to volunteer for the camp, call Hospice at 740-446-5074 or 1-800-500-4850. If anyone would like for a representative to come and speak to their organization about the camp, contact us to arrange a time.