Camp Good Grief 2017: August 11th-13th at Camp Crosley in North Webster, IN
REQUIRED PRE-CAMP MEETING: July 27th at Erin’s House
In its 17th year, Camp Good Grief is a free-to-participants weekend peer-support bereavement camp for children ages 8-13 who have experienced the death of a loved one.
Facilitated by professional and trained volunteer camp leaders, campers attend a 2-night, 3-day camp. The campers participate in a variety of activities including camp fires; rock climbing; games; arts and crafts; and other activities designed to encourage and promote healing. Camp Good Grief assists children in understanding the finality of death, allows them to experience and express the feelings associated with the death of their loved one, and encourages them to continue living in their “new normal.”
Camp Good Grief provides a setting that is safe for children to learn how to adjust in their lives as a result of the death of a loved one. Children have some concentrated time to discover their individual coping skills and to practice new skills as they continue to reinvest into positive lives. Camp can provide a decreased sense of isolation and the feeling that they are the only person in the world that is experiencing these thoughts and emotions. Children return from camp with stronger and/or improved skills and resources necessary to identify and express their emotions in positive ways, allowing them both respect and dignity in their personal grief journeys.
What our campers say:
- “I got to meet new people and talk about my loved one”
- “I loved camp!”
- “I thought it would be too sad. Sometimes it was. But I had a lot of fun too.”
- “It made me feel good that other kids feel kind of like I do.”
- “Can I come back next year?”
Camp Good Grief will be held at Camp Crosley in North Webster, IN (Their address is: 165 EMS T2 Lane, North Webster, IN 46555). The camp is approximately one hour northwest of Fort Wayne.
And as staff and volunteers at Camp, we have been moved, surprised, delighted, tired, achy, but always grateful. We know we have made a difference in lives of the grieving children in our community. We hope that you will join us, please contact Cindy by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 260-423-2466.
Your camp application will be complete when:
Application completely filled out and submitted to Cindy
$25 Per Camper Deposit received (This will be returned to you at camp check-in)
Attend REQUIRED Pre-Camp Meeting on July 27th from 6:15 – 8 p.m. Pizza will be served.
Please note: Registration Deadline is July 21st or when the 60 camper spots have been filled.
Camp Registration is now CLOSED.
Please contact Cindy@erinshouse.org with any questions.