Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County has offered a grief camp to help children who have lost a loved one for over two decades. Planning is underway for the 2018 camp experience and volunteers are needed to help.
The grief camp is offered free of charge to Miami County children in grades K-12. The camp is similar to other traditional summer day camps, offering an array of active outdoor activities, bringing children and teens together to share memories, play, sing, learn and laugh. But it also brings together children who share an experience of loss and offers them the opportunity to grieve, memorialize their loved ones and support each other. Volunteers are sought who can help support children during camp to provide a safe place for feelings to be expressed and for campers to gain life-long tools for coping with grief. Volunteers must be over the age of 18 and are required to complete an application and submit references by April 9. A background check and interview are also required. Trainings for volunteers will be held on May 22 and June 4.
The grief camp is scheduled for June 11 through the 15 at Ludlow Falls Camp, 2535 S. St. Rt. 48 in Ludlow Falls. Camp Courageous is open to any child or teen in the community who has experienced the death of a loved one, regardless of whether Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County services have been used.
For additional information please contact Kimberly Walker at 937.573.2103 or kwalker@HospiceOfMiamiCounty.org.