​GRIEF CAMPS

 These free bereavement camps are designed for children and teens who are grieving the death of a parent, sibling or someone close to them. It's a   camp experience filled with traditional fun camp activities combined with grief and emotional support, facilitated by professionals and trained   volunteers.

 Experience Camp  

  • https://experiencecamps.org/

  • Ages 9-16

  • 1 week long sleep away

  • Camp is free of charge

  • Closest camp is in Pennsylvania with a bus from White Plains, NY

  • Experience Camps, founded in 2009, is a national, no-cost program for grieving children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver. Our one-week, overnight summer camp, year-round programs, and content help to reframe the experience of grief, and empower kids with the necessary coping skills to move forward with their lives. Through compassion, connection, and play, Experience Camps allows grieving children to embody a life full of hope and possibility.

 Camp Erin 

  • https://elunanetwork.org/camps-programs/camp-erin/

  • Ages 7-17

  • They also have parent and caregivers attend

  • Camp is free of charge, small fee for guardian

  • 65 kids attend and about 20-25 adults

  • Weekend only

  • Camp location is Preston Park, PA in the Pocono Mountains, 2.5 hours from New York City

  • https://copefoundation.org/camp-erin-new-york-city

  • COPE partners with Eluna to offer Camp Erin® NYC, a free, weekend-long grief support camp designed to help children and teenagers ages 7–17, who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or someone close to them. Children and teens attend a transformational weekend camp that combines traditional, fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, free of charge for all families. Led by grief professionals and trained volunteers, Camp Erin provides a unique opportunity for youth to increase levels of hope, enhance self-esteem, and especially to learn that they are not alone.

 Camp Good Grief  

  • https://www.eehcampgoodgrief.org/

  • Ages 4-17

  • Day camp, no overnight. So guardian needs to stay with them in a nearby hotel 

  • 4 days long in July

  • 125 campers

  • Location is Center Moriches, New York (Long Island)

  • East End Hospice’s Camp Good Grief is a bereavement camp for grieving children and teenagers.
    Camp is provided free of charge. Campers benefit from smaller intimate group therapy sessions, simple but meaningful play and deep connections between campers. At Camp Good Grief our mission is to bring children and teens who are grieving together in a caring and supportive environment. We want to help kids acquire the language needed to express the confusing feelings associated with grief and bereavement as they begin the ongoing process of integrating their loss into everyday life. The children spend a portion of everyday with their peers in group therapy art therapy and music therapy. The rest of the day is filled with activities like sports, swimming, arts & crafts and exploring nature. There is a special event every afternoon designed to bring an end to the day with fun and excitement!

 Camp Comfort Zone  

  • https://comfortzonecamp.org/event/august-5-7-wading-river-ny-at-camp-dewolfe-in-partnership-with-brave-of-heart-fund/

  • Ages 7-17

  • Camp is free of charge

  • Three-day weekend camps

  • Camps in MA, NJ, NY, VA

  • Comfort Zone Camp is a nonprofit 501(c)3 bereavement organization that transforms the lives of children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, primary caregiver, or significant person. Our programs are free of charge and include trust-building activities and age-based support groups that break the emotional isolation grief often brings. Comfort Zone’s programs are offered to children ages 7-17, and their families for the family programs, plus we offer young adult programs for 18-25-year-olds.

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Children Embracing in Circle
Friends at Camp