Camp Courage is a fun-filled weekend offered each year to children, ages 6 to 17, who have experienced the loss of a family member or friend. Crafts, music, games and rituals provide age-appropriate ways for children to cope with their grief. Activities are designed to give campers the opportunity to share their thoughts and emotions with others who have experienced similar losses and to encourage healthy coping skills. Since it is important in the healing process for children to feel free to have fun and just be kids, Camp Courage balances grief programming with recreational activities such as swimming, hiking, sports and free time.
Camp Courage is offered for children at a minimal fee thanks to the generous support provided by the Carrie Mach Memorial Golf Outing. To ensure that Camp Courage is the right choice at the right time for every child, applications are reviewed by staff. Campers will be accepted based on this review and spaces available. The deceased need not have been a patient of Hospice of Siouxland.
Our Staff Expertise
Programming at Camp Courage is provided by Hospice staff, grief counselors, and volunteers. All staff and volunteers have undergone background checks and have received special training in children’s grief issues. A nurse is on site for first aid and dispensing of medication.
Family Grief Support Group
Grief impacts the entire family – that is why we offer the Family Grief Support Group to families of school aged children throughout the school year. Families are welcome to join at any time and continue coming as long as they feel the need. Sessions are typically every two weeks with a break around the holidays.
Children are grouped by age and meet with their trained facilitators. Each session, groups engage in age-appropriate activity and discussion focused on a specific aspect of grief. Meanwhile, an adult family member attends the adult group to support each other and learn how to recognize and respond to their child’s grief. Similar to Camp Courage, participants of all ages find themselves bonding and having fun while also doing their “grief work”.