Hospice of Siouxland is taking registrations for “Camp Courage”, a summer weekend camp to help kids who have experienced the loss of a family member or friend. The camp is for youth ages 6 to 17, and is set for Friday June 17 through Sunday June19 at the Goodwill Camp near South Sioux City, NE.
Camp Courage offers young people a supportive environment in which they can gain an understanding of grief and loss with peers going through similar experiences. They learn healthy ways to cope with their grief through a variety of activities, crafts, music, and games. Camp Courage balances grief programming with recreational activities such as swimming, hiking and sports so children feel free to have fun and just be kids, all part of the healing process. “Camp Courage normalizes the experience of death and grief for kids. It is one place kids can go where everyone has experienced a loss- they can talk or draw about their loss and it is okay” says Jane Metz, a Volunteer Coordinator with Hospice of Siouxland. “It also helps their families deal with their grief together as they show off their projects and are able to talk about them.”
Camp Courage is offered at a very minimal fee thanks to the generous support provided by the Annual Carrie Mach Memorial Golf Outing. The camp staff includes Hospice of Siouxland grief counselors, chaplains and specially trained volunteers (including dogs and sometimes horses thanks to K9 STARS and STARS) to support campers in both group and individual settings. A nurse is also on site for first aid and dispensing of medication. Campers are split into age-based groups and the activities they participate in are geared to their developmental needs and abilities.
Pre-registration is required as camp size is limited. For more information or for a registration packet, please call John at 712-233-4144 or 800-383-4545.