Children grieve differently than adults and have special needs to work through their grief and loss. We at State of the Heart provide an important outreach for them – a grief camp for children, called Camp Encourage.
The camp, for kids ages 6-15, is held annually at the Spiritual Center of Maria Stein, Ohio. The camp is a safe environment where children are surrounded by other kids who are experiencing the same feelings they have. Games and fun activities are mixed with dialogue about feelings of loss and grief, and each child is paired with a specially trained adult “buddy.”
Children sleep in air conditioned facilities and are provided meals and snacks. They participate in a variety of group activities and discussion time. At the end of camp, children go home with new friends they can talk to and special keepsakes they’ve made over the weekend.
Here’s what some of our campers had to say!
“Camp helped me talk about my daddy.”
“Camp helped me understand that I’m not the only one with grief.”
“Camp helped me realize that everybody grieves.”
“Camp helped me let my feelings out.”
“I am stronger than I thought.”
“Camp helped me know my loved one is with me.”
If you feel like your child or a family or friends child may be interested in attending Camp Encourage, and you would like some more information, please contact a member of our Bereavement Team by either calling us at 800.417.7535 (ext. 422) or emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you or someone you know would like to help out with Camp, please click on the link provided to learn more!
There are multiple ways to sign up. You can either stop in at one of our 3 locations and pick up a form to fill out. Or, below you will find the forms that are needed to be filled out and emailed back to us. If you would prefer to hand fill out the forms, we also have printable versions available as well.
- Camp Encourage Kids Application (Online application)
- Camp Encourage Kids Application (Word document)
- Camp Encourage “All About Me” Form (Word document)
- Camp Encourage Medication Fact Sheet (Word document)
- Camp Encourage Packing List (Word document)
- Camp Encourage Safety Measures (Word document)