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Bereavement camp focuses on young people

Staff and campers from “You’re Not Alone” Youth Camp 2017 stand together.


The death of a loved one is often one of the most difficult experiences for a person. However, this experience can be even more devastating for youth. Often there are not many opportunities for youth to share their feelings with others about their grieving experience.
The “You’re Not Alone” Youth Camp focuses on providing a safe, welcoming and inviting time for youth to gain confidence, build social skills and express themselves.
All youth who want to participate in camp are assessed by a bereavement care staff member to help build rapport, gain a unique understanding of the youth’s needs and provide the best possible support plan for a positive camp experience.
“You’re Not Alone” Youth Camp will be held July 9-12 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for youth age 7-17 who have experienced loss in recent years.
The camp is returning to Camp Wanake in Beach City, which has a long history of providing community and camp experiences for youth, adults and families. This unique campsite will allow for team-building activities, swimming, canoeing, rock climbing, hiking, water games, arts/crafts, music, large-group games and reflective moments outdoors.
Youth will be divided into age-appropriate activity groups. The camp is under the direction of Anissa Fuller, LISW-S, bereavement care manager, who will be assisted by many Community Hospice staff and volunteers.
All camp leadership have training and backgrounds directly focused on assisting youth to enjoy the outdoors while working through some of the challenges a loss in their life presents.
A special feature of the camp will be a family evening on Thursday, July 12 from 5-8 p.m. Family evening activities will include a meal, wagon ride, face painting, art displays, music and a special memorial celebration. There also will be a special half-day horse experience on Friday, June 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The camp and horse experiences are offered free of charge, thanks to the generous support of Community Hospice donors and a special grant from the Summertime Kids Program of the Stark Community Foundation.
Application packets and more information can be obtained by calling Kelsie Gunnoe, bereavement care coordinator, at 800-947-7284 or emailing bereavement@myhospice.org">bereavement@myhospice.org. Spots are limited for all activities. There are opportunities to support camp through volunteering or donations.

Published: April 12, 2018
New Article ID: 2018180409914