Camp HeartSong and Camp HeartSong, Too! are special bereavement camps for children sponsored by CTMC Hospice Care. Each summer children and teens who have recently lost a loved one gather together at John Knox Ranch to share, learn and let go. For Camp HeartSong, the children range from 8-13. Camp HeartSong, Too! accepts children 14-18.
Catch a glimpse of Camp HeartSong and how it helps children cope with grief in this special video.
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What to Expect
During Camp HeartSong, kids will spend three days and two nights, staying in one of four large lodges on the property. All meals, snacks and drinks will be provided. There will be one adult camp counselor for every five kids, plus a camp director.
During Camp HeartSong, Too!, teens will spend two days participating in group activities including sports, gaming, ropes course and arts and crafts. Camp HeartSong, Too! is a day camp only. Breakfast and lunch are provided.
While attendees enjoy regular camp activities such as swimming, arts and crafts and canoeing, they also get help coping with their grief. They create and decorate their own face mask and learn that it is okay to take the “mask” off and let out their feelings of grief. The campers also create paper boats with messages to their loved one and release them into the river on the last day of camp in a special ceremony called “Letting Go.
This bereavement camp allows the children to share their stories with other kids who are experiencing the same type of loss. It’s really comforting to know that you’re not alone in this type of situation, especially at such a young age,” said Lisa Adams, Camp Director and Public Relations Coordinator with CTMC Hospice Care.
Support Camp HeartSong
Camp HeartSong is funded entirely through contributions from CTMC employees' annual Seasons of Sharing campaign. For more information regarding CTMC Hospice Care, or to make a donation, please call (512) 754-6159 or (866) 754-6159.