Camps & Programs

There are several summer camp programs in Massachusetts and beyond that have been developed for children, teens, and families who are grieving the loss of a family member.  Most offer free or discounted programs. The programs listed below are not affiliated with The Children’s Room but may be of interest to your family.

All camps are subject to individual state COVID-19 directives and should be contacted directly for an update.

Camp Angel Wings

Status: N/A (as of March 19)
Telephone:  (508) 973-3227
Location: Camp Welch, North Main Street, Assonet, MA
Ages Served:  6–15 years old

Description: Southcoast VNA will be hosting its annual Camp Angel Wings, a two-day bereavement camp experience for children and teens, who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

Camp Erin Boston

Status:  Tentative August (as of March 19)
Telephone: (508) 309-5107
Location: Camp Avoda in Middleboro, MA
Ages served: 6–17 years old

Description: Camp Erin® Boston is a FREE, weekend bereavement camp for youth who are grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. Children and teens ages 6 to 17 attend a weekend camp experience that combines grief education and emotional support with fun, traditional camp activities.

Camp Kangaroo

Status:  Tentative registrations (as of March 19)
Telephone: (847) 692-1000
Locations: Sharon, MA (Also nationwide locations)
Ages served: 5–13 years old and families

Description: Camp Kangaroo is a bereavement camp experience offered free of charge to children in the community who have suffered the death of a loved one. Participants receive grief education and emotional support combined with fun camp activities.

Camp Kesem

Status:  Open for registrations (as of March 19)
Telephone: (253) 736-3821
Locations: Camp Kesem locations can be found nationwide, but they have 9 New England chapters.
Ages served: 6–18 years old

Description: Camp Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. Camp Kesem serves children who have lost a parent to cancer, have a parent undergoing cancer treatment, or whose parent is a cancer survivor. NOTE: Camp Kesem does not serve children and teens who have been affected by a sibling’s cancer.

Camp Kita

Status: Open for 2021 summer registrations for residents of New England
Telephone: N/A
Location: Pine Tree Camp, Rome, ME
Ages served: 8–17 years old

Description: Camp Kita is a summer bereavement camp, located in Maine open to children ages 8-17 who are survivors of a loved one’s suicide.

Camp Stepping Stones

Status:  Registration opens April 1 (as of March 19)
Telephone: 888-283-1722
Location: Glen Urquhart School (74 Hart St., Beverly, MA)
Ages served: Children and their families

Description: The Bertolon Center for Grief & Healing, a program of Care Dimensions, has developed a day camp to support children and their families who have experienced the death of someone close to them. The camp offers a combination of child-focused activities including arts and crafts, water activities, and games. The camp also offers relaxation activities and workshops for adults. The entire family will have fun while learning new coping skills.

Circle Camps for Grieving Children (Girls)

Status: open for August registrations (as of March 19)
Telephone: (412) 491-8151
Locations: Sweden, ME and Morgantown, WV
Ages served: 9-12 years old; teen program 13-14 years old

Description: Circle Camps for Grieving Children provides free week-long overnight camp programs for girls who have experienced the death of a parent. They support an environment that empowers girls to address their grief while year after year enjoying the adventures and fun of living and playing together. Through multi-year camp and leadership programming, Circle prepares girls to become confident young women.

Comfort Zone Camp 

Status: Tentative registrations (as of March 19)
Telephone: (866) 488-5679
Locations: Listed below
Ages served: 7-17 years old (18 years old, if still in high school)

Description: Provides Family Programs (one-day camps), as well as weekend-long camps that will include confidence-building programs and age-based support groups that break the emotional isolation grief often brings. There will also be fun activities including a challenge course and bonfire. Because everyone here has had a loss and can relate on a level that few others can, lasting friendships are formed. There are also times to hear others’ stories.

Experience Camp

Status: Registration open (as of March 19)
Telephone: (833) 226-7385.
Location: Camps Manitou in Oakland, ME
Ages served: For boys entering grades 4-12 and girls entering grades 4-10.

Description: Experience Camps is a national, no-cost program for grieving children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver. Our one-week, overnight summer camp programs help to reframe the experience of grief and empower kids to develop invaluable coping skills that enable them to move forward with their lives. Through compassion, connection, and play, Experience Camps empowers grieving children to embody a life full of hope and possibility.

Outward Bound Programs – Expeditions for Grieving Teens

Status: Registration open (as of March 19)
Telephone: (866) 467-7651
Location: Oregon & Delaware
Ages served: 14 – 17 years old

Description: Grieving Teens Programs offered by the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School are now enrolling. These 7-day journeys are a life-changing opportunity. They are for those seeking a fresh challenge in a unique environment and in an intense team setting. Grieving Teens expeditions help participants acquire coping skills, build an ongoing supportive peer network, and to honor the griever through compassionate, purposeful grief processing and activities. Through the generous support of the New York Life Foundation and other donors, this program is being offered at reduced tuition. Additional need-based scholarships are available.

Wildflower – Providing Support for Summer Camp Experiences to Grieving Children

Telephone: (781) 861-1413
Ages served: campers up to 18 years old.

Description: Wildflower provides the gift of summer camp and enrichment opportunities to children who have lost a parent. Our unique program provides individually tailored support for grieving families. Wildflower provides emotional and logistical support to the surviving parent, and the opportunity for at-risk children to receive the incredible experiences that summer camp brings.

TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp for Survivors

Status: Registration open (as of March 19)
Telephone: (800) 959-TAPS (8277)
Ages served: Children, teens and adults
Location: New England area including Boston

Description of program: The TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) Good Grief Camp for children and teens provides support and comfort for children and teens facing the loss of a loved one in military service.  The safe and supportive atmosphere offers opportunities to learn coping skills, establish and identify support systems and create awareness that they are not alone in the grief of their loved one. Children and teens meet others of their own age to share and learn together. Each Good Grief Camp participant has a military mentor who serves as a companion throughout the weekend, providing them with special one-on-one attention and showing them that the military has not forgotten about them. Other summer camps are offered across the US.

 

How can we help?

The Children’s Room is here when you are ready to learn more about our free-to-all grief support services for children and their families.