The loss of a loved one is often one of the most difficult experiences for a person to go through. However, this experience can be even more devastating for youth due to the many challenges that the loss created. Often there are not many opportunities for youth to share and express feelings with others about their grieving experience. Community Hopsice's "You're Not Alone" youth camp provides a safe and welcoming environment for youth to express themselves while enjoying a fun and memorable experience.
The camp will be held July 10-14, 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., for children ages 7-17 who have suffered 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 camp site will allow for swimming, canoeing, rock climbing, hiking, crafts, music, large group games, and reflective moments outdoors. Children 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 Community Hospice staff and volunteers. All camp leadership have training and background 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 13, 5-8 p.m. Family evening activities will include a meal, hayride, face painting, music and a special memorial celebration. There is also a special half-day horse experience on Friday, June 9, 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required.
An open house, meet and greet is scheduled at the Community Hospice Truman House at 716 Commercial Avenue SW, New Philadelphia, on Thursday, June 29, 5-6:30 p.m.. This is an opportunity for anyone interested in camp to ask questions by talking to camp staff, volunteers and previous campers. There will be a camp video to watch and refreshments to enjoy. All are welcome. Camp registration packets will be available.
The camp and horse experience 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. Registration packets and more information can be obtained by contacting Kelsie Gunnoe, bereavement care coordinator, at 800-947-7284, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.