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 8 through 11, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm for youth ages 7 to 17 who have experienced loss in recent years. The camp is returning to Camp Wanake in Beach City, Ohio which has a long history of providing community and camp experiences for youth, adults and families. This unique camp site 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. 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 11 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Family evening activities will include a meal, wagon ride, face painting, art displays, music and a special memorial celebration. There is also a special half day horse experience on Friday, June 7 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.
A “Meet & Greet / Kick Off to Camp” informational meeting and youth activity is scheduled at Camp Wanake on Wednesday, May 1 from 5 pm - 7 pm. This is an opportunity for anyone interested in camp to ask questions and interact with camp staff, volunteers and previous campers. There will be a camp video to watch, pizza to enjoy and activities to participate in if desired. All are welcome to attend. Dress accordingly for the weather. Camp application packets will be available.
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 contacting Kelsie Gunnoe, Bereavement Care Coordinator at (800) 947-7284 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Spots are limited for all activities. There are opportunities to support camp through volunteering or donations. Please contact us to inquire.
Pictured: Staff and campers from “You’re Not Alone” Youth Camp 2018