Shannon’s Hope Camp
The death of a loved one can often cause children to feel isolated from their friends so a grief camp can be a breathe of fresh air as they meet other young people who “get it.”And we’ve been hosting camp since 1989, so we’ve worked hard to make sure it is both kid-friendly as well as parent-approved. We have a full schedule that offers just the right blend of workshops & free time. And they’ll have a chance to deal with the hard stuff and laugh with new friends. For lots more details and to see a glimpse of camp, check out the rest of this page & then sign-up.
Camp is relaxing, camp is fun, camp is meaningful, camp is free!
What to Expect
This is camp – but not camping. Campers stay with other kids & counselors in a cabin with heat/air conditioning, a bathroom, a shower & a bunk bed all with a view of the ocean.
Going to camp means making new friends. Campers are placed in groups of 6-10 peers throughout the workshops, activities and meals so they will get plenty of hang time.
What to Bring
Just the essentials – a sleeping bag & pillow, towel, change of clothes, flashlight, sunscreen & toiletries.
Meals and snacks provided including heaping portions of pancakes, eggs, yogurt, cinnamon rolls, hamburgers, chicken fingers, a salad bar, mac & cheese, fresh fruit, granola bars, and desserts. The cafeteria is peanut-free and vegetarian & gluten-free options are available.
Each youth is matched with a caring adult who will help them get settled in, attend workshops with them, listen when they need to talk, & hang out together throughout camp. All volunteers undergo an extensive background check & receive training.
Your child may have a lot to share after camp so we encourage you to plan some time afterwards to ask them about their experience and be prepared to listen for a while if possible. And don’t worry, we’ll prepare you with information about what they did & even some suggested questions you might ask to get the conversation going.
It wouldn’t be camp without free time to play soccer, shoot some hoops, participate in a drumming circle, take a walk on the beach or just relax in the sun or the shade.
Each session is engaging & unique as we use music, art, writing, kite-flying on the beach & a candlelight ceremony to help campers deal with what they are going through. And they will *never* be forced to share unless they are ready to do so.
- Arrival, Cabin-Move In & Snacks
- Opening Ceremony
- Workshop 1
- Workshop 2
- Free Time
- Workshop 3
- Drumming Circle
- Workshop 4
- Candlelight Ceremony
- Lights Out
- Workshop 5
- Kite-Flying on the Beach
- Closing Ceremony
- Pick-Up/Bus Departure