Camp Courage, a program of The Bob & Merle Scolnik Healing Center and Harbor Hospice, is a three-day weekend overnight camp for children ages 6 – 12, and junior counselors ages 15 – 19, who are grieving the death of a loved one. At this annual camp, children gather to have typical camp fun such as crafts, archery, games, sing-a-longs, swimming and boating, combined with the guidance of licensed professional counselors and trained volunteers to address their losses.
The goal of Camp Courage is to provide a safe environment for children to express their thoughts and feelings, and recognize that they are not alone in their grief.
The last 25 years of Camp Courage have ended with the creation of a camper banner. The banner is a symbol of healing together over the weekend while making new friends and learning to navigate feelings of loss in a healthy way.
Pattianne Feldt, a volunteer since November 2011, has been making our Camp Courage banners for the last few years. It is a fun project for a local retired business owner who keeps busy crafting.
Pattianne joined our volunteer team after a family member had been a patient at The Leila & Cyrus Poppen Hospice Residence, an inpatient program for Harbor Hospice when 24/7 care is needed. The family was so impressed with the Harbor Hospice staff that met with them at the hospital. She said that having her loved one at Poppen “took the burden off us as caregivers. We thought we were doing a good job taking care of him, and then we saw the care he received at Poppen.” She said her uncle said it was “like staying in a five-star hotel.”
Pattianne was so impressed with the care our patients receive, she wanted to give back and chose to become a Harbor Hospice volunteer.
She spent over 32 hours with a fun project to alter prior camp banners—transforming them into beautiful renewed backpacks, tote bags, and sling bags to be viewed and auctioned off at fundraising events for the compassionate community programs and services of Harbor Hospice.
In addition to banners, Pattianne has made bags for our Continuous Ambulatory Delivery Device (CADD) pumps, turned a grieving husband’s wife’s dresses into throw pillows, and reupholstered some of our meeting space chairs. Her other volunteer duties include being our receptionist and making floral arrangements for patient rooms when large bouquets of flowers are donated to Poppen.
To read more about Camp Courage, with applications being taken through May 10.