In light of the recent and predicted coronavirus precautions, Harbor Hospice leaders have made the decision to cancel the Camp Courage weekend scheduled for June 2020. With a mission to support and create a healing space for children, we also feel a strong responsibility to protect their well-being. Careful thought went into this choice and our camp directors are working to create an alternative experience for our grieving children later this year. We are exploring opportunities for a one-day grief camp in the late summer or fall, as we hope to allow time for more clarity about the safety of gatherings ahead.
If you have not already submitted a Camp Courage application and are interested in our day-camp alternative, please complete and return the application located on our website: HarborHospiceMI.org and we will contact you with further details. The original application deadline of May 8 has been extended.
Although the 27th year of Camp Courage will look different in 2020, Harbor Hospice is committed to efforts to reach the hearts of children in our community now and beyond. Thank you for your support and understanding.
Healing Center offers long-running camp for grieving children and teens. Applications being accepted for 27th Annual Camp Courage.
Harbor Hospice has been offering Camp Courage for 26 years as a way to help children and their families following the death of a loved one. The emotions of grief can be overwhelming and isolating for children who have not yet developed the verbal and emotional skills to navigate the grief process.
Children grieve differently than adults and need time to just “be kids” as well as time to honor and remember their loved one. Kids often feel alone in their grief and thrive when able to connect with others who understand their unique experience.
“Camp Courage is a fun and rewarding experience for volunteers and campers alike,” says Kari Allen, Camp Coordinator and licensed Harbor Hospice social worker. “Camp is an amazing way to connect, heal and have fun with others who are also grieving the loss of someone they love.”
Harbor Hospice staff and trained volunteers create a safe, stable environment for children to explore and express their grief, remember their loved one, and connect with others who have experienced a death. Children participate in traditional camp activities such as swimming, hiking and campfires, along with grief-tailored activities that teach healthy coping skills.
This weekend overnight camping experience for children ages 6-14, and teens ages 15-19 for junior counselor program, is held at Pioneer Trails on Big Blue Lake in Muskegon County. Camp Courage 2020 will be held Friday, June 19 through Sunday, June 21. Application deadline is Friday, May 8. The only cost is a $10 registration fee per camper.