Bereavement Camps for Children

Camp I Believe is a FREE children’s bereavement camp funded by the Kindred Gentiva Hospice Foundation that provides support to grieving children and families across the country, with an emphasis being placed on strong clinical programming and community engagement. Camp activities and programming focus on providing campers with opportunity to express feelings and tell their story in a safe environment.  Although all of the campers have been identified as grieving, not all of the programming is focused on grief and loss.  Many of the children who come to camp attend for the opportunity to have fun and to feel “normal” again.  All activities, whether directly or indirectly, help campers to establish a sense of community and provide teambuilding opportunities; activities place an emphasis on personal growth through creative expression and through establishing positive relationships with peers.  To learn more about Camp I Believe, please contact the Camp Coordinator in the area closest to you:

2017 Camp I Believe Schedule

Camp Location Date Location Local Contact Applications
Happy, TX* June 23rd-25th
(Weekend)
Ceta Canyon Retreat Center Janet Bailey
806.372.7696
Camper
Volunteer
Alexander City, AL July 28th-30th
(Weekend)
Children's Harbor Julie Bassett
205.870.4340
Camper
Volunteer
Arkansas City, KS August 12th-13th
(Weekend)
Camp Horizon TBD Camper
Volunteer
Marianna, FL August 25th-27th
(Weekend)
Blue Springs Baptist
Conference Center
Margo Lamb
850.526.3577
Camper
Volunteer
West Greenwich, RI August 26th-27th
(2 Day)
University of Rhode Island:
W. Alton Jones Campus
Matthew Georgantas
401.738.1492
Camper
Volunteer
Elberta, AL September 9th-10th
(2 Day)
Camp Baldwin TBD Camper
Volunteer
Hampton, GA September 16th-17th
(2 Day)
Fortson 4H Center Caroline Bufalini
678.937.1800
Camper
Volunteer
Felton, CA September 22nd-24th
(Weekend)
Mount Hermon Christina Voissem
925.737.0203
Camper
Volunteer
Milford, IA September 23rd
(Day)
The Lakeshore Center Robin Lock
712.336.2941
Camper
Volunteer
Livingston, TX September 29th-October 1st
(Weekend)
Camp Tomahawk
Retreat Center
Rusti Garcia
936.327.5888
Camper
Volunteer
Spartanburg, SC September 30th
(Day)
Upward Star Center Melanie Alverson
864.585.6500
Camper
Volunteer
Oxford, MS September 30th-October 1st
(2 Day)
Camp Hopewell Christie Perkins
662.234.0140
Camper
Volunteer
Boomer, NC September 30th
(Day)
YMCA Camp Harrison Ashley White
336.818.3177
Camper
Volunteer
Umatilla, FL October 14th-15th
(2 Day)
Elks Youth Camp Ed Button
352.622.9331
Camper
Miami, FL October 14th
(Day)
Zoo Miami Joanna Comendeiro
786.388.1400
Camper
*Our camp in Happy, TX is our longest running children’s grief camp named SKY Camp and 2017 will mark its 20th Anniversary of serving the communities of Amarillo and Lubbock.