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Camp Courage

When children or teenagers and their families experience the death of someone close to them, they need help dealing with the strong emotions of grief. Camp Courage helps them grieve in a safe and nurturing environment. 

WELCOME TO CAMP COURAGE
Open to those between 6-18 years old, campers come together with other children and teenagers who have experienced similar losses in their lives and learn new ways of dealing with grief. The camp is free and offers many fun activities. 

Camp Courage is held twice a year in the beautiful Pennsylvania outdoors. During camp, grief work is balanced with fun-filled activities and access to a wide range of amenities.

HOW WE HELP HEALING
Every Camp Courage camper is paired with a “Big Buddy” for the weekend. The Big Buddy is there for the camper if they want to talk; provides careful supervision throughout the weekend; and guarantees the camper has a friend at every activity.

The campers learn a variety of ways to express their grief through journaling, music, physical activity, creating memory boxes and other guided activities. In addition, campers are encouraged to  share their feelings and provide support to one another in a safe, caring environment with small groups of peers and adult volunteers.

Free time gives campers and their Big Buddies a chance to explore the many camp activities including archery, rock wall climbing, zip line, fishing, paddle boating, visits with therapy dogs, games and sports.

Support volunteers ensure activities are organized and ready for campers and provide a break for Big Buddies several times throughout the weekend. Campers typically come from Columbia, Luzerne, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties in Pennsylvania. Campers from other areas are accepted.

SUPPORTING GRIEVING KIDS
Camp Courage is free to all campers. To help us meet our mission of supporting and helping grieving children heal, volunteers, sponsorships and donations are necessary.

Funding for this year’s camping season is provided by many individuals who support Geisinger, community members, churches and area businesses. Click here to learn more about becoming a camp volunteer, to sponsor a camper or to donate to the camp.

CONTACT

To inquire about Camp Courage, call 570-271-6461 or email sssmith1@geisinger.edu. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

Once a child’s application is received, we will call the parent/guardian to schedule an interview.

We also welcome the opportunity to speak to organizations, civic groups, churches and schools about our programs. Contact sssmith1@geisinger.edu to learn more.

 

Apply to attend Camp Courage

Camp Courage campers play a game

To inquire about Camp Courage, call 570-271-6461 or email sssmith1@geisinger.edu

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