A Camp for Grieving Children
Because of their limited life experiences and lack of coping skills, children may find the grieving process very difficult as they struggle with their inability to express these overwhelming emotions in a healthy manner. In response to this need, 3HC founded its summer Wings Camp for Grieving Children in June 2000. Wings Camp is an opportunity for children to interact and gain support from peers who are also experiencing grief.
3HC Hospice staff and volunteers supervise Wings Camp and lead all activities.
Our staff and volunteers are specially trained to work with children who have lost loved ones. All volunteers agree to a thorough background check and attend a pre-camp training session.
Grief-related activities are conducted in small groups led by camp volunteers. In addition, children are encouraged to express themselves through arts and crafts and other activities. Most importantly, Wings Camp provides a safe and caring environment where children learn that their feelings are normal and a crucial part of the healing process.
Wings Camp activities may include:
- Therapeutic Grief Group
- Therapeutic Art Projects
- Informative Films about Grief
- Friday Night Fun
- Camper/Family Activity
- Self-Esteem and Teamwork Course
- Campfire Activities
- Candle Lighting Memorial Service
- Balloon Release with Letters to Loved Ones
Up to thirty children ages 8 – 16 participate in the camp. Wings Camp is staffed by both professionals and volunteers.
Registering for Wings Camp – Interested in signing a child up for Wings Camp? Please print the following application and fill out all fields except the highlighted ones. Signatures will be obtained at camp orientation. Once completed please mail to our Bereavement Experience Coordinator at the address below. We look forward to a great camp! WINGS 2022- CAMPER Application
Volunteering at Wings Camp – Are you interested in volunteering at Wings Camp? Please print and fill out these two forms: WINGS 2022- VOLUNTEER Application/ Volunteer Background Check Authorization. Once completed please email forms to wingscamp@3HC.org or mail to the address below.
To refer a child, for more information on the camp, or if you’re interested in volunteering at the camp, please contact:
Edith Keesecker, Bereavement Experience Coordinator
2402 Wayne Memorial Drive
Goldsboro, NC 27534
Office: (919) 735-1387 ext.1510
Cell: (919) 437-8039