Camp Fire USA offers Youth Bereavement Camp

From press release

Camp Fire USA North Central Illinois Council is again sponsoring its Treasure of Life Camp at Stronghold, near Oregon, Ill., June 27-July 2. This is a Bereavement Camp for children ages 8-14, who have lost someone close to them through death. It is a time when children can share their grief with peers and trained counselors. Also, children learn it is all right to have fun and to continue with normal activities.

The Camp is built around a regular camping experience, with the exception of Grief Therapy Classes each day. Activities include supervised swimming, arts, crafts, hiking, sports and games. During the week, the children live in The Castle, which is the focal point of the Stronghold Camp and Conference Center. Professional grief counseling is provided. The Stronghold staff provides counselors and leadership for all of the other activities of the day.

Stronghold’s cost for the week is $275. Adding Camp Fire’s administration costs brings the week’s total to approximately $300 per camper. Many families cannot afford to pay the full cost, so donations are used to help these children have a week at camp. Any individual, service club, organization or church may sponsor a child for the Treasure of Life Camp. Camp Fire USA North Central Illinois Council is a not-for-profit organization, and all donations are tax deductible. Make your check payable to Treasure of Life Camp and mail to Camp Fire Council, 100 W. Lafayette St., Ottawa, IL 61350. Any amount that you can give is appreciated by all of the children who attend the Camp because of the help they get in learning how to continue living with their loss.

Registrations are being accepted now and are limited to the first 20 people. Give this information to the boys and girls who can use some help with their grieving process. For more information or an application, call the Camp Fire office at (815) 4334-4409. Registrations must be received by June 4.

From the May 19-25, 2010 issue

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