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Parachute Play at Courageous Kids Camp

Courageous Kids Summer Camp for Elementary, Middle, & High School Ages

The 2017 Camp is scheduled for August 8-11
Kiwanis Sky Camp, Fall Creek Reservoir

The Courageous Kids Summer Camp is a unique 4-day annual event, which provides an opportunity for children and teens, who have experienced a death in their families, to come together to reflect, create, play, and share stories with other children who have experienced a deep personal loss.

In the summer of 2016, this residential camp accommodated 42 young campers (ages 6 to 18) and 60 volunteers--many of whom were once campers themselves. Some volunteers return every year from out-of-state to support the continuation of this important and meaningful experience for other youngsters.

The camp is located at the beautiful Kiwanis Sky Camp on the Fall Creek Reservoir, Lane County, Oregon.

Professionals from the community come to camp to provide therapeutic activities in art, music, sand play, story telling, drama and adventure group challenges in addition to the swimming, fun and play. The first two days focus on trust and relationship building. Usually by the third day some of the youth may reach a degree of internal readiness that opens them for a significant break-through in their grieving process.Sunset at Camp

Some kids discover they can allow themselves to experience the intensity of grief and still have permission to play. Some begin to talk about the death of their loved one for the first time. Many feel empowered to make the huge adjustments required of them. Many also feel inspired to return later as volunteers and all emphasize the importance of being with other kids who have had deaths in their families. The fourth day is needed for closure and good-byes. Campers and staff share what they have learned about themselves, grief and life that they can take with them.

The Elementary, Middle and High School age groups each have separate programs and activities. The teen schedule allows for late nights and sleep ins. Teens will also enjoy their day away from camp at the Eugene Ropes Course.

There is no fee for camp. We are supported by donations. Any contribution towards the cost of $250 per child is greatly appreciated.

Courageous Kids is a grief support program for youth and their families, for whom a loved one has died. We have provided camp and support groups for grieving children since 1995.

 

 

 

 

Relive these great memories of about past camp experiences...

Camp 2013Camp 2012Camp 2011

 

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Camp Evaluations

The effect that camp has on the kids is measured by a survey completed by families before and after camp.  The results are quite positive: decreases in angry behavior, sleeping difficulties, and anxious behavior have been reported by parents.  Read the past two years' evaluations:

CK Camp Evaluation 2015

CK Camp Evaluation 2013

Lean On Me - Singing at Courageous Kids Camp