What is Camp Dragonfly?
Camp Dragonfly is a one-day retreat designed to bring together grieving children and teens with the key supportive people in their lives.
Specially trained counselors and volunteers provide a supportive environment to help meet the unique needs of grieving children, teens, and adults. The camp activities offer opportunities for both therapeutic experiences and education about the grief process. It is also prepared to support children who have not experienced a loss but are living with a family member with a terminal illness.
Children and teens are divided into small groups based upon age. Group leaders will help campers learn how to to express their grief and develop new coping skills for facing the changes in their lives. Campers will have an opportunity to meet others their own age who know what it is like to lose a loved one. An adult must accompany any child under the age of fifteen.
Adult participants may choose one of two tracks for small group time, and will join children and teens during community experiences. During the day, adult campers will have an opportunity to meet in small break-out groups, to receive support in learning how to cope with personal loss and life change. They will also have the opportunity to interact with others grieving similar losses.
Not all adults attending with a younger camper are actively grieving a loss, therefore support and education will be provided on how to most effectively support the children and teens in their lives who are grieving a loss.
The goal of the one day camp is to offer support to all who have experienced a loss, to help educate those attending about the grieving process, and to help families feel comfortable having those difficult conversations with their children and other family members about death and loss.
The camp is open to Hospice families, as well as, families in the community who have experienced the loss of a loved one, or, are expecting a loss.