Kid's Camp

Our annual kid’s grief camp is designed to help children connect with other children to know they are not alone in their grief, achieve opportunities to learn about the reactions and emotions associated with grief, the significance of developing healthy coping skills, and ways to grow through the grief journey by sharing our stories. Our Kid’s Camp is for children between the ages of 4-14. Thanks to our generous donors, our camp is offered free of charge.

"I learned that there are many people that
understand what I'm going through."

- Pink Team Camper

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Kid's Camp

At our 2024 Kid's Camp, we are going to get on par with our grief by learning...

PATIENCE

to work through our grief.

RESILIENCE

to face challenges.

DRIVE

to grow through grief.

Ready to join in the Kid's Camp fun? Register Today!

WHEN?

WHERE?

WAIVERS?

Thursday, July 25 & Friday, July 26, 2024 from 9:00am-4:00pm

Maybury Farm, 50165 Eight Mile Road, Northville, MI 48167

The Healing With Horses Waiver and Michigan Jaguars Participation Waiver and Release of Liability are required for all camp participants and volunteers. Please send both of the completed forms to programoffice@newhopecenter.net or mail them to New Hope at 133 W. Main Street, Suite 113, Northville, MI 48167. If you are unable to print the forms, please call New Hope's office at 248-348-0115 to have copies mailed to you.

Healing With Horses Waiver

Michigan Jags Waiver

Camp Activities

Our activity stations vary each year, but below are some of our favorite activities we have done in the past. From soccer and basketball to art therapy and animal engagement, we have a wide variety of activities. Each station incorporates a grief-related lesson while still allowing children to have fun and connect with one another.

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Our 2023 Kid's Camp

We learned that tackling grief takes courage to face your grief, practice to make your stronger, and perseverance to grow through it.

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Kid's Camp is offered free of charge.

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FAQs

Campers are required to be between the ages of 4-14.

Kid’s Camp is completely free thanks to our generous donors.

Upon arrival, your child will be provided with a colored bandana based on their group color and a camp t-shirt. They will also be provided with lunch, snacks, and beverages. If your child has any dietary restrictions or allergies, please notate that on their camper application. If you choose to pack a lunch for your child, our staff and volunteers will ensure it is stored safely.

If your child requires medication throughout the day, please notate that on the camper application and check in the medication with the registration desk upon arrival.

Children are placed into groups based on their age to ensure the questions and activity variations are developmentally appropriate. Children’s concept of death and responses to grief vary depending on their developmental stage.

While grief exists in many other capacities, our camps and programs are specifically designing for children grieving the death of a loved one.

New Hope Center for Grief Support staff and trained volunteers will serve as camp counselors. Each group will have multiple camp counselors, including police officers and mental health clinicians. Adult volunteers are required to pass a criminal background check, go through a volunteer interview process, and complete our Kid’s Camp volunteer training.

No. Regardless of who or when the child experienced the death of a loved one, they are encouraged to attend camp.

Our volunteers will spend time connecting with your child and encouraging them to participate in our activities. If your child continues to share that they are homesick, we will allow them to place a phone call to their caregiver.

We understand that camp can be a long day. If a child exhibits behavioral challenges, the camp counselors will talk to the child. If the behavior continues, there are designated staff members and volunteers that are available to spend time with the child while they regulate. This may include walking around the farm and visiting with animals or simply taking a break in the shade. If the behaviors continue and cause physical and/or emotional harm to others, we will reach out to you and determine the best course of action.

We understand that caregivers have jobs and obligations that may make it difficult to drop off or pick up your child at the designated times. If this is the case, please let us know who the designated pick-up person is. Upon their arrival, they will be asked to provide picture identification prior to the child being released into their care.