Hope HealthCare Services is now accepting applications for Rainbow Trails, a camp for children aged 6 to 17 and their families in need of special support and counseling.

The all-day camp will take place on Saturday, June 5 at South Florida Community College in Avon Park. Rainbow Trails is provided at no cost to families.

Rainbow Trails includes two programs for children and families, depending on their specific needs:

  • Campers and their families who have experienced the loss a loved one within the past year will gain a better understanding of the loss and grief process. They will have the opportunity to memorialize and say good-bye to their loved one.
  • The camp also serves children who have a long-term illness, along with their siblings who may have lost some of their access to Mom and Dad because of their brother or sister’s special needs. Rainbow Trails will have activities for the parents as well. The families will learn new skills to cope with changing family dynamics.

“At Hope, we know that loss, grief and illness are natural events in life that children may not fully understand,” according to Hope President and CEO Samira K. Beckwith. “Through Rainbow Trails, we can help to alleviate the tremendous emotional burdens that families may be facing. When a little six year-old says ‘Thank you for helping me,’ we know we have made a difference.”

To enroll as a camper or apply as a counselor, visit www.hopehcs.org/rainbowtrailscamp or call (800) 835-1673.