Rainbow Trails Bereavement Camp
Hope’s annual Rainbow Trails Camp is designed for any youth, ages 6-17, who have experienced the loss of a loved one during the past year. The goal of Rainbow Trails Camp is to provide:
- An understanding of the grief process
- Skills to cope with grief and loss
- An opportunity to memorialize and say goodbye to loved ones
- A safe weekend camp experience
Rainbow Trails Camp Application for April 3-5, 2020
Camp held at Riverside Retreat in LaBelle, FL
“At Hope, we know that every day is a gift worth celebrating. However, for children coping with the loss of a loved one, finding a reason to smile can be a challenge. Through Rainbow Trails Camp, children living with grief find comfort, friendship, and joy.”
~Samira K. Beckwith, Hope President and CEO
Healing Kids’ Hearts
For more than two decades, Hope has offered Rainbow Trails Camp for children who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Each child attends the camp at no cost, to learn how to cope with the complex feelings of grief. Children often struggle to understand their emotions and can’t always articulate their feelings. This is why, within the fun camp games, therapeutic activities are designed to uncover these hidden emotions – so healing can begin.
Hope is able to offer life-changing programs to children and families through the generous support of our local community. To make a gift, visit Donate.HopeHCS.org/RainbowTrails or call 239-482-4673 and ask to speak with the Development Department.
- Orientation: Hope will host an orientation for parents and guardians prior to camp.
- Transportation to Camp: Campers will travel to camp by bus from the HealthPark office – departing on Friday afternoon and returning on Sunday afternoon.
- Activities: The camp itinerary is filled with creative, stress-reducing activities including crafts, swimming, and singing. While Rainbow Trails may have a serious purpose, campers will have plenty of fun.
- Follow Up Opportunities: After camp, support is still available. Also, at the request of school counselors, support groups may be held in local schools.
- Camp Buddies: Our loving camp buddies are Hope professionals, school counselors, teachers, and volunteers who have completed a special Rainbow Trails education series as well as a background check.
Volunteers are an important part of our camp and help in many areas. Some camp volunteer roles require two overnight stays; others require only day/evening participation on the weekend. All camp volunteers must attend an orientation provided by Hope bereavement staff prior to camp. Volunteers are needed in these areas:
- Chaperone/buddy/room monitor
- Recreation activities
- Pre-and post-camp registration and reception
- On-site medication/first aid nurses
- Kitchen staff
- Safety and security