Rainbow Trails Campers Sitting in Circle

Rainbow Trails Bereavement Camp for Children

Rainbow Trails Camp is designed for any youth, ages 6-17, who have experienced the loss of a loved one during the past year.

Our goal 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

“For children coping with the loss of a loved one, finding a reason to smile can be a challenge. Through Rainbow Trails, kids living with grief find comfort, friendship, and joy.”
~Samira K. Beckwith, Hope President and CEO

Information for Rainbow Trails 2021
Online Registration Now Open
October 24, 2021 from 10 am to 3 pm
Virtual Event via Zoom
Registration Deadline: October 18

After your Rainbow Trails application review, you’ll receive confirmation that a reservation is held for your camper(s). Please let us know in advance if your plans change, so children on the waiting list may be enrolled.

We ask that parents/guardians attend a virtual orientation prior to camp for information about the day. On the day of the event, campers will log on with their Zoom link. Activities will begin promptly at 10am with a lunch break between morning and afternoon groups.

Healing Kids’ Hearts

For more than three 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.

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.

Camp Details

  • Orientation: Hope will host an orientation for parents and guardians prior to camp.
  • Activities: The camp itinerary is filled with creative, stress-reducing activities including crafts, music, 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 Staff and Volunteers

Rainbow Trails is provided by Hope professionals, school counselors, teachers, and volunteers who have completed a special education series as well as a full background check. Staff and volunteers help in many areas, including:

  • Chaperone/buddies for children
  • Recreation, games, and activities
  • Registration and reception
  • On-site medication/first aid nurses
  • Kitchen staff
  • Safety and security