Next Camp Kate Event - April 23

Registration Closes April 3 @ 12:00 am

We recognize that there may still be concerns, and some families may opt out, but we are doing our best to plan a great, safe day for our campers, families, and counselors.

 
Following CDC Covid protocols, masks will be required for all in attendance. All individual camper groups will be segregated from check-in throughout the day for all group activities, including snack and mealtime, and proper cleaning and sanitizing practices will be employed.
 
 

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WHAT IS CAMP KATE?

Camp Kate is a bereavement camp, sponsored by the Longleaf Hospice Foundation, for children who have experienced a close personal loss through the death of a parent, grandparent, sibling or other close relationship. This camp offers the opportunity, outside of the home, for children to learn about and discuss grief issues in a relaxed and safe environment.

 

At Camp Kate, we use a combination of small group activities involving music, dog therapy and arts and crafts sessions to assist children with their grief process.

Music: “Carry On” (from Disneynature “Bears”)- Olivia Holt

Because many children do not know another child with a similar loss, sharing feelings and experiences with peers of the same age is an important part of relationship-building at camp. We do this with our four distinct age-based groups.

 

All campers have experienced the death of a loved one, as have a majority of our volunteers and counselors.  And when given the opportunity to interact with others in a similar situation, our campers and adults may feel less alone and are more willing to express their grief in an atmosphere of understanding and acceptance.

The camp is sponsored by the Longleaf Hospice Foundation Inc., and is staffed with trained counselors and social workers, staff and volunteers from Longleaf Hospice, a local church in Conyers, several college and high school students and therapy dogs and their owners.

 

The adults work with and supervise the children throughout the day’s activities. At the close of camp, a special memorial celebration is conducted for the children and their family members.

Camp Kate holds camps in the Rockdale County area.

These free camps are open to children in grades K-12 in the Metro Atlanta area.

If you have a child or children who have experienced the death of a loved one, or are a counselor, minister, social worker or youth leader aware of a family who may benefit from this camp and would like more information, contact camp director Jane Caruso below.
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Onward

OCT 23, 2020

After 20 months of separation, quarantine, and zoom calls, we finally had an opportunity to move Onward at an in-person camp. The power of Camp Kate is being able to be with peers who help us move forward in our grief journeys.


For this first camp in two years, we returned to Camp Westminster with an Onward theme. Like the characters in the Disney movie, we talked about those special people in our lives, the memories made and missed with them, and our plans for moving Onward.


We still employed safety protocols and social distancing among our groups, but our masked campers and adults still benefitted from being with peers. Whether involved in archery, fishing, kayaking, rock wall climbing, or small group sharing, our participants all had a wonderful day.


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