Losing a loved one is something most people have experienced, but for children, coping with a loss can be difficult. Camp Caring is for children ages 6 to 14 who have experienced the death of a loved one.
This camp has been put on once a year since 1996 to help local children learn how to cope in positive ways. The Director of Camp Caring, Kadie Baker, said 19 campers were in attendance for this eight-hour day full of hands-on activities and games.
“A lot of children, when they experience the death of someone very close to them, it can really alter their lives. It flips it straight upside down, and so we want to guide them into using positive coping skills instead of utilizing negative coping skills, such as alcohol and other substances,” said Baker. “So, we utilize like, um, identifying stress balls. We have them make stress balls so we can encourage them, when they get angry, they can utilize this. We do burden bears, so if they’re, you know lonely, or if they’re having a hard day, they can comfort with their burden bear or squeeze the burden bear, and we have journaling. We just do a bunch of different activities to help them identify the positive coping skills.”
This camp also included an animal presentation to help brighten the campers’ day.
For more information on this yearly camp, visit the Camp Caring website.