Children and teens profoundly experience grief when they experience the loss of a loved one. Thankfully, from July 13 to 15, North Idaho kids and teens will have a chance to gather together and know they are not alone.
Hospice of North Idaho offers this free summer camp to help children move forward in life among grief, and enjoy summer camp together; just as kids should. Kaylee Kron, LMSW Bereavement Coordinator, orchestrates activities to help campers process grief in a safe and supportive environment. “We teach teamwork, problem solving, and self-advocacy; skills that kids can use every day.” explains Kaylee. “Kids are successful when they have the tools that support their resilience.”
Camp Kaniksu is the only camp of its kind in the inland northwest. Campers are matched with their age groups and bunk in cabins at Camp Lutherhaven. There, camp counselors lead age-specific activities such as swimming, hiking, and letter-writing. Campers also participate in a beautiful, late-night, luminary lighting on the shore of Coeur d’Alene Lake.
Experiencing grief as a child will impact their life ahead of them. Oftentimes, kids grieve alone, not knowing other kids are grieving, too. Hospice of North Idaho provides groups, counseling sessions and Camp Kaniksu to support the journey through grief. Services are offered at no-charge because of generous community donations. Sponsor a child’s attendance, or register a child by June 15.