The mission of Experience Camps is to give all grieving children positive experiences that will change their lives forever. Through compassion, connection, and play, Experience Camps empowers grieving children to embody a life full of hope and possibility.
Experience Camps is a national nonprofit that provides free, one-week summer camp programs for children, ages 9-17, who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or caregiver. Over the past 5 years, despite adding nearly 300% capacity across our camps, we have seen a 500% increase in waitlisted campers. With nearly 5 million children in the US currently grieving the loss of a close family member, the need is enormous.
Experience Camps operates summer camp programs in 10 locations nationwide, and provides ongoing opportunities throughout the year for support, connection and community. We reframe the experience of grief and empower our campers to develop invaluable coping skills that enable them to move forward with their lives.
Since 2009, Experience Camps has transformed the lives of thousands of children by bringing light to the profound darkness of grief. We offer a community where kids can laugh, cry, play, create, honor the memory of the person who died or forget the grief that weighs them down. It's a home away from home. And just about everyone will tell you... "It's the best week of the year."