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Wendt Center Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC

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Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin

Help Grieving Children Heal

For 20 years, the Wendt Center's Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC has offered grieving children (ages 7-17) an opportunity to enter a safe space—away from their everyday lives—to gently explore the normal yet overwhelming process of grief. 

This year, Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC will shift from its traditional format—an overnight children’s camp—to a day camp for families in the fall.  This will provide a unique opportunity to share memories and explore grief in a safe setting where all family members’ self-expression is heard, valued, validated, and honored. 

Shifting from an overnight camp to a day camp is a safer approach that also affords the opportunity to integrate families into the healing process in a more meaningful, long-term way, as research shows that children heal more fully within the context of their family. This year’s family-focused approach will enable children and caregivers alike to receive their own comprehensive supports. 

By incorporating caregivers into the camp programming this year, we will help to ensure that grieving children live in home environments where healing is understood and nurtured well into the future.

Please join us in generously supporting this amazing event! The Wendt Center is only able to provide Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC free of charge because of generous donors like YOU! 

The Wendt Center’s Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC is founded on the belief that every person deserves the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts of grief in a supportive and understanding environment. Based on this belief, the guiding principles of Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC are:  Grief is a normal process in response to the loss of a loved one. Each child has the natural capacity to heal in their own timeframe. The duration and intensity of grief is unique to each individual. Caring, listening, and acceptance assist in the healing process.

The Camp Model

At Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC, specially trained volunteers serve as role models in the grief process and help provide companionship and support to participants. Professional licensed therapists and counselors lead several therapeutic group sessions designed to address the age-specific needs of grieving participants.

Fun Activities

Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC participants enjoy both traditional and nontraditional camp activities that foster self-esteem, social skill building, and verbal/non-verbal expression of grief-related feelings and thoughts. Creative activities include drumming, creative writing, mindfulness, therapeutic art, drama, and more. All activities are specially designed to help participants express themselves and develop bonds with other grieving individuals.

Please join us in generously supporting this amazing event! The Wendt Center is only able to provide Camp Forget-Me-Not/Camp Erin DC free of charge because of generous donors like YOU!

Posted by William Wendt Center for Loss and Healing