Experience Camps is truly “the best week ever.” When I interviewed to be a volunteer at Experience Camps I was excited about the organization's mission but had no idea what the experience would be like that summer. In August of 2019, I arrived at camp, met amazing volunteers, and was placed in a cabin with 9 12-year old girls. Each of the girls had experienced the loss of a parent. For what felt like one of the first times in my life I connected with a group of people who "got it." My father died when I was in high school and these girls had lost a parent before the age of 12. I understood their pain and they understood mine. We could grieve without feeling judged.
Experience Camps are nationally recognized summer camps for grieving children, ages 9-17, who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or caregiver. With nearly 5 million children in the US currently grieving the loss of a close family member, the need is enormous. Since 2009, Experience Camps has transformed the lives of thousands of children by bringing light to the profound darkness of grief.
2020 has brought a year of hardship for all and grief for many. 1 in 5 children are grieving the loss of a parent, sibling or caregiver. And over 1 million children have been directly impacted by a COVID-related death.* With grief support needed more than ever, we must come back bigger and better in 2021 and meet the anticipated increase in demand due to COVID-19. To make that happen, we need your help.
Please help me raise funds to send one child to camp next summer. Your funds will allow one child to be around others who "get it" and feel like they are not alone in their grief journey.
Thank you for helping support Experience Camps and the kids who have already lost so much.
EXPERIENCE CAMPS BY THE NUMBERS
In 2021, we will have over 1,100 campers at camps in Maine, California, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.
There are 450+ volunteer camp counselors
More than 80% of eligible campers return each summer
We've grown our camper numbers 225% in the last 5 years.
Our waitlist has a growth rate of 500%
*Source: COVID-19 and Grief