Each summer, StarVista's The Children’s Place program offers a week-long Kids’ Kamp event hosted by Camp Cazadero near the Russian River, where children are able to put aside the stress and concerns of living in a chemically dependent family, and have fun while also having a chance to learn, grow, and heal. Earlier this month in June, the Camp Cazadero site called to let us know they were closing indefinitely, and so for the first time in over 25 years, there will be no Kids’ Kamp held at the site.
We are very happy to announce that StarVista will have a wonderful virtual and creative version of Kids’ Kamp, with stories, singing, movement, activities, and of course a few lessons. A weeklong activities package will be delivered to all participants along with some snacks and treats, and we are currently enrolling clients 1st grade through 6th grade.
Traditionally, this sleep-away camp is a culmination of the education and support that our school and community-based counseling program The Children’s Place offers, giving kids a chance to solidify the self-care skills that they have learned while participating in the program.
The camp takes place the first week of August and promises the young clients from substance-abusing homes 7 days of swimming, hiking, exploring the redwoods, discovering creeks, barbecues, campfires, sleeping out under the stars, sing-a-longs and storytelling time. They also get to learn the "story" of addiction, and that they didn't cause it, they can't fix it or make it better, but they can ask for help, make healthy choices, and choose a different journey from their family's journey. The program has expanded to include elementary school-age clients, peer counselors, junior and senior counselors. We have some youth attending this annual event for 10 or more years.
Please help us and donate today to make this first virtual Kids’ Kamp a success.
The Kids’ Kamp is of course free, and if you know of anyone who would like to attend, please have them reach out to Clarise Blanchard at firstname.lastname@example.org.