Shannon’s Hope accepting applications for camp

  • Friday, March 21, 2014

Shannon’s Hope is a weekend camp for children who have recently lost a loved one. PROVIDED

Camper openings are available for the March 29-30 session of Shannon’s Hope, a therapeutic weekend camp for children ages six-15 who have experienced the death of a loved one in the past two years. This unique camp is an initiative of Bridges in collaboration with the Medical University of South Carolina and Roper Hospice.

Through participation in fun, yet intense, activities, Shannon’s Hope campers are encouraged to speak openly about issues of death and grief.

The experience is structured to teach the children that feelings such as sadness, fear, anger and desperation are all normal aspects of the grieving process. Together they create friendships and support that allow them to identify and express their emotions in a safe, secure environment. It is a weekend of laughter, tears, sharing and remembering.

The camp is facilitated by professional counselors, and trained volunteer buddies provide compassionate individual support to the children. Together these adults help the children “create stepping stones from their stumbling blocks.”

Shannon’s Hope is held twice a year at Camp St. Christopher on Seabrook Island. A fee of $35 is requested; however, scholarships are available based on financial need. Referrals of campers are welcomed from parents, counselors, teachers, ministers or other concerned persons. Transportation to and from camp is available.

For more information, please visit our website at www.bridgessc.org or call 843-216-7323.

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