Camp Kangaroo, a bereavement camp offered free of charge to children in the community who have experienced the death of a loved one, will continue in a virtual format in 2022.
Camps will be offered for residents of Illinois and Florida. All Camps will return to in person beginning in January of 2023.
Camp Kangaroo is psychotherapy and creative arts therapy based. Led by dedicated professionals and trained volunteers from AccentCare Hospice (formerly Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care), Camp Kangaroo helps children feel less alone in their grief, provides them with a supportive environment to express their emotions, and helps them learn effective coping strategies. It gives an opportunity for children to find new meaning following the loss of their loved ones.
Coming together as a community is an integral part of Camp Kangaroo. The Pandemic has limited our ability to do so, but our wonderful clinicians have come up with a virtual experience that will ensure campers feel supported and part of a group while they receive grief education and emotional support combined with fun camp activities.
Counselors will work with families for our pre-camp assessment. Once that is complete, individual kits will be delivered to each camper’s home. Kits will include supplies needed for legacy projects and activities during group sessions as well as Camp shirts, water bottles, stuffed kangaroos and instructions for guardians.
Virtual workshops will be held on November 5, 2022. Groups will be broken down by age and each group will participate in activities that lead them through:
• Sharing their story
• Understanding how death has changed their lives
• Adjusting to change and grief emotions
• Strategies for regurgitating emotions and opportunities to support each other
• Sharing memories and ideas for remembrances
• Creating a memory box
Sessions will also be held for caregivers.
While we look forward to being together in 2023, we are honored to be able to offer this virtual option in 2022
If you know someone that needs our support, you can find more information about Camp Kangaroo here.
Camp is offered free of charge to any child that needs us. In order to do this, even virtually, we rely on our wonderful donors for support. You can sponsor a camper here!
2023 Camp Locations:
Florida – Broward County
Florida – Clearwater
Florida – Hillsborough
Florida – Miami
Florida – Pasco