Camp Brave Heart
Children who are grieving can experience a sense of isolation as they struggle with deep and complicated feelings. Often, these children know no one else who has suffered a similar loss. Camp Brave Heart, staffed by counselors experienced in child and adolescent grief support, helps campers ages 6 to 17 discover that they are not alone. Swimming, hiking, campfires, archery, sing-a-longs, crafts and a low-level ropes course are just a few of the activities that campers enjoy. Over the course of four days packed with recreational and therapeutic activities, campers hear each other’s stories, explore their grief in a safe and understanding environment, and learn ways to help them cope with their loss.
The free, 4-day/3-night camp is held every summer at John Knox Ranch outside Wimberley in the heart of the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Thanks to funding from a generous donor, we have added an extra day! Bus transportation to and from the camp is provided from a location near Hospice Austin’s main office in northwest Austin. Campers are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis after determining that the child is emotionally ready and able to participate and benefit from the camp. Campers may attend one time unless they experience another loss after they have attended camp. Camp fills up, so get your registration in as soon as you can!
Camp takes place each year in early August. Applications are available on this webpage each year on April 1st. Please call (512) 342-4700 for more information. Camp Brave Heart is provided to families free of charge in large part to the efforts of Big Hearts for Brave Hearts, a group of young professionals who raise funds and support for Camp Brave Heart.
A Letter from a Camper
I went to Camp Brave Heart honestly thinking it wouldn’t help. Then I got to camp. It was ok to cry, ask questions, tell people how you really felt. We did things that helped me understand what I was feeling. And there was nothing awkward when you said “My _____ passed,” because we all understood the feeling well enough in order to not make someone else feel it. At Camp Brave Heart, I also made lifetime bonds with four friends who also lost their dads. We meet up on holidays, birthdays, any day we can really, and my little brother does the same with his friends he made at camp. Thank you for letting me tell you how Camp Brave Heart has helped me even now when I’m 14.
Have a nice day,
Madison attended camp when she was 12 and wrote this letter at 14. Now a senior in high school, she hopes to volunteer at Camp Brave Heart this year. She appeared on KXAN’s Studio 512 show recently to talk about Camp Brave Heart.