Thanks to a generous donor, Camp Brave Heart is adding an extra day to camp this year! It will be held August 4 – 7 at John Knox Ranch near Wimberley. Camp Brave Heart is a free camp for children age 6 – 17 who are grieving the death of a loved one. The camp is full of fun activities – canoeing, shaving cream fights, swimming and campfires – but interwoven in this fun are therapeutic exercises to help the campers with their grief.
One camper “Billy,” age 12, recently lost his dad and came to camp last summer withdrawn and angry. Billy did not want to participate in any activities on the first day of camp and even ran away into an empty building where counselors had to find him. On the second evening, all of the older campers gathered around a campfire to share their highs and lows of the day. The counselors assumed Billy would not want to participate but when it was his turn, Billy shared that his high was meeting kids just like him and his low was wasting the first day of camp. He said he had been afraid to feel. All the counselors were taken aback by Billy’s awareness of his grief and willingness to connect with his new friends at camp.
If you know a child who might benefit from this camp, applications for Camp Brave Heart are available now; visit www.HospiceAustin.org/CampBraveHeart or call (512) 342-4700. Get your application in soon; camp tends to fill up fast!