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Camp Brave Heart

Camp Brave Heart

Camp Brave Heart – Applications have closed for 2024

Children and teens who are grieving can experience a sense of isolation as they struggle with deep and complicated feelings. Often, they do not know anyone one else who has suffered a similar loss.

Camp Brave Heart is a bereavement camp offered at no cost for children and teens who are grieving the death of someone important in their life. It is a fun, high-energy camp combined with grief education, peer bonding, and emotional support led by grief support professionals and trained volunteers.

Camp Brave Heart is a 4 day/3night camp at John Knox Ranch in the Texas Hill Country. Through shared 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.

– Camp Brave Heart 2024 will take place Wednesday, June 5th through Saturday, June 8th.
– The 2024 camp will be for children and teens who are in 1st – 12th grades in the 2023-2024 school year.
Applications for 2024 have closed. Camp is at capacity and our waitlist is full. Please consider applying for Camp Brave Heart in the spring of 2025.

Campers are accepted on a first come first serve basis, however the following children will be given priority:
– Have never attended Camp Brave Heart or 2018’s Camp Erin Central Texas
– Have only had the chance to attend Camp Brave Heart virtually (2020 or 2021)
– Have attended Camp Brave Heart and experienced another death since attending

If a child or teen has attended in a previous year and they do not fall into a category above, they will be placed on a waitlist. Any remaining camper spots will be offered to these applicants on May 22nd. Space will depend on age groups that have room for additional campers.

Please allow us two weeks to process applications. After review of the application, we will determine if Camp Brave Heart can provide your child a positive camp experience. If we need more information to make this determination, families may be asked to meet virtually or in-person with a Camp Brave Heart team member.

We will notify you by email of your child’s acceptance to camp. The acceptance email will provide additional information regarding camp drop off/pick up details. Transportation is provided from Northwest Austin. We will send a second email in May that contains information including a packing list, departure/arrival times, locations & maps.

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 in the time leading up to Camp Brave Heart. Campers are not required to have received the COVID-19 vaccine, however protective measures such as health screening in the weeks before camp and a negative test may be required. We will make these decisions as well as other safety measures as we get closer to camp.

If you have any questions about Camp Brave Heart, please contact the Bereavement Department at 512-342-4700; bereavement@hospiceaustin.org.
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Camp Brave Heart is provided to families free of charge due in large part to the financial support of generous donors.

Hospice Austin offers additional bereavement support services for children, teens and adults. If you would like further information about our resources or other grief resources in the community, please call 512-342-4700 or click here.

Camp Brave Heart 2024
To see pictures from the 2024 camp, please click here.

Check out CBS Austin’s story on Camp Brave Heart 2024!


A Letter from a Camper Camp Brave Heart Campers Anastasia, Emma and Madison

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. After turning 18, Madison volunteered at Camp Brave Heart for several summers to help other children cope with losing someone they love.