Camp Brave Heart
Camp Brave Heart
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 free bereavement camp 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.
Over the course of four days filled 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.
Campers are accepted after determining that the child is emotionally ready and able to participate and benefit from the camp.
Camp Brave Heart is provided to families free of charge due in large part to the financial support of generous donors.
We have made the difficult decision to hold Camp Brave Heart 2021 virtually. We are excited and grateful to be able to offer camp online, although we recognize how different a virtual setting is from our traditional overnight camp. We held Camp Brave Heart online in 2020 and were moved by the connections and healing that took place in a virtual setting. Check out CBS Austin’s story on last year’s virtual Camp Brave Heart. CBS Austin news story
Camp Brave Heart 2021 will be Tuesday, June 8th – Friday, June 11th. Apply for Camp Brave Heart here! Application is available in English and Spanish.
Camp Brave Heart 2021 is for children and teens who are in 1st through 12th grade in the 2020-2021 school year. The deadline to apply is May 25th, however please apply as soon as possible. Camp does reach capacity. Previous campers are eligible to attend and encouraged to apply, however new applicants will be given priority (unless the previous camper has experienced the death of another person after they attended camp).
Please contact Bereavement Supervisor Maggie Cochran at 512-342-4784 if you have any questions about camp or need assistance completing all or part of the application. Se habla español. Apply for Camp Brave Heart here!
Camp Brave Heart 2020
To see pictures from the 2020 camp, please click here.
Check out CBS Austin’s story on Camp Brave Heart! CBS Austin news story
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. After turning 18, Madison volunteered at Camp Brave Heart for several summers to help other children cope with losing someone they love.