Campfire Conversations Facilitating adolescent and teen grief discussions in a camp environment
Comfort Zone Camp <ul><ul><li>The Nation’s largest bereavement camp </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Founded in 1998 by Lynne Hu...
Pete Shrock & Elizabeth Sullivan <ul><ul><li>Pete Shrock – National Program Director  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Elizabeth...
Why Camp? <ul><ul><li>Controlled environment – Set up for success </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One on one attention and supp...
Controlled environment – Set up for success <ul><ul><li>No cell phones, laptops, video games </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ca...
One on one attention and support <ul><ul><li>One adult Big Buddy mentor for each camper </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In dept...
Peer interaction/modeling <ul><ul><li>New and veteran campers attending together </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer leadershi...
Own your experience and story <ul><ul><li>Your “own” experience- you decide what and when to share. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul...
Multiple outlets/opportunities for individual expression <ul><ul><li>Icebreakers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Theme </li></u...
Recognizing and creating balance <ul><ul><li>Fun & Therapy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ups and downs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul...
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  1. 1. Campfire Conversations Facilitating adolescent and teen grief discussions in a camp environment
  2. 2. Comfort Zone Camp <ul><ul><li>The Nation’s largest bereavement camp </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Founded in 1998 by Lynne Hughes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Serving approximately 2,400 children in 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides free camps, support groups, and parent programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Offers travel scholarships to families in need </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Invites campers to return to camp each year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Innovative online support: HelloGrief.org </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Pete Shrock & Elizabeth Sullivan <ul><ul><li>Pete Shrock – National Program Director </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Elizabeth – Volunteer Coordinator </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Why Camp? <ul><ul><li>Controlled environment – Set up for success </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>One on one attention and support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer interaction/modeling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Own your experience and story </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multiple outlets/opportunities for individual expression </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognizing and creating balance </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Controlled environment – Set up for success <ul><ul><li>No cell phones, laptops, video games </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Camp t-shirts, backpacks, etc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set schedule </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attending without family </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All other campers have experienced a loss </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. One on one attention and support <ul><ul><li>One adult Big Buddy mentor for each camper </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In depth matching process based on the needs of child </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Big Buddies fully prepared to receive a specific child </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Big Buddies remain with campers for all activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Healing Circle Leaders </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Peer interaction/modeling <ul><ul><li>New and veteran campers attending together </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer leadership & support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Because of something bad… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Big Buddy Share </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Modeling safe risk taking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning healthy dialogue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Validating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The “Ah-ha” moments </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Own your experience and story <ul><ul><li>Your “own” experience- you decide what and when to share. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Start with the “facts” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Challenge by choice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not cookie-cutter, designed for the every child </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Multiple outlets/opportunities for individual expression <ul><ul><li>Icebreakers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Theme </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Healing Circle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cabin time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Challenge course </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Arts and crafts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bonfire </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Memorial service </li></ul></ul><ul><li>*Activity: Have You Ever? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Recognizing and creating balance <ul><ul><li>Fun & Therapy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ups and downs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prepping families to receive child after camp </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creating community outside of camp </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HelloGrief.org </li></ul></ul>

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