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Hospice of Washington County hosts annual Camp Hope 'n Cope

July 19, 2013
  • Hospice of Washington County recently hosted its second annual Hope 'n Cope at Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry. Picture are, front row, Jonathan Sprock; first row, from left, Joseph VanderBos, George Sprock, Noah Foltz, Cody Wolfe, Gage Crawford, Ally Foltz, Jessica VanderBos and Ameerah Rouzee; second row, Lanae Watland, Chelsea Royce, camp Director Robin Morris, Sixta Miranda, Jaime Morgan, Theresa VanderBos, Matthew Berry, Krista Mills, Jeanine Auberton, Maggie Terry and Kathy Persinger; third row, Shelley Steiner, Kiana Keier, Meghan Lancaster, Emily Harris, Janis Williamson, Sean Shorten, Molly Lancaster, Vickie Sterling, Cheyanne Wilfong and Kim Schwartz; and back row, Steve Shipley, Michael Lancaster, Ronie-Lynn Shabazz, Courtney Harley, Denise McCoy, Melissa Fountain, Ken Stewart, Tim Berry and Joshua White.
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Hospice of Washington County hosted its second annual Camp Hope ’n Cope on June 29 and 30 at Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Ministry. 

The camp is designed for campers to enjoy all of the outdoor fun and recreational amenities as an overnight summer camp, but many aspects are added to ensure that children attending learn to cope and regain hope from the loss of a loved one.

The camp is for those ages 5 and 18 who have lost a loved one. 

Applications are taken, and scholarships are awarded so the grieving children can attend camp at no cost to their families. 

The scholarships are made possible through a grant from the Shockey Family Foundation. 

For the recent camp, 25 children and 35 staff and volunteers boarded a school bus June 29 with sleeping bags and pillows in hand. Bagged breakfasts were consumed on the ride to camp. 

Special support groups and memory craft projects were alternated with swimming, making s’mores and talent shows. 

An African story teller charmed the campers in the evening, and before departing after brunch on Sunday, a remembrance service was held for each of the loved ones who died. 

Hospice provides grief and bereavement services to the community at large at no cost. 

For more information, call 301-791-6360 or go to www.hospiceofwc.org.

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