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Children attend camp to help cope with loss

July 22, 2013

SHARPSBURG -- — Hospice of Washington County hosted the second annual Camp Hope ‘n’ Cope Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30 at Shepherds Spring Outdoor Ministry.  

The annual 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 insure that the children attending learn to cope and regain hope from the loss of a loved one.

The camp is open every year to children between the ages of 5 and 18 who have lost a loved one.  Applications are taken and scholarships are awarded so any child can attend camp at no costs. These scholarship are made possible through a grant from the ShockeyFamily Foundation.  

This year’s camp included 25 children and 35 staff and volunteers .

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

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An African storyteller charmed the campers in the evening and before departing after brunch on Sunday, a special remembrance service well held for each of their loved ones who had passed.  

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

For more information about Hospice of Washington County, call 301-791-6360 or go to www.hospiceofwc.org


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