All children need to be surrounded by love, especially those who have recently experienced the death of a loved one. Chapters Health System recognizes the special needs of these children and created our annual camps for them. We are always looking for camp volunteers to assist with these weekend-long events for children ages 6 to 17. The goal of each camp is to help those who recently lost a loved one share their feelings of grief with others. The experience combines healing with fun, letting children know that life still offers a lot.
2018 Dates and Locations
If you would like to volunteer for any of our children’s grief camps, please complete this online application. A camp volunteer coordinator will follow up after you complete the application.
What to Expect as Children’s Camp Volunteers
Hospice staff members and dedicated camp volunteers are assigned to the various cabins to chaperone and assist with group discussions and provide support. All camp staff members, including volunteers, undergo background checks and receive comprehensive training prior to the weekend camp. Anyone that volunteers at camp comes away from the weekend with a total sense of accomplishment for the supportive healing provided to campers. Attendees participate in traditional camp activities such as swimming, arts and crafts and team sports. However, there are specific exercises built into the weekend, which help the campers cope with grief and re-build trust and self-awareness. For instance, lakeside on Saturday evening, there is a moving memorial service designed to provide healing and closure opportunities for the campers.
For more information about other volunteer openings, click over to our volunteer opportunities page, or for upcoming volunteer training sessions visit our Calendar page. To become a Chapters Health volunteer, simply complete the online volunteer application and a Chapters Health volunteer coordinator will contact you. For more information, complete the form to the left, or contact Volunteer Services at 863.551.3943 in Polk, Highlands or Hardee counties for Good Shepherd Hospice, or 727.816.3647 in Pasco, Hernando or Citrus counties for HPH Hospice, or 813.871.8237 in Hillsborough County for LifePath Hospice.