Camp Circle of Love 2020 has been postponed!
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Chapters Health System has postponed this event due to the COVID-19 crisis. Our first priority is the safety and well-being of the community. Thank you for your support.
In the spring of 1992, LifePath Hospice hosted its first Camp Circle of Love. This annual weekend retreat allows children living in Hillsborough County, ages 6 to 18, who experienced the death of a loved one to work through their grief.
For close to 48 hours, children are able to reconnect and enjoy life again. Even if the loved one was not a patient under LifePath Hospice care, any child can attend the annual camp.
Camp for Grieving Children
Throughout the camp weekend at the Lakewood Retreat in Brooksville, Florida, trained LifePath Hospice bereavement counselors are present along with a full-time registered nurse, other staff and dedicated community volunteers. In fact, anyone that volunteers at the camp comes away from the weekend with a total sense of accomplishment for the supportive healing provided to the 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 that 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.
Although on the surface the camping challenges may seem recreational, all have a therapeutic component that helps kids develop coping skills to manage their grief. In addition, peer-to-peer interaction with others of the same age who experienced the loss of a loved one assists the children with the grieving process, i.e. they don’t feel alone in their sorrow.
Click here to watch our Camp Circle of Love video.
Round-trip bus transportation to the camp is provided. Children are accepted to participate in camp based on appropriateness and availability.
Download the Camp Circle of Love camper application here. The application deadline is Friday, March 20, 2020.
To learn more about Camp Circle of Love, the Circle of Love Center and the grief support provided by LifePath Hospice to residents in Hillsborough County and other services, please call our helpful LifePath Hospice team at either 813.877.2200 or toll-free at 1.800.209.2200 or send an email to [email protected].
If you are interested in volunteering at Camp Circle of Love, please visit our camp volunteer page and complete the online Camp Circle of Love volunteer application. Volunteer applications must be submitted by March 15, 2020. A camp volunteer coordinator will follow up after you complete the application.