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.
2020 Dates and Locations
Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 8, 2020: HPH Hospice hosts Camp REACH OUT at the Lakewood Retreat Center in Brooksville.
Online Camp REACH OUT Volunteer Application — Volunteer applications must be submitted by January 24, 2020. A camp volunteer coordinator will follow up after you submit the application.
Friday, March 27 through Sunday, March 29, 2020: LifePath Hospice hosts Camp Circle of Love at the Lakewood Retreat Center in Brooksville.
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 submit the application.
Friday, April 3 through Sunday, April 5, 2020: Good Shepherd Hospice hosts Camp Brave Heart at the Circle F. Dude Ranch in Lake Wales.
Online Camp Brave Heart Volunteer Application — Volunteer applications must be submitted by March 13, 2020. A camp volunteer coordinator will follow up after you submit 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.
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.