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Camp Courage

Welcome to Camp Courage

Camp Courage is a FREE weekend camp for children ages seven through eighteen held in May and October. Campers come together with other children and teens who have experienced similar losses as they learn new ways of dealing with their grief. The weekend also offers many fun activities.

A Big Buddy holds the balloon steady so her Little Buddy can write a message.

“The Bead Lady” encourages camper to share the objects in her Memory Box.

 

 

 

Camp Courage is held at beautiful Camp Victory, a camp village in Millville, PA (www.campvictory.org). Delicious meals are provided by professional kitchen staff. Large cabins, housing up to sixteen campers and volunteers, are heated and offer restroom and shower facilities. The camp is universally accessible. A nurse, a professional counselor, security personnel, several hospice staff members, and a multitude of volunteers ensure a safe and well supervised weekend.

Camp Courage Video
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If you are interested in attending camp, you can click here to download a camper application form. Please fill out this form and send it to us.

Camp Courage Brochure
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How We Help Healing

At Camp Courage, every camper is paired with a “Big Buddy” for the weekend. The Big Buddy is there for the camper if they want to talk; provides careful supervision throughout the weekend; and guarantees that the camper has a friend at every activity.

The campers learn a variety of ways to express their grief, through journaling, music, physical activity, creating memory boxes and other guided activities. In addition, campers are encouraged to practice sharing their feelings and provide support to one another in a safe, caring environment with small groups of peers and adult volunteers.

Free time gives campers and their Big Buddies a chance to explore the many camp activities including, archery, rock wall climbing, fishing, paddle boating, visits with therapy dogs, games and sports.

Support volunteers ensure that activities are organized and ready for campers and also provide a break for Big Buddies several times throughout the weekend. Campers typically come from Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Union, Snyder, Lycoming and Luzerne counties in Pennsylvania. Campers from other areas are accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Camp Courage is free to all campers and volunteers who attend. As such, we must raise the funds necessary each year in order to provide this program to the children of our area. For this years camping season, funding has been provided by many who support what we do, including individual community members, churches, area businesses.

If you are interested in becoming a Camp Courage volunteer, you must complete an application, interview, and orientation.

Campers and Volunteers are seated by cabin number in the large Dining Hall to enjoy delicious meals.
A camper proudly displays the Memory Box
she made.

Columbia Montour Hospice
Attn: Bereavement Camp, 410 Glenn Avenue, Suite 200
Bloomsburg, PA 17815

Opportunities to volunteer are available. Please click here for more information.

For more information, call 570-784-1723 or our toll-free number at 1-800-349-4702.

The Turtle

The symbol of the turtle was provided to Camp Courage by artist David Armstrong, and signifies healing, protection and courage.

Healing

"Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it.” -Tori Amos

Contact Info

Columbia Montour Hospice
410 Glenn Avenue, Suite 200
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
1.800.349.4702
570.784.1723