Camp Sunshine is a day camp for children between the ages of 5-12 who are grieving due to the death of a family member or other loved one. Camp Sunshine is available
to children and their family free of charge, however pre-registration is required. The camp is offered to any child who has experienced a loss not only those who's loved one was a High Country Health Care System Hospice patient. Camp Sunshine is held in Ashe, Alleghany, and Watauga counties and normally takes place during June and July. Children are asked to attend only one camp a year and should attend camp in their county of residence.
Camp Sunshine is focused on helping children learn about their grief with specific activities designed to facilitate this process. If you would like to receive Camp Sunshine information or have additional questions, please call the High Country Hospice office in your county. An application for camp is located to the right in the downloads box.
Ways to Help with Camp
Junior Counselors are between the ages of 13 and 18 and are paired with a child and will assist that child in the activities each day. Junior counselors will have the opportunity to process their own grief as well as have times to
debrief and talk about specific experiences each day. Junior counselors are required to go through training Each training session will include a discussion of the stages of grief for children, camp theme, activities, and expectations of junior counselors during camp.
For more information on junior counselors, contact your local High Country Hospice office.
Camp Sunshine is always looking for adult volunteers that have an interest in working with children who are grieving. Adult volunteers will assist in leading camp activities, help with food and snacks, assist with registration and sign out, and/or additional requests of the bereavement coordinator as needed. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer for camp is encouraged to fill out the application for volunteers located to the right under downloads by May 15th, 2010.
Items, such as craft supplies and snacks, are always needed to make our grief camp a success. You drop off the items listed in the right hand column at your local HIgh Country Hospice office, or you can send a monetary donation specifically for Camp Sunshine that can be used where needed.
Thank you for your support!
2012 Camp Sunshine Dates
Click here for Camp Sunshine Flyer
June 19-22, 2012
Sparta Lions Club
July 9-11, 2012
Westwood Elementary School cafeteria
July 25-27, 2012
New Watauga High School
Adult Volunteer Application
Junior Counselor Application
Camp Wish List
- Cardboard boxes
- Colored duct tape
- 3 Flat white sheets (Watauga)
- Finger paint
- Small clay pots
- Wooden dowels
- Strips of leather
- Poster board
- Trash bags
- Paper towels
- Plastic Ziploc baggies
Mary Lee, MSW, LCSW