Grief Camps for Children and Adolecents
Due to the ongoing COVID 19 restrictions, and to ensure the safety of our
campers, volunteers, and families, Camp Jamie 2020 is being redesigned
as a targeted support program for grieving families. More information
Download Our Camp Jamie Brochure
Camp Jamie is a special opportunity for grieving children and adolescents
to come together to talk about their feelings related to a death of someone
special, and learn coping skills for dealing with those feelings. Camp
Jamie is held two times per year. Our weekend sleepover camp is held in
the spring. Our NEW one day camp is held in the fall. Each camp provides
unique opportunities to express and communicate grief in a healthy and
Who are the staff members?
Camp Jamie staff includes professional bereavement counselors and specially
trained volunteers. Children accepted for weekend sleepover camp are paired
with an adult volunteer called a Big Buddy, with whom he or she will spend
the weekend. Big Buddies provide companionship, support, friendship and
lots of individualized attention for their Little Buddy. Our one day camp
is facilitated by our bereavement counselors and trained long time Camp
What are the types of activities?
In addition to grief education and support, campers also enjoy camp activities
such as team games, arts/crafts, hiking, campfires with storytellers and
All activities provide plenty of opportunities for the children to express
themselves and develop bonds with others. Through interactions with other
children and adults, campers learn that they are not alone in their grief.
New to Camp Jamie, our Music Therapist assisted the kids in helping write
and perform a song for their families once they returned from camp.
What is the cost?
Thanks to our generous donors, Camp Jamie is available to the children
of Frederick County at no charge.
To register a child or become a volunteer for Camp Jamie, please dowload
our application. For further questions, call the Hospice office at 240-566-3030.
Space is limited, so be sure to register early.