Calvary's Camp Compass
Calvary's Camp Compass

Calvary Hospital Marks 14th Season of Annual Bereavement Camp

BRONX, NY, August 29, 2011 – From August 22-26, Calvary Hospital hosted the 14th consecutive annual session of its bereavement camp for children and teenagers. A record 53 campers ages 6-17 participated at Camp Compass, which took place at Arrow Park in Monroe, NY.  Thirty-eight hospital employees served as counselors for the week-long camp.

            This year, Camp Compass featured a special appearance by Sounds of Afrika, a drum and dance troupe; clowns from the Big Apple Circus; an entertaining and fun-filled basketball experience by the Harlem Wizards, as well as a drum-making project, and karaoke.  Supporters of Calvary’s children’s bereavement programs and Camp Compass have included but are not limited to: Newman's Own Foundation, Thomas & Agnes Carvel Foundation, Robert Mize and Isa White Trimble Foundation, and A Little Hope, Inc.

Camp Compass provided a safe, nurturing environment for the children of diverse backgrounds to validate feelings, offer hope, and have fun for the week.  All of the 2011 campers attend the Hospital’s year-round bereavement programs -- Precious Moments -- for young children aged 6 to 11 years old as well as teen bereavement support for 12- to 18-year-olds. These groups have helped hundreds of children to date with their grief process.

            In the New York metropolitan area, Calvary has established itself as a resource for grieving families.  It offers free bereavement support groups for adults, children, and teens, and referrals for additional support if necessary.  Calvary’s programs are available to anyone who has lost a loved one, whether that person was a patient at Calvary, or someone from the larger community whose death was attributable to illness, accident, or violence. 

Calvary Hospital (www.calvaryhospital.org) is the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult advanced cancer patients.  A 225-bed facility with locations in the Bronx and Brooklyn, Calvary is the model for the relief of cancer pain and symptoms for more than a century.  More than 5,700 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, home, hospice, nursing home hospice, and wound care services.  To learn more or sign up for the e-newsletter, Calvary Life, please go to www.calvaryhospital.org

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53 children and teenagers enjoyed themselves at the 14th Annual Bereavement Camp sponsored by Calvary Hospital. All of the 2011 campers attend the Hospital’s year-round bereavement programs for children ages 6 to 17. Calvary support groups are offered at no charge to the public at large.
Pictured:  Three children enjoying karaoke at Calvary’s Camp Compass, an annual bereavement camp for children and teens.

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53 children and teenagers enjoyed themselves at the 14th Annual Bereavement Camp sponsored by Calvary Hospital.  All of the 2011 campers attend the Hospital’s year-round bereavement programs for children ages 6 to 17.  Calvary support groups are offered at no charge to the public at large.
Pictured:  Sounds of Afrika, a drum and dance troupe, led an interactive workshop on drumming at Calvary’s Camp Compass, an annual bereavement camp for children and teens.

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53 children and teenagers enjoyed themselves at the 14th Annual Bereavement Camp sponsored by Calvary Hospital.  All of the 2011 campers attend the Hospital’s year-round bereavement programs for children ages 6 to 17.  Calvary support groups are offered at no charge to the public at large.
Pictured:  A teen camper working on her drum at Calvary’s Camp Compass, an annual bereavement camp for children and teens.

 

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