Calvary Hospital Marks 15th Season of Annual Bereavement Camp for Children and Teenagers

Calvary’s Camp Compass® debuts in new location in Brooklyn

BRONX, NY, August 31, 2012 – From August 20-24, Calvary Hospital hosted the 15th consecutive annual session of its bereavement camp for children and teenagers. Calvary’s Camp Compass® hosted a record 75 campers ages 6-17 this year. For the first time, the camp took place at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn. Forty four hospital employees served as counselors for the week-long camp.

In addition to traditional activities such as swimming and arts and crafts, highlights of this year’s Calvary’s Camp Compass® included:

  • Clowns from the Big Apple Circus;
  • A fun-filled basketball experience by the Harlem Wizards;
  • Camp Olympics;
  • Making video CDs, memory mirrors, and love boxes, to remember the person that each camper lost; and
  • A balloon release on the last day.                                                                                    

Calvary’s 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 2012 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, which meet at the Hospital in the Bronx and in downtown Brooklyn, have helped hundreds of children to date with their grief process. All groups are free and open to the community.

Supporters of the Hospital’s children’s bereavement programs and Calvary’s Camp Compass® have included but are not limited to: Newman's Own Foundation, the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, the van Ameringen Foundation, the George Link, Jr. Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Thomas & Agnes Carvel Foundation, Robert Mize and Isa White Trimble Foundation, and the Hagedorn Fund.

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 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 6,000 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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Calvary Hospital hosted the 15th consecutive annual session of its bereavement camp for children and teenagers during the week of August 20th at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn.
Calvary’s Camp Compass® hosted a record 75 campers ages 6-17 this year. Forty four hospital employees served as counselors for the week-long camp. The campers enjoyed a range of fun activities such as swimming, tennis, fishing, arts and crafts, clowns from the Big Apple Circus; the Harlem Wizards; Camp Olympics; making video CDs, memory mirrors, and love boxes, to remember the person that they each lost; and a balloon release on the last day.

 

 

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