Calvary Hospital Marks 16th Season of Annual Bereavement Camp for Children and Teenagers

Calvary's Camp Compass® returns to Brooklyn

BRONX, NY, August 30, 2013 – From August 19-23, Calvary Hospital hosted the 16th consecutive annual session of its bereavement camp for children and teenagers. Calvary’s Camp Compass®, which hosted a record 86 campers ages 6-17, took place at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn.  Fifty adult counselors, four Calvary nurses, and six junior counselors staffed the week-long camp.

In addition to traditional activities such as swimming, fishing, basketball, yoga, highlights of this year’s Calvary’s Camp Compass® included:

  • Making “memory boats” to remember the person that each camper lost;
  • Capoeira Brazilian dance and martial arts performance;
  • Lessons in piano, guitar, photography, sculpting, yoga, and Zumba;
  • Clowns from the Big Apple Circus; and
  • A fun-filled basketball experience by the Harlem Wizards. 

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 2013 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


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