Calvary Hospital Seeking Counselors for 17th Season of Annual Bereavement Camp for Children and Teenagers

BRONX, NY, May 29, 2014 – From August 18-22, Calvary Hospital will host the 17th consecutive annual session of its bereavement camp for children and teenagers ages 6-18. Calvary’s Camp Compass® will take place at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn. Hospital employees will comprise the majority of counselors for the week-long camp. Due to the number of campers that Calvary expects to serve this year, and its goal of maintaining a 2:1 ratio of campers to counselors, the Hospital will accept applications for counselors from outside Calvary.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Licensed teachers, social workers, guidance counselors, school or pediatric nurses;
  • Minimum of four consecutive years of full-time employment;
  • Completed Calvary Job Application form (click here);
  • Two letters of reference from a work-related source; and
  • Availability to attend a 4-hour mandatory orientation on either August 5th in the Bronx or August 6th in Brooklyn, at our offices at St. Joseph High School; work from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm from Monday, August 18 through Friday, August 22, 2014.

  • Applications are being accepted from now through July 11
  • Please send all completed applications and letters of reference to:
    Jose Rivera
    Calvary Hospital
    1740 Eastchester Road, Bronx, NY 10461
    Emailed to his attention –
    Phone number: (718) 518-2090
  • All hiring decisions will be made by July 25, 2014.

    Applicants selected as counselors will need to undergo the same background checks and related procedures as Calvary employees. Counselors will be paid $1,000 for the week.

             Calvary’s Camp Compass® provides a safe, nurturing environment for the children of diverse backgrounds to validate feelings of loss, offer hope, and have fun for the week. All of the 2014 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 Calvary bereavement support 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 5,800 patients are cared for annually by Calvary’s inpatient, outpatient, homecare, 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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