Camper Turn Volunteer Spotlight

This article was published on: 04/2/24

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March Newsletter

This article was published on: 03/1/24

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Grief Relief 5K Celebration!

This article was published on: 12/10/20

We had a blast this year with our first national VIRTUAL 5K! Thank you to everyone who participated across the country. Check out our celebration video below:

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What if the world was like camp?

This article was published on: 06/5/20

As I write to you today, our country is feeling so much intense grief and pain.  The losses associated with the Covid-19 pandemic – of both human lives and experience – have been so difficult to absorb and process for so many of us.  Our natural way of grieving has been interrupted.  And now our country and the world are faced with the inexcusable death of George Floyd, and our grief is joined by so many other emotions – anger, frustration, sadness…helplessness.        Human beings being discriminated against, for any reason, is simply unacceptable. Maybe you’re like me and are struggling with your search for answers to some very tough questions.  Questions like, “Why?” to “What can I do?” or even “How do we make lasting change?”  I wish I had the answers to those questions, and to so many more. Over the years, I’ve heard both volunteers and campers say...

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CZC talks about the impact of the loss of Kobe Bryant

This article was published on: 04/1/20

Today's broadcast will focus on the loss of Kobe Bryant and how it is impacting people around the country

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Filling our new “blank pages”?

This article was published on: 03/26/20

3/36/2020 I just wanted you to know that we thinking about you during this uncertain time. We recognize that you may be feeling sad, scared, frustrated, worries, angry, confused, to name a few. We are going through a time that we don’t have control over, it isn’t fair, we are getting robbed of our daily lives and important events we can’t get back. If this sounds familiar and even like “grief”--it is! We are all experiencing “life grief”. This situation may also re-trigger grief from past losses we have had. The same holds true for others in our lives including our campers. Currently we have postponed our camps for March and April and will reschedule in the latter half of the year. We continue to monitor the situation and will keep everyone notified if there are additional changes. If you are able, we encourage you to reach out to campers...

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A Message From Our Founder & CEO, Lynne Hughes

This article was published on: 03/25/20

March 25th, 2020 Greetings CZC Community! To say these last few weeks has been strange would be a huge understatement. We are all faced with making decisions that none of us have the answers to. We are each making our “best guess”.  Our daily life is more disrupted with each passing day. The path forward is not clear. One of the best examples of this is what my daughter Jamie faced this week. Jamie, a high school senior, is also a yearbook editor for her high school. In the fall, the yearbook commits to a certain amount of pages based on school activities in a typical year. She is struggling with what do with all the “blank pages” that were reserved for spring concerts, plays and sports. It’s such a powerful visual. Blank pages in a yearbook. Memories that were stolen from high school students and especially, seniors. I bet...

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How a Child’s Grief Became a Purpose for Children Grieving

This article was published on: 02/10/20

Ed Deiss interviewed Founder & CEO, Lynne Hughes and told her personal story by writing a very touching blog article. Read here about Lynne's childhood, and how Comfort Zone Camp was founded 21 years ago.

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Getting to Know the Founder & CEO of Comfort Zone Camp

This article was published on: 12/18/19

Lynne Hughes, Founder and CEO of Comfort Zone Camp, sat down with Richmond Times-Dispatch writer Bill Lohmann to talk about her time with Comfort Zone Camp and life lessons that have shaped who she is today. Lynne has been nominated as an honoree in the 2019 RTD Person of the Year program. The full RTD article can be read by clicking the link below. You can read the article here.

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Reflections on 9/11

This article was published on: 09/11/19

In 2001, CZC was three years old. In March of that year, we had just received our first national media article in Parents Magazine. Gary Mason read that article, called me and asked if he could volunteer. Gary, who lost his sister when he was young, lived in New Jersey and began making the drive to Richmond for all our camps that year. Gary was aware that there were no resources for grieving kids in NJ and asked if he raised the money for a camp for NJ grieving kids, would all the Richmond volunteers get on a bus and travel to New Jersey to hold a camp there? I didn’t know how to respond and our Board didn’t know how to respond either. So we tabled it—every month from April-September. We had a meeting Monday, September 10th and the last item on the agenda once again was—what to do about...

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