Camper & Parents

WHAT’S COMFORT ZONE ABOUT?

Our camps are for kids 7-17, and young adults between the ages of 18-25, who have suffered the death of a parent, sibling or legal guardian. When you go to camp, you will meet a ton of kids who have been through similar things you have. Because everyone here has had a loss and can relate on a level that few others can, you will make lasting friendships.

Camp is mostly about fun. We play games, hike, sing karaoke (or watch), and eat s’mores. But there are also times throughout the weekend where you will be able to hear other kids’ stories, and have the chance to tell your own. Everything is done by choice, so you can share as much – or as little – as you want.

Many first time campers are unsure, which is understandable—it’s different. But, know that camp is about making friendships, meeting other kids who can relate, and doing typical “camp stuff.” Check out what past campers have to say, look at some pictures and watch videos from camp in our scrapbook.

Even if you’re still nervous, give Comfort Zone Camp a shot. We promise it’s worth it.

What Our Campers say…

“IN ALL HONESTY, THE FIRST TIME MY MOM SAID THAT WE WERE GOING TO CZC I THREW THE WORLD’S LARGEST FIT… I SAT ON THE PLANE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT EVERY WAY POSSIBLE I COULD GET OFF. IF YOU’RE NERVOUS, GET THROUGH THE “ICE BREAKER” GAMES, AND THINGS GET EASIER!”

– LEXI, OAKLEY, KS

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Comfort Zone Camp 2017

PARENTS & GUARDIANS

As a parent or guardian to a child who has suffered the loss of a parent, sibling or legal guardian, you have seen the many different ways grief challenges kids in their day-to-day lives. You also may have noticed that for kids, grief never really goes away; it simply evolves right along with them. Comfort Zone Camp offers free, child-focused grief and resilience training programs that provide children with:

  • A strong, supportive network of peers that personally understands their loss experience
  • Age-appropriate coping skills that will help them manage their grief in their day-to-day lives
  • Age-appropriate grief counseling administered by trained grief professionals
  • A volunteer mentor (Big Buddy) who will attend camp with your child and has been extensively screened and matched to support your child’s individual strengths and needs
  • Self-esteem building and confidence building activities games, songs, skits and other opportunities to have fun, play, laugh and connect with their peers
  • The ability to return to camp every year until they graduate high school
  • The opportunity to volunteer as a junior counselor after the age of 15

A Parent’s Message:

“THE MAGNITUDE OF THE RESPONSIBILITY TO HELP YOUR CHILD COPE WITH SUCH A GREAT LOSS IS INFINITELY OVERWHELMING. COMFORT ZONE GAVE MY BOYS TOOLS TO COPE AND EMPOWERED THEM TO HELP THEMSELVES.”

– CAMPER PARENT

In addition, Comfort Zone provides year round support through our secure online bereavement resource and community, HelloGrief.org. Hello Grief allows campers to maintain the friendships they form at camp, and offers a full library of resources designed to help people of all ages cope with their grief.

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