Overdose Loss

Since 2021, Comfort Zone Camp has seen over 30% rise in camper participants who have experienced a loss due to overdose. In 2020, 1 in 5 children experienced the by the death of a parent due to an accidental overdose. (Judi’s House, 2022). In response to that need, Comfort Zone Camp is holding its first camp to support campers navigating that loss. This camp is in partnership with A Little Hope Foundation.

New Camp Added for Overdose Loss:

September 13-15, 2024 at Fresh Air Fund in Fishkill, New York

  • Accepting: Ages 7-17 or 18 if still in high school
    • Separate optional parent/guardian program
  • Free of charge to all families
  • Weekend sleepover camp
  • Limited travel scholarships available
  • Camp flyer to share

Camp Activities

Includes games, arts & crafts, bonfire, and Healing Circle support groups where kids can connect with their peers.

The Impact

Campers leave the camp “bubble” transformed with a community, coping skills, and new friends who “get it”.


Leanne and her daughters Harlow and Olivia

The overdose loss camp was spectacular. I think because we were all in the “same boat” the depth of honesty and vulnerability was powerful and contagious.

Although the specifics of our stories differed, there were many common themes woven through all our stories. There was identification, community, compassion, empathy, understanding and all- in an environment -free from stigma and judgement .

I don’t know anywhere else in the world where this would be possible.

My girls were able to speak freely about their dad to other kids and adults who understand. They loved their big buddies, who volunteered their time for an entire weekend to be present for my children.

When I returned people asked me how the weekend went – my response was “it was magical, difficult at times, healing and validating”. It is true that there is something mystical that happens when people who have been through similar situations can relate to and connect with each other on a very deep level.

Leanne Goldberg, camper parent and parent program participant