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Our camp program includes an annual summer day camp for children ages 3-8, an annual summer camp for children ages 7-12 and a springtime retreat for teens ages 13-18. The Summer Day Camp is held at Fernside’s Administrative Office Building and both overnight camp experiences are held at Camp Joy in Clarksville, Ohio.

Fernside's Summer Day Camp
(for ages 3 - 8)

Day Camp incorporates expressive arts and time outdoors. Children are given the opportunity to participate in activities, both in small and large groups, to help them explore their feelings about the loss. A camper favorite is a visit from some of our therapy animal friends.

Fernside's Summer Camp
(for ages 7 - 12)

Summer Camp incorporates expressive arts and outdoor adventures. During the camp, children are given the opportunity to work in a small group environment with other grieving children to share their stories and process their loss. Campers will also participate in traditional camp activities including archery, swimming and hiking.

Fernside's Teen Retreat
(for ages 13 - 18)

The Teen Retreat experience incorporates expressive arts and physically-challenging adventures in an outdoor setting. Teens will participate in small groups promoting the safe expression of feelings. The highlight for many of the teens is the high ropes course.

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Programs & Services

Evening Program

Support groups for children ages 3-18 and parent/guardian

School Program

Time-limited, on-site support groups for students at area schools

Crisis Program

Support for schools and other organizations following a death

Special Collaboration Program

Support groups for those with special needs

Camp Program

Overnight, outdoor experiences for children and teens

Community Outreach & Education

Providing presentations on grief-related topics and services

Phone Consultations

Consulting with families and helping professionals with grief-related questions or concerns

Resources & Reading

Materials for grieving families and helping professionals

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