Our camp program includes an overnight summer camp for children ages 7-12, a weekend retreat for teens ages 13-18 and a weekend retreat for adults. Each camp and retreat has a theme, which is incorporated in all of the activities throughout the camp or retreat experience.
Fernside's Summer Camp (for ages 7 - 12)
The summer camp is a three day, two night camp experience for children who are grieving the death of a family member or friend, using expressive arts and physically challenging adventures in an outdoor setting. During the camp, children are given the opportunity to work in a small group environment with other grieving children to share their stories of loss, how their lives have been changed, their memories and their feelings. Camp offers the children a chance to process their grief and also participate in traditional camp activities including campfires, swimming and hiking.
Fernside's Teen Retreat (for ages 13 - 18)
The teen retreat is an annual weekend retreat experience for youth ages 13 - 18 who are grieving the death of a family member or friend. The retreat incorporates expressive arts and physically challenging adventures in an outdoor setting. During the weekend, sharing groups and related activities promote positive self-esteem, encourage safe expression of feelings and give the participants an opportunity to interact with other grieving teens. The highlight for many of the teens is the high ropes course.
The adult retreat is an annual weekend retreat experience for adults who are grieving the death of a family member or friend. This experience is designed for participants to take a break from their daily routines and responsibilities and to provide them with the opportunity to reflect on their journey in an outdoor setting. The retreat incorporates physical, emotional and intellectual grief work through interactive peer groups, expressive arts and physical challenges.
“He had so much fun, made new friends and got a lot of emotion out in a healthy, guided way.”
“Thank you so much for this fantastic experience for my daughter. She did not know what to expect, and she got so much more than she ever thought.”
“My daughter loved the combination of fun with the grieving activities. Thank you so very much! This was a gift in my little girl’s healing journey.”
“Thank everyone involved in this retreat. It was very helpful to be with people in the same journey as me. I didn’t feel as lonely this weekend and met new friends.”