Camp Braveheart

Camp Braveheart is a day camp for children and youth who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Camp Braveheart 2021 has been canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

We will not be having Camp Braveheart this year, however we will be having a Camp Braveheart Seminar!

On June 12th, 2021, join us for a family-centered workshop on healthy grieving. Using art, music and other activities, you and your children will work together to process loss, highlight the strengths of your family, recognize how it has changed and learn to move forward while keeping your loved one’s memory alive. This seminar is facilitated by art therapist Jenny Welty-Green , music therapist  Miquel Shanine and the Bereavement Staff of Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Seminar Date, Location and Registration

June 12, 10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Martha Hope Cabin in Gainesville

Space is limited. Children must be 4+ years or older to attend. Please register by June 4, 2021.

To register, please contact Holly Smith at 770-219-0276 or email Holly.Smith@nghs.com.

About the camp

Camp Braveheart is a day camp, provided at no cost, for children and youth who have experienced the death of a close friend or family member.

Founded in 1995 by the Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center, the Braveheart Program has provided grief support to over 1000 children via the camp experience and school-based support groups.Thanks to the generosity of donors, Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center is able to offer Camp Braveheart. The program is carefully designed to help children and youth learn to cope with the complicated emotions that arise from the death of a loved one.

The most important thing that campers learn during the week is that they are not alone — other youth have experienced similar losses.

Are you interested in donating to Hospice of NGMC or Camp Braveheart?

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Camp Objectives

Facilitated by a team of licensed social workers, therapists and trained volunteers, Camp Braveheart is a structured, supportive environment which provides campers with:

  • Vocabulary to talk about death, loss and intense emotions
  • Healthy ways to cope with those intense emotions
  • Opportunities to talk about and remember their loved one
  • A safe place to talk about changes, fears and frustrations
  • A chance to interact with other children/teens with similar losses

Camp Braveheart accomplishes these objectives through a combination of play, journaling, group discussion, art therapy, challenge games and one-on-one support.

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Who & Where

They may be different from the kids at church or school, but at Camp Braveheart, they are all the same. Camp Braveheart takes place in June and July at Walters Barn in Lula, GA. This camp is provided at no cost and is open to any child in the community who has experienced a significant death. It is sponsored by the Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center and funded by community and private donations.

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Volunteer for Camp Braveheart

Make a difference in the life of a grieving child — donate one week of your summer to volunteer at Camp Braveheart!

Volunteers may either work directly with campers as “Big Buddies” providing assistance with activities and one-on-one support, or in a more “behind-the-scenes” capacity helping with food preparation, set up/clean up and general site supervision.

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Contact Camp Braveheart

Call 770-219-0276 or email griefsupport.hospice@nghs.com for more information