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Camp Braveheart

Camp Braveheart is tailored to fit the very specific needs of children and teens, who process grief differently than adults.

About the camp

Braveheart 1Camp Braveheart is a day camp 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. Camp Braveheart 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.

View the 2016 Application & Brochure

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:

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  • 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.

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 Walter’s 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.

Contact Camp Braveheart

Call 770-219-8888 or 888-572-3900, or email griefsupport.hospice@nghs.com for more information

School-based Grief Support Groups

Braveheart 3Braveheart counselors can guide a grief support group at your child’s school with a referral and help from a school counselor. Our counselors understand children’s natural resiliency and can help them navigate their feelings based on individual emotional and developmental needs.

Call 770-219-8888 or 1-888-572-3900, or email griefsupport.hospice@nghs.com for more information.

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.

Are you ready to volunteer? Click below to view and print the volunteer application and criminal background check. Completed forms may be faxed (770-219-8887) or mailed to:

Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center
2150 Limestone Pkwy, Suite 222
Gainesville, GA 30501.

Braveheart Family Workshop

Join us for a workshop about healthy grieving for the whole family and learn to move forward while keeping your loved one’s memory alive.

  • Grades K-12 plus parents/guardians
  • Using art and other activities
  • Guided by our counselors and a licensed art therapist
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