Camp Solace is a bereavement camp for children and teens (5-18) who have experienced the death of a loved one. Located on the beautiful North Shore of Lake Tahoe, Camp Solace provides a safe space of traditional camp activities, as well as, supports participants through the grieving process.
Activities aim at building trust and teamwork. Campers spend much of their time just being kids – swimming, kayaking, playing volleyball, making crafts and participating in group skits. In addition, Camp Solace attendees spend time writing in journals, sharing memories and memorabilia, camp fire, luminary ceremony and other reflective activities that symbolizes the memory of their deceased loved one.
Register now for Camp Solace: 2013 Camper Registration Form (PDF)
1. Who attends Camp Solace?
Our overnight camps welcome 50 5-17 year olds who are grieving the death of a family member or friend. Campers must be able to engage constructively in group settings, and must not require 1:1 supervision to do so. We do maintain a 3:1 camper to staff ratio. Due to space limitations, your application does not guarantee attendance. We’ll be in touch soon after we receive your application and let you know. Thank you for understanding.
What can I expect at camp?
This summer, Camp Solace will be offered at the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe (August 2-4) in Kings Beach, CA. We’ll be outside a lot – exploring the forests and playing amidst the rocks, dirt, and beach. Facility houses all sleeping arrangement separate by age and genders and designated to rooms. Usually there will be about 7-10 campers and 3-4 staff in each group.
What will we be doing at Camp Solace? Is it FUN?!
Camp days are full of fun! Traditional camp activities blend with chances to honor and remember family members. Sample activities include: Kayaking and Canoeing, Beading, Nature Adventure, Camp Fire, Flags of Honor and Remembrance, Challenge Games, and Creative Exploration! During camp we can play Frisbee and tag, splash in the water, paint rocks, sing songs, or make things for Secret Buddies, as well as share stories, light candles, and explore who we are each becoming in the process of grieving. We will have fun and we will support one another.
Who will be the staff at Camp?
We have an amazing team of adults who oversee camp! Our Team (all volunteers) is made up of counselors, teachers, activity leaders, and other community members. Each cabin includes grief specialists and activity specialists. Volunteers complete a background check and a minimum eight hours of training and supervision. They each donate three days of their summer to ensure a positive, healing experience for grieving kids. Some volunteers have specialized training with behavior challenges or special needs, but not all do. If your child has special needs, please let us know so we can make every effort to have the appropriate supervisors in place to ensure a positive camp for all. If your child does not do well in groups, camp is likely not an appropriate setting for him/her. Call us about other grief support options.
What is the Camp’s philosophy?
Solace Tree is committed to stabilizing, strengthening, and supporting grieving children and adults. Grief is a natural, and complex, part of life. We believe grieving children thrive amidst connections with understanding others, time to remember, immersion in a spectacular landscape, with permission to HAVE FUN! We honor death, the relationships that continue on, and on the life which we re-construct after loss.
Who do I contact if I have questions about Camp?
You may contact Monica Gonzalez with any camp concerns or needs by email or phone: 775.229.1807
We Need Volunteers
Interested in volunteering for this camp as a counselor? Please fill out this form and return it to The Solace Tree c/o Monica Gonzalez. Camp training will take place on July 20, 2013.
How to Register A Camper
If you are interested in signing up for this camp, pick up an application at The Solace Tree or please click here. You’ll receive a call within 48 hours of us receiving your application.