Thank you for your interest in Camp Solace! Since 2005, Camp Solace has provided a fun, safe, and supportive camp for youth who are grieving the death of a family member or friend. Most of the kids who participate have experienced the loss of a parent or sibling. In general, at least three months has passed since the death in their families, however, for others many years have passed. Camp is part of The Solace Tree programming and will take place August 1-3.
If you are interested in Camp Solace, please fill out the registration form. This will help us get to know your child, and to make sure that Camp Solace will be a positive experience for them. Together, we will determine if your child is likely to benefit from camp. Your thoughtful, honest, and complete responses will help us best support your child. If/when your child is accepted to camp, you will receive additional information (directions to camp, schedules, times of arrival and departure, etc.).
Note: A completed registration form does not guarantee admission to camp.
Ready to Register A Camper?
Click here to fill out an online camper registration form. We will contact you once we review it.
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.
2. What can I expect at camp?
This summer, Camp Solace will be offered at the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe (August 1-3) in Kings Beach, CA. We’ll be outside a lot – exploring the forests and playing amidst the rocks, dirt, and beach. For sleepin arrangements, campers will be separated by age and gender and given designated rooms. Usually there are about 7-10 campers and 2-4 staff in each group.
3. What will we be doing at Camp Solace? Is it FUN?!
Camp days are full of fun! Camp Solace blends traditional camp activities 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.
4. Who are the camp staff?
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 group includes grief specialists and activity specialists. Volunteers complete a background check and a minimum six hours of training and supervision. They each donate three days of their summer to ensure a positive, healing experience for grieving kids. Some of our volunteers have specialized training with behavior challenges or special needs. 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.
5. 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 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 19, 2014.
How to Register A Camper
If you are interested in signing up for this camp, pick up an application at The Solace Tree or click here to register. You’ll receive a call within 48 hours of us receiving your application.