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What Our Campers Say

 

"When my dad signed me up, I had no desire to go. I said to him, 'Great, Dad. You're sending me to an awkward camp with a bunch of kids who are just going to cry all the time.' What I came to find is that I ended up going to camp where I felt safe talking about my experiences, had a lot of fun, made a lot of important lasting friendships and memories, and most importantly, made a great deal of positive progress in my grieving journey. (We cried sometimes too-but it definitely wasn't a bad thing!)" – Taylor, 18, Olney, MD

 

"Ever since my dad died, I always thought I was alone in the feelings I was feeling. I thought that everything I was thinking was wrong. I felt so guilty. Then I came to camp. There people understood what I was going through. At the campfire on Saturday night, I cried and it was the first time I could cry and not have to explain to everyone why. I wasn’t embarrassed about crying and was able to let my feelings out. Thanks." – Cassie, 15, Worcester, MA

 

 

"It’s amazing. Everyone at CZC has been through what I have. We are all in this together. Therapy is one on one, but here, you are in a group and you don’t have to hide anything. In the Healing Circles you can open up or you cannot share at all. You become like a family to the people in your group, so it is just like talking to your best friends. CZC is here to help, but it is also fun." – Laura, 16, Chatham, NJ

 

 

"Before I went to Comfort Zone, I didn't like to talk about my father's death, when I thought about him, I cried. When I went to Comfort Zone, they helped me. Now I love talking about my Dad and all the fun times we had together." – Reba, 9, MO

 

"I've been to camp about 6 times and volunteer as a junior counselor. The feeling of belonging that resonates through camp is one that is unduplicated and unique to Comfort Zone. Although I was nervous about coming to camp for the first time, I was not opposed to the idea. When most people hear that Comfort Zone is a camp that exists because of loss, they are instantly shocked, and even a little frightened. However, Comfort Zone is not a place for crying, it is a place for learning and growing, although it is perfectly acceptable if a person cries." – Claire, 16, Richmond, VA

 

"My first time going to camp, I was excited; I read about it in Lynne's book (You Are Not Alone). However, I was very nervous that the weekend would be extremely sad and just make me even more depressed. But, it was one of the best weekends of my life, the first place I ever felt safe and happy after my Dad died, over a year before I went to CZC." – Sarah, 17, Longmeadow, MA

 

"It is hard to tell my friends that I go to Comfort Zone Camp because they just don’t understand, they just don’t 'get it'. Nobody understands, until I get to Comfort Zone Camp, where EVERYONE understands." – David, 12, Staten Island, NY

 

"I thought CZC was just going to be a lot of emotional stuff. But it wasn’t. It was more than I could’ve ever imagined. I would live at CZC if I could. It’s like my second family." – Steph, 15, Parkersburg, WV

 

"Comfort Zone has changed my life for the best. I don't know where I would be without it. I consider Comfort Zone my home away from home, and the people there as my second family. When people ask me to tell them what happens during a weekend at Comfort Zone, I tell them it's too good for words to describe, but it's the best thing I've done with my life." – Matt, CZC camper turned volunteer

 

"CZC is the best help you'll ever find because you get to meet kids your age in exactly the same situation, which I find more helpful than talking to a therapist or such about it. It’s the most amazing place and it’s so much fun, and it’s more than helpful. It’s changed my life." – Sydney, 14, Westfield, NJ

 

"Each camp makes me feel like my soul has taken a shower. My loss had been the mud puddle and Comfort Zone helps clean it off of me." – Tyler, 12, Tenafly, NJ

 

“I kinda wanted to go to CZC but I kinda didn't. I was scared to go because I had never been separated from my dad for that long of time. But I wanted to go because my sister was going to be there too. Camp was so much more than what I expected it to be. I thought everyone would be sitting in a circle crying about their loved ones, but it's not at all like that! I had so much fun.” – Diane, 15, Richmond, VA

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