2017 April Mark Wandall Foundation Partnership Camp
In Partnership with the Mark Wandall Foundation
Apopka, Florida 32703
Three-day program in Florida
Comfort Zone Camp and the Mark Wandall Foundation announce a free three-day program for children and teens ages 7-17 (18 if still in high school) who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or guardian.
Comfort Zone offers activities designed to break the isolation bereaved kids often feel, provides a community of peers who can personally relate to their experience, and shares healthy coping skills for managing grief in their daily lives.
In addition to a variety of traditional camp activities, campers and their mentors participate in age-based support groups designed to give each camper the opportunity to talk about their experiences and receive support and validation from their peers.
Comfort Zone’s 1-Day Parent Program is facilitated simultaneously. This program is a psycho-educational opportunity for adults to learn more about childhood grief and how their child may be processing a significant loss. Parents are educated on their child’s experiences at camp, and they learn how to comfortably and effectively address grief with their child.
Parents are challenged to examine their own grief journey and how it affects their family unit. Self-care and taking time to “refuel” is essential to a family’s long-term stability, and throughout this program, parents are given tools they can use to reestablish this necessity while grieving the death of a loved one.
-Ages 7-17 (18 if in high school)
-No charge to attend.
-Registration is required.
-Separate parent and guardian program on Saturday, April 22nd
-Childcare can be provided for children under age 5 with advance notice (must be potty trained), dependent on overall need.
Comfort Zone Provides Grieving Children:
-A FUN camp environment
-A dedicated one-on-one mentor (Big Buddy)
-Support and validation from peers
-Opportunity to share their experiences & feelings
-Memorial to say goodbye and honor loved ones
-Healthy coping skills for after camp
To register a child for camp:
-Create a My Comfort Zone account by clicking Register Now at the top of this page. Complete the application questions. When completed, please contact [email protected] to be added to the registration list for this camp. If you are a returning family (and therefore already have a Comfort Zone account) please reach out to Ally Singer at [email protected] to be added to the registration list for this camp.
-A Comfort Zone Camp representative will contact you when a space becomes available at an upcoming camp to schedule a phone interview. The interview includes a discussion regarding your child's loss history, current grief expression, and his/her personality and interests.
-Once the interview is complete, an Intake Coordinator will contact you to discuss your camper's acceptance. Please note, the application process involves multiple steps. You will be notified of your child’s acceptance by our Intake Coordinator once that process has been completed.
You Can Help
We are always looking for camp volunteers, including nurses and support group leaders. Register for training at www.comfortzonecamp.org/volunteers.
If you have additional questions about the camp dates, the registration process, or have trouble logging into your account, feel free to contact Program Coordinator, Justin Thongsavanh, at [email protected]