Camp Dragonfly

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FALL 2016

One young man shared “the camp really made a difference for me.

It helped me start to heal my heart.”

WHEN:                FALL 2016 – final date TBD

WHO:                  Children, 8-12 years of age, who have experienced a significant loss in the past.

WHERE:            All Saints Camp — Pottsboro, TX

COST:                 $25, with scholarships available

DEADLINE:      Application deadline for the Fall Session is September 1, 2016.

STAFF:               Camp Dragonfly Director is Jerryd Wallace, MA

    •    All Volunteers and staff are screened and trained for the camp
    •    Lead personnel are available for interviews

CONTACT:    Vicky Lindsey, LCSW at 903-868-9315 or email Vicky.lindsey@homehospice.org

If you need support before the camp, please call Jerryd Wallace at 903-868-9315.

 
Sign Up NOW!  Complete your application to reserve a camp spot!

Click below to get your application and brochure!

Screening Application

Camp Dragonfly Brochure

Camp Dragonfly is a community-based grief camp for children who have suffered the death of a loved one.  Camp staff members are dedicated to assisting children on their journey toward healing within a therapeutic, safe, caring environment.

 WHY do we offer the camp? 

  • 1 in 20 children under age 15 will lose a parent
  • Children react differently than adults
  • Serious behavior and emotional problems may arise
  • Affordable help is available at grief camp
“Camp Dragonfly helped me to remember my grandpa and I know he will always be with me.” — Miranda, 10yrs. old
 counselors and kids at Camp Dragonfly
This grief camp has been created for the benefit of children & adolescents who have suffered the loss of a significant person in their life through death.  It has been noted that children and adolescents are ‘the forgotten mourners.’  They often feel isolated by their loss, thinking no one really understands; that is, until they arrive at camp.  Camp Dragonfly helps them find their voice again, confront their loss, and know that they can move forward as they begin to heal.Camp Dragonfly is designed to provide a safe, therapeutic environment that combines remembering exercises with outdoor activities all interwoven to parallel the campers finding their way to no longer feeling alone.  Parents are provided not only with information and resources but with insight on their child, the grief they are experiencing and guidance on how to help them move forward.
  

Spring 2016 was a HUGE SUCCESS!

 

With 16 campers from the Texoma area all with a story of loss and how they were dealing with the grief.
 
Starting on Friday, the children met with counselors and began activities to help them learn new coping skills for their loss. From special games to body mapping, they began to hear each other’s story and learn that others felt the same way. Saturday had them going on a scavenger hunt, writing letters to their loved ones, creating memory boxes and taking part in the giant swing! After dinner, they all gathered around the campfire and sent their letters to the lost through the smoke from burning the letters and capped it off with smores over the fire. Then they shared their talents – singing, comedy, dancing, art and tricks with all in the camp talent show.
Sunday had them working on building trust through a blindfolded walk in the woods and special games to cap off their learning. While the children were on the trail, their parents met with counselors for a debrief and grief support. The camp experience ended with family lunch and a special presentation by the campers.
 
 
 
SIGN UP now for the Fall 2016 Camp!