Camp New Dawn registration opens for campers, volunteers
CENTREVILLE — Registration is now open for the 22nd Camp New Dawn healing retreat offered by Compass Regional Hospice at Camp Pecometh.
Camp New Dawn is one of the programs offered through the Compass Regional Hospice Hope & Healing Center.
“The grief support programs we offer recognize that grief looks different for each person,” said Rhonda Knotts, director of Camp New Dawn and grief services coordinator for Compass Regional Hospice. “We also know that when we care for one member of a family we are caring for the whole family. Our job is to respect each person’s ability to navigate the grief journey.”
Camp New Dawn kicks off at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, when campers ages 7 to 17 arrive at Camp Pecometh in Centreville. A day camp for children ages 4 to 6 is held 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 15.
The Camp New Dawn family retreat begins at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, when parents of campers arrive for an overnight session with their peers. During the second half of the family camp, the adults and children play, talk and learn together. Family camp ends Tuesday, Aug. 16.
“Kids of all ages interact at the beginning of the weekend as they participate in therapeutic workshops,” Knotts said. “They get to see that other young people understand what it feels like to lose someone they love.”
Workshops for young people are designed to give the campers options that meet their interests and skills. Some revolve around music, while others use art and physical activities.
“All of the workshops offer a lesson that the campers can take from the experience,” Knotts said. “For example, using a sling shot the children learn to let go of loneliness, negative emotions and thoughts that linger following the death of a sibling, parent, friend or other special person.”
The cost of Camp New Dawn is $30 for each child or teen and $75 for each family. To become a sponsor or make a donation toward the cost of Camp New Dawn, contact Kenda Leager, development officer for Compass Regional Hospice, at 443-262-4106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about Camp New Dawn and volunteer oppor tunities by contacting Rhonda Knotts at 443-262-4109 or email@example.com or visiting com pass regionalhospice.org/campnewdawn.
Camp New Dawn, the grief support camp offered by Compass Regional Hospice for children, teens and the adults, will be held in August.