Camp New Dawn reg­is­tra­tion opens for campers, vol­un­teers

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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 klea­ger@com­pass­re­gion­al­hos­pice.org.

Learn more about Camp New Dawn and vol­un­teer op­por tu­ni­ties by con­tact­ing Rhonda Knotts at 443-262-4109 or rknotts@com­pass­re­gion­al­hos­pice.org or vis­it­ing com pass re­gion­al­hos­pice.org/camp­new­dawn.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Camp New Dawn, the grief sup­port camp of­fered by Com­pass Regional Hospice for chil­dren, teens and the adults, will be held in Au­gust.

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