a Grief Camp for Children

Camp Kaleidoscope

2024 Camp is full
Friday, June 7 – Sunday, June 9, 2024

Camp Kaleidoscope is a FREE weekend sleepover camp for children ages 6-12 grieving the death of a significant person in their life. Campers will experience a weekend that combines grief education and emotional support with fun and traditional camp activities. Led by bereavement professionals and trained volunteers, campers are provided a safe environment to explore their grief, learn essential coping skills and make friends with peers who are also grieving.

A Safe and Inclusive Space

Whatcom Hospice believes that all children deserve to be safe and feel free to be their full, honest, whole selves at camp. We are creating a space that will be safe and inclusive to all children and welcome the diversity and uniqueness that each child will bring. We will work hard to ensure that every child is cared for, seen, and trusts that they can go to any adult for support.

We also believe that every child has the right to “pass” at camp. We know that grief is hard, messy, and can be unpredictable. It’s important to us that all campers have autonomy to navigate their grief experience at camp and are able to make choices about how they want to participate throughout the weekend.

    Applications for Camp 2025 will be available in January.

    • If you would like to be notified when applications are available or find out about other children’s grief supports, please reach out to  Bereavement Services at 360-733-5877  WhatcomHospiceGrief@peacehealth.org.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is Camp Kaleidoscope? Camp Kaleidoscope is a FREE grief camp for grieving children who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life.

    When is Camp Kaleidoscope? June 7-9 2024

    Where will camp be located? We are hosting camp at Camp Lutherwood, which is located on the north shores of Lake Samish.

    Who can attend Camp Kaleidoscope? Children ages 6-12 who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life. Children need to be able to spend the night in a cabin with other campers their ages.

    Is it ok if the person did not die on hospice? Yes. The death experienced may have been supported by Whatcom Hospice, but this is not necessary. Children experiencing an unexpected death due to car accident, heart attack, etc. are also invited to attend camp.

    Who is Facilitating Camp? Camp Kaleidoscope is led by professional staff and caring trained volunteers. All adults supporting campers are required to attend extensive trainings, complete health screenings and background checks. The volunteers support campers in many different roles, including big buddies in the cabins and supporting campers with creative expression.

    What can my child expect to do at camp? The weekend includes traditional summer camp activities, including swimming, campfires, art and music, as well as, creative grief activities to honor and remember the person who died. Campers can also expect opportunities to be silly and goofy and to have a lot of fun.

    How is Camp Kaleidoscope funded and supported? Camp Kaleidoscope is supported by the generous Whatcom Hospice Foundation and there is no charge to families or campers.

    What we Believe! We believe that all children deserve to be safe and feel free to be their full, honest, whole selves at camp. We create a space that will be safe and inclusive to all children, and welcome the diversity and uniqueness of each child. We work hard to ensure that every child is cared for, seen, and able to trust that they can go to any adult for support.

    We also believe that every child has the right to “pass” at camp. We know that grief is hard, messy, and unpredictable. It’s important to us that all campers have autonomy to navigate their grief experience at camp and are able to make choices about how they want to participate throughout the weekend.

    Contact us! If you have questions or would like to request an application.

    Testimonials

    Both of my kids enjoyed their time at camp and it opened conversation about their dad once they were home.

    -Mom of 7 & 9 year old

    Amazing opportunity for your child to be supported with other children who have been through the same thing.

    -Guardian of 7 year old

    The tools you gave our daughter helped! She came back from camp a different child and seems to be more at peace! Thank you

    -Father of 12 year old camper

    Learn More

    For more information, please contact Lulu Verneuil, Camp Kaleidoscope Coordinator at 360-733-5877 or 360-603-8831. whatcomhospicegrief@peacehealth.org