Camp Heartstrings / Camp Dreams

Camp Heartstrings/Camp Dreams is a three day camp for children (entering grades 2 – 11 in September 2017) who are adjusting to the death of a loved one. Developed by Licensed Master Social Workers, this camp promotes understanding, acceptance, healing and hope through a comprehensive program of activities. It is staffed by credentialed professionals and trained volunteers, and is sponsored by Visiting Nurse Hospice, Pittsford Youth Services, and Dreams from Drake.

When

Wednesday, July 12 – Friday, July 14, 2017
1:00 – 5:30 p.m. daily
Families are invited to a complimentary dinner on Friday, July 14, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.
Campers are required to attend all days and times.

Where

St. John Fisher College
(3690 East Ave., Rochester)

How camp can benefit your child

Grief is difficult for everyone. It can be especially confusing for children who do not have the life experiences and resources adults draw on during difficult times. Camp helps fill that gap by:

  • Developing campers’ coping skills for expressing and processing their grief.
  • Offering campers an opportunity to be with peers who also experienced loss; this helps them realize they are not alone.
  • Providing therapeutic and social activities such as pet therapy, games, art therapy, a balloon release, music therapy, and a family style dinner at the conclusion of camp.
  • Teaching campers that it is ok to have fun and still honor their loved ones.
  • Assisting campers to talk openly about their loved ones with camp staff and peers.

Cost

There is no cost to campers or their families. We are happy to provide this program free of charge.

Registration

Registration is closed. See you in 2018!

For questions, please contact Michele Allman, LMSW, Bereavement Coordinator at Visiting Nurse Hospice, at 585.274.4069 or at CampHeartstrings@urmhomecare.org.

Donations

We are grateful to the businesses and families who make Camp Heartstrings/Camp Dreams possible. Businesses or families who wish to donate to the camp can call 585.274.4253 or donate online and designate Camp Heartstrings/Camp Dreams as the recipient.

Volunteer

If you would like to volunteer for Camp Heartstrings/Camp Dreams, please complete the online form or fill out this form and either email it to CampHeartstrings@urmhomecare.org or mail it to UR Medicine Home Care, Attn: Camp Heartstrings, 2180 Empire Boulevard, Webster, NY 14580.