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Camp Rainbow now accepting applications

Camp Rainbow, a weekend day camp for children grieving the death of a parent or other caregiver, is now accepting applications for camp attendees and adult volunteers.  Hosted by Hospice Support Care of Mary Washington Hospice, Camp Rainbow pairs “Little Buddies” (campers) with “Big Buddies” (trained adult volunteers) allowing the grieving children to explore their feelings through age appropriate crafts, activities, discussions and one-on-one time.

Throughout the weekend, emphasis is placed on:

  • Developing a basic understanding of death and dying
  • Expressing  thoughts and feelings appropriately
  • Normalizing feelings of loss and grief, learning  ways to cope
  • Creating relationships with other children who are experiencing a loss.

Over the years, Camp Rainbow has been successful in helping children ages 6 – 14 understand what grief is, discuss normal responses to death, and learn ways to express and cope with their grief.  Camp Rainbow also offers traditional camp activities such as canoeing, fireside singing, crafts and team building activities.

This year’s camp will take place October 4 – 5 at the Virginia Outdoor Center/Friends of the Rappahannock Center on the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg.  Please consider spending one weekend at Camp Rainbow to help a child through the maze of grief. Applications are now being accepted for Little Buddies and Big Buddies.  Visit Camp Rainbow online for applications or contact Tara Hoit at 540/741-1874 for more information.  Applications are due back to Kathy Wall ( by Sept. 5.

*All Volunteers must attend mandatory training on Sept. 6 or Sept. 20  from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

Camp Rainbow is free to all participants and is made possible through grants from the Fredericksburg Area Service League, Silver Companies and Ballantine Management Group.


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