Summer camp works to help kids cope with the death of a loved one

Summer camp works to help kids cope with the death of a loved one
The kids will work on various art projects while at Sunshine Camp.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Lower Cape Fear Hospice is hosting Sunshine Camp for young people who have experienced the loss of a loved one.

This is the 14th year for the camp and this year’s theme is “Lifetimes.”

“The children themselves get to talk about who has passed, the memories they have with that person, and who they are as individuals,” said Lorraine Perry, the Healing Arts Coordinator at Lower Cape Fear Hospice. “As the week progresses, more emphasis is put on each child’s confidence, capabilities, and future.”

The camp includes art and recreational activities as well as visiting programs including the Fort Fisher Aquarium, the Arboretum Ability Garden, and Therapeutic Riding.

There are three sessions for three different age group. Each session is five days; Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

  • June 24-28: rising second and third graders
  • July 8-12: rising fourth and fifth graders
  • July 22-26: rising sixth, seventh, ad eighth graders

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Perry. “It’s a very cheerful environment their in. We’re outdoors, we’re indoors. It all makes for a very exciting week.”

The camp is free thanks to the support of the Landfall Foundation.

You must register for the child to participate in Sunshine Camp. To do so, call Melinda McKeon at 910-796-7991 or visit Lower Cape Fear Hospice’s website.

Each camper must schedule an orientation meeting with one of the camp directors before attending.

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