OUR MISSION STATEMENT
The death of a loved one can be very painful. It can be especially difficult for children when they don’t understand death and how to cope with their feelings of loss. Children need and deserve special support as they grieve.
In response to this need, Trails of Hope Camp has been founded. This annual camp provides an environment for children to share their feelings of loss with other children and caring adults. Campers learn their feelings are normal, and, like the seasons, persons in grief change and grow. Trails of Hope Camp is paid for entirely by community donations. CAMPERS ATTEND FREE OF CHARGE. Register here.
Trails of Hope Camp is an annual camp experience for grieving children and teens in a safe, professionally structured environment to help facilitate a healthy adaption to loss. Trails of Hope Camp is held at various locations in Tippecanoe County; beautiful settings that offer many amenities to make this camping experience fun as well as a growing and healing experience for the children.
Campers are assigned to groups with children and teens of similar ages and are supervised by adult “buddies" as they participate in camp activities:
Arts and Crafts
Campfire and Songs
Quiet Time for Reflecting and Writing in Journals
Closing Memorial Service
Trails of Hope Camp
We have learned in the last few years how very important it is that children be allowed to grieve. When someone they love is absent forever from their lives, it is our privilege to be a part of their grief, to support them, and to serve as gentle teachers. Children, when given loving support, can handle grief as well as, if not better than, adults. Working with children, whose honesty is unquestionable, whose feelings are so open, is delightful and extremely rewarding.
The Board of Directors
Sally Downham-Miller 765-404-4444
Sophia McKinsey 765-426-1055
Beth Plantenga 765-404-5935