Children & Teens2017-11-07T14:43:11-05:00

Grieving Children & Teens

Camp Healing Tree

A special weekend camp for grieving children and teens ages 7-17

Do you know a young person who would benefit from a weekend of grief support, encouragement and enjoyable activities? Camp Healing Tree exists to provide an opportunity for young people to share feelings of loss with other campers and caring adult volunteers and to learn that these feelings are normal.

Camp Healing Tree, established in 1995, is a program provided by several local hospice agencies and other community supporters. Grief and bereavement specialists from the sponsoring organizations direct and supervise the camp.

The camp utilizes over 100 screened and trained volunteers to provide a safe environment where participants may speak openly about their grief. Campers are matched with an adult “trained buddy” who stays with them during the weekend for support and supervision. The camp provides a supportive environment in which to gently teach coping skills and build self-esteem and trust.

Although the camp focuses on grief, there are many enjoyable and fun activities for the campers, such as swimming, arts and crafts, games, campfire, sing-a-longs and entertaining shows. While the camp environment is rustic, the cabins are modern and air-conditioned. A registered nurse will be at the camp at all times.

There is no charge to attend Camp Healing Tree. A $25 per camper/$50 maximum per family registration deposit is collected to reserve attendance and is returned upon check-in. Scholarships are available for families in need.

For more information, call (317) 705-9650 or visit

Additional Resources

Americare Hospice: (317) 736-0055

St. Francis Hospice: (317) 862-2092

Vista Care: (317) 788-0300