Well I just got confirmation on the training date to be a Big Buddy for one of the campers at Comfort Zone Camp. The camp is a place for kids age 7-17 who have lost a parent, sibling or loved one. At this point in time they use Camp Hanover just outside of Richmond, but the dream is a fully dedicated campground to run all year. They’ve already started a satellite camp in New York / New Jersey which was originally for children who had lost their parents in 9-11 but is now open to all grieving children.
Shortly after I started high school I went to my first camp almost a year after the death of my father. It helped so much being around other teens my age who understood what I had gone through and they helped me work through allot of shit that I had been going through. This is not a place to cry, although crying does happen. It is a place to heal, have fun, and most importantly, realize that we are not alone.
We need camps like this. 1 in 20 children under the age of 18 will lose one of their parents.
So here I am giving back. Take a look, volunteer, donate, trust me, it’s worth your while.