Camp Lighthouse returns to Hampton Roads in March
Camp Lighthouse returns to Hampton Roads and the Peninsula on Saturday and Sunday, March 4th and 5th at the Jamestown 4-H Educational Center. Sentara Hospice started Camp Lighthouse in 2006. The camp was suspended during the pandemic but returns to Hampton Roads this spring for in-person attendance.
When it comes to the loss of a loved one, children and teens grieve differently than adults. Camp Lighthouse is a safe place where trained professionals help children express their grief with others in their age group living the same experience.
Campers experience team-building games, crafts, archery, a parade and other activities, plus small group sessions in which they can share their feelings of grief in a safe environment. Parents, grandparents, and guardians attend a separate group and learn to cope with their own loss while learning to help their children. The camp concludes with a memorial service.
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Dates: Saturday March 4th and Sunday March 5th 2023
Location: Jamestown 4-H Educational Center
Address: 3751 4-H Club Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Hours: 9:00AM to 4:00PM each day.
Camp Lighthouse is open to all children and families who lost someone in the last two years. The only cost is a $20 registration fee, which is waived for financial need. Camp Lighthouse received a Health Care Heroes award from Inside Business in 2019 in the Community Service category. The 2023 Fall session is scheduled October 14 & 15 at Triple R Ranch in Chesapeake.
To register, volunteer, or donate a scholarship, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.sentara.com/camplighthouse, or call 757-736-0709.
History: Camp Lighthouse is named for a lighthouse-themed quilt a hospice patient was sewing for her daughter. She died before it was finished. Sentara hospice staff and volunteers finished it for her. When the idea for a first-in-Virginia children’s grief camp was under discussion, the name choice was quick and unanimous.
By: Dale Gauding