Camp Helps Youth Dealing with Loss
One Coast organization is trying to help our youth cope with the loss of a loved one.
Starting today, campers and volunteers will take over the Camp Wilkes grounds for Camp Swan. The three day event, put on by Canon Hospice, was created to help children between the ages of 7 to 12 deal with the loss of someone significant to them. Camp Swan usually serves anywhere from 30 to 40 children.
Seventy-three volunteers will be at this weekend’s camp which will feature visits by former Saints running back Deuce McAllister, as well as volunteers and dogs from the Keesler Air Force Base.
Camp Director Joshua Bruce tells News 25 the camp, now in its eighth year, has seen the change in children they aimed for. “We’ve quite a few people, something like 25 families, that have requested to come back this year. So, we’re hearing great things. On top of it, we get phone calls. We get surveys and people say that they are sleeping better. They’re having better grades. They’re socializing more. They’re just having better lives and that’s the goal.”
There are a select few spots remaining for this year’s camp. Call 800-994-4743 for more information.