We believe that every child deserves to live a life rich with possibility.
Experience Camps, founded in 2009, is a national, no-cost program for grieving children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver. Our one-week, overnight summer grief camps, year-round programs, and content help to reframe the experience of grief, and empower kids with the necessary coping skills to move forward with their lives. Through compassion, connection, and play, Experience Camps allows grieving children to embody a life full of hope and possibility.
Watch “Experience Camps: The Power of Grief Camp”
Directed and Edited by John Patrick Hayden
The need is enormous.
1 in 5 children will experience the death of someone close to them by age 18.
Over the last five years, our demand for grief camps has increased 500% and COVID-19 means tens of thousands more kids are now being impacted by childhood grief. Our 5-year goal is to double the number of kids attending camp and expand our reach and resources to millions more.
Who we are
Experience Camps is made up of an incredible network of full-time staff, camp directors, Experience Camps volunteers, and licensed clinicians whose skills and passion ensure that our campers enjoy a transformative experience at camp and beyond the bunk.
We provide children and teens whose parent, sibling or primary caregiver has died, with free, one-week overnight summer camp programs.
Beyond The Bunk
Our community of support for grieving kids extends beyond the bunk, all year-round.
Leaders In Training
Building resilient youth leaders through mentorship, training and peer support.
Adults Grief Retreat
A weekend retreat for adults who are grieving.