Our campers are at the heart of everything we do.
They give us the strength to push forward, no matter the obstacle. Their resilience is awe-inspiring. And their stories remind us that with the right support, grieving kids are able to develop the confidence and skills to move forward with their lives and rediscover the joys of childhood.
Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Max Kuechen
Why a 19-year-old volunteer worked at three Experience Camps this summer and donated his mom’s teaching pension to our organization.READ THE POST
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"Talking about my feelings is one great way for me personally to get out any negative emotions. When I started writing songs, though, is when I felt that I was truly coping. One thing that I swear by when dealing with any tough emotions is that you have an outlet of some sort."
"My family tries not to look at Father’s Day as a day to be sad and missing dad. Instead, it’s a day to remember how great he was and how proud he would be to see what young ladies we have grown up to be."
"Carter is smart, kind, and compassionate, and wise beyond his years for the challenges he’s had to overcome in his 14 years of living. And now he can continue to grow from those challenges with the support of friends and mentors in his Experience Camps community."
"I wish people knew that grief is something that you can not be prepared for, but you need to accept and have a positive mindset for your own life."
"He doesn’t feel alone in his grief anymore. As more and more kids come to camp each year, he knows “it just means there are more and more kids going through what I went through.”"
"Even though Sandy and her brother miss their mother every day, it is a blessing that they are able to share their experience with their camp friends and see that they are not alone."
"One night, Lily's mom was Googling grief resources for Lily and found Experience Camps. "It never dawned on me that grief camp could be free. It's so beautiful to see all of the people that feel it in their hearts to donate to Experience Camps. That's something that is SO special. It's amazing.""
"The ExCamps village has provided so much comfort to my family. My son and youngest daughter cannot imagine a summer without ExCamp."