We give grieving children experiences that change their lives forever.
Since 2009, Experience Camps has transformed the lives of thousands of children by reframing the experience of their grief and empowering them with the confidence, skills, and support 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. Below are in-person programs for grieving children, and also adults wanting to learn how to better show up for grieving youth.
The best week(s) of the year
We provide children and teens whose parent, sibling or primary caregiver has died, with free, one-week overnight summer camp programs that build confidence, encourage laughter and allow them to navigate their grief through friendship, teamwork, athletics, and the common bond of loss.
Our program is designed to help kids rediscover childhood, develop coping skills, and establish bonds with others who understand what it’s like to lose someone so important to them.
Leaders In Training
Building resilient youth leaders through mentorship, training and peer support
Our oldest campers are invited to join our Leaders In Training program. Campers participate in a 2-year program that starts after their sophomore year of high school and gradually applies increasing degrees of life lessons, character development, grief processing, and leadership goals. Our emerging leaders mentor younger campers, model empathy and resilience, and learn that—even during the complexity of their teen years, when it can feel like nobody understands—they are not alone.
Adult Grief Retreat
This weekend will include many of the activities that make Experience Camps so special, like sharing circles, campfires, and other fun camp activities, plus authentic connection with your peers in a safe and supportive space.
ExperienceMaui is a free four-day, three-night camp for kids on Maui entering grades 4th-7th (ages 9-12) in the 2023-2024 school year who have experienced the death of a parent, primary caregiver, sibling or other significant person.