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Statistics on Childhood Bereavement

  • According to the recently released Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model (CBEM), an estimated 1 out of 5 children in the U.S. will experience the death of someone close to them before they reach the age of 18
  • 1.5 million children are living in a single-parent household because of the death of one parent. (Owens, D. “Recognizing the Needs of Bereaved Children in Palliative Care” Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing. 2008; 10:1)
  • One out of every 20 children aged fifteen and younger will suffer the loss of one or both parents. These statistics don’t account for the number of children who lose a “parental figure,” such as a grandparent or other relative that provides care. (Owens, D. “Recognizing the Needs of Bereaved Children in Palliative Care” Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing. 2008; 10:1)
  • Classroom teachers report that students who have lost a parent or guardian typically exhibit: – Difficulty concentrating in class (observed by 87% of teachers) – Withdrawal/disengagement and less class participation (observed by 82%) – Absenteeism (observed by 72%) – Decrease in quality of work (observed by 68%) – Less reliability in turning in assignments (observed by 66%) (New York Life Foundation and American Federation of Teachers)

Experience Camps by the Numbers

  • In 2020, we will have 1000 campers at camps in Maine, California, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.
  • There are 450+ volunteer camp counselors
  • More than 80% of eligible campers return each summer
  • We’ve averaged a 38% growth rate in camper numbers over the last 5 years.

Statistics in Our Camper Population

Relationship of deseased to camper statistics.