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.