A camp for children who have experienced loss; designed to provide a safe environment for children to openly express feelings surrounding their loss. Campers will also receive comfort from those who have gone through similar experiences, and of course, have fun! Registration is open for children entering 3rd grade to children entering 12th grade.
Activities will be both therapeutic and enjoyable. Children will be encouraged to participate only to the level they feel comfortable. This is because we recognize that just as each loss is unique, so is each individual's grieving experience. There will be arts and crafts and other activities to honor and remember loved ones. There will also be campfires and songs, and of course, there will be time for the pool, the zip line, and the climbing tower!
Along the way, campers will have counselors with them who have experienced significant loss themselves. These counselors are prepared to openly share their experiences, and to offer their support when necessary.
Given the weight of this topic, Aaron Jonasen ("AJ") will be present for the entire 48 hours. Aaron Jonasen has been the Program Director at Camp Ewalu since December, 2013. In August 2012, Aaron completed his MS in Counseling from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater. He is now a National Certified Counselor, a Licensed Professional Counselor in Training, and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Training. Additionally, top-notch speakers and helpful resources will be an integral part of this camp. Hearts & Stars promises to be a safe and nurturing experience!If you would like more information, please call AJ at 563-933-4700. You may also email him at firstname.lastname@example.org