2020 Grief and Bereavement Camps

2020 Grief and Bereavement Camps

The following camps are available throughout the Chicago area this summer for children, teens and families who are grieving the death of a loved one. If you are interested, please call the camp contact directly for more information and to register.

At Willow House it is our hope to bring back our weekend family retreat but until then we want to make sure our bereaved families are well aware of the amazing camp opportunities available in and around Chicago.  Willow House does not sponsor any of these camps therefore we recommend that you do your due diligence before registering for any camp.

Day Camps

Tommy’s Kids Camp

When: June 22nd -June 26th, 2020
Where: Katherine Legge Memorial Park
Who: AMITA Health, St. Thomas Hospice
Cost: $50- Scholarships Available
Contact Information: Laura Cottrell, (630) 856-6985 or [email protected]
Style of Camp: Day Camp, 9 am-3:30 pm

Hearts to Art

Session 1:  July 6th – July 17th (Ages 7 – 10)
Session 2:  July 20 – July 31 (Ages 11 -14)
Where: Chicago, Auditorium Theatre
Who: Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
Cost: $50, Scholarships available
Contact Information: Colt Neidhardt – 312-341-2353
Style of Camp: Day Camp, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (before and after camp is available)

Children’s Day Camp

When: June 15th – June 18th 
Where: Plainfield, IL 
Who: Joliet Hospice
Cost:  FREE
Contact Information: Patrice Martin, 815-460-3282
Style of Camp:  Day Camp for ages 7- 13 years old

Overnight Camps

Camp Tommy’s Kids

When: October 9th-October 11th
Where: Katherine Legge Memorial Park 
Who: AMITA Health, St. Thomas
Cost: Scholarships Available
Contact Information: Laura Cottrell- 630-865-6985
Style of Camp: Weekend Overnight

Good Mourning Family Camp

When: Weekend in September
Where: Reynolds Woods, Dickson, IL 
Who: Good Mourning Program
Cost: FREE
Contact Information: 847-986-3140
Style of Camp: Overnight.  This is a Family Overnight Camp

Experience Camps

When: August 25th – August 30th
Where: Lake for the Woods and Greenwoods in Decatur, MI
Who: Experience Camps
Cost: FREE (Includes camp and transportation to and from camp)
Contact Information: [email protected], 860-850-0397
Style of Camp: Overnight.  For students entering 4th – 7th grades in the 2019-2020 School Year.

Camp Sheilah

When: September 6th – September 8th
Where: Camp Manitoqua at 8428 W. Sauk Trail in Frankfort, IL 
Who: Sheilah A Doyle Foundation
Cost: FREE 
Contact Information: [email protected]
Style of Camp: Overnight.  For Children and teens between the ages of 7-17 who have lost a parent or sibling to homicide.

Camp Kesem

Camp Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. Click here to learn more.

A variety of dates and locations are offered each year:

When: July 19 – July 25, 2020
Where: JCC Rainbow Day Camp
Who: Camp Kesem at University of Illinois
Cost: FREE
Contact Information: [email protected]

When: June 7 – June 12, 2020
Where: JCC Rainbow Day Camp
Who: Camp Kesem at Bradley University
Cost: FREE
Contact Information: [email protected]

When: June 7 – June 12, 2020
Where: JCC Rainbow Day Camp
Who: Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University
Cost: FREE
Contact Information: [email protected]

When: June 13 – June 18 and August 9 – August 14, 2020
Where: JCC Rainbow Day Camp
Who: Camp Kesem at Northwestern University
Cost: FREE
Contact Information: [email protected]

When: June 28 – July 3, 2020
Where: JCC Rainbow Day Camp
Who: Camp Kesem at DePaul University
Cost: FREE
Contact Information: [email protected]

When: June 21 – June 26, 2020
Where: JCC Rainbow Day Camp
Who: Camp Kesem at University of Chicago
Cost: FREE
Contact Information: [email protected]