Stepping Stones Camp

Weekend bereavement camp for children ages 6-12

The next Stepping Stones camp is August 12-14, 2016
Call 314.953.1676 or email BJC Hospice for more information. 

The journey through grief and loss can be difficult and lonely, especially for a child. Our Stepping Stones camp provides a safe place for campers to explore their grief emotions, balanced with plenty of fun.

The bereavement camp, offered at no charge, is designed for children ages 6-12 who have experienced the death of a family member or close friend. The camp is held in Eureka, Missouri, and led by professional staff and volunteers.

Campers gather at Camp Wyman for three days in August for therapeutic activities to help them reflect on their feelings of grief. Stepping Stone camp offers a place for children to remember and honor their loved one in an atmosphere of understanding and encouragement, among other kids their own age, who are going through the same thing.

There's also plenty of swimming, games, crafts and a carnival.

Stepping Stones camp is open to any child who has lost a loved one, not only those who were served by BJC Hospice.

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Camp Counselors

A ratio of one staff member for every three campers is maintained.

Counselors include:

  • Registered nurses
  • Therapists
  • Licensed social workers
  • Medical clinicians
  • Trained volunteers

Accommodations

Stepping Stones is at Camp Wyman in Eureka, Missouri. The camp features a swimming pool, playing fields, a fire pit, a lake and several indoor meeting spaces. Children stay in comfortable, air-conditioned cabins with attached bathrooms. Nutritious meals and snacks are provided. Campers need only bring clothing and personal care items.

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 Dear BJC Hospice,

Eddy came home from Stepping Stones camp so happy. He loved his counselors in the Blue Cabin and being with his fellow campers. He still sings the camp songs and talks about the carnival.

Going to Stepping Stones camp was the highlight of his summer! I am very grateful that you offer this opportunity for fun and healing to children who have lost someone significant in their lives. It helped Eddy to be with other children who lost their fathers (and mothers, brothers, sisters... ). The activities helped with the grieving process.

He has been looking forward to placing the stepping stone, which he made, outside in our garden. It was difficult for him to wait the 30 days for it to harden. This is a good way of commemorating his father in our daily lives.

Thank you for providing this great opportunity.