Comfort Zone Camp

We just came across this amazing place where children can find comfort after the death of a parent or sibling. It’s called Comfort Zone Camp, and it was created by a courageous young woman who lost both her parents in separate tragedies before the age of 12.

In Lynne’s own words: ” …I need to catch kids at the beginning of their grief journey, have them meet other kids who have also experienced a significant death and let them know they are not alone. I combined this with the dream I had to start a camp of my own, and in that moment Comfort Zone Camp, a bereavement camp for children, was born … ”

Did you know that 1 out of 7 Americans will lose a parent or sibling before their teens? Comfort Zone Camp is a fun and safe community where kids can come year after year to get the tools they need to cope with the grief in their lives.

For a taste of what CZC offers young campers, Tyler, 12, from Tenafly, NJ says …

“Each camp session makes me feel like my soul has taken a shower. My loss was the mud puddle, and CZC helps clean it off me.”

The first Comfort Zone Camp was held near Richmond, Virginia in 1999. In ten years Comfort Zone has expanded its camp services to four additional locations – California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Texas – all free of charge.

They create what they call “the camp bubble”, where kids are given the opportunity to play, share their stories, build trust and friendships, and receive validation from their peers that whatever they are thinking and feeling is okay. All of this leads to an increase in self-esteem and a good time.

To check it out, volunteer, or make a donation, got to comfortzonecamp.org.

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Ellen and Rachel are two old friends and “expert” mamas—one a pediatrician and one a family therapist—with fifty years of parenting experience between them.


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One response to “Comfort Zone Camp”

  1. roberta knowlton

    Do you have camp for kids whose mother (or father) is incarcerated?

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