Calm Waters to host Camp Courage, a 3-day art camp for children in grief


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Phone: 405-841-4800

Calm Waters to host 3-day art camp for children in grief

Registration closes July 12

Micah, 11, gives the camera a smile during Mixed Media class at Camp Courage, Calm Waters annual art camp for grieving children.

Oklahoma City, May 25– Calm Waters Center for Children and Families, central Oklahoma’s grief center, is hosting its fourth annual Camp Courage, a 3-day, art-based camp July 19 – 21, 2022 at Calm Waters Center, located at 501 N. Walker, Suite 140, Oklahoma City, for children who have experienced a recent loss through death, divorce, incarceration, deportation, deployment, and foster/adoptive care issues. Camp registration is $30 per child. The three-day camp is made possible thanks to sponsors Edmond Women’s Club and the OKC Midtown Rotary Foundation.

Camp Courage classes will be from nine a.m. until 12 p.m. each day. Children must be 6-14 years old and have experienced a significant loss due to death, divorce, deployment, deportation, incarceration or foster/adoptive care issues. Teens, aged 15- to 18-years-old are encouraged to volunteer as a junior camp counselor during the 3-day camp.

“Summer can often be a difficult time for a child who has recently lost a parent or someone close to them,” said Erin Engelke, Calm Waters Executive Director. “Camp Courage is a fun, healing way for kids to honor the memory of their loved one while making memories with other children who have experienced a similar loss.”

Each art class will be facilitated by Calm Waters in-house mental health clinicians and local artists who have donated their time and talent to teach children how to express their grief through art. Camp activities include drawing, painting, mixed media, dance, yoga, crochet, gardening, and more. The last day of camp, July 21, will end with the children’s art show for their families and peers.

Registration is limited to the first 50 children. To learn more about the camp and/or to register by July 12, visit

Those who wish to support the event can sponsor one child’s registration for $30, or an art activity for $250 or $500. Individuals and organizations who wish to support at a higher level can contribute $1,000, qualifying them as Gallery Sponsors. Opportunities to contribute can be found on the event website.

About Calm Waters Center for Children and Families

Calm Waters Center for Children and Families provides FREE grief support services for children and families on their grief journey caused by death, divorce or other significant loss. Since beginning in 1992, Calm Waters has served more than 50,000 individuals across the Greater OKC Metro Area through their Center and School Support Groups. For more information about Calm Waters and its services, visit or call 405-841-4800. Calm Waters is a proud United Way of Central Oklahoma Partner Agency.