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


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

Registration closes July 16

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

Oklahoma City, June 15 – 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 20 – 21, 2021 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 person and is sponsored by Champions of Health and the Edmond Women’s Club.

Camp Courage classes will be segmented into morning and afternoon sessions. Children must be 6-18 years old and have experienced a significant loss due to death, divorce, deployment, deportation, incarceration or foster/adoptive care issues. Campers aged 6- to 9-years old will attend camp from 9 a.m. to Noon and campers aged 10- to 14-years old will attend camp from 1 to 4 p.m. Teens, aged 15- to 18-years-old are encouraged to volunteer as a junior camp counselor during the 3-day camp for morning, afternoon or for both camp sessions.

“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, magic, gardening, and more. The last day of camp 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 the July 16 deadline, visit

Art Supplies donations for Camp Courage can be purchased on the Calm Waters Amazon Wish List.

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.