Camp Courage is a half-day art camp over three days at Calm Waters. Camp Courage is for children who have experienced a recent loss through death, divorce, incarceration, deportation, deployment, and/or foster/adoptive care issues.
Camp Courage relies on the generosity of sponsors and the community to provide supplies to 50 children during this summer’s Camp Courage and scholarships to dozens of campers who otherwise might not be able to participate. To help financially support Camp Courage 2023, you can: Sponsor a Child or Donate Art Supplies
Camp Courage provides a safe and healing environment that allows children to express their feelings of loss through art. Camp activities include artist-led drawing, painting, mixed media, dance, yoga, gardening, and much more! The last day of camp will end with a gallery art show for their families and peers.
Volunteer as a Group Leader or Jr Counselor (15 to 18 years old):
Group leaders set the stage for a fun, supportive environment! We look for group leaders interested in connecting with children and teens while leading them from activity to activity. To build connections and bonds with campers, group leaders are encouraged to commit to all three days so the campers can get to know their leaders. If you want to become a Camp Courage Group Leader or Jr Counselor, please sign up here.
Volunteer as an artist:
At camp, we invite local artists to create an activity sharing their artistic medium for about 30-45 minutes. We also encourage artists to teach campers how they got into the art and how it is a self-care activity or support them on their grief journey. As a Camp Courage artist, you will be asked to pick one day to teach one age group or two days to teach more than one age group. We ask every artist to send a description of the activity they will lead, along with how the activity connects to your personal grief journey. Calm Waters seeks to provide all supplies needed for the art activity, so we ask that the artist submit a list of items required. Finally, we encourage artists to attend a brief meeting before camp to get information. If you want to lead an activity at Camp, please sign up here.
For questions or to sign up as a volunteer, email Hannah Showalter, LMSW, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to be involved in supporting or planning the 2023 Camp Courage, please contact Calm Waters Program Director Hannah Showalter (email@example.com).