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Camp Chimaqua for Grieving Children

Camp Chimaqua, an overnight weekend camp for grieving children ages 6 to 12, will be held from June 1-3, at Gretna Glen, in LebanonPart of the Pathways Center for Grief & Loss’s Coping Kids & Teens program, the experience allows campers to realize they are not grieving alone, and to understand that their feelings are normal as they get to know others who have also lost a loved one.  


Children attend an assessment to ensure that camp will best meet their needs. The camp is staffed by professional counselors and specially-trained volunteers who are paired with each child for companionship, support and supervision all weekend.  


“Our focus is on helping children learn about loss, develop coping skills and build self-confidence,” explains Patti Anewalt, director of Pathways Center for Grief & Loss. “This is achieved through fun-filled activities and opportunities for small and large-group sharing.” 


Applications must be received by May 11. Cost: $25/child; financial assistance available. For information and to request an application, call 717-391-2413 or 800-924-7610 or visit 

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