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Camp Courage 2018 - 25th Annual Grief Camp for Children

Friday, June 22, 2018 - June 24, 2018
10:00 am - 2:00 pm (Expired)
Pioneer Trails Camp
1421 E. Fruitvale Road
Holton, MI 49425 (231) 873-0359
Cost: $10 (one-time registration fee)
Contact & More Info
Contact: Grief Support Services
Phone: (231) 873-0359

Harbor Hospice has been offering Camp Courage for 24 years as a way to help children and their families following the death of a loved one. The emotions of grief can be overwhelming and isolating for children who have not yet developed the verbal and emotional skills to navigate the grief process.

Children grieve differently than adults and need time to just “be kids” as well as time to honor and remember their loved one.  Kids often feel alone in their grief and thrive when able to connect with others who understand their unique experience.

Harbor Hospice staff and trained volunteers create a safe, stable environment for children to explore and express their grief, remember their loved one, and connect with others who have experienced a death.  Children participate in traditional camp activities such as swimming, hiking and campfires, along with grief-tailored activities that teach healthy coping skills.

Camp Courage, an overnight camping experience for children ages 6-12 and teens 15-19 as Junior Counselors, is held at Pioneer Trails on Big Blue Lake in Muskegon County beginning Friday, June 22, 2018 at 10:00 am through Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 2:00 pm.  Application deadline is May 31, 2018. The only cost for camp is a one-time $10 registration fee.

For more information or to register, contact Laura Ecker or Melanie Dekkers at 231.873.0359 or 1.800.497.9559 or email or visit our website at

Who Should Apply

Any child 6-12 years who has experience the death of a loved one can apply for Camp Couarge.  The loved one need not have been cared for by Harbor Hospice.  Camp Courage is free of charge after a one-time fee of $10 for registration.

Any teenager 15-19 years who has experienced the death of a loved one can apply to be a junior counselor.  This program promotes a healthy expression of feelings, focuses on healing thorugh tailored activities, and fosters leadership skills.

How to Apply

Applications for Camp Courage 2018 are available at our website or request one to be mailed or faxed by calling 1.800.497.9559 or email:

Interested in volunteering? Please call 231.873.0359

Harbor Hospice & Palliative Care and Scolnik Healing Center, serving Muskegon, Oceana, Mason, Ottawa, and Newaygo counties.

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