Help Children of Fallen Firefighters

New Opportunity


Young Adults Weekend Retreat

Providing skills to deal with grief, developing increased independence, self-expression and individual growth

For a child, losing a parent changes life forever, even into adulthood. It shakes the foundation and sense of safety that every child relies on, and it changes the family structure. The NFFF plans to establish a retreat for young adults, ages 18-24, whose firefighter parent died in the line of duty. The retreat will enable those who have jobs or are in college to attend. The purpose of the retreat is to provide sessions focused on grief and on building life skills. Many did not receive counseling as children. At the Retreat, they will be provided with tools to recognize how grief affects their life and to help them cope. Other topics may include changing family dynamics, financial management, leadership, interpersonal communications, time management, social media, group dynamics, and team building. Attendees will be given an opportunity to meet others from across the country that have experienced the death of a firefighter parent, which will give them a sense of community and a network. The goal is for them to gain skills to deal with grief and to develop increased independence, self-expression and individual growth.

Hal Bruno Camps for Children of Fallen Firefighters

Cost: $2,500 per child

Hal Bruno Comfort Zone Camp Ages 7 – 17

Hal Bruno Kids Camp LogoA weekend bereavement camp for children ages 7 – 17. The location of the camp varies each year. Campers are paired with Big Buddies from the fire service. They meet others with a similar loss in Healing Circles, work together as a team on the challenge course, play games, and engage in outdoor camp activities.

Hal Bruno Camp for Children Ages 4 – 6

kids-camp-4-6This camp for children ages 4 – 6 is held in Orlando, Florida. With a variety of activities, it is a fun and nurturing camp. Campers share experiences, create art projects, play games together, and talk about their loss. This unique camp offers something more to the children—a chance to meet others with a similar loss and ways to find comfort and healing for their grief.

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More Ways That You Can Help

Become a Comfort Zone Camp (CZC) “Big Buddy”

CZC “Big Buddy” Training
April 25, 2015

Connecticut Fire Academy
24 Perimeter Rd.
Windsor Locks, CT

We are looking for members of the fire service to volunteer as a “Big Buddy” and be matched with a camper and to fulfill other positions at camp.

The training is scheduled for Saturday, April 25, at the Connecticut Fire Academy in Windsor Locks. The Foundation will provide lodging and dinner on Friday night and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. We will also provide transportation from the Bradley International Airport and return. The training will be over by 3 p.m. on Saturday. Check-in will open at 8:30 a.m., and the training will begin at 9 a.m.

Apply to Be a “Big Buddy” at Comfort Zone Camp