2019 Hal Bruno Camps for Children of Fallen Firefighters

June 28, 2019 – June 30, 2019, All Day

Two Locations Near Martinsville, IN –  , Bloomington, IN
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It’s camp time again, one of our favorite times of the year! The Fire Hero Family Programs team is pleased to invite you and your children to attend the 8th annual Hal Bruno Camp, which will be held this year in Indiana, June 28-30, 2019. This special camp is open to children and stepchildren whose firefighter parent has been honored or is approved to be honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. This weekend camp gives grieving children a chance to just be children, while also providing a safe space to share with peers who have suffered a similar loss.

Camp will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until spaces are full or until the registration deadline on May 15, 2019.

About the Camps

Hal Bruno Camps for Children of Fallen Firefighters - Comfort Zone Camp

Hal Bruno Comfort Zone Camp
(Ages 7-17)

Partnering with Comfort Zone Camp (CZC) for children ages 7-17 (or 18 if still in HS), this year’s camp will be held at the Bradford Woods, Indiana University Outdoor Center located in Martinsville, IN. The Comfort Zone Camp program empowers children and teens to grieve, heal and grow after the death of a parent. The program is designed and implemented by CZC staff and trained volunteers to help campers process their grief in a dynamic camp setting. Members of the NFFF staff will be on site for the duration of camp.

Hal Bruno Camps for Children of Fallen Firefighters - Camp HAL

Camp HAL
(Ages 4-6)

Camp HAL (Healing After Loss) for children ages 4-6 will be held at the Hyatt Place Hotel in Bloomington, IN. This camp program is led by a licensed therapist who specializes in working with young children who are grieving. With support from NFFF staff and volunteers, the camp program uses play therapy and expressive therapy to help children express themselves in their natural language. Camp HAL will include a mix of activities appropriate for this age group, as well as some activities for children and parents together. Children will stay with their parent overnight and during all times when they are not in camp sessions.


Parent Session

On Saturday morning at the hotel there will be a two-part session for all parents. The first session will focus on parenting and self-care. The second session (optional) will be a roundtable discussion where parents can speak with one another about parenting challenges and strategies. Parents will have free time! On Saturday evening, the NFFF will provide an opportunity for adults to connect with one another from 5:00 – 7:00 pm while the young campers enjoy a separate activity supervised by staff and volunteers.

We hope that you and your children will join us for the 2019 Hal Bruno Camps for Children of Fallen Firefighters. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Eric Nagle at [email protected] or (301) 447-1431.


We will cover the cost of one hotel room per family at the Hyatt Place hotel for the nights of Friday, June 28 through Sunday night, June 30. A rooming list will be submitted to the Hotel by the Foundation. If you need additional nights, you should contact the hotel directly at (812) 339-5950. If you choose to stay at a different hotel, you will be responsible for making those arrangements and the associated cost.


Ground transportation will be provided between the airport, camp, and the hotel. Please book flights to arrive at Indianapolis International Airport (IND) on Thursday, June 27 between 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm or on Friday, June 28, between 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. To depart, please book flights after 7:00 pm on Sunday, June 30 or Monday, July 1 between 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Those who drive to camp should arrive at the Hyatt Place hotel no later than 2:00 pm.

Please forward your flight itinerary to Eric Nagle at [email protected] by June 4, 2019.


The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will reimburse families up to $300 in travel expenses for each camper and for one parent or guardian after full participation in the camp weekend. Reimbursement forms will be provided after camp.

Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA),
Through the generous support of a grant from the Department of Justice, camp is provided free of charge to campers.

CZC Volunteer Training 2019

Saturday, April 27, 2019 – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Wayne Township Fire Department Headquarters, Classroom A

CZC Volunteer Training 2019
During this six-hour program, you will meet Comfort Zone staff, campers, and volunteers who will explain what to expect at camp and how our program impacts grieving children and teens. You will receive education about childhood bereavement and we’ll give you tips on how to be successful in whichever volunteer role you are selected to fill.


For any questions regarding this training, please contact
Mike Brown or call (804) 282-2192 ext.211.