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 Comfort Zone Camp
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.
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.
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.
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.
CZC Volunteer Training 2019
Saturday, April 27, 2019 – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Wayne Township Fire Department Headquarters, Classroom A
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.