June 24, 2022 – June 26, 2022, All Day
Two Locations Near Colorado Springs, CO – , Colorado Springs, CO
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The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is pleased to invite you and your children to attend the 2022 Hal Bruno Kids Camp in Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 24 – 26, 2022.
This special camp is open to children and stepchildren or siblings 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.
Registration is first-come, first-served until camp is full or until May 20.
Comfort Zone Camp (CZC)
Partnering with Comfort Zone Camp (CZC) for children ages 7-17 (18 if still in high school), this year’s camp will be held at Golden Bell Camp & Conference Center in Divide, CO. 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)
Camp HAL (Healing After Loss)for children ages 4-6 will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Colorado Springs. 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 when they are not in camp sessions.
On Saturday at the hotel there will be a two-part session for all parents. The first session will be a panel discussion with a group of adults whose firefighter parents died when they were children. The second session will be a roundtable discussion where parents can speak with one another about parenting challenges and strategies. The NFFF staff will provide dinner and a movie for Camp HAL campers on Saturday evening to allow all parents time to enjoy dinner out and spend time connecting with one another.
Through the generous support of a grant from the Department of Justice, camp is provided free of charge to campers. NFFF will reimburse families up to $425 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. Ground transportation between the hotel and Golden Bell Camp & Conference Center; between the airport and hotel, and some meals will be provided for registered participants.
Ground transportation will be provided between the airport, camp, and the hotel. Please book flights to arrive at Colorado Springs Airport (COS) Thursday, June 23, between 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm or on Friday, June 24, between 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Plan to depart after 7:00 pm on Sunday, June 26, or Monday, June 27, between 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Camp will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until camp is full or until the registration deadline, May 20.