Help Children of Fallen Firefighters

Hal Bruno Camps for Children of Fallen Firefighters

Cost: $2,500 per child


Camp for Children Ages 4 – 6

The location of this weekend bereavement camp for children ages 4 – 6, varies each year. 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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Camp for Children Ages 7 – 17

The location of this weekend bereavement camp for children ages 7 – 17, 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.

NFFF covers lodging and meals and assists with travel for both campers and parents.

Programs for Young Adults

Cost: $1,200 per young adult


New in 2016! Our First Young Adults Retreat

With Help from the Family and Friends of Fallen Firefighter Tim Gunther and Foundation Supporters Like You

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 National Fallen Firefighters Foundation will hold it’s first young adults retreat, 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. NFFF covers lodging and meals and assists with travel.


Outward Bound USA

Cost: $1,600 per young adult

This exciting 7-day program will combine backpacking and hiking in the majestic mountains of Colorado with activities designed to encourage expression in a safe environment that helps participants find healing. It is a course that challenges you to discover your inner strength. Those who have completed the course have reported increased self-confidence, self-esteem and teamwork skills. NFFF covers tuition, lodging, and meals and assists with travel.

NFFF Scholarship Program

Cost: Between $1,700 – $35,000 per student

When a firefighter dies in the line of duty, the family must adjust to life without their loved one, who often was the primary breadwinner. Many grieving spouses are left to care for children without sufficient financial assistance. To support their families, they need additional job skills or education. Children left without a parent need to know they still have a chance to attain their educational dreams.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is helping to ease the college and grad school tuition burden for post-secondary education and training to spouses, life partners, children and stepchildren of firefighters honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial by providing transformative, life-changing scholarship awards.