Bereavement Camp for Children and Teens

Camp Spero is a place of healing for children, ages 7 to 17.

Based on the Latin phrase, Dum Spiro Spero, “While I breathe, I hope,” Camp Spero campers honor and memorialize their loved ones while making friends with others who are facing similar circumstances. This summer weekend experience helps children increase their feelings of hopefulness, enhance their self-esteem, and learn they are not alone. Hosted by The Elizabeth Hospice, this grief camp is offered free of charge and all grieving children in the community are welcome

Camp Spero 2023

July 28 through July 30

Applications are open for Camp Spero 2023 now through May 1. The Newcomer (new campers) and Alumni (returning campers) sessions will run concurrently from Friday, July 28 through Sunday, July 30. Click below to access camper and volunteer applications today.

Camper Application | Volunteer Application

For more information, email or call 760.223.7337.


Camp Spero is made possible by the generous support of individuals and organizations.

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“Sometimes I feel like my friends don’t understand what I’ve been through or what I’m going through. But at Camp Spero everyone understands.” 
– Shayla, age 15

“Camp Spero is a great place to grieve. You learn more coping skills. You have beautiful ceremonies. You do ziplining. It’s just wonderful!”
– Eydie, age 9

For more information about children’s bereavement and our bereavement camp, call 760.223.7337 or email


Last summer, Katherine’s dad, Tom, asked her if she would like to attend Camp Spero, a weekend grief camp hosted…

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