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 children honor and memorialize their loved one 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, camp is offered free of charge and all grieving children in the community are welcomed.

To limit the spread of COVID-19 and help ensure the  health and safety of our campers and volunteers, our camp dates are under review. Camp registration is still open. As soon as we have additional information, we will contact everyone who has submitted an application.

Please click the link below to submit your application.

Newcomer and Alumni Campers: Camper Application

Volunteers: Volunteer Application

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


“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, email
or call 760-796-3705.


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