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.

Camp Spero is going virtual! Camp Spero At Home is a 2 ½-day camp that offers children and teens the opportunity to make new friends, share stories and engage in fun activities. A toolkit of supplies will be provided. Access to the internet and audio and video capabilities are required.

Alumni Camp (returning campers): July 24 through July 26

Newcomer Camp (first-time campers): August 7 through August 9

Click the link below to submit your application.

Newcomer and Alumni Campers: Camper Application

Volunteers: Thank you for your interest in Camp Spero At Home. We are no longer accepting new volunteer applications for 2020. Volunteer applications will reopen for the 2021 camp season.

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, email
or call 760-796-3705.


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