Camp New Hope is a four-day summer day camp for children and teens ages 6-17 who are coping with the loss of a loved one.
Besides offering traditional camp activities such as crafts, water games, and sports, Camp New Hope gives children the chance to work through their grief and loss with their peers. Thanks to generous supporters, we are able to offer Camp New Hope free of charge, including lunch and snacks.
Camp Highlights
  • Through a variety of fun camp activities and bereavement exercises, campers have opportunities to interact with other children who have experienced loss.
  • Group projects, individual support, education, and free time allow children to process emotions and ask questions.
  • A special memorial service at the end of camp celebrates and honors the life of each child’s loved one.
  • Camp New Hope’s directors are nationally recognized Moyer Foundation Grief Camp Counselors and are highly sought-after advisors to their colleagues.
Camp is provided by directors who are nationally selected as Moyer Foundation Grief Camp Counselors and highly sought after to listen to by other grief counselors.
“The most powerful impact of camp may be however the opportunity to meet other children and adolescents who have had similar experiences which normalizes the bereaved campers’ situations.”
– McClatchey, I. & Wimmer, J. (2018). Bereavement Camps for Children and Adolescents. New York: Routledge.

Camp Dates & Locations

This year, Camp will be held virtually on August 10th, 11th, and 12th with the first pitch at 6pm each night. A virtual Memorial Service will be held on August 14th at 1pm.

Day 1. The Opening Ceremony “Meet me at the ballpark”! On this day, participants will introduce their loved one in various ways. Campers will be asked to “share their story” as well as provide a photo of their loved one. Additional processing activities will take place which focus on the loss.

Day 2. Victory, Defeats, and the Curve Ball. On this day, we will focus on life’s victories, defeats and the curve ball that we experience when a loved one dies. Campers will be given opportunities to discuss their grief and loss as well as the good times experienced with the loss of the loved one and how the death changed their lives. Additional processing activities will take place that will focus on the loss.

Day 3. “Play Ball” On this day, activities will focus on the” new normal” that the campers will / are experiencing, self-care, and living their lives to the fullest. Additional processing activities will take place that will focus on honoring and remembering the loved one.

Day 4. “Team work is the dreamwork” There will be a Virtual Memorial Service, at 1pm, where the children will display their homemade lanterns and light them to memorialize their loved ones as a bell is rung. Their loved one’s name will be mentioned and each participant will receive a camp T-shirt.

Please contact a New Hope Counselor for specific information at newhope@delawarehospice.org.

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What kids are saying

  • 92% of campers were glad that they went to Camp New Hope.
  • 72% of campers felt that they were able to learn how to handle their feelings and their grief at Camp New Hope.
  • As a result of Camp New Hope, three times as many campers felt like there were other people who understood how they felt.

Call 800.838.9800 or email newhope@delawarehospice.org for more information about Camp New Hope.

Serving the entire state of Delaware as well as Pennsylvania’s southern Chester and Delaware counties.