Comfort Zone Camp is a nonprofit bereavement camp that transforms the lives of children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver. The free camps include confidence building programs and age-based support groups that break the emotional isolation grief often brings. Comfort Zone Camps are offered to children 7-17.
Camp is mostly about fun. We play games, hike, sing karaoke (or watch), and eat s'mores. But there are also times throughout the weekend where you will be able to hear other kids' stories, and have the chance to tell your own. Everything is done by choice, so you can share as much - or as little - as you want.
Camp gave me "new eyes" by Carly, Camp Big Buddy.
I lost my brother to suicide in 2007 when I was three and a half months pregnant with my first daughter. The loss of my only sibling devastated me. It shook my world in a way that I was not prepared for and surely did not expect. Being a wife, a new mother, and working as a licensed clinical social worker, left me little time to grieve. I had another child in 2009 and life did not slow down. Instead of dealing with my grief, I ignored it. I thought that dealing with my grief would make my loss more real. In 2011, I attended a training for Comfort Zone Camp. I was matched and attended my first camp as a Big Buddy two months later. I have since volunteered in three additional camps. As a result, I slowly saw my ideas of grief, grieving, and loss unravel. I witnessed children who were not even able to say who they lost at the start of their weekend, be able to share their entire story at the end. I observed raw emotions such as: anguish, helplessness, anger, and fear transform into an emotion no one expected- hope. Simply put, Comfort Zone Camp is a community built for children to come together and feel accepted, gain support, visualize loss through new eyes.
NC's Mission:To bring NC's community and business leaders together; in order to support and fund CZC grief services to NC's children and their families who desperately need a place to feel understood and less alone in their grief.
NC's Vision:To continue to show care, compassion and connection to NC children and their families by creating a "blue print" in which to dublicate and expand CZC services throughout our cities and state.
“This camp has helped me so much, and I want to pay it forward.” Cameron, Camper