Camp Hope

One in seven children will experience the death of a parent or sibling before the age of 20.

A fundraising campaign for Wildland Firefighter Foundation

    Grief is courage, courage to keep walking through a life that feels as if it has ended. Losing someone you love is hard. Hard to understand, hard to cope with, hard to live with and hard to explain, especially to a child, or children.  I remember having to tell my children that their dad was never coming home again. I got that call at exactly 5:12 am on Friday December 15, just 10 days before Christmas. I  remember telling them the worst news that any child could hear, their dad was gone. He was never coming back.

    The Wildland Firefighter Foundation’s main focus is to help families of Fallen Wildland Firefighters killed and to assist injured firefighters and their families. This is a responsibility that has been taken to heart. The Wildland Firefighter Foundation now is hoping to create a nugget of gold in the shape of a grief camp, but truly a Camp of Hope, for the children of our fallen heroes. This is what these children need...

hope
hōp/
noun
1.a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.
synonyms: aspirationdesirewishexpectationambitionaimgoalplandesign

2
archaic
      a feeling of trust.
verb
1want something to happen or be the case.
synonyms: expectanticipate, look for, be hopeful of, pin one's hopes on, want

    Camp Hope is going to be our Grief Camp for kids. The camp will be dedicated to providing programs to children who have experienced the death of a loved one, whether it be a parent, grandparent, sibling, uncle, aunt or cousin. Camp Hope will take children from across the world and give them the capacity to grow, heal and to continue towards living the life that they have always dreamed about.

    No two people grieve the same. Grief is unique for everyone, but for a child it is especially difficult to navigate. Loss and grief go hand in hand and are uncomfortable topics to discuss. Even as adults finding the help we need can be hard but, our children depend on us for first, acknowledgement of their grief and pain and second, recognizing the emotional isolation that can accompany their grief.   

    Kids may have heard about grief but are not quite sure what it is all about. Grief can be manifested in many different ways: anger and acting out, sadness, being clingy and then they might worry about who will take care of them now or they may fear that something might happen to the other parent, brother etc. Sometimes grief can affect their bodies. Kids are often tired or feel sleepy, or have trouble falling asleep. They may not feel like eating or may have headaches or stomachaches or all of a sudden they don’t feel like doing things they usually liked to do. All of these experiences are normal for grieving kids.    

    With grief and loss support, kids are less likely to develop behavior disorders, negative social skills and tend to do better in school. Children, like adults, do better when they are able to manage their grief in a positive, healthy way. Camp Hope will offer:

  •                 Kids that are with other kids that have suffered similar losses. The peer to peer connection works wonders.
  •                  Each child will be matched up with a "Wild “one. (Same gender, who has attended a certified training on children and grieving and has had a background check)  A person connected to the Wildland community in one aspect or another so the children can get the feel, a real connection to someone who knows, or has even experienced Wildland Firefighting.
  •              Certified Grief therapists, medical personal and play therapists along with animal therapy.   
  •             Have fun camping with others

    Children like having choices as much as we do. They don’t like to be left out. They grieve just like us, but in their own way.Not smaller, just different.

    There is no magic pill for grief. It’s not something you ever “get over.” Grieving is a never ending job, but having fun while working your way through grief sounds like something we can HOPE for!

    Please donate to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation for "Camp Hope" and help these children have a chance for a better tomorrow!


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About the Organization

Wildland Firefighter Foundation

OUR MISSION:
Wildland Firefighter Foundation’s main focus is to help families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and to assist injured firefighters and their families. We honor and acknowledge past, present, and future members of the wildland firefighting community, and partner with private and interagency organizations to bring recognition to wildland firefighters.

THE VISION AND PURPOSE OF THE WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER FOUNDATION IS:

“TO HONOR, RECOGNIZE, AND SUPPORT WILDLAND FIREFIGHTERS, PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE, AND TO PROVIDE RESOURCES TO ASSIST FALLEN AND INJURED FIREFIGHTERS AND THEIR FAMILIES.”

The Wildland Firefighter Foundation is:
1. Recognized as the organization that provides immediate financial and crisis assistance to families of fallen and injured wildland firefighters.
2. The organization providing recognition and honor to all wildland firefighters, past, present, and future.
3. Financially self-sustaining, thanks to the overwhelming generosity of its constituent supporters.
4. An effectively managed organization...

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