Camp Healing Tree

SAVE THE DATE FOR 2021 CAMP HEALING TREE! AUGUST 6-8, 2021

Camp Healing Tree is an opportunity for grieving youth ages 7-17 to be with friends their age who have also experienced the death of someone close to them. Connecting with others that have shared experiences helps us to know that we are not alone in our grief. Camp Healing Tree offers fun camp activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, campfires and outdoor adventures along with opportunities to share one’s grief in a variety of expressive activities.

Established in 1995 by a team of devoted volunteers and community supporters, Camp Healing Tree became a program of Brooke's Place in 2018.  Thanks to our generous donors, community partners and trained volunteers, Camp Healing Tree is offered at no charge to our participants.

Camp Healing Tree, located on the west side of Indianapolis at Jameson Camp, Inc., begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and concludes after the 11:00 a.m. Memorial Service for the camp participants and their families on Sunday. 

CAMPER REGISTRATION

Due to limited capacity, camper placement is on a first-come, first-serve basis with priority given to individuals who have not yet had an opportunity to attend Camp Healing Tree. A face-to-face screening will be scheduled with each camper following submission of the camper application. Registration is not complete until this required step is completed.

Camp Registration is open!

CAMP HEALING TREE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

There are a variety of ways to be involved in this incredible weekend experience of hope and healing. We hope you will consider joining our Camp Healing Tree Family.

Please note: At Camp Healing Tree, the safety of our volunteers and campers is our number one priority. By completing the volunteer application, you are consenting to a criminal background check, sex offender check and required professional licensing verification.  Volunteers 14-17 must get a juvenile criminal history check prior to attending Volunteer Training and provide parent/guardian written consent.

Volunteer Registration is open!

If you have not previously volunteered for Camp Healing Tree, a member of the team will contact you to schedule a face-to-face screening following application submission.

Volunteer Role Descriptions

  • Buddy: Supportive role model to campers to which you are assigned. Full weekend commitment. Must be 18 or older. May identify preferred age/gender of group placement.
  • Facilitator: Facilitate grief support activities within a designated group of youth. Full weekend commitment. Must be 18 or older with experiences in group facilitation. May identify preferred age/gender of group placement.
  • Care Team: Provides emotional support to campers and volunteers throughout camp weekend. Must be 18 or older with clinical licensure.
  • Runner: Help with camp set up, clean up and assist camp directors in preparation for activities. Must be at least 14 with signed guardian permission form. Full weekend and shifts available.
  • Kitchen: Assist in the preparation and serving of all camp meals and kitchen clean up in accordance with health and safety standards. Must be 18 years or older. Shifts available.
  • Medical: Provide first aid for campers and volunteers. Must be a licensed R.N. Shifts available.
  • Arts and Crafts: Assist in setting up, supervising and cleaning up camper craft activities. Must be 18 or older. Shifts available.
  • Photographer: Capture memories made during a variety of activities throughout the camp weekend. Must be 18 or older. Shifts available.
  • Paws and Think: “Paws and Think” is an organization that provides therapy dogs. The owner/handler and dog would need to become registered with Paws and Think, including passing a team evaluation. Paws and Think volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Full weekend and shifts available.
  • Pre-Camp Volunteer: Assist with tasks that can be completed prior to camp weekend. Examples include mailing, preparing arts & crafts, name tags, camper packets, shopping for supplies, set up and preparation of camp, traffic direction, and inventory control. 

Identified volunteer preferences will be considered. Final placements will be at the discretion of Brooke’s Place staff.

SAVE THE DATES

Volunteer Training:
Volunteers (New and RETURNING) in the roles of Buddy, Facilitator, Care Team and Paws and Think are required to attend Camp Healing Tree Volunteer training in 2021. Training will cover information on ways to support grieving children and teens, Trauma Informed Care and other topics that will prepare you for your role at Camp Healing Tree. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

  • New volunteers: Saturday, June 12th from 8:30am - 4:00pm
  • Returning volunteers: Saturday June 12th from 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Final Volunteer Meeting:
This is a required training for volunteers in the roles of Buddy, Facilitator, Runner, Photographer, Care Team and Paws and Think. Team assignments and camper information will be provided at this time. Dinner will be served.

  • Wednesday, July 28th from 6:00p-9:00p

Camp Weekend:
Time commitments vary by role and will be discussed in detail with a team member.

  • Friday, August 6th to Sunday, August 8th
"I love it when we get done with group we feel so much love"

-Mandy Kay (on Facebook)