Camp Healing Tree is a special weekend camp for grieving children and teens ages 7 to 17
Do you know a young person who would benefit from a weekend of grief support, encouragement and enjoyable activities? Camp Healing Tree is an opportunity for grieving young people to be with friends their age who have also had a loved one die and share the big feelings, thoughts and changes they experience through grief. By connecting in peer-based age groups, kids and teens find relief in knowing that they are not alone on the journey of grief.
Established in 1995 by a team of devoted volunteers and community supporters, Camp Healing Tree became a program of Brooke's Place in 2018. Under the supervision of professional staff, the camp utilizes over 100 screened and trained volunteers to provide a safe, supportive environment to share one's grief through a variety of expressive activities.
Although the camp focuses on grief, there are many fun activities for campers to enjoy, such as swimming, arts and crafts, games, campfire, group discussions and outdoor adventures. Activities are facilitated by supportive volunteers to gently teach coping skills and build self-esteem and trust. While the camp environment is rustic, the cabins are modern and air-conditioned. A registered nurse will be at the camp at all times.
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 Process
- Step 1 - Submit Camper Application Form Here
- Step 2 - Receive follow-up communication from Camp Registrar within 5-7 business days
- Step 3 - Submit Additional Consent Forms
- Step 4 - Submit refundable deposit of $25/camper ($50 maximum per family) to reserve attendance * Scholarships are available for families in need
- Step 5 - Complete camp intake interview
- Step 6 - Receive confirmation of registration from Camp Registrar
Due to limited capacity, camper placement is on a first-come, first-serve basis with priority given to first time campers as follows:
- First-time applicants will receive confirmation of camp registration after the registration process is complete.
- Returning applicants should still complete the registration process as early as possible in order to be placed on the camp wait list. Returning campers will receive notification of registration for camp after August 1.
Brooke's Place offers additional support group programs and therapy services for grieving children, teens, young adults and their adult caregivers. To find out more, explore the Programs tab on our website or call our office at 317-705-9650.
Camp Healing Tree Volunteer Opportunities
- Step 1 - Complete Volunteer Application by clicking on the "Apply Now" buttons below.
- Step 3 - A background check and sex offender check will be conducted and required professional licensing will be verified.
- Step 4 - All volunteers need to register when you receive the Eventbrite invite for the training(s) and for the camp weekend. This makes check-in more efficient. The title of the email will be Brooke's Place, Camp Healing Tree Weekend 2019
- Step 5 - Attend training session(s) if required.
- Step 6 - Once you have completed all the necessary requirements, it is time to VOLUNTEER!
Please Note: All volunteers will require a criminal background check, sex offender check and required professional licensing will be verified. Volunteers under the age of 18 must get a juvenile criminal history check and present that report at their volunteer training. Camp Healing Tree cannot accept volunteers who have family members that will be attending the camp. In order to protect confidentiality and allow each camper to have a chance to fully experience the weekend, no adult family member of the child/teen's immediate or extended family will be permitted to volunteer at the camp during the weekend. Volunteer participation and role placement is at the discretion of the Camp Healing Tree committee.
Maximum number of buddies: 70
Responsibility: Supportive role model to the camper(s) to which you are assigned.
Skills: Good listener and communicator, significant physical energy, patient, sense of humor.
Requirements: Attend camp the entire time; Participate in all activities with your camper(s), Bunking in cabin, Share in all activities and meals. Must be at least 18 years old and no longer in high school.
Training Requirements: New volunteers must attend a training session on July 20, 2019 from 8:30am - 1:00pm. ALL buddies must also attend a meeting on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Dinner will be served.
Maximum number of facilitators: 10
Responsibility: Facilitate a group of up to 7 campers and their buddies
Skills: Experience with facilitating children’s grief support group, a good listener, and communicator
Requirements: Attend camp the entire weekend but not required to stay overnight. Must be at least 18 years old and no longer in high school.
Training Requirements: New volunteers must attend a training session on July 20, 2019 from 8:30am - 1:00pm. ALL facilitators must also attend a meeting on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Dinner will be served.
Maximum number of runners: 15
Responsibility: Help with camp from set up to clean up; assist the directors in preparation for activities and errands
Skills: Significant physical energy and flexibility, ability to follow instructions.
Requirements: Attend camp the entire weekend. If under 18 must present documentation of fingerprinting. Must be at least 14 years old
Training Requirements: New volunteers must attend a training on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm.
Training Requirements (Under 18 ) : If under 18, you will need a juvenile criminal history check and a parental release form signed. You will need to have the check completed three weeks before training on August 14, 2019. They will send the report to you within approximately 1-2 weeks. Bring the report and parental release form with you to the new volunteer training.
Responsibility: Assist in preparation and serving of all camp meals and kitchen clean up.
Skills: Under general supervision, ability to prepare and serve meals for large groups while adhering to health and safety standards.
Requirements: Must be at least 18 years of age. This position can be part time – choosing to work only particular meal times and not others – or full time. Early arrival required for breakfast shift. Kitchen crew is not required to remain at camp overnight.
Responsibility: Provide first aid for campers and volunteers.
Skills: Must be a licensed R.N. Camp maintains 24-hour nursing coverage
Requirements: Nurses can work a 6 or 12-hour shift.
Training Requirements: ALL volunteers must attend a meeting on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Dinner will be served.
PRE / POST CAMP VOLUNTEER:
Maximum number of pre-camp volunteers: 10
Responsibility: Assist with things that can be done prior to camp; examples include mailing, preparing arts & crafts, name tags, camper packets, shopping for supplies, set up and preparation of camp, bunk assignments, traffic direction, inventory control.
Skills: Availability to assist in multiple ways
Requirements: Must be at least 18 years of age. Availability on August 23, 2019 from 8:00am until 4:00pm and/or availability on August 25, 2019 from 9:00am until clean up completed.
Additional Volunteer Opportunities
ARTS & CRAFTS VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers assist with various arts & crafts activities. This includes assisting campers with their craft items, assisting with supervising campers, setting up and cleaning up the craft areas. There are two craft sessions – one for older campers and one for younger. Arts & Crafts volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. All new Arts and Crafts Volunteers will be contacted by a returning volunteer that will prepare you for Arts & Crafts.
Walks around camp during the weekend and takes pictures of numerous activities. May work one day or the whole weekend. Photographer volunteer must be at least 18 years of age.
PAWS AND THINK
Paws and Think is an organization that provides therapy dogs. If you are interested in helping them during the camp you may indicate that on your volunteer registration. The owner/handler and dog would need to become registered with Paws and Think, including passing a team evaluation. Go to the Paws and Think Website to get more information about becoming registered. Paws and Think volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.
Training Requirements: New volunteers must attend a training session on July 20, 2019 from 8:30am - 1:00pm and also attend a meeting on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Dinner will be served.