Male volunteers, teen participants sought for bereavement camp

Adventist St. Thomas Hospice seeks volunteers and campers for Camp Erin Chicago, a free, weekend, grief support camp planned for this fall.

The camp will take place from Oct. 10 to 12 at Camp Duncan in Ingleside, and is designed to offer support to children and teenagers ages 6 to 18 who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or someone close to them. The age groups for campers aged 6 to 12 are full, but youth ages 13 to 18 years are encouraged to apply to attend.

ā€œCamp Erin promises to be deeply moving for everyone involved, but to provide the type of environment that fosters healing among our campers, we are looking for volunteers to fill a very specific role,ā€ said Heather Kochen, camp director and bereavement coordinator for Adventist St. Thomas Hospice.

Male Cabin Big Buddies are responsible for a group of campers. They complete all activities with their assigned group. Experience working with youth is preferred.

Interested applicants must attend an interview with Kochen at Adventist St. Thomas Hospice, 119 E. Ogden Ave. in Hinsdale. Mandatory volunteer training sessions will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Aug. 14, 21 and 28.

For more information on attending as a camper or volunteering or to obtain an application for either role, contact Heather Kochen at (630) 856-6985, or heather.kochen@ahss.org.

The camp is offered as a partnership between Adventist St. Thomas Hospice and The Moyer Foundation, which has awarded a 10-year, $100,000 grant to establish the program. It allows Adventist St. Thomas to expand its services to the teen population, providing critical support to the community.

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