Calvary Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Camp Compass®

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Unique camp helps grieving children and teens.

Children fishing at Calvary’s Camp Compass®.

Calvary Hospital hosted the 20th consecutive session of their bereavement camp for 60 children and teenagers, ages 6-18, from Aug. 21-25. Calvary’s Camp Compass®, held at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, was led by experienced grief professionals.

The five-day experience was filled with traditional, fun camp activities, grief education and emotional support. Calvary’s Camp Compass® provided a unique opportunity for peer bonding between children and teens with similar life circumstances and experiences. This was an incredible experience for the children. The campers enjoyed traditional activities such as swimming, fishing and basketball. They also:

  • Built wooden lighthouses to remember the loved ones that they each lost;
  • Enjoyed a rousing performance by the Harlem Wizards basketball team;
  • Participated in an obstacle course, barbecue lunch, dance party and ice cream party;
  • Enjoyed visits by two therapy dogs, painted pottery, made jewelry, learned salsa dancing and did scrapbooking; and
  • Three professional clowns gave daily lessons in juggling and performing clown tricks.

All of the campers attend the Hospital’s year-round bereavement programs -- “Precious Moments” -- for young children ages 6 to 10 years old, tween group for ages 10 to 12 years old or teen bereavement support for ages 13 to 18 years old. These groups, which meet at Calvary’s Bronx Hospital, in downtown Brooklyn and in Manhattan, have helped hundreds of children to date with their grief process.

Supporters of the Hospital’s children’s bereavement programs and Calvary’s Camp Compass® have included but are not limited to: Newman's Own Foundation, Eileen T. Nugent, the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, the van Ameringen Foundation, the George Link, Jr. Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Thomas & Agnes Carvel Foundation, Robert Mize and Isa White Trimble Foundation and the Hagedorn Fund.

In the New York metropolitan area, Calvary has established itself as a resource for grieving families. It offers free bereavement support groups for adults, children and teens, and referrals for additional support if necessary. Calvary offers three unique groups: one geared to the needs of young adults ages 18 to 25 years old, one for men of all ages and a psychotherapy group for adults who have already attended a previous bereavement support group.

Calvary’s bereavement program is available to anyone who has lost a loved one, whether that person was a patient at Calvary, or someone from the larger community whose death was attributable to illness, accident or violence.

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Since 1899, Calvary Hospital has been the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care to adult patients with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. Each year, thousands of patients receive CalvaryCare throughout the greater New York area. To learn how Calvary can help you and your family, please visit

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