Registration open for Camp Hope children’s grief camps

ASHLAND — Hospice of North Central Ohio (HNCO), including Hospice of Ashland County, Hospice of Knox County, and Hospice of Richland County, has opened registration for its 2019 camp for children ages 6 to 17 who have experienced the death of someone they love.

Taking place at Pleasant Hill Outdoor Camp in Perrysville, this year’s camp includes staying overnight in cabins. Children ages 6 to 11 will attend Monday, June 17 to Wednesday, June 19, those ages 12 to 17 will attend Wednesday, June 19 to Friday, June 21.

Camp Hope teaches coping and thriving skills, provides healing, and offers a variety of opportunities for grieving children to have just have fun. Hundreds of local families have been helped by this camp program. It is available not only to those children whose loved ones were served in hospice care, but to all children in the community.

Campers will be encouraged to process emotions related to grief during activities involving swimming, hiking, art, quiet sharing, music, games, and even horseback riding.

Kathy Wantland, Bereavement Coordinator at Hospice of Knox County, explains, “Camp Hope provides organized play, creativity, and quiet sharing to remind children they are not alone in their grief and that it’s okay to just be a kid.”

HNCO Bereavement Coordinator Kailey Bradley added, “The campers draw strength from each other and the increased awareness that they are not alone in their feelings.”

The cost is $30 per camper for registration, with waivers available for those who need assistance. To register or for more information, call 800-952-2207 as soon as possible as spaces are limited. Applications are also available online at


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Hospice of North Central Ohio serves those dealing with chronic and terminal illnesses and anyone journeying through the loss of a loved one in Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Morrow, and Richland counties. Camp Hope is funded in part by Ariel Foundation, Richland County Foundation, and Barbasol. HNCO is a community partner of United Way .