How Crossroads Kids Helps Grieving Children
By incorporating therapeutic activities into a fun camping experience, Crossroads Kids allows children to connect with peers who are also experiencing grief.
By involving their families, parents process their own feelings in addition to their children's, encouraging openness and honesty, promoting an effective healing process, and strengthening the family unit.
We maintain a 1:2 ratio of staff to campers to ensure ample supervision and support. All therapeutic groups are overseen by credentialed, master's level social work and psychology staff.
Crossroads Kids is a 3-day, 2-night camp held at various locations throughout the country and is designed for children between the ages of 6 and 12.
The Reality of Childhood Bereavement
4.8 million children in the U.S. experience the death of one or both parents, not including the loss of other significant person in their lives.
Sadly, children's emotional needs are often overlooked as their friends cannot relate and the significant adults in their lives are consumed by their own grief.
The isolation grieving children find themselves in can lead to withdrawal, anger, acting out, aggression, and other issues.
We envision a community that honors the validity of child and family grief by facilitating the healing process.
How We Help Campers & Families Heal
Arts and crafts give children a safe, nonverbal means of expressing their grief and empowers them to share their story with others in a creative way.
By children sharing their stories and experiences with one another in a safe and compassionate setting, they are shown that they are not alone.
Our credentialed social work, bereavement, and psychology staff help children process their grief and understand their emotions.
If there is a grieving child in your life that could benefit from Crossroads Kids Camps in 2017 — or benefit from other available children’s grief programs — email us, contact Meredith Lawler, LCSW, Director of Outreach Programs, or request information concerning your child's attendance at an upcoming Crossroads Kids Camp
“The camp was a great opportunity to give kids the freedom to express and normalize their grief in many forms while being provided support, protection and fun.”
Tyler F. Lawler, LCSW
Crossroads Kids Camp Buddy
“The challenge course was very good for the kids. It was so cool to see them interact and grow together.”
Crossroads Kids Camp Buddy
“This weekend, I learned that I could get up in front of people and be more outgoing.”
“[I learned] to try things before I say 'no.'”
“Camp changed me. I saw lightbulb moments in parents. I saw healing in children. I saw a community developing and that was our goal.”
Debby Petty, LMSW
Therapeutic Activities Leader