What is Crossroads Kids?

Crossroads Kids is a 3-day, 2-night camp that helps grieving children and their families learn, heal, and grow after the death of a loved one. And in 2017, we began this journey of healing with the children and families of Oklahoma.

Friday


Getting Ready

Our credentialed staff and Camp Buddy volunteers arrive at Crossroads Kids Camp and eagerly begin setting up. We can’t wait for our campers to arrive, meet the staff and their Camp Buddies, and receive all of their neat camp gear!


Thanks to our donors,
each child Recevied:



Friday


Registration

Our campers and families are here! We start by getting our campers checked in, getting them assigned to their camp buddies, and set up with their camp gear while our camp staff members visit with families.


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Friday


Pizza with Our Buddies!

It’s pizza time! Our campers and their buddies get to know one another and talk about what they’re excited about for the weekend!


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Friday


S’mores and Flashlight Games!

After dinner, grab your flashlight and your Camp Buddy -- it’s time for outdoor flashlight games! We play flashlight tag, red-light-green-light, and other games that help our campers create a close, memorable bond with one another.


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Saturday


Making Memory Plates

Arts and crafts help give children a non-verbal outlet for their emotions that they otherwise wouldn’t express. On their memory plates, our campers paint the memories of their deceased loved ones that they hold in their heart.


Learn how the arts help grieving children heal.

Saturday


Making Memory Boxes

Our memory boxes hold precious heirlooms, pictures, and other items that remind us of our loved ones. We use paints, stickers, glitter, and so much more to make our boxes beautiful!


Learn how the arts help grieving children heal.

Saturday


Hand Casting

Alongside their buddies, our campers create hand casts! Dunking their hands in the cool, gooey plaster, they create a keepsake that reminds them of their buddies and their time at Crossroads Kids.

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Saturday


Making Snow Globes!

Sometimes, it’s difficult to tell the adults in our life how and where our grief hurts. With camp staff and buddies, our campers make silhouettes of their bodies and highlight where the grief hurts.


Help provide next year’s camp with art supplies!

Saturday


Camper Silhouettes

Sometimes, it’s difficult to tell the adults in our life how and where our grief hurts. With camp staff and buddies, our campers make silhouettes of their bodies and highlight where the grief hurts.


Give kids a place to heal from grief.

Saturday


Boxing & Games with Coach Sherri!

1-2-3! Dip! Jab! Jab! We learn that games and exercise can be a fun, safe, and healthy way for us to process our feelings. Coach Sherri stops by to show us how to box like a champ!


Learn Why the Camp Environment is Ideal for Healing

Saturday


Lunch Time!

After a long day of fun arts, crafts, games, and activities, it’s time to fuel up! Sitting down with their Camp Buddies, our campers get charged up, share laughs, and get ready for the rest of the day.


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Saturday


Team Ropes Course!

Hang steady and keep cool -- your team is depending on you! Working together to overcome the trials of the ropes course, our campers learn that they are a valued member of the team, that they are deserving of friendships, and that they can overcome anything if they work with their friends.


Learn Why the Camp Environment is Ideal for Healing

Saturday


Outdoor Fun & Games!

Our campers enjoy some simple outdoor play time! Play is integral for helping grieving children feel normal and connecting with one another helps remind them that they are loved and worthy of the friendship of others.

Saturday


Dinner & Dance!

It’s dinner time! After a day of fun activities and crafts, it’s time to chill out, grab some grub, and share good times with great friends! And what better way to wrap up dinner time than a dance party?!


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Saturday


Luminary Ceremony

Made in honor of their deceased loved ones, our campers place their luminaries into the Circle of Love while Ms. Jo shares how our loved ones are always with us in our hearts and memories.


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Saturday


Closing Campfire & Brown Bears!

On our last night of camp, our campers and their buddies make delicious, cinnamon-y, ooey-gooey brown bears! We can’t think of a better way to close out camp than with good times, lots of laughs, and these delicious treats!


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Sunday


Parent Debrief

While our campers pack up, our staff members hold a parent debriefing. During this time together, our staff provide parents with the tools that they’ll need to help their children continue learning and healing after returning home.


Learn how you can help your grieving child heal.

Sunday


We're All a Piece of Each Other's Puzzle

With their buddies by their side, our campers are each given a piece of the Crossroads Kids puzzle, reminding them that we’re all a part of one another’s story and that we all have something unique and irreplaceable to contribute to each other’s lives.


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Sunday


Campers & Families!

Our campers are so excited to show their parents everything they’ve created and all that they’ve learned. Together, in memory of their loved ones, campers and their families create Memory Bracelets which will adorn this year’s tree in the Memory Forest.


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Sunday


The Memory Tree

As part of our closing ceremonies, Ms. Jo reads “The Fall of Freddie the Leaf,” which reminds us that death and loss is something that all of us will experience. Before leaving, each of our campers and their families adorn this year’s Memory Tree with the Memory Bracelets they created together.

More Than a Camp

Crossroads Kids is an environment of unconditional love, acceptance, and healing. We truly couldn’t do this without donors, partners, and volunteers like you. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for all that you continue to do to make this camp possible for the grieving children and families we serve.