Camp Lloyd Helps Kids Cope with Loss
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GREEN BAY- Losing a loved one is tough for anyone,but it's especially hard for children. Starting on Monday counselors at Camp Lloyd worked to help kids heal while having some fun.
Conor Watke is just like any other nine year old boy at a summer camp, except for one thing, he's grieving the loss of his mother.
"This is a camp for children who have lost a loved one," said Camp Lloyd Director Illene Cupit. Cupit started the camp 7 years ago and it has nearly tripled in size since then. Many kids say this camp is really helpful.
"It helps you know that it's okay to have fun and you can do stuff with friends," said Watke.
Camp Lloyd uses a combination of healing techniques to help kids cope.
"This is what is known as psycho therapeutic camping," said Cupit, "Kids really learn how to work through their issues through their play and so it's essentially play therapy."
Besides games they're also taking time to grieve and remember the ones they lost.
Memory boxes are a way for kids to remember their lost friends or family members. Watke says it's something that really helps.
"My mom liked green so I put some green stuff in there," said Watke.
For many kids it's comforting to know they're not alone.
By the end of the week organizers say they see plenty of positive changes in the kids. Many of the kids keep in touch with their camp counselors all throughout the year.