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Camp designed to help grieving children

Posted at 12:21 PM, Feb 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-19 12:22:03-05

It was a weekend of healing.

25 campers attended Camp Kangaroo at the Jemicy School in Owings Mills.

This camp is unique in that it is meant to help children who have experienced loss.

It's a 3 day camp for children 5 to 18 years old who have lost someone in the last 2 years.

The camp was formed because children are losing loved ones to tragic events at earlier ages. More frequently the first death a child experiences isn't that of a grandparent from old age but a parent, friend or sibling to drug overdoses, suicides, and murder.

Camp Kangaroo has trained professionals work with the children as they express themselves through art.

"Kids don't have the verbal processing skills that adults do. They express themselves through art and music and play. We're taking about all of the different emotions we feel and how do we express them in a really healthy way, and how do we talk to grown ups about them," said Anne Hansen with Camp Kangaroo.

Hansen says campers are often quiet and reserved when they show up but you can see a real difference in them by the time they go home.

The camp is made possible by Seasons Hospice and Newman's Own Foundation.