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Brighter Days Children's Camp

Brighter Days Camp is a no-cost camp experience for children and teens (ages 5-18) who have suffered a loss or are expecting a loss in the near future. Through the use of art, music and recreational experiences, children come together in a therapeutic environment to learn that mourning is not a process of forgetting but a way of remembering with less pain.

Camp is planned with the developmental needs of children in mind. Activities are led by the professional bereavement staff and specially-trained volunteers. Using their expert knowledge in grief and loss, these individuals provide support for children while they are learning to appropriately express their emotions and cope with their feelings in healthy ways.

Because the bereavement staff understand the importance of parents/guardians knowing what was learned at camp as well as the importance of remembering a loved one, a memorial service will be held at the end of each camp. During the memorial service, the children will have an opportunity to share arts, crafts, skills learned, poems, and a song. At the end of the memorial service, a butterfly or balloon release is planned.

Brighter Days Camp is offered on five different dates throughout the geographic area of Mountain Valley Hospice locations.

For more information, contact Stacie Adams, Kids Path Counselor, at 336-356-5000 or sadams@mtnvalleyhospice.org; or Katie Grove, Counseling Intern, at 336-789-2922.

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You can deliver or mail the registration form to Mountain Valley Hospice, Attn: Stacie Adams, 401 Technology Lane, Suite 200, Mount Airy, NC 27030; or email it to sadams@mtnvalleyhospice.org.

Dates & Location

June 15, 2018

Stuart Camp (Covering Patrick, Floyd, Henry, Franklin, Pittsylvania counties in VA)

Dehart Park

212 Wood Brothers Drive

Stuart, VA 24171

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Registration due June 12, 2018


June 21, 2018

Sparta Camp (Covering Alleghany, Ashe, and Wilkes counties in NC)

Sparta Lions Club Pavilion

490 Trojan Avenue

Sparta, NC 28675

8 a.m. to 5 p.m

Registration due June 18, 2018


June 28, 2018

Hillsville Camp (Covering City of Grayson, Carroll, Wythe, Pulaski, and Floyd counties in VA)

Galax Recreation Center

601 South Main Street

Galax, VA 24333

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Registration due June 25, 2018


July 9-13, 2018

Dobson Camp (Covering Surry, Yadkin, Wilkes, Stokes, Forsyth, Davie, Iredell, and Alleghany counties in NC)

Dobson First Baptist Church

204 South Crutchfield Street

Dobson, NC 27017

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Registration due July 3, 2018


July 27, 2018

Wilkes Camp (Covering Wilkes, Surry, and Alleghany counties in NC)

Wilkes County YMCA

1801 YMCA Blvd, Wilkesboro, NC 28697

Registration due July 23, 2018