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By the Bay Health

By The Bay Camp

This year’s virtual at-home By the Bay Camp on Saturday August 14 was a wonderful and healing success, thanks to the efforts of all the counselors and the enthusiasm of our virtual campers!

Check back here in spring 2022 to sign up for By the Bay Camp — scheduled for the second weekend in August — hopefully in person!

Young people experience loss differently than adults.

For years, By the Bay Health (formerly Hospice by the Bay) has met that need by offering a free, all-inclusive, three-day summer retreat for grieving children and teens, ages 7-17 (18, if still in high school).

For 2021, we were excited to present our one-day virtual at-home By the Bay Camp in partnership with Comfort Zone Camp, an experienced camp organizer and facilitator, whose unique program allowed us to offer more opportunities for grieving children, teens and families, while providing an even more supportive  grief mentor experience. Camp activities included icebreakers, confidence-building exercises and age-based support groups — all led by trained grief specialists — that helped promote trust, expression and interaction among campers.

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By the Bay Camp is designed to:

  • Break the isolation children and teens feel after a death
  • Introduce peers who can personally relate to the death of someone close to them
  • Provide mentorship and professional therapeutic services
  • Teach healthy coping skills for managing grief in daily life
  • Develop resiliency in youth affected by death and grief

By the Bay Camp combines age-appropriate grief therapy with virtual summer fun to help children and teens learn that a sense of normalcy in their lives is still possible.

All By the Bay Camp services are free of charge to campers.

Click here to be taken to the Comfort Zone Camp website, where you will be asked to create a My Comfort Zone account to begin your application process. If you need help with registration or have questions, call Elyse Granger at (804) 337.7759 or email her at egranger@comfortzonecamp.org

What is Comfort Zone Camp?

By partnering with Comfort Zone Camp, we can offer more opportunities for grieving children, teens and families. We are able to take advantage of Comfort Zone Camp’s unique program and expertise to accept additional campers and provide an even more supportive grief mentor  experience. Comfort Zone Camp is a non-profit organization that has served more than 13,000 children in over 20 years of operation, through its therapeutic programs.

How do campers get to camp?
Parents/guardians are encouraged to log their child onto the secure zoom link (provided to you after you are accepted to participate in the virtual program) where they can meet the staff, and be introduced to the program grief mentors. At close of camp, parents/guardians are invited to participate in activities with their children.

How do I apply for camp?
Simply click on the link above and you will be taken to the By the Bay Camp page on the Comfort Zone Camp website. You can read more about this year’s camp and will be directed to create a My Comfort Zone account, which will begin your secure application process.

How long does it take to complete an application?
Please note that the application may take 30 minutes or more to complete. You will have the ability to save and finish the application at another time, if needed. The goal is to help us provide the best possible experience for your child at camp.

Are local and returning volunteers given special consideration?
While some Comfort Zone Camp volunteers do pay their own way to assist at camps around the country, local and returning volunteers who have completed the online volunteer application process and training have first priority. Please note we have a very limited need for volunteers for our virtual By the Bay Camp. Please consider applying as a volunteer for our 2022 in-person By the Bay Camp at the beautiful redwood retreat center in Sonoma, CA. 

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