By Julie Olds, MMC Director of Community Relations and Education
Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Service
Many years ago, Schoedinger had a vision of creating a camp for those grieving the loss of a loved one, focusing particularly on children. Through the years, we have worked collaboratively with several local hospices to create that healing experience at camp for many families.
In striving to meet the changing needs of families over time, the camp programming continues to evolve. Camp Hope is going through a transformation this year, and we are excited to offer this wonderful program to families in Central Ohio with children who have lost a caregiver or sibling.
This year, camp is being held at the Heartland Conference Retreat Center in Marengo, Ohio. The camp offers acres of wide open spaces as well as miles of hiking trails. Campers will enjoy a variety of activities offered by the camp, such as a large playground, basketball and tennis courts, and a variety of activities specifically designed for grieving families.
Here is a sample of the retreat programming schedule:
Friday evening, September 9, 2016 – Welcome
- Registration/Check-in beginning at 5:00 PM
- Campfire music and sing-alongs
Saturday, September 10, 2016 – The Work of Grief and Families
- Break-out session by age group
- Family activities
- Free time
Camp Hope would not be successful without the hard work and dedication of all the facilitators, staff and volunteers involved. Not only have local hospices recommended families for camp, but they have also assisted with assessments and in-takes, programming, and volunteering their time and talents to help families with grief care.
Our goal is to give families an opportunity to connect with other grieving families, share experiences, honor the life of the loved one who passed, and heal through a variety of activities and learning opportunities. If you know a family who would benefit from this camp, please contact Julie Olds at 614-429-5703. She will be able to answer basic questions about camp, and put you (or the family) in contact with a camp counselor, if requested.