Circle of Tapawingo, (http://www.circleoftapawingo.org/wp/) the first of the three programs of Circle Camps For Grieving Children, is a week-long overnight camp program for girls between the ages of eight and sixteen who have experienced the death of a parent.
The Circle Camps mission is twofold: to offer our campers the adventures and fun of living and playing together at a beautiful, traditional overnight camp while offering them a supportive place in which to share their grief.
No matter what I write about this remarkable program, the campers
tell the Circle story best. Please take five minutes to watch this video
of the campers at Circle of Tapawingo 2012. Whether they're swimming,
playing soccer, doing an Arts & Crafts project or just walking up
the camp hill they know that at Circle they are not the only girl in
school grade without a dad or mom.
Here's a piece written by one of our Teen campers in Voices of
Circle: A Circle of Voices, the Circle literary magazine:
Voices of Circle
"Only one thing could run through my mind when my mom woke me up to tell me about my father's passing. Complete and utter shock. It felt like my stomach was being stomped on by a giant shoe. My life had officially been ripped to shreds, and I felt like there was no way to put it back together.
Circle of Tapawingo is my escape from all of that. It's a place where I can be myself, where I let out all the laughter, and where I can make friends for life. There's something special about this camp, something that makes it much unlike all the other ordinary summer camps.
Circle of Tapawingo is one place where all of the girls that had the same feelings as me come together as one heart. You forget about all the pain and sadness and just learn to live a little. "
-Circle of Tapawingo Camper
Despite the sadness that is present in these girls' lives, the days at a Circle Camp are filled with smiling, laughing and singing. Circle offers its campers a time to laugh and love, and cry and remember. Circle Camps programs are entirely cost free.
Please consider supporting this special place. (http://www.causes.com/actions/1749379-cycle-to-circle-2013-supports-circle-camps-for-grieving-children)