Circle Camps for Grieving Children

Circle Camps for Grieving Children offers free, week-long overnight camp programs for girls  between the ages of nine and sixteen w... Read more

About

Circle Camps for Grieving Children offers free, week-long overnight camp programs for girls 
between the ages of nine and sixteen who have experienced the death of a
parent. Our mission is twofold: 

  • to offer our campers the adventures and
    fun of living and playing together at beautiful, traditional 
    overnight camps 
  • to give our campers a supportive place in which 
    to share their grief· 
Circle of Tapawingo - the first camp of the
Circle Camps organization - was founded in 2002 and is held at Camp
Tapawingo in Sweden, Maine
. Throughout the past 12 years the camp has
grown from hosting 35 campers to 145 campers supported by 78
volunteer counselors. In 2012, the Board of Directors voted to change the
name of the organization to Circle Camps for Grieving Children.  This summer, Circle Camps is opening two additional camps, Circle
of Fleur de Lis in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire
, and CircleWest in
Angelus Oaks, California,
 both projected to serve 30 campers.    Campers begin at Circle at age nine, and can continue
through all of our different camper programs until, at age 19, they become our
counselors. To have empathetic, enthusiastic, responsible counselors who
started at Circle as frightened, grieving nine-year-olds is remarkable, and one
of the things of which we are most proud.    Circle Camps is a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in
2002 in the state of Pennsylvania.  Campers are accepted on a need-blind
basis; there is no charge to campers.