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Camp Koala

Rating: 4.81 stars   21 reviews 459

Address:

PO Box 2106 Kingston PA 18704 USA

Mission:

To provide grieving children and teens with the tools and resources to manage their grief in a healthy way, and to provide companionship in a supportive environment.

Results:

Founded in 2008. In 2013, we opened our second camp, for teens. 2015-opened a new branch in Wilkes-Barre 2015-two new school support groups 2016-three new hospital support groups 2016-new three day camp in Union County

Target demographics:

Grieving children ages 6-12, and teens 13-18.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

125 grieving children

Geographic areas served:

Central PA; Greater Carlisle and Harrisburg area; Union County PA; Wilkes-Barre, PA

Programs:

One, two and three day support camps for grieving children and teens; support groups for grieving children. Comfort Boxes for newly bereaved students, Children's Grief Awareness Day activities.

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

2 people found this review helpful

My girls lost their Dad unexpectedly on Thanksgiving Day. The last 6 months have been difficult as we have worked to heal from his passing, and to establish and adjust to our "new normal." When the girls first heard about the camp, they didn't want to go, and even up to the day before, showed resistance about attending. BUT, once they got there, both girls had a wonderful time doing all the fun things that you had planned! The staff really knows how to perfectly blend lots of fun that is mixed with some moments of healing. I feel so blessed that my girls were able to participate in this amazing program! Thank you 'Camp Koala' for all you did this weekend... you are all very incredible people!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

The heart and soul of this organization is huge! The endless hours and dedication and decision not to pay rent and utilities but to use donations and funds raised for the purpose is so admirable!!!! Keep up the passion to serve the children and youth who have experienced loss and a void in their life.....

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Talk about resilience! Despite facing some huge challenges last year, this organization rose from the ashes and is again providing outstanding support to many families who would otherwise be without. I have backed Camp Koala for years and with Lisa at its helm again I will continue to do so. Such great people doing wonderful work! Thank you for your dedication and devotion!

 
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7 people found this review helpful

I have been blessed to meet the fine, selfless people who volunteer their time and energy and the wonderful individuals who have participated in from Camp Koala. This is an amazing organization which helps not just children, but families heal. The benefits will be felt for generations!

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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1 person found this review helpful

First I want to thank you for the wonderful program you have created! It is such a valuable resource to the kids of the community. My son LOVED his time this past weekend and we feel he benefited from being around other kids who have also lost a loved one. So thank you!!!

 
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Rating: 2 stars  

My company and family donated to this organization in 2015. Two months later, I heard the camps were cancelled. I went to the office to talk with the Director, the office was closed and clearly vacant. I later learned that the organization had moved to another city that is more than two hours away from my small business. Feeling disappointed and misled. From the other reviews, I see they do some good work. I haven't heard back after leaving several messages and can't find the board members listed on the company website.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

We just wanted to thank all of you for providing our foster daughter with an absolutely fantastic weekend. We expected to pick up the same unhappy, troubled child we dropped off on Friday night. WOW! We were so pleasantly surprised. Our daughter, who claims to dislike a great deal of life and people, loved her experience at the camp! She was matched with the "perfect" counselor and had such a positive experience. We know a weekend didn't fix everything with her, but it did make a major difference in her. It is a difference she will remember and she talks of helping others in the future. We have tried therapists and youth advocates, but something about Camp Koala really had a major impact on her. Anyway, we just wanted to thank all of you for all your time and effort-you really make a difference in these children's lives! Thanks!!!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Camp Koala is making a huge difference in our community. I am proud to support this wonderful charity!

 
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4 people found this review helpful

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for saving my family.

 
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5 people found this review helpful

It was a privilege to attend the camp as their photographer. Seeing the kids and all the volunteers through the lens of a camera is amazing! What the camp does for the children is truly amazing and inspiring. To see the children laugh, play and socialize and to capture that special moment will always be one of the most special highlights of my life!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do nothing, they do a wonderful job!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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6 people found this review helpful

I had the honor of being a volunteer at Camp Koala this year located at Camp Thompson. What I witnessed was beyond amazing. What Camp Koala does is hard to put into words. It takes a very serious topic, grief, and presents it to children and teens in a way that helps them learn how to process, understand, and work through it. The people I met at this camp are unlike any I have seen, they are truly dedicated, passionate, giving, and have so much to teach.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the program even more.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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