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Camp Koala

Rating: 4.93 stars   14 reviews 285

Nonprofit Issues:

Mental Health

Address:

19 N. Hanover St. Carlisle PA 17013 USA

Mission:

To provide grieving children with the resources to cope with their loss and to facilitate a healthy grieving process.

Results:

In 2013, we opened our second camp, for teens.

Target demographics:

Grieving children ages 7-12, and teens 13-18.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

80 grieving individuals

Geographic areas served:

Central PA; Greater Carlisle and Harrisburg area.

Programs:

Camps for grieving children and teens; ongoing support groups for grieving children, teens and their caregivers.

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717-258-1122
www.campkoala.org

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Reviews for Camp Koala

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 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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Rating: 5 stars  

4 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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Rating: 5 stars  

5 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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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

After I went (to the Family Workshop) I had a healthier way of dealing with my Mom's illness, and enjoyed hearing others share. A very worth while time for me, and I hope the program grows and reaches out to the community.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

My son attended Camp Koala in 2010. He loved the experience. It was good for him to see that there are other kids, like him, who have experienced the loss of a close relative. It made him feel less 'different' and less alone. He still mentions the weekend from time to time and is hoping that someday he can be a volunteer. It truly is a wonderful experience for these children who have had a devastating loss in their lives. I am so glad that I learned about the camp and was able to make it possible for my son to participate.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I am very proud to be a volunteer at Camp Koala. I have witnessed the companionship and support given and received, and the healing process throughout the camp weekend. Volunteers have given their all, and children have had so much fun. What a great group of people. Kids learn to be kids again! If you are a donor, this is a great place to entrust your money to, its money well spent. I am proud to be associated with such wonderful people. Thank you for this wonderful experience!

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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Rating: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Camp Koala is a children's grief camp. It takes what sounds sad and lonely and turns it into a joyous weekend for children who've experienced the most unfair of losses, their parent or sibling. Our 4th annual camp happens in early June this year, with all the spots filled months before camp. We hope to expand Camp Koala from helping 6 to 12 year olds by adding a camp for teens too, and eventually a family camp, where all the surviving members of a grieving family can share a fun weekend and learn coping skills. We are working to become a FIVE star organization as we grow bigger and better!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

After the loss of a dear friend, her young daughter was able to apply and attend Camp Koala, that was years ago and she still talks about the friends she made, the crafts she created and the fun times she had at the Camp.
Camp Koala is an outstanding opportunity for kids who are dealing with grief. I've experienced firsthand how much this organization cares about kids. Attending the camp really makes a difference in a child's life following a loss of a loved one. I can’t think of a greater cause than helping children cope at a time when they have few options available. Thank goodness for the many volunteers who put their time and talents forth and give of their precious time to help children they don’t even know. This organization is really making a difference in the community they serve.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the returning camper, filled with hope and generally happy as she returned from Camp.

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

make it available to more kids

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

How did you learn about this organization?

don't remember

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer for four years, and I love being a part of this program. I have witnessed the magic of Buddying a child, and seeing them release their anger and bottled up grief. I recommend this camp to any parent or caregiver of a grieving child, or any person who is looking for a volunteer opportunity. If you are a donor, and are looking for a worthy cause, this is definitely a place I would recommend. This has grown so far in such a short time, and is doing such incredible work, I wish you could see it first hand. Magic, magic, magic!! Life changing!

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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