Camp Koala

Rating: 4.93 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Mental Health

Location: 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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EIN 26-3851753
717-258-1122
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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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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: 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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1 person found this review helpful

Camp Koala, children's grief camp: What a wonderful, beneficial and important charity to support. We gave a group of grieving children a chance to come together for a weekend to express their feelings, and make friends with other kids who had also lost a family member. I will volunteer for every camp!

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

Healing children

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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